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Lucy Stamm

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That Pesky Cross - 2023-03-19

March 26, 2023

Christianity is “Good News”, though no guarantee of comfort in this world. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. One evangelist was available.

A woman stopped to tell e. Lucy about her “favorite Catholic”, a priest in a major city south of here who started what is now a $multimillion vocational training program for gang members. She didn’t take a Rosary. May the love of Christ, manifest in His faithful witnesses, draw her into full communion in His Catholic Church.

A group of 3 Catholic young-adult women stopped. One, unfortunately, attends a Mass offered illicitly in a rural town. Fortunately, she is also connected with the licit version of the Mass in a nearby city. When e. Lucy mentioned a friend of hers in the choir for the authorized Mass, our visitor not only knew her, but excitedly said that she sings in the same choir. She then volunteered the she and another of the women with her attend Adoration at e. Lucy’s parish. The third woman stood back, said nothing, and didn’t accept a Rosary. Lord, please grant them the willingness and strength to sacrifice their own desires should obedience call them to do so.

A family stopped so the three children and one of the parents could get Rosaries. E. Lucy encouraged them to pray it together as a family.

A mother exited the sports arena, carrying a sleeping toddler lying flat in front of her. (Strong woman!) Followed by a slightly older child, the mother responded to e. Lucy’s offer of a free Rosary, and came to the table. “Yes,” the mother sighed, “I do need to begin teaching her about religion.” E. Lucy extolled the Rosary as a way of learning about Jesus, but the mom’s demeanor decidedly cooled at the mention of the Crucifixion. Yes, true religion is good, but it’s not “all butterflies and balloons”. May God lead her to Himself and grant her the ability to pass the Faith to her children.

A 30-ish couple stopped so the woman could get a Rosary. “I need this,” she said,  her mouth suddenly exposing several missing teeth, “because I’m flying out tomorrow.” This is not the first apparently homeless person who has spoken of air travel in the near future. I’m not sure what they actually mean, but imagine that commercial air travel could well be beyond their financial means. Please pray for her safety and salvation?

A man stopped, perhaps out of mere politeness. He had heard of the Rosary because of “a Catholic in his family tree”, but was not religious himself. E. Lucy offered the Rosary as a way to get to know Jesus through meditating on the Mysteries. He took the Rosary booklet and a copy of the kerygma, but declined receiving a Rosary “at this time.” Lord, lead him home to You!

Altogether, the evangelist gave away 10-12 Rosaries and the pamphlet on how to pray it, 3 Divine Mercy prayer cards, 1 Jesus Knocking prayer card, and 1 copy of the one-page kerygma.

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us with their 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 Rosaries each have a Crucifix; some see it and turn away without approaching; others come, but still believe our culture’s lie that all suffering is unnecessary. We hope to speak the truth. 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).