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The Rosary is a Good Thing - 2022-11-06

November 13, 2022

What is more visibly Catholic than the Rosary? Curiosity about it can draw people to Christ. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

“I gave that up a long time ago,” was the reply to the offer of a Rosary by a man passing our table. Suddenly, he turned back to us and launched into a lengthy list of political grievances, to which the evangelist offered, “This is why we should pray for our country.” He rolled his eyes, moaned, and walked away shaking his head. Pray that his heart is softened and he turns to the One Who is truly trustworthy, God.

After declining a Rosary, an older woman from a large family group noticed our sign and said, “Oh, you’re Catholic.” She came back to the table. She was Catholic, did not pray the Rosary, but was thinking she wanted to start doing so. The evangelist showed her the Rosary pamphlet, and how it could help her re-learn the prayer. Teenage members of her family had paused with her and listened in, but shook their heads when encouraged to pick out a Rosary. Pray she perseveres in her intention to devote herself to prayer.

A woman came to the table with her reluctant husband in tow. It was unclear whether she was Catholic or not, but she was definitely Christian and seemed eager to try the prayer. The husband did not choose a Rosary at first, saying, “That’s her thing.” She replied that she mostly prayed for him. The evangelist offered that the Rosary was a good prayer to get introduced to Jesus and through which to ask Him questions. Looking from the evangelist to his wife (surrounded!), the man picked out a Rosary and took the pamphlet. Pray that his reluctance is turned into rejoicing in the salvation of the Lord.

After the couple left, a young man came to the table, unbidden. He was In RCIA at a local parish, and was eager to try praying the Rosary. He listened attentively to instruction on how to pray it. He couldn’t wait to be baptized! Pray his faith continues to bloom in joy and gladness.

Another young man, with a thick accent, stopped without being asked. He admired the array of Rosaries. He exclaimed that he wanted a Rosary wherever he went and said he had them hanging in his car and all over his house. The evangelist recommended he pick one up to actually use for praying, and he thought that was a good idea. He also noted down the time our team is at the Grove so he could bring his sister another day. Pray for his family in the Ukraine.

The fourth in a group of young adults stopped, causing the rest of his group to stop, too, curious about our offer. The young adult knew nothing about the Rosary and was iffy on whether he was Christian. The evangelist showed him the Mysteries and how they were good places to ask God questions, to see just how great God’s love is for us, and how He is calling us to love Him back. The man selected a Rosary, but the others in the group just wanted the Rosary pamphlet to look at. The evangelist and the first young man reasoned they might as well take a Rosary, just in case the pamphlet inspired them to pray. So, they did. Pray they hear the Lord knocking on the door of their hearts and let Him in.

A young couple stopped for a Rosary. She was Catholic, and he was not. At first, he was not going to take a Rosary but she persuaded him. Then the evangelist encouraged them to pray it together at their first opportunity. Pray she has the courage to evangelize her boyfriend.

Two different groups of teenage skaters, all professing to be Christian, eagerly chose Rosaries and even stayed long enough for the evangelist to explain and extoll the prayer. The second group later brought another teen to get a Rosary. Pray these teens hang onto Christ and don’t give in to temptation.

More than one family leaving the arena stopped to let their children pick out a Rosary. Most of them were Catholic. Pray these families are united in prayer.

It was a blustery, cold day at the Grove with minimal foot traffic, that is, until the game ended at the sports arena there. Still, the evangelist gave away 20-25 Rosaries. Oh, and white Rosaries were really popular last week, as were blue.

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.

Although many misconceptions about the Rosary have sprung up over the last several hundred years, when people find out that it leads to closer union with Christ, their hearts open. 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).