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Visibly Catholic, we encourage and are encouraged - 2019-12-01
December 8, 2019
Visibly Catholic, we encourage and are encouraged. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.
Snowy, wet weather greeted people heading to the annual family event in the convention center, the fundraiser featuring competing holiday trees. The big Christmas tree, that had been set up in the center of the business park, now lay in a ruins within its enclosure. Evidently, it had been taken down a couple of days earlier by an errant gust of wind. Despite the cold and gloomy atmosphere in the park that day, we expected to encounter a greater than average number of Catholics. We weren’t disappointed.
Groups of people, including several multi-family groups, came straight toward us. Was the Dominican-blessed salt helping? May God bless all our benefactors!
A man, in his 30s, stopped out of politeness. Fully committed to the pseudo-Christian religion to which he belonged, he told evangelist Chuck that he had a Rosary at home. He’d received it from a Catholic priest who was handing out Rosaries on the street, in a large city in another state. Our visitor had accepted it from him “to be nice”, but now thought it a good thing to have. He and evangelist Chuck exchanged a few words on their differing understandings of Faith. Chuck gave him a copy of the Rosary pamphlet and encouraged him to pray it. He encouraged us to “do something nice” for someone each day leading up to Christmas.
Another man stopped. He said he was a lapsed Catholic and a “lapsed everything”. However, he wanted something with a cross on it. He chose a Rosary, but declined the pamphlet.
We received a return visit from a woman, probably in her late 20s. On her previous visit, she had told us that she hated the Catholic Church because her late boyfriend’s family, who were Catholic, had done some very hurtful things. She seemed to be doing better now. Evangelist Chuck chatted with her a bit, while evangelist Lucy talked with a Catholic woman who had just arrived, coming over to thank us for being out there and to encourage us.
Several Catholic families came to our table and allowed one or more of their children to choose a Rosary. We encouraged them to pray the Rosary together as a family, Several of the families committed to doing so. May God bless and protect them!
Altogether, we gave away about 15 Rosaries and its booklets.
Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church. Please ask that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s effort.
God grants “endurance and encouragement” (Rom 15:5). So thank you again for your prayers, encouraging words, 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).