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Lucy Stamm

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God Gets Through - 2022-06-26

July 10, 2022

Despite a spiritually unwholesome convention going on, God sent people to us. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

The convention that is centered around a style of cartoon art was held again this year, after a (welcome) several-year break. We saw lots of bizarre costumes but fewer Christian-friendly attendees than in previous years. Several passersby even called out a salute to the enemy of their very souls. Lord, have mercy and save them!

A newly Catholic father encouraged his son to get a Rosary. It seemed as if the dad is the only Catholic in the family so far. Lord, help him lead them all home to You in Your Church.

“Sarah”, a homeless-looking woman, stopped for a Rosary in order to “check out the competition.” She had the separated-Christian suspicion of “praying to Mary”. E. Lucy explained the Catholic concepts and she finally took a Rosary. She also took copies of our “What About Mary?” and “Praying to the Saints” pamphlets. E. Chuck noticed that she had “set up shop” just on the other side of the recycle bin from us, although we are not sure what she was hawking. (I had inadvertently prayed for “Sarah” along with my other morning intentions that day. “Wait! I don’t know a Sarah.” Now I do.)

“Ezekiel”, who has stopped a few times over the years, stopped again and asked if the streets were shining. Homeless, and probably not exactly sober, he went on to recount a dream (NDE?) he’d had where he’d “visited heaven” and talked to a woman who was too bright to look at. He’d also noticed the streets being shiny, then was later astonished when he read about it in the Bible, in Revelation’s description of Heaven. He took a Rosary and its pamphlet, as well as a Divine Mercy prayer card. He also noticed that we had a new pamphlet out on Abortion, although he declined receiving one. (BTW, no one mentioned or even alluded to the Supreme Court decision this week. Indifference remains dominant.)

A costumed woman with a startling, fake-blind eye came to the table. She didn’t know anything about the Rosary, but was a Christian and intrigued by the Rosary’s focus on Christ. May her eyes be opened to Your mercy and love, Lord.

More than one group of costumed young people stopped who answered the question, “Are you Christian?” with a thinking-out-loud sliding scale of “I was I think ...  sort of ... I’m not really sure” and a confused shrug. All accepted Rosaries and its pamphlet, our Good News/kerygma pamphlet, and our exhortation to pray and read the pamphlets. Pray that their wobbly confusion turns into solid Faith through the leading of the Holy Spirit.

A couple, wearing matching red costumes from an old video game, stopped to tell us they were Catholic and attend a local parish. At first, they were not going to take a Rosary, but then saw their favorite colors and selected one each. Give them the perseverance to remain steadfast in the Faith, Lord Jesus.

A family, not in costume, let their three young children select Rosaries. The parents had just become Catholic at the Easter Vigil and thought it a good idea for the kids to have their own Rosaries. We agreed! Mother Mary, surround these new Catholics with your loving prayer and support.

“John”, the parking lot attendant, spent nearly the whole hour chatting mostly about motorcycles and cars but, prompted by e. Lucy’s telling a story of an encounter she’d had with a menacing non-believer many years ago, started talking about his understanding of some pre-Christian philosophers. His summation was skewed towards supporting his belief that “all religion is the same and leads to heaven” and he still wasn’t open to much correction. Pray for the softening of John’s heart.

Altogether, the evangelists gave away 40-50 Rosaries, 2 Divine Mercy prayer cards, 3-4 copies of the kerygma, and a copy each of the “Praying to the Saints” and “What About Mary?” pamphlets.

Pray for us again today? 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 much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

Although hundreds of passersby had minds closed toward Christianity, we were still able to set up near-record number of people with the tools for prayer and developing a working relationship with Jesus Christ. So thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!