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Grace breaks into our existence - 2019-12-22
December 29, 2019
Grace breaks into our existence, and we continue to try to share that Good News! So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available last week.
Two boys in their early teens stopped. Evangelist Lucy thought they looked awfully familiar. But evangelist Chuck didn’t recognize them, and started explaining that the Rosary was all about the life of Jesus. At that, one boy threw up his hands in horror, said “we’re Jewish”, and left. The other boy followed. May Our Blessed Mother, also Jewish, lead them to her Son!
A man, who claimed to be 83 years old, came to talk of his recent exploits. (He had received a Rosary from us a while back.) His adventures, however, seemed to consist of setting himself up for assault, and then responding to the threat with excessive violence.
A man went by, cursing us. However, he didn’t seem to recognize the irony of his saying, “I’m an atheist and I hope you go to [perdition].” May he recognize God’s gift to him of his own everlasting nature.
Three men stopped. One of them, sporting a light-pink headband and who seemed confused about his male nature, asked us to pick out the Rosary for him that Jesus would pick. Evangelist Chuck replied that they were each an equally good way to get closer to Christ. He chose a Rosary with light pink, pearlized beads. While evangelist Lucy briefly explained the devotion and gave him the accompanying pamphlet, evangelist Chuck talked with one of the other men, who also accepted a Rosary and pamphlet. The third man declined.
A group of people went by, proclaiming they served the very one who wants only to destroy them. So sad.
A man stopped to show us his sores. He said he was on his way to the hospital because they were so painful (and yet seemed reluctant to actually head there next). He also told us he had just stopped using drugs and was detoxing. Lord, help him!
A man came to the table to accept a Rosary because his grandmother used one. May Our Lady draw him all the way to her Son!
A father and son came by. Offered a Rosary, the dad turned to the slightly heavy-set pre-teen, and said he could have one. The child declined.
Another father and son stopped. The father said they were Catholic, and he encouraged his son to pick out a Rosary, while we encouraged the father to show his son how to pray it.
A couple, perhaps in their 20s, veered toward our table in response to our offer of a Rosary. They each chose one. One was Catholic, and evangelist Chuck encouraged them to pray it together.
A family, all adults, stopped. The man said he was a confirmed Catholic, but had never prayed the Rosary. He took one and its pamphlet.
A man stopped and asked about the Rosaries. We told him about them, and evangelist Lucy showed him the pamphlet, explaining how and why to pray it. He declined the Rosary, but kept the pamphlet.
Lots of people returned our greeting of “Merry Christmas”. Several groups of Catholics said they had Rosaries at home. As is our habit, we asked them to pray it once for us!
On that extra-warm (temperatures near 60° F) final Sunday before Christmas, the two evangelists experienced lighter-than-average foot traffic and a higher-than-average percentage of no-thank-yous. Still, we gave away about 10 Rosaries and its pamphlet, and 3 holy cards (Divine Mercy, Jesus knocking, and St Michael).
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 effort.
Jesus’ Incarnation is still the most important event in human history. So thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate that tries to spread that message. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!
“Go with the strength you have“ (Judg 6:14).
P.S. Please pray a special prayer for our benefactors and for your fellow prayer warriors: in particular, for Mike, Barb, Katherine438, Katie777, Natalie, fisherman_carl, Chuck, Sheila, Maria, Val, and our beloved Rosary Maker groups! Thank you again, and may God bless each one of you!!!