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State or province: Idaho

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Lucy Stamm

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Called Back to Faith - 2022-07-10

July 17, 2022

People repeatedly show renewed interest in the spiritual life. So thankyou again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

Three clean-cut men in their early 20s had come to town from another part of the State. “Chandler”, “Trayson”, and “Dawson” came to the table. Chandler told e. Chuck that he couldn’t really say that he was a Christian although he “leaned that way”. So, e. Chuck showed him how the Mysteries of the Rosary could show him what he’s missing. E. Lucy talked with Dawson, who asked us to pray with them for safe travel for Trayson, who was going to drive their car back to eastern Idaho. When e. Chuck reached a stopping point with Chandler, e. Lucy let  him know the prayer request and the evangelists prayed for the young men. From their posture during the prayer, e. Lucy deduced they were raised in the pseudo-Christian sect that has a large presence in their hometown. Only Trayson did not select a Rosary. As they were walking away, e. Chuck remembered he wanted to give Chandler a Good News/kerygma pamphlet and ran it to them. However, it was Trayson who turned to take the pamphlet. May Your love and Your sacrifice on display in the Mysteries of the Rosary draw these young men closer to You, Lord Jesus.

“John”, the parking lot attendant, stopped to chat. After a while, a flustered-looking woman walked near the table, and e. Chuck asked if she needed help. She had forgotten which parking garage she had parked her car in and then, when she had found it again, she couldn’t get her parking ticket to work. We told her it was her lucky day and pointed to John, whose job it is to maintain those machines. So John went off to help her. May we be as persistent in seeking the Lord as she was in seeking her car.

A man stopped to say he didn’t need a Rosary as he had many, including one that he had picked up in Rome. He then stayed to chat about his many travels. At the end his recitation, we encouraged him to pray with that Rosary from Rome. May he see the Rosary as more than a memento.

A Catholic father, mother, and teenage daughter stopped to select a Rosary each. The teenager told e. Chuck that she felt it was time she finally learned to pray the Rosary. So, he first went over the mechanics of the prayer with her using the how-to pamphlet, and then let her know the great spiritual value of the prayer. She said her grandma knew the Rosary by heart.  May this family learn to pray together.

A man on a bike, with a Rosary around his neck that we are pretty sure he got from us in the past, stopped to select another Rosary. He smiled a lot, but didn’t have much to say. We gave him a how-to pamphlet and encouraged him to actually pray with the Rosary, to which he nodded, still smiling, and rode away. May he find true joy in the Cross of Christ.

The repeat visitor whom we dubbed “Tony” came and talked with e. Chuck for a short time.

The homeless woman, who professes belonging to a pseudo-Biblical cult, and her very heavy friend stopped to chat about the weather. The friend actually came and chose a Rosary this time!

A man in a mint-green business shirt headed purposely toward our table after the scruffy-looking group in front of him had all said “no, thank you” to receiving a Rosary. E. Lucy allowed him to choose a Rosary, but then was tongue-tied, so e. Chuck explained the devotion to him.

A Catholic family stopped and got Rosaries for the children. We encouraged them to pray it together daily!

A young person in his mid-teens came for a Rosary. He said he was not Christian, but seemed in a hurry to rejoin his family. So, e. Lucy gave him a copy of the kerygma and encouraged him to read it when he got a chance.

A man came by to ask if we had a permit. We explained that we had permission to set up there, since we neither sell anything nor accept donations.

A disheveled-looking group of 3 adults stopped for Rosaries. They went by again later.

Altogether, we gave away 15-20 Rosaries and its pamphlet, as well as at least 2 copies of the Good News/kerygma.

Please 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.

People who have been raised in a faith, seem to feel the call to take another look at things spiritual, including Christianity, as preserved intact by the Catholic Church. So thankyou again for your prayers and other support for this ministry. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!

“Go with the strength you have” (Judg 6:14).