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Lucy Stamm

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Good Parenting - 2024-01-28

February 4, 2024

It seems that more parents are wanting their children to have Christian Faith. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

“Justin” neither removed his headphones nor offered a remark as he passed us, only flashing us the peace sign when we greeted him. He seemed to pointedly turn so we could read his block-lettered anti-God slogan on the back of his sweatshirt. Little does he know that so many faithful Catholics are praying for his conversion. Jesus, we trust in You.

A man with a foreign accent came to the table, pointed to a Rosary and asked, “How much?” When we said, “Free!”, he shook his head and walked away. Much later, a different man declined our offer, saying, “I was taught not to accept things that are free.” May these men come to value the great price paid for their salvation by Jesus Christ, the salvation that is freely offered to them through the obedience of faith.

A 30-something father with 2 grade-school-aged sons were on a “guys outing” when they saw us and came for a Rosary. The man wore a jersey supporting the local Catholic high school, and told us that he is actively trying to raise his children in the Faith. After they each chose a Rosary, the older boy came back and asked for another one for his 4-year-old sister who wasn’t with them. By the time he’d finished making that choice, the rest of the family had returned to the table because they remembered they needed one for their mom, too. We encouraged them to pray it together as a family. Lord, grant that whole family the grace to remain Faithful through life.

A bearded man in his late 30s and his wife passed by. He responded to our offer of a Rosary with, “No thank you. We prefer to pray directly to the Father through Jesus and don’t need anything else.” May all of us who know our great need for the intercession of friends and Church, priests and Saints, our Mother and her Son, pray that Christendom be humbly united in faith, hope, and love.

Two men approached the table, one leading the other. The man in a bright yellow work jacket, and who lagged reluctantly behind, said he didn’t know anything about the Rosary. He grew silent as e. Chuck told him about the prayer. When his eager friend stepped aside, he acted like he was going to move on without choosing a Rosary. Then he stopped to look them over. Despite our encouragement, he silently waffled before joining his friend without taking a Rosary. Please pray that God’s will is done in his life.

The military veteran from last week visited with us again. He accepted a Rosary and the pamphlet on how to pray it. May God grant him salvation and healing.

A couple in their early 20s stepped to the table in response to our offer of a free Rosary. The woman immediately chose one and put it over her head. The man deliberated awhile before choosing one. The woman remarked that that Rosary was “calling to him”. May they learn to pray it and meet the One Who is indeed calling them.

One person dismissed the multicolored “Mother Teresa” Rosaries as “too prideful” and selected a black one instead.

A group of young people in their late teens, three guys and a gal, approached. One of the young men joked to his friend about being “a heathen and don’t let it burn you”. Two members of the group accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet. May they receive abundant graces through the Rosary.

A man in his late 20s, accompanied by his son, stopped so the boy could get a Rosary and the pamphlet on how to pray it. The father had gotten one from us for himself last week. May the Lord unite this family in Faith.

A 20-ish girl said she had “heard of the Rosary”. After receiving a brief explanation of the devotion, she chose one and accepted its pamphlet. May she receive many blessings when she tries to pray the Rosary.

A young lad with freckles, about 10 years old, eagerly came to the table to get a Rosary. He also accepted its pamphlet before hurrying to catch up with his dad, who had preceded him into the sports arena. May God reward his courage.

It had been raining as we arrived, but it stopped and the sun came. So did some foot traffic, although it remained light. Still, we gave away 15-20 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 effort.

Praying the Rosary can bring many blessings to a family. 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).