Let me explain: I have been seeking a special grace. Particularly what it is shall remain private at this point. It is something that I’ve been pleading for for months now, and, through my own efforts, I’m on the way (I think) to getting it. Last night, coming to a bit of frustration, I told God, “So if you do X, then I’ll make it a point to visit you at the chapel of adoration every week.” Note well that there is no bargaining for the remission of sins involved, for that is an evident mortal sin. Now, we see bargains like this made with God in the Old Testament, the lives of the saints, and in the peasant Catholicism of our ancestors. What would we say about this nowadays? I can’t find a dogmatic answer, so I’m rather looking for an existential answer.
I should note that I asked to see something nowadays (something neither outlandish nor commonplace, that could feasibly happen over the course of my day) if God accepted my bargain. When dealing with another party, one must not assume that your deal will be accepted. I also asked St. Luke, St. Joseph of Cupertino, St. Ann, St. Raphael, and my guardian angel to witness this bargain if it is made. Somehow, though, I get the sense that my guardian angel is telling me that Our Lady advises I try a novena instead