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Lucy Stamm

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God's Many Miracles - 2023-05-21

May 28, 2023

God continues to give new evidence of His existence and His love. So thankyou again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

Two teenage girls approached the table, one said she had picked up a Rosary a few weeks ago. When asked if she had tried the prayer, she gave a sarcastic “of course.” So we showed them their need for Christ, encouraging them to seek Him and showed them how prayer could help. The other girl then chose a Rosary and they went on their way. Pray their eyes and hearts are opened to their need for Our Savior.

When offered a Rosary, a passing man pulled part of his shirt aside to show a tattoo and yelled, “I’m [one who pursues power through occult means]!” Before the evangelist could respond, two other men came to the table, both Catholic, who wanted a Rosary. As e. Chuck was talking to the two Catholics, the first man came striding up to the table, shouting, “I’ll take one for someone else.” When the evangelist tried to offer a pamphlet and explain the prayer, he used foul language to declare that he did not pray to Jesus. The evangelist and the two Catholic men all asked at the same time, “Then what are you going to do with a Rosary?” With anger burning in his voice and eyes, he snarled, “It’s for a friend who does believe in all this,” and he stormed away. Pray that his friend will be a witness for this man of the love of Christ.

Two women stopped. One, seeing the Crucifixes on the Rosaries, shook her head and asked if we had any “that weren’t for sinners”. The evangelist began to explain that we are all sinners in need of a Savior and about what Christ did for us by dying on the Cross, but she interrupted with some odd ideas about God. As she spoke, her friend silently chose a Rosary and took the pamphlet before edging away. The evangelist tried to bring the conversation back to our common need for God’s help, but the first woman waved it all off and joined her friend without taking a Rosary. Pray that her mind becomes open to the truth about God and about herself.

“Douglas”, the formerly homeless man who had spoken with us a few months ago, stopped again, looking healthy and well dressed. He could not praise God enough for his continuing recovery. Though still renting a room at the Rescue Mission, he was working full time and trying to help other homeless men who struggle with alcohol abuse. He was still trying to find a church community and had questions about the Catholic Church. E. Chuck answered them by sharing his own journey of conversion to Catholicism. Douglas said he was heading to the park to read his Bible, so the evangelist gave him a copy of the Catechism and some pamphlets, as well as offering to take him to Mass when he was ready. Pray for strength and perseverance for Douglas as he seeks God’s family.

As we were taking down the table, a father and son (10 to 12 years old) stopped, wondering what we were doing. So e. Chuck explained our desire to help people fall in love with God through prayer and devotion. The boy, much excited, wanted to tell what happened to them. On a road trip, they were low on gas but a long way from the next gas station. Afraid they would not make it, the whole family prayed for help and the gas gauge went from empty to a quarter full before their very eyes. The father then shared that his own life, now ten years sober, was a gift from God and we all praised God for his many blessings. They chose a Rosary to share as a family. Thank God for the simple trust of this family and for His many miracles. May our own eyes be open to the hand of God at work in our world.

There was another hockey game and therefore lots of foot traffic. Although e. Lucy had to leave after only a short time due to the suddenly hot weather, we gave away, at the very least, 25 Rosaries (based on the number of remaining pamphlets). E. Chuck also gave out a Divine Mercy prayer card, a “Praying to Saints” pamphlet, a “Why be Catholic?” pamphlet, and a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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.

God is as alive today as He was on the Day of Resurrection, and He graciously answers prayers. We love hearing and sharing those stories. 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).