Pictures From A Recent Event in Saint Louis!!!
A quick report from an evangelism outing in Saint Louis, Missouri. A combined team of 11 SPSE members met up outside the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. It was a very cold and gray morning, but we had a good amount steady traffic for two hours. We handed out probably 50 to 60 Rosaries to people passing by, but mostly to individuals and families that were entering the Cathedral for a tour or were just curious.
Some of our SPSE members had a wonderful conversation with a married couple. The husband was Lutheran and the wife said she was an ex-Catholic. We explained to them the Church’s teachings behind the doctrines of purgatory, devotion to Mary, and prayer to the saints. I simply compared our practice of asking for Mary’s prayers to the practice most Christians have of asking others to pray for them. Why wouldn’t we ask the Mother of God for prayers?! Jim covered how Martin Luther prayed the rosary and continued his devotion to the Mother of God even after the Protestant revolt began. We also discussed our disagreement with the Lutheran view that grace does not transform us. As baptized Catholic Christians, we are transformed by grace and become new creations (2 Cor. 5:17). We shared we are creatures destined for great holiness, which is either attained or not attained depending on our cooperation with grace. We are capable of great goodness!
Overall, the people who visited the Cathedral came from many different faith traditions, but by them just visiting showed an openness that made it a great venue for evangelism. Also, the SPSE members that participated came from various parishes, some as far as one and half hours away. We shared a prayer at the conclusion of the event for the Holy Spirit to continue to guide us and shared how we can support one another no matter where the next evangelism event is held.
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