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Lucy Stamm

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Catholics and Not-Yet's - 2023-07-30

August 5, 2023

We encourage everyone to grow closer to Jesus Christ, Catholic or not-yet. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

A homeless man, wearing a bright-red faith-based Jesus shirt, stopped for another Rosary, saying he gives them all away. This time, though, he spied his favorite color and said he wouldn’t be giving this one away. He had been raised Catholic, but seemed very content with his current non-Catholic Christian church. He’d heard “for the first time today” that Jesus is the mediator between man and God the Father. May God open his heart and draw him back home to the Catholic Church.

A Catholic couple stopped for Rosaries, providing us a moment of relief from a long string of “no thank you” passersby. We set them up and encouraged them to pray it daily. [For some reason, e. Lucy got a rash of “God bumps” from this encounter.] May God bless them and keep them faithful!

Several non-Catholic Christians stopped. One such set was a father-son pair. The boy, perhaps  6years old, chose a Rosary. They were non-Catholic Christians, so e. Lucy gave a brief explanation of the Rosary and how it helps people grow closer to Jesus Christ. Then the father chose a Rosary for himself as well.

E. Chuck saw “Justin” zooming toward us from a distance. He cheerfully greeted him and offered him a Rosary. Again, “Justin” seemed taken aback for a moment by our welcoming attitude before he remembered to make his anti-Catholic insinuation. And again, praise God!, no one else was near enough to hear him. Please keep those prayers going up for his salvation!

“Michele” stopped for a moment, complaining about the extra 5 people who had moved into her apartment. May God grant her peace and the strength of spirit to say no, when necessary.

A young adult man and his mother dropped back from a group of passersby because the mom wanted a Rosary. Picking up that perhaps English was the older woman’s second language, we offered her a copy of the Rosary pamphlet in Spanish. She was very grateful. May her whole family actively partake in the full sacramental life!

An older couple stopped to chat for a moment while they waited for the grandkids to finish playing in the fountain. The man told us of the long drive that awaited them that evening as the couple returns to their home state. Neither wanted a Rosary, but they were glad to see Christianity on the streets. May God grant them safe travel and many blessings!

A man on break from work came to look at the Rosaries and ask about them. Chrisitan, he listened politely as e. Lucy talked about the prayer. Then, without asking questions, he took the Rosary pamphlet but declined the Rosary saying, as he walked away, that he didn’t need it as he had no trouble praying. Pray that his eyes are opened to all the help the Lord wants to give him.

As we were talking to other people, a man who was working in an adjacent building came unasked to the table, wanting a Rosary. He was in a hurry but seemed very familiar with the prayer. Pray that his faith is a witness to Christ at both work and home.

A family hesitated, unsure what we were offering. But when they figured out what it was, they brought their grandmother to the table. They did not know enough English to have much of a conversation but it was evident they were Catholic and much appreciated the Rosary. (I think they asked for a Divine Mercy prayer card, too.) Pray also for those families who do not have such kind support and encouragement for each other in faith.

A Catholic couple each chose a Rosary, kissing it in reverence and love. The man asked for a Divine Mercy card and kissed it before pocketing it. May we all show our love and devotion to our Lord in such words and deeds.

Another Catholic couple paused as we were putting things away. They let us know they had Rosaries and prayed it regularly. May God bless them!

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 15-20 Rosaries, and 1 or 2 Divine Mercy prayer cards.

Please pray for us again this weekend. 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.


Many of the people who stopped this time seemed to already be Catholic, but they were encouraged to see their Faith out in public. 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).