This was our second attendance at this event. Last year it was great and we set up on the street just outside the park. This time it was great until it was not.
Luis C. and I showed up around 11am. This time the organizers added a fence so setting up outside the park was not an option. So we just wheeled the wagon into the middle of the festival and set up our table in a great spot under a tree.
As soon as we arrived, a gentlemen and his son approached us. He informed us his son was doing a report on the papacy and they had questions about the doctrine of infallibility. We discussed the issue, but I had to admit there were gray areas. Luckily I had both the SPSE pamphlet and a booklet from Catholic Answers on the topic which I gave to them.
We continued to meet a lot of people and give out many rosaries and medals. Some policemen came up to us and took a rosary. Another couple arrived where the wife was Catholic and the husband was discerning his entry into the church. We answered his many questions. He asked abut RCIA and why it is so difficult to join the Catholic church. Luis pointed him in the direction of Mother Mary for guidance.
A continuing story for me at SPSE is that person who declines the item with a bit of air of superiority, only to return an hour later saying they were moved to come back and get a medal or rosary. Way to go Holy Spirit!
So after about 1 1/2 hours, while I was busy with a customer, a lady comes up to Luis and tells him we have to leave. She didn’t look official, so Luis & I decided to ignore her request for now and see what happens. Then we held hands and said a prayer for her asking God to forgive her for she knows not….
5 minutes later one of the policemen shows up and tells us we have to leave because the event sponsors rented the park and only paying vendors can be there. We explained we were not selling anything, we were passive, people were enjoying us, etc. but no matter. So we agreed to leave and started packing up.
A few minutes later, as we were packing, the lady returns and tells us to leave faster. I told her not to worry, we were packing, and would be gone in a few minutes. She says we are not packing fast enough. Luis tells her, “We prayed for you.” She says, “I don’t need your prayers.” Luis says, “We prayed for you anyway.” I’m trying not to bust out laughing while I’m packing.
So we left after a very successful hour and a half we shook the dust from our feet and drove back to Brandon.
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