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Lucy Stamm

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From Contrasting Worlds - 2023-03-26

April 2, 2023

Simultaneous events, from two different worlds, brought many people past our table. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

Both a music festival and a flower and garden show were taking place downtown during our last session. So, there was LOTS of foot traffic, praise God!

A surprising number of flower show attendees said they “already had a drawerful of Rosaries at home”. We asked them to pray it once for us. Some music festival attendees were in the brightly colored costumes we’ve come to associate with the (mostly unholy) annual cartoon festival that used to be held here.

One larger woman, dressed somewhat diva-style, hung back as the women in front of her declined our offer of a free Rosary. Yes, she did want one but didn’t know anything about it. E. Lucy described the devotion and how it could help her grow closer to Jesus Christ. Our visitor then chose a bright pink, extra-long Rosary for herself.

A group of young adults stopped when one of the members wanted a Rosary. As e. Chuck talked with him, e. Lucy offered a Rosary to the nearest woman. “I’m Jewish,” she said. “Oh? So is Jesus!” the evangelist replied. “I know,” the woman said, but remained friendly. However, except for the one person talking with e. Chuck, none of the rest took a Rosary.

A thin man with a little boy (4 or 5 years old) stopped so the boy could get a Rosary. “Are they blessed?” the father asked. “Yes, they are, and that’s a Catholic question, isn’t it?” the evangelist replied. The father nodded. We encouraged him to pray the Rosary with his son. The evangelist spotted them again later, as they headed toward the park containing the loudest part of the music festival.

A man and woman stopped, sporting sequins under their eyes. He explained that costumes were encouraged at the music festival. The man wanted a Rosary, but was unfamiliar with it and only knew a little about Christianity “from ’way back in childhood”. Since he was colorblind, e. Lucy helped him pick the Rosary he wanted. He listened graciously to her explanation of the devotion and accepted a copy of the kerygma as well, “to refresh his memory”.

“John”, the retired parking lot attendant, came to talk with e. Chuck. We were too busy with visitors, though, so he left after only a short visit.

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away a near-record 35-40 Rosaries and its pamphlet, as well as at least one copy of the kerygma.

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to prepare people’s hearts 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.

Visitors were from contrasting lifestyles, churched and unchurched, those loyal to the One True God and those still chasing chimeras. But we tried to provide a moment of light for all. 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).