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The following report comes to us from team leader Lucy with our team in Boise, ID:
He is Risen! Last week was Easter and most people seemed to be in a good mood. The convention center in our business park was open again, at long last. The group meeting there was a multi-state gathering of a group that calls itself “apostolic”. The group originated south of the border, and Chuck encountered them during his youth ministry days when leading mission trips there. They’re very anti-Catholic. Yet, at least three of them (including one father of a family) accepted Rosaries from us! May Our Blessed Mother lead them and their families home to the Church that her Son founded!
A 30-something woman responded to our offer of a free Rosary. I spotted the handle of what appeared to be a handgun sticking out of her purse. But the woman seemed friendly, and accepted a Rosary and a brief explanation of the devotion. Chuck didn’t notice the gun at all until she said, “This is not a real gun. It’s a nerf pistol.” I asked, “What are you doing with the nerf pistol?” “My younger siblings and I were out earlier today, when there weren’t many people about, and we were [using it to play]”. Pray she and her siblings find greater joy in spending Sunday mornings at Mass!
A woman stopped for a Rosary because her mother is Catholic. Asked if she were Christian, she demurred and said she believed “it was all good.” I handed her a copy of the kerygma, introducing it as a one-page presentation of the basic Christian message, and encouraging her to use it to refresh her memory. She said she planned to read it at home where she has reading glasses.
Praised be Jesus Christ! Please pray for us and ask God to send people to us with hearts prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that He brings much good fruit for His Kingdom out of our efforts. Also, please pray for a woman who reacted as if we’d caused her pain when wishing her a Happy Easter.