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Lucy Stamm

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Some Will, Some Won't - 2023-11-19

November 26, 2023

Praying the Rosary is a way to grow closer to Jesus Christ, the King of Creation. Some accept. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

A family of four stopped, the mother interested in receiving a Rosary. After they heard an explanation of the devotion, all four of them chose a Rosary and accepted the booklet. When we encouraged the parents to pray it daily as a family, the father said they’d try it that very afternoon! May God reward them and encourage them.

A down-and-out couple accepted a Rosary apiece. They huddled in the corner of the exhibition building to get a break from the cold wind. Later in the session, the woman came back and requested another copy of the Rosary pamphlet because hers had blown away. May God bless them, comfort them, and heal them of all that separates them from society.

A pair of teenage girls came eagerly over for a free Rosary. They were only vaguely familiar with Christianity, so e. Lucy encouraged them to use the Mysteries to explore Jesus’ life and to reverently take their questions to the prayer. May God grant them Faith!

A man who had been raised Catholic wanted a Rosary, but wasn’t happy with the colorful ones we had out on the table. E. Lucy then remembered our remaining bag of 10 black Rosaries. He happily chose one of those. And so did 7 other people during the session.

A tall man on an electric scooter sped past. He startled at our offer, but continued on his way.  Moments later, though, he circled back to select a Rosary and listened as we shared with him the how’s and why’s of the prayer. He then smiled and said it would soon be hanging from the mirror in his car. E. Lucy suggested he take it down and pray with it, too. Pray that he remain steadfast in faith and that he hears Our Lady calling him to a deeper relationship with her Son through the Rosary.

To our offer of a Rosary, a homeless-looking man with bushy blond hair stopped to say, slurring his words somewhat, “We’ve talked before; you know what I think.” Not remembering the earlier conversation, e. Chuck approached the man. Our visitor talked about his belief that all religions are right and how he wants to get along with everybody, but that he did hate one person: himself. Our visitor seemed inclined to talk non-stop but, edging away, e. Chuck did manage to offer to pray that he could come to love the child of God that He had created him to be. Please keep the man in your prayers as well.

“John” (the retired parking lot service tech)  arrived with his dog to talk about his progress with his electric car invention. He did say he was not looking forward to Thanksgiving on the other side of the state with family who, he thought, complained too much. Pray for safe travels for everyone for this holiday season and for peace in family gatherings.

Here is a conversation with a man who passed without stopping:

“Would you like a free Rosary?”

“No thank you.”

“May God bless you.”

“Thank you. I’m an atheist but still, thank you.”

May the Holy Spirit use his quiet, polite demeanor as a road into his heart that he may come to know the living God Who made him.

Although the pouring rain had stopped hours earlier, there was still a cold, steady breeze. Most of the square was also still blocked off for construction. Therefore, the number of people making their way through the business park was limited. God also mercifully moderated the strength of the breeze until closing time (when it picked up again). None of the Rosaries blew off the table, although we did chase a pamphlet and plastic bag or two. God is good!

Altogether we gave away 15 or so Rosaries and the pamphlet on how to pray it.

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’s work in “His Vineyard” still goes on. 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).