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Reliable Spiritual Shortcut - 2022-10-02

October 9, 2022

Many people seem attracted to the Rosary, perhaps for its connection to Jesus Christ. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

A private security guard, working the show in the convention center, came directly to us for a Rosary. Already Catholic, she wanted to pray it during her long hours on watch. After she left, e. Lucy suddenly remembered our 3rd/4th-class relic cards of St. Michael the Archangel, and ran to take her one. The guard had already started praying her first Rosary, but was very happy to receive the prayer card/relic. May God bless and protect her and all those who serve to protect us!

“Kit”, the homeless guitar-carrying spiritual dilettante from last week, stopped to talk, telling us that he is flying to Hawaii that following Tuesday (which seemed incredible, considering his apparent homeless condition). He even tried to give away some of his “medicine” to a passerby right in front of the table, which the man declined. He also told us he was very hard of hearing, and hinted at suicidal ideation. He proceeded to extol cultures and religions that still practice human sacrifice, erroneously claiming the Bible approved of it in Jesus' case. Kit didn't consider that, although Jesus didn't prevent his execution, those who decided on his death and those who participated in it were all guilty, not only of murder, but also of the most  heinous of crimes: deicide. And besides, Jesus' death was the once-for-all sacrifice, hence there is no further need of human sacrifice, which the Bible repeatedly teaches is especially abhorrent to God. Pray that Kit’s eyes will be opened to the spiritual dead end he is following.

Frequent passerby “Cole” has been out of jail for a month now, and the medications seem to be wearing off. His ability to speak coherently was noticeably worse. He complained of losing hundreds of dollars out of his pocket a day or so earlier, but was trying to be okay with the loss.

”James”, a sometime visitor ever since we met him as a teenage panhandler 10 years ago, stopped when e. Lucy hailed him. He walked like he was in a lot of pain, or had other neurological disabilities going on. He chose a Rosary, but didn't say much. Please continue to pray for his salvation, safety, and health?

A group of four Catholic men stopped when one of them wanted a Rosary. They were from different cities, but had met here for the college football game earlier in the weekend. The man e. Chuck spoke to was Catholic, but did not own a Rosary, a situation he called “sad”. He added that he thought our being there with a table of Rosaries was “meant to be”! Three of them were choosing a Rosary for themselves when the fourth man pulled out his wallet. E. Lucy let him know that we didn't accept donations. “Then I'll take a Rosary, too”, he said, and put his wallet back away. We encouraged them all to spend time praying it, as well as to get to evening Mass. Pray that they will use these rosaries and stir the flame of faith to burn brighter in their lives.

A group of families with small children passed by, one father giving a solid no to our offer. But a few paces behind them came a mother with a very young toddler. One of the boys who had just passed by with his father went running back to join the mom. When she reached us, she said yes to our offer so that boy could get a Rosary. Before he was finished making his choice, another brother had also run back to get one. Please pray that family becomes united in Faith and prayer?

A couple stopped at the table when the woman wanted a free Rosary. She was a non-Catholic Christian, though, and didn't know anything about the devotion. E. Lucy explained the prayer and how it helps people grow closer to Jesus Christ. Then both she and the man accepted a Rosary apiece and the pamphlet on how to pray it.

Three women declined the offer of a Rosary for themselves, but suggested we ask the very heavyset man who had just entered the business park and was slowly and painfully walking our direction. “He probably wants one,” they said. He declined, however, but one of the evangelists sent up a silent prayer for mercy for him. On his way back, about a half hour later, he declined again, but this time seemed to be walking at normal speed and without pain. Praise God!

At the end of our time, retired John rode up on his grandson's bicycle, getting there in time for a short visit with e. Chuck. John's been vigilant about his health, talked about car problems and politics, and remains wary of organized religion “when it makes exclusive truth claims”. E. Chuck reasoned that it is in the nature of a religion to make truth claims and that, by definition, truth is singular. Then the two (!) employees hired to replace John showed up, and he began talking to them. Keep praying for John!

Altogether, the evangelists gave away 15 or so Rosaries and its pamphlet, as well as one St Michael prayer card relic.

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 to bring much good fruit for His Kingdom out of today’s efforts.

“To Jesus Through Mary” is the shortcut to Sainthood commended by St. Louis de Montfort, and therefore we encourage everyone to pray the Rosary. 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).