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Lucy Stamm

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God's Work Goes On - 2022-07-03

July 11, 2022

Foot traffic was heavier again on this holiday weekend, and we got to interact with people, both hot and cold toward Christianity. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

It was nearly the Fourth of July holiday last week. This time, in the convention center, was a gathering of role-playing gamers. Several convention goers stopped for Rosaries. One group had gone by with “no, thank you” on their lips. Then they tried the wrong door to get into the convention center and turned around, puzzled. E. Lucy directed them around the corner to the correct door. At least three members of the group then stopped to get a Rosary. May God bless them and save them!

A fairly young, red-haired, homeless-looking man stopped for a Rosary. After he chose one, he didn’t leave but kept standing there. E. Lucy asked if he had any questions. He asked, “If you had a daughter that was an angel, and she needed help, what would you do?” E. Lucy said she would pray. She then asked the man if he had a daughter. “Yes.” “Has she ‘passed on’?” she asked, trying for delicacy. “No.” So, e. Lucy then explained how to make an intention for whatever his daughter needed most, and then to pray the Rosary while working hard to concentrate on the Mysteries and trying to understand Jesus better himself. She said many powerful blessings come when you pray that way. He thanked her and seemed willing to try it.

John, the parking lot attendant, told us about going back to college as an adult and enjoying his philosophy class, where his instructor  taught him the nonsense that “we could not attain any idea of what reality is because we cannot trust our senses or our reason”. E. Chuck tried to help him see that materialism and relativism not only lead to logical dead ends, but also bar us from being in a true relationship with God. Please pray that the evangelists rely solely on the Holy Spirit as they continue in conversation with John. Please continue to pray for John, who is at least beginning to take another look at the right questions. And, God, please forgive instructors who teach error, and please save them and their students!

A homeless man named “James” stopped for a Rosary. His words didn’t make a lot of sense.

A man stopped, but didn’t know enough English to read the Rosary booklet. We gave him one anyway, for its pictures, and encouraged him to look online for the prayers in his native language. He chose a Rosary and agreed to do so.

A multi-generational Catholic family of 8 or 10 stopped. The father and some of the teens chose Rosaries. We encouraged them to pray together every day as a family. They said they would.

A group of young adults stopped. One admitted to not being Christian. E. Lucy explained the benefits of still praying the Rosary, even if all she had were questions.

Lucy offered a Rosary to a group of 3 or 4 going by. A man called out, “No, thank you. We’re Jewish.” “Oh, so is Jesus!”, e. Lucy replied. “He was a good man”, the man responded. Ah, more than just “a good man”. God, bring them into the Catholic Church so they can become “completed Jews”.

A couple in their mid-20s declined a Rosary as they passed, but then the woman suddenly changed her mind and came back, while the man stayed a short distance away. She wanted to pick one out for someone else (child? relative? friend?). She said she knew who Jesus was and even seemed to believe in Him, but then her smile left her face as she stated, “but I believe what I want to believe.” E. Lucy went over the Rosary devotion with her and assured her that it was okay to pray the Rosary even if all she had were questions. Please pray for her conversion.

Two teens on bicycles passed by, then circled back to select a Rosary. They were not sure if they were Christian or not, so we showed them how the prayers of the Rosary would show them who Jesus Christ is. We also gave them each a Good News/kerygma pamphlet. May they come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

A woman yelled at us that she didn’t “believe in that stuff”, so e. Chuck asked her why and she replied, “’Cuz I’m a pagan.” E. Chuck then asked why she was a pagan, but she only gave us a shocked/annoyed look and kept walking. For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, Lord, have mercy on her and on the whole world.

Three young teenage girls, wearing more makeup than clothes, stopped at the table. Two selected Rosaries but were not Christian. They each accepted a Good News/kerygma pamphlet as well as the evangelist’s words. The third girl declined everything offered to her, saying that she was an atheist with an upside-down cross tattooed on her hip and that she liked to take drugs. She declared all this with a smile. Oh, St. Peter, who was crucified on an upside-down cross, pray that she repents and is saved.

Altogether, we gave away 25-30 Rosaries and its pamphlet, 3-4 copies of the kerygma, and 1 map to area parishes.

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us with their 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.

God can work with people who are hot or cold. So, thankyou       again for your prayers for this apostolate. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!