The Nine Annoying Things novena has been very successful, but we need to take it up a notch. TEE was normal (for me – nothing there that should be causing my problems, I’m told), and we’re waiting to hear back on the labs measuring arterial blood gases. Follow-up appointment is on the 26th, so that gives you a perfect nine days of vexation between now and then.
Because this situation is more and more vexing by the moment.
Which means we need to invoke: Mary Untier of Knots. (Warning: If you click the link, it plays music. Turn your volume down first. I just went with the first link I found. Sorry guys. St. Google could help you find a different link if you aren’t already familiar with this particular devotion.)
Advanced pray-ers, have at with rosaries and chaplets and everything else in your arsenal. Junior team, here’s how the Nine Vexations work:
- Identify something vexing. An unsolvable problem. A thorny situation. Anything that’s too big for you.
- Invoke the help of Mary Untier of Knots for your cause, and offer up your vexation for mine. She’s Mary. She can help more than one person at a time.
- Repeat nine times. If your life is vexatious, you might have nine different vexations. If your life is particularly tranquil, you might just have to pray nine times over for someone else’s vexation. Any kind of mathematical arrangement is fine, and in any case it isn’t a math quiz.
- Just like the Nine Annoying Things, you’re allowed to offer up your vexations retroactively. We don’t do scrupling around this castle.
Thanks everyone! I haven’t dropped dead and I’m still sane, mostly, so we know your prayers are being heard.