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Lucy Stamm

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Encouraging - 2023-09-17

September 24, 2023

We encourage Catholics and others to pray and grow closer to Jesus Christ. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

A Catholic man stopped for a Rosary. He asked if this was a Diocese-sponsored event. “No, we’re a grass-roots lay apostolate”, e. Lucy replied. He almost seemed interested in joining us, but at my mention of our diocesan requirement that he become Safe Environment certified, he lost interest. Happens often. He did accept a copy of our map to area parishes, I think.

A group of three teens stopped. The young woman who talked to e. Lucy was sporting lots of bold black-ink skin art. Still, she seemed genuinely interested in the Rosary as a way to get to know Jesus Christ. Lord, draw her to you and all the way into the light!

A young couple from the other side of the country stopped. He, too, asked if this was a Diocese-sponsored event. When he learned it was a lay apostolate, he volunteered that he belonged to a nationwide Catholic men’s group. He is 19 and has a friend who is a Grand Knight. I told him about our parish’s Grand Knight, who is the youngest one in the world. He started to talk about the insurance they sell, but the evangelist turned to the young woman and made sure she understood the Rosary devotion. She encouraged them to pray it daily.

Another gathering of the pseudo-Christian cult was being held in the sports arena, although not blocking “our spot” this time. E. Lucy asked one of the numerous security/usher men patrolling the outside of the arena if it was the same group that met there two weeks ago. After a moment of hesitation, he said it was. But I think, “not exactly”: the previous gathering was of a multi-state region and included mostly people whose ancestors had been Catholic. Today’s gathering seemed to be the usual local group. The evangelist did set out some “Divinity of Christ” and “The Trinity” pamphlets, in case any of them (or a concerned family member) stopped by. But none did. Lord, lead them to You!

E. Lucy had a pretty painful backache that hit suddenly as she was setting up. But it went away just as suddenly after she remembered to ask Jesus for help. Thank you, Jesus!

Two middle-aged couples stopped. They were all Catholic, I think. The women accepted Rosaries, though the men declined. When e. Lucy commented that men make good prayer warriors, they both straightened up and smiled.

“Steven” came to the table just at closing time. He was wearing a baseball-style cap, proclaiming “Saved”. He is probably close to 65 years old, if we go by his high-school graduation year, but he looks less than 50. He has been Christian for a long time and experiences many dreams that he considers spiritually symbolic. He lives downtown here, perhaps in the same building as “Walt”, and so is probably mentally disabled. I was glad to see him, though, so I wouldn’t be alone if “Justin” put in an appearance. While I was chatting with Steven, another sometime-visitor, the older man who looks very small and frail came all the way over to the table to say hi. I think he was checking to make sure that I was safe. Thank you, God! If “Justin” went by, I neither saw nor heard him. But please continue to pray for his salvation!

Altogether, we gave away a good 10 Rosaries and its pamphlet, as well as 2 maps to area parishes.

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.

Seeing the Rosary, Catholics gain the courage to speak up. Others feel encouraged to deepen their prayer life. 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).