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On making prayer requests (pointedly) direct

From UK’s The Guardian:

A group of Franciscan friars furious at the theft of bibles from their church in Florence have taken the unusual step of praying for the thief to be struck down by diarrhoea.

Friars at the 15th century church of San Salvatore al Monte, which was a favourite of Michelangelo, were irritated when a rare and expensive bible disappeared from the lectern, and they flew off the handle when a replacement bible donated by a worshipper also went missing and within a few hours.

In a note, pinned up in full view of worshippers, the friars say they hope the thief sees the error of his ways. But in case he does not, they add: “We pray to God that the thief is struck by a strong bout of the shits.”

This turn of events will, they hope, “encourage him to carry out no further thefts”.

Described by La Stampa newspaper as “the product of the Tuscan ability to be ironic about anything”, the note and its unorthodox request will be forgiven, claim one of the friars. “It is not exactly clean language,” the friar said, “but we couldn’t put up with it any longer. The Lord and the faithful will understand.”

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • John

    Thank you for the laughs.

  • http://inchristus.wordpress.com Paul D. Adams

    LOL….I’ll be there the first week of October and will certainly put this church on the list of “must vist”!

  • LCG

    That’s some serious spiritual warfare. :-)

  • http://www.jrbriggs.com J.R.

    That’s a little more revenge than just Montezuma.

  • http://cramercomments.blogspot.com D C Cramer

    Maybe they should have prayed that the thief would open her new Bible to Exodus 20, right around verse 15.

  • http://www.gettingfree.wordpress.com T

    Hey, Jesus said “pray for your enemies.” Perhaps he should have been more specific.

  • Jon Bartlett

    Should have been your ‘prayer for the week’


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