Unanswerable prayers

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"I want patience, and I want it now."

Patience is a virtue. It can only be gained by actually being patient under stress. Patience, like all the virtues, is a muscle: use it or lose it!

"My will, not Thine, be done."

We rarely, if ever, openly acknowledge when our prayers are taking this form. We cover up the true meaning of our prayers with respectable veneers, saying the words the Church has given us without meaning what the Church means by them.