Henniker, New Hampshire. Today’s story presents a lesson for us all to reflect on. Our evangelist had an extremely beautiful rosary to give away, but someone they were less familiar with took it. At first she was disappointed, but upon reflection she realized she shouldn’t be judging who is worthy of it and who is not. Which is just like the gift of faith…none of us deserve this most precious gift that we’re freely given. And then she nailed it. We’re all special and unique, and yet at the same time all undeserving. Just like the gift of Our Lord being born on Christmas Day, a gift that none of us are worthy of, yet here He is for all of us to receive.
The following report comes to us from evangelist James with the St. Teresa’s/St. Mary’s team in New Hampshire:
Last weekend at St Theresa’s we set up to evangelize at the Christmas Craft Fair. Not a lot of traffic but we got to talk with several people both young and old. Fr. Marcel had given us some rosaries he found around the Church so we had these on the table along with pamphlets and Miraculous Medals. One white set of rosaries was particularly beautiful. I’m not sure what they were made out of but it appeared to be either ivory, stone or bone. On each bead was engraved a different Marian title. A true heirloom. I remember looking at the beads and thinking these need to go to someone special. When someone who we only superficially engage with picked up the rosaries from among all we had I was a little disappointed. Thinking about it I began to realize who am I to decide who is special and who is not. Do any of us really deserve the gift of Faith freely given. Are we not all special and at the same time all undeserving. This is a ministry of Faith and trust that when we do our part Jesus will do the rest. I thought this was a good example of the evangelizers being evangelized.
This wraps up our first year of the St. Paul Street Evangelization ministry. Thanks to all those who have prayed for us and supported our efforts. May the peace and joy of Christmas find a welcome in our hearts, our families and our community.
Praised be Jesus Christ! A very Merry Christmas to all our SPSE evangelists and prayer warriors out there! Thank you for all you do for Our Lord. May the peace of the Christ child fill your homes and your hearts.