A dog walking couple stopped to talk, She told us she was Greek Orthodox.  She then asked why we were doing this.  When she was informed that we are doing it at Christ’s command to spread the word, she said, “So you are EVANGELICAL Catholics . . .?”  This label was warmly agreed to with now embarrassment whatsoever.  As she went in to make a reservation, he stayed and talked about how great religion is and what a positive influence it has on culture.  He was English and went on to talk about the monasteries that used to exist in England.  When asked if he practiced the faith in some way, he informed us that he did not believe in God.  He was offered an “Existence of God” pamphlet, which he flatly said no to since he did not need to be “indoctrinated”.

Another passing gentlemen upon being offered a Rosary, said “No thanks.  I am a ‘recovering Catholic’.”  We informed him that he is always welcome back, at which point he stopped and somewhat defensively said, “No, I am still with you.”  One of us asked, “Do you like Francis?”  He cautiously replied, “What do you mean?”  “The Pope.  Here have one of these,” was the reply as he was given a Pope Francis million dollar bill.  He expressed gratitude as he left and assured us “I’m still with you”.

A gentleman with three sons aged about 15, 11 and 8 stopped by after being offered free Rosaries.  The youngest son asked, “How much?”  This drew a chuckle as the father said, “He just told you they were free. That means you already know how much.” All three boys also took Rosaries and a “how to” pamphlet and were encourage to try it out when they got home.

The oldest son locked in the “Existence of God” pamphlet.  He asked if he could have it and upon opening it, started to read it the following words aloud with a smart-aleck teen aged grin:

“There is no other question as important as ‘Does God exist?’ If He does not, then we must concede that there is ultimately nothing special about the world and the beings that inhabit it. Mankind is merely the product of a random and senseless cosmic process that will, eventually, swallow us in death both personally and as a species.” He then stepped away and continued reading to himself quietly.

 

A nicely dressed woman in purple hesitantly stopped and asked, “What is the Rosary all about anyway?” An evangelist stepped forward and shared with her that is a meditation on the life of Christ through the eyes of his mother (thanks to Adam Janke for that one).  She was also given a “how to” pamphlet and invited to try it out.  Since she was a Bible believing Christian, the other thing shared with her was a Lectio Divina pamphlet.  We told her it is a great way to use the Bible in prayer and encouraged her to try that as well.

Although we heard No far more than we heard yes, those few yes sayers made it all worth while.

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.