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Lucy Stamm

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Building the Body of Christ - 2022-11-13

November 20, 2022

Our presence empowers fellow Catholics to talk about Faith concerns. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

A Catholic man, heading south, commented on our faithfully being there every week. On his way back, he again commented on our being there, no matter the weather. Evidently, he walks past us often. (St. John Paul the Great, help the evangelists remember faces!) This time, he stopped to share his story. A devout Catholic who loves Mary, he had been invited on a pilgrimage halfway around the world. The trip had a profound effect on him, drawing him closer to Our Lady. In our discussion of Marian appearances, he expressed concern over the Church's fulfilling of Mary's request at Fatima to consecrate Russia. E. Lucy was able to cite from the Vatican website's voluminous coverage of Fatima that the seer, Sr. Lucia Dos Santos, had been granted word after Pope St. John Paul’s consecration that “Heaven has accepted”, and that therefore the matter is at rest. He was grateful for the news. Since Russia is still troublesome, the evangelist told him she thought it is because she continued to spread her errors during the forty years before the consecration. Errors are insidious and harder to reverse than prevent. Our visitor then told us of his plans, when he retires in a couple of years, to move overseas near a famous Marian site and to undertake some major pilgrimages there. Lord, may your son grow in faithfulness and holiness, and be a credible witness to the power of God for everyone he meets.

From a group of four passing women, one came to the table while the others kept going. Our visitor wanted to get a Rosary for her mother, who was in the hospital and not expected to live. She said her mother was Catholic, but did not say what she herself believed. She was, however, going to visit her in the hospital that day. We convinced her to get a Rosary for herself, too, so she could pray it with her mother. She picked out two Rosaries and, just before she rushed away, e. Lucy gave her a Divine Mercy prayer card and asked her to pray the Chaplet in her mother’s presence. Pray for the peaceful repose of our visitor’s mother and for the comfort of Faith for both women.

A college-aged Catholic woman, accompanied by a friend, stopped for a Rosary. We encouraged her companion to also choose one, and for the women to pray it together.

A group of college-aged teens paused briefly on their way into the convention center. One young woman held back to proudly proclaim her Catholicity and that she was looking forward to getting married in the Church. Was there a young man already in the picture? No. E. Lucy encouraged her to ask for St. Joseph's and St. Anthony's intercession.

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 20-25 Rosaries and its pamphlet, as well as one Divine Mercy prayer card.

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.

Our Catholic presence gives fellow Catholics the courage to express their Faith in a public setting. 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).