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Answered Prayers - 2022-10-09

October 16, 2022

God still answers prayers, and we love hearing about it. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

A Catholic grandmother stopped, accompanies by two of her grandchildren, who were in their late teens or early 20s. She was already a great believer in the power of praying the Rosary. After the grandchildren had each made their choice of a Rosary, the grandmother volunteered this “Rosary story”: Her father was in the hospital and doing poorly. His blood work was “all over the place.” The doctors weren’t sure what was wrong, but said he should probably have surgery. But the family thought he was too frail to survive an operation. They gathered in his room and prayed the Rosary together. Just as they finished the last prayer, the doctor came in again. He said he “didn’t know what to think. The latest set of bloodwork had just come in, and surgery was no longer indicated. In fact, their father could go home.” Praise be to God!

“John”, adjusting to retirement, brought his wife “Linda” along last week to introduce her “to the Catholics”. She belongs to a non-Catholic Christian denomination known for emotional services. Linda was unmoved, though, when e. Lucy shared the testimony with her about God granting sudden healing to that family’s father. “Oh, that happens all the time”, was her take on it. (Then why, I wonder, did her husband have us pray all those months when their friend Myron was at death’s door?) Please pray for Linda’s and John’s conversion to the fullness of the Faith in the Catholic Church?

Two 20-something women stopped. One admitted she practiced a non-Christian style of spirituality. She had a question, though, about why God answers some prayers and not others, or more specifically, why He helps some people but not others. E. Lucy explained that God always loves us and knows what we need the most, that even suffering and death are not the worst of evils. She offered her a copy of our pamphlet on “Suffering” (as well as a copy of the kerygma). She and her companion also each chose a Rosary for herself. Then they expressed interest in attending a church, just to see what it was about. E. Lucy happily gave them a copy of our map to area parishes. But then they asked how they were to dress. E. Lucy explained that people show up wearing many different styles, a large number of them dressed casually. Could they come dressed like they were then? Yes, e. Lucy said, saying that only swimwear was actually frowned upon. But then she took a second look at their outfits. Both girls were wearing long-sleeved tops and shorts, and their shorts were, well, awfully short. She suggested they wear something slightly longer. They seemed okay with that. Please pray that the Real Presence of Our Lord in Catholic churches draws them all the way into full communion with the Faith.

Some teens, perhaps 13-14 years old, were noisily careening around the cobblestones on their skateboards. After about half an hour of this, one of them headed to our table, the others following. All but one claimed they were Christian. E. Lucy handed the nonbeliever a copy of the kerygma, and also encouraged him to actually pray the Rosary, at the same time thinking about Who Jesus Is and what He has done for him. She described the peace and protection that many experience, even if all they have is questions. They all seemed willing to try it.

A pre-teen girl in a bright purple team uniform rode her bike up to the table and asked about the Rosary. She hesitated about accepting one, because she was afraid her parents wouldn’t approve. They were in a nearby restaurant, she said, and e. Lucy suggested she ask them if it was okay. If so, then she could come back and get one. Soon thereafter, the girl was again seen riding around and around the business park, now noticeably more wildly. She didn’t come back to the table.

A story from last week (and here on our website) was about “James”. He stopped by the table again during this session. He seemed clearheaded, for once, and also seemed to have no difficulty walking. He said he had gone to church that morning, implying but not actually claiming that it was the Catholic Church that he had attended. E. Lucy reminisced about his coming to the table 10 years earlier, when he was a teenager and being forced to panhandle. James remembered us as always being there. He was also very grateful that he wasn’t panhandling any more, and that he had the dignity of a real job. He cut the conversation somewhat short at that point, because his break was almost over and he had to get back to work. Please keep James in your prayers?

Altogether, the evangelist gave away 15-20 Rosaries and its pamphlet, as well as at least 2 copies of the kerygma, a map to area parishes, and a copy of our pamphlet on suffering.

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.


Evidence of God’s love and mercy are all around us, for those with eyes to see. 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).