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Lots of Teens requesting rosaries - 2019-10-13
October 20, 2019
On the 102nd anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, and the 7th anniversary of my joining Boise’s Catholic street evangelization team, I continued to offer hope in downtown Boise. So thank you again for your prayers for this apostolate! One evangelist was available.
A group of teens, growing in number from 2 to at least 6, waited for me to set up so they could get a(nother) free Rosary. When I asked, the members of this first group professed to not being Christian, so I gave each one a Good News/kerygma pamphlet for starters, followed by a copy of the “How to Pray the Rosary” guide. Eventually, they each decided on a Rosary and took their leave. But one girl in particular returned several times throughout the session, always accompanied by other children her age. She traded her Rosary in several times for a new color.
During one of these encounters, one of the boys also asked for another Rosary. “But you already have one!” I said, remembering him by his clothes (since I’m still pretty much face-blind). “But it broke,” he said. I asked for the pieces back, and he pulled the crucifix out of his pocket, saying it was all he had left. (??) I allowed him to keep the cross and to chose another Rosary. I also cautioned him, and the following groups of teens, that the Rosaries were fairly delicate, and to treat them gently and respectfully, especially if they wanted to receive its blessings.
This being swarmed over and over by acquisitive 6th or 7th graders interrupted other conversations. – And it. Just. Didn’t. Feel. Right. – Please pray for me for the wisdom and gentleness to deal effectively with this, so that each child turns from the path to destruction and toward Jesus Christ and the True Faith? Ay-yi-yi.
During one of the no-middle-schoolers breaks, a couple of down-and-out-looking men accepted Rosaries. One, loudly and with slurred voice, proudly declared his descent from a traditionally Catholic nationality. I encouraged him to get reconnected with the Church.
Two men, one perhaps in his mid-20s and the other perhaps in his 40s, stopped when one of them wanted a free Rosary. Asked if they were familiar with the Rosary, the younger of the two said he could ask his mom, who was raised Catholic but now attends a non-Catholic Christian megachurch that she finds more convenient. I offered him a map of area parishes. He pointed out the Catholic churches he had seen, but declined the map. Then the older man asked about basic Catholic beliefs. But, just as we were getting into the Trinity, we were interrupted again by middle schoolers. The two men left. *sigh*
Altogether, the one evangelist gave away 15-20 Rosaries and its booklet, and about 8 copies of the kerygma.
Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. Please ask that God grant that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.
Our Lady of Fatima asked us to pray for lost souls. So thank you again for your prayers, encouragement, and other support for this apostolate. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and those you love. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
“Go with the strength you have“ (Judg 6:14).