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Lucy Stamm

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The Cross is Never Easy - 2022-12-11

December 18, 2022

The Cross is not easy, but Jesus loves us that much! So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

Two teenage boys paused at the table wondering what we were giving away. The one e. Lucy talked to was not a Chrisitan but we’re pretty sure we gave him a Good News/kerygma pamphlet. The other boy said he was a Christian and listened politely to the meaning and gifts of the Rosary prayer. May they be moved by our Lord’s love for them to draw closer to Him.

A soggy foursome asked us for directions to a place they didn’t know the name of, so we couldn’t help them with that. But we offered them something of greater value, and three of them chose Rosaries. Turns out they are Catholic and seemed familiar with the prayer. May they, and all of us, seek first the Kingdom of God.

Just as e. Lucy decided to put our second-to-last chain Rosary out on the table, a woman came up and, acting slightly embarrassed, asked if she could make a special request. She pulled the Rosary from her purse and told us that the Saints featured on it freaked her out, so much so that she couldn’t pray with it, and so she would like a different one. What she had was a chain Rosary with a centerpiece featuring a photo of the two youngest shepherd children of Fatima. She knew the story, but couldn’t wrap her head around the suffering the children had willingly endured. We offered to let her trade it in for the chain Rosary, which had a standard Marian centerpiece. “I’m okay with Mary,” she happily said. Please pray for our visitor? One can’t outrun suffering. Saints Francisco and Jacinta, pray for us.

A man strode to the table with a grin and replied to “Are you familiar with the Rosary?” with “No, but you’re going to tell me all about it.” Though his manner implied a certain skepticism, he listened to our call to dive deep into the life and love of Christ in prayer. He responded that maybe he would give it a try. Come, Holy Spirit, and turn his “maybe” into “yes”.

A woman, who must have overheard us offering Rosaries, was already on the way to the table when we made the offer to her. She knew nothing about the Rosary, but was curious and, after we explained it to her, she seemed genuinely willing to pray it. May her love of Christ grow as she explores the gifts and mysteries of the Rosary.

The cold, light rain served to dampen spirits and reduce the number of passersby, but the evangelists still gave away 12-15 (double digits, despite the rain!) Rosaries and its pamphlet, as well as a copy 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.

The Cross is as challenging today as it was when Jesus taught that one must “take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). 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).