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Lucy Stamm

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Why Be Catholic? - 2022-08-14

August 21, 2022

Being Catholic brings many spiritual advantages. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

As we were arriving, “Sarah” set her blanket of bracelets for sale directly across from “our spot”. Most people turned to us instead of toward her. E. Lucy tried to talk with her afterwards, but she was pretty incoherent. May God bless her, save her, and bring her into the Catholic Church.

“Aaron”, a homeless man who has talked to us in the past, came up to us just as we were setting up. He said we were an answer to prayer because he had a question. He wanted to know how to stop sinning and being tempted. He wanted to reform for the sake of a new girlfriend. We assured him that temptations were never going away and that seeking virtue rather than trying to stop sin by sheer force of will was his way forward. E. Chuck recommended the “Litany of Humility” as a daily prayer for him. E. Lucy then brought it up on her phone so we could pray part of it with him. Though Aaron attends a non-Catholic Christian church, we pointed him to the Catholic Church with its many means of grace as the greatest asset to help him. He accepted a “Why Be Catholic” pamphlet. Lord, soften Aaron’s heart that he may seek to please You.

A large, multi-generational family group declined a Rosary, but the eldest man suddenly dropped back and came toward us. He said he’d like to pray for us. He stretched a hand toward each of us and offered a prayer for the growth of the God’s Kingdom and for our protection. E. Lucy said this was the same prayer she prayed just before we set up. He stopped by again on their way back, and let us know from what state he’s visiting. He described to us how he’d taught his children to be respectful to everyone, including the homeless. He also admitted that he’s not a typical resident of his home state. Thank you, Lord, for Your faithful servants!

Two women approached, wearing black lipstick and sporting large upside-down cross earrings. They wanted a Rosary and we encouraged them to pray it. St. Peter, who chose to be crucified upside-down out of humility, please pray for the salvation of these women!

“John”, the parking lot attendant, stopped to have lunch and to chat. One of the things he related was the story of how he was “excommunicated” from the pseudo-Christian sect he had grown up in. He described his “trial”, in which he had freely admitted all his past actions. E. Chuck noted that this sounded like a General Confession and, if had he done that as a Catholic, he would have received absolution rather than condemnation. Though he acknowledged this, it did not seem to resonate with him and he passed on to other stories. Open the eyes of his heart, Lord, that he may see all the graces You offer him in Your Church.

Three members out of a family of five stopped to choose Rosaries. They were already Catholic.

A Catholic couple happily proclaimed their affiliation with the Church and let us know they had “lots of Rosaries” at home. We asked them to pray it for us.

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away maybe 15 Rosaries, half of them black. With each Rosary, we also gave away a copy of the pamphlet on how to pray it.

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.

The Catholic Church is truly a treasure-house of grace. 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!

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