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Lucy Stamm

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Roe v Wade, Godless Parents, etc. - 2022-10-30

November 4, 2022

Despite the secular holiday looming on the morrow, we had a variety of visitors. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

A middle-aged woman stopped for a Rosary, saying she knew what it was but wanted to know more. So, e. Lucy explained the worth and promise of the prayer. Not Catholic, our visitor was the first ever to mention the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade reversal. She assumed we were happy about it? We said we were, but it was only the beginning of what needs to be done. She said she did not like the court’s decision, and wondered if we were in favor of states helping pregnant mothers after they had given birth. We agreed that was important, along with the welfare of the newborn child. She took a Rosary, the pamphlet on how to pray it, and a Divine Mercy prayer card. She seemed to have more to say but went on her way instead. Pray that her heart softens toward the unborn.

A group of 2-3 boys in their mid-teens came over in response to the word “free.” They stayed to listen to a quick explanation of the Rosary, but their attitude was barely polite.

A multi-family group was exiting the hockey arena when they heard us offer a free Rosary. A woman with two young girls in costume broke away from the group and came to the table so the girls could get Rosaries. The mom said they were already familiar with the Rosary, and agreed to pray it together as a family.

A man named “Brian” came to the table with an odd story about a Crucifix that disappeared. He had been raised Catholic, but had quit because he married a non-Catholic. He said he was in town because he was in rehab, but that he didn’t actually need it. He credited his Grandma’s Rosary-praying habit with helping their family but that, when she died, the family “fell apart”. We told him this was his opportunity to take up her prayerful work and we encouraged him to go to Reconciliation and get back to receiving the Lord in the Eucharist. He said that had been on his mind, too, and he selected a Rosary. We gave him a “Come Home” and a “Primer for Confession” pamphlet as well as a map to area parishes. Pray for Brian’s reconversion and recovery from addiction.

Three or four people out of a family came to choose a Rosary apiece. This happened at least another two times.

While e. Chuck was talking with Brian, e. Lucy gave away Rosaries to a group of 3-4 teenage girls. (She also gave a copy of the kerygma to several people during the session who told her they weren’t Christian.)

    1. Chuck gave a Rosary to a man carrying a baby in the front of his coat, after joking with him about his “costume”.

The parents of three children declined our offer of a free Rosary, but one little boy ran to the table anyway. We told him he could have one only if his parents said it was okay, and we assured the mother that they were free. She then told her son, “These are about God and you don’t know about God because you don’t know yourself yet. When you get old enough to know yourself then you can decide about God.” Lord, have mercy on those parents, and fill those children with the grace to seek You.

A man wearing red, video-game-inspired sunglasses was walking two dogs that were each in costume. The man had picked up a Rosary from us last week, but stopped when we commented his dogs’ costumes. He tilted his head when we asked if he had prayed the Rosary, then said he had read all the material we gave him and it had given him lots to think about. He did not elaborate. Keep turning his thoughts to You, Lord.

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 20-25 Rosaries and its pamphlet, 1 map to area parishes, 1-2 Divine Mercy prayer cards, and 2-3 copies of the 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.

It isn’t surprising, is it? God continues to draw people to us, despite the seemingly pervasive attitude that excludes God. So thank you again for your prayers and other support of 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).