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They still need the Church - 2019-10-27
November 4, 2019
They still need the Church, even if they don’t know it yet. And we were able to reach some of them last week. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. We rely on you!
A down-and-out-looking man, perhaps 30 years old, professed to be a pagan. Evangelist Chuck asked how he came to his current set of beliefs, and he said an internet video expressed everything he wanted to believe. He was running late to work, so evangelist Chuck asked him to stop by again next week and continue our conversation. May God clear up his muddled beliefs!
Two teens stopped on their way to film a music video in the center of the plaza. The photographer accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet, thanking us for being there and doing what he thought must be a thankless job. He said he identified with a non-Catholic Christian denomination, but did not respond when evangelist Chuck told him he used to belong to the same denomination. The photographer took a Rosary and its pamphlet. She did not.
Repeat visitor “Walt” stopped by, briefly. We were so glad to see him alive! He told us that, besides fighting the multi-resistant bacterial infection, he has had two strokes. One of them left him temporarily unable to walk, but then he regained that ability (thank God). His memory must have been affected, because he no longer rehearses events in excruciating detail. Please pray for Walt, who just may be facing his “end game”?
Lots of young people stopped for Rosaries, but most professed to being very familiar with how to pray it. Most also claimed to not having one, although we found that difficult to believe.
The man passed by again who vigorously proclaims that God is a fiction. Please continue to pray for him?
Two men in their early 20s stopped. One did not take a Rosary because he had taken one before. Evangelist Chuck asked him if he had tried praying it and, after a moment’s hesitation, he said no. Chuck thanked him for his honesty and urged him to take courage and try praying it this week.
Evangelist Chuck had just offered a Rosary to some passing women and they declined when a man in his early- to mid-20s overheard his offer, and walked up to the table saying he would take one. Evangelist Lucy had a long talk with him, but doesn’t now recall the conversation.
A big guy on a tiny bicycle had two Rosaries around his neck, but stopped for another one. A non-practicing Catholic, he accepted a map of area parishes.
A guy in dreadlocks named “Parker” stopped for a Rosary and pamphlet. Non-religious, he listened politely and asked our names.
A “Catholic-lite” non-Catholic Christian stopped for a Rosary, but perhaps just out of politeness. He was not really interested when we encouraged him to check out the true Catholic Church. He did say “God bless you” to us as he came by later, after he had eaten.
“Manny” was our last visitor. He admitted to messing around with occult practices. And has found to his dismay that getting free is not as easy as just going to Confession. Our evangelists were able to give him some pointers on how to begin the process of getting the help he needs to get truly free. Please pray for him? He would like to come back to the Church.
The two evangelists gave away 15 or so Rosaries, at least one copy of the kerygma and one copy of the map to local parishes.
Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.
We still meet needy souls, so thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate and that allow this work to continue. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and those you love!
“Go with the strength you have“ (Judg 6:14).
P.S. Please also pray for “Zach” and “Ray”, RCIA candidates who have recently developed serious resistance to the Faith.