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Lucy Stamm

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Jesus Is True - 2022-10-23

October 30, 2022

The Rosary leads to Jesus Christ, and we encourage people to pray it. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

A large group of people were passing by. One called out that they were in a hurry and didn’t have time to stop for a Rosary. But one couple peeled out of the group and came over. They chose a Rosary, listened to a brief description of the devotion, then sprinted off to rejoin their companions.

A man was passing by on his bicycle. When he heard the offer of a free Rosary, he braked hard to stop in front of the table. He said he was Catholic and “needed another Rosary”, so he could have one at home and one with him. When asked, he admitted he was not attending Mass, but desired to get back to going. He had been faithful when living at home but, now that he was in a new city, he had gotten out of the habit. E. Lucy used the list of area parishes to identify the one closest to his apartment and gave him the list. We encouraged him not to delay getting back to Reconciliation and the Eucharist, which prompted him to admit he usually felt a lot of relief after receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Lord, you gave him the grace to desire a return to Your Sacraments. May he act on it.

An older teen picked out a Rosary and admitted he didn’t know much about it. He also said he wasn’t really Christian, but had studied the world’s religions. Before he could go on about his universalism, we showed him how to pray the Rosary and how meditating on the Mysteries and asking God any questions they brought up was a great way to focus his spiritual wanderings. We gave him a Good News pamphlet. Pray he has an encounter with the living God!

A teen girl stopped for a Rosary. When offered the pamphlet on how to pray it and grow closer to Jesus Christ, she declined it saying she “practiced [a form of forbidden divination].” We told her the Rosary was not the same, but she walked away saying she knew that. But she said it in a way that told the evangelists that she did not have a clue what the difference was between Christianity and her dangerous practices. Pray for this girl, Mother Mary, that she can meet her true Savior.

Three teenage girls rushed to the table for Rosaries, one saying she was Catholic. The other two girls were quiet through the explanation of how to pray the Rosary, and we encouraged the Catholic girl to pray it with her friends. Pray she has the courage to evangelize her friends.

Several groups of older teens stopped at different times. In a couple of the groups, a teen admitted they weren’t Christian. Each one ended up accepting a copy of the kerygma pamphlet and the encouragement to read it.

One of us has a vague memory of three college age men stopping, one of whom was Catholic.

A dad with two youngsters brought his kids to the table. In reply to our query about whether he knew about the Rosary, he said he had gone to a university founded by Catholic friars. The smaller of the two girls was in an uncooperative mood, so her older sister picked out a Rosary for her. The father did not take one. The little girl perked up once she had the Rosary in hand, and we encouraged the father to teach his children to pray. His reply was noncommittal. Pray that those Rosaries stir the flame of Faith in that family.

Also, a larger family with several children stopped so everyone could get Rosaries, but the parents seemed evasive when urged to pray it together.

It was noticeably colder than last week and windy, but God answered prayer and calmed the wind gusts so our teaser sign, “Do I need a Savior?”, stopped blowing over. He also held off the rain until the last evangelist was in the car and started driving away. Praise God!

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away about 20 Rosaries its pamphlet, as well as 2 copies of the kerygma and a map to area parishes.

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.

We encourage everyone, believer or non-, to pray the Rosary to get to know Jesus Christ. 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).