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Lucy Stamm

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Still Seeking the Lost - 2023-01-01

January 8, 2023

The date changed, but our mandate didn’t. So, thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

A man staggered by, saying "I can't breathe" and other, less-intelligible words. E. Chuck watched him concernedly as, further down the sidewalk, he bent over as if in pain. The evangelist went to check on him, to make sure he wasn't having a heart attack or other medical emergency. The man said he would be okay, that he'd just forgotten to bring his inhaler with him. May God bless and heal him!

A hockey tournament was happening in the arena. Near the end of our session, several family groups stopped at our table after they exited the building. They were either Catholic, or otherwise familiar with the Rosary. Most chose a Rosary for themselves.

A group of three young adults stopped. The two women were familiar with the Rosary, but the man was not, and was only “sort of familiar” with Who Jesus is. He accepted a Rosary and an explanation of the devotion. When e. Lucy told the three that, if they try to pray it with reverence, many people experience peace and protection, even if all they had were questions. At that, they looked more interested and suggested they might actually try the prayer. May God bless them and draw them to Himself and eternal life!

E. Lucy told another group of college-aged young adults how powerful the Rosary prayer is. A friend of hers had discovered that an illegal drug was being manufactured in a house distressingly near hers. Once she received the Rosary the evangelist sent her, the problem house was suddenly no more and peace was restored in the neighborhood. Blessed be God!

Several of the hockey families let their children come get a Rosary, but didn't take one themselves. Lord, let the little children lead their whole family to (or back to) You!

Three young women  eagerly accepted our offer of a Rosary. E. Chuck talked with one who was wearing an odd balaclava with floppy bunny ears. At least one of the women was an active Catholic, in town to visit family. Pray for their perseverance in the Raith.

A family of four active Catholics stopped to select Rosaries for the young children with them. When encouraged to pray together, the father replied that it was already their practice. Pray for the strengthening of all families in prayer and holiness.

We also vaguely remember a man who came to the table without being asked, not sure whether he passed us and came back, or just overheard us offering a Rosary to others. He may have been Catholic, but details of the conversation have evanesced.

The community Christmas tree in the center of the business park still had many (most?) of its gift-request tags remaining. This is the first time we’ve seen this happen. Usually the tags are all claimed by Thanksgiving. Are people feeling impoverished this year? Please pray?

The New Year in Boise started with a cool, but calm and sunny day. Foot traffic was surprisingly light. Still, the two evangelists gave away 15-20 Rosaries and its pamphlet.

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.

Jesus Christ is real, alive, and worthy of our worship. More and more people don’t seem to know/remember that, and so the work continues. 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).