By the time a person has prayed the Morning Office, Mass and a rosary in the morning, that person has prayed the Our Father 8 times. I wonder what would happen if, one morning, God said, "Oh, why not . . . but just for one day in this one town. She has already asked for it 8 times this morning."
I think that by noon, there would probably be a line of people stretching from the confessional to the ocean (about 4 miles away), about 25 guys in my priest's office waiting to talk to him about the seminary because they could see that the need was so great, and the phone ringing off the hook with calls from people who have been living together and want church weddings. What my priest would actually think of all of that I am not quite sure.
When I was in high school, one of the boys I knew once said something over lunch about the things children pray for. They pray without thinking about what would happen if they got what they say they want. My high school friend said that, as a child, he once prayed for the room to fill up with ice cream cones, not realizing that if the room filled up with ice cream cones, he would be trapped and might freeze.
I suppose that "Thy will be done" and "Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven" are prayers that are graciously answered a little bit at a time and not all at once, in this life, even for just one day and in just one town. But it seems good to imagine, even briefly, how things might change if God answered that prayer completely and suddenly, even on that limited basis.
In times when we have seen our financial world change very quickly, it is possible to imagine things changing in our spiritual environment very quickly, and how different our communities might be if it happened.
And maybe that is part of becoming like a little child in faith (Matthew 18:3: "Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.")