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Some seeds may be sprouting! - 2020-02-16
February 23, 2020
Some seeds may be sprouting! So, thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.
A Catholic priest, in town for a youth retreat, was happy to see us and stopped to visit briefly. He had just finished his “daily Rosary walk”, he said. At our request, he prayed briefly for those who encounter us, and for us. Then he hurried away to an appointment.
A man, from a Catholic parish in the eastern part of the state, was in town for an educator’s conference. About 40 years ago, after marrying a Catholic woman, he converted to Catholicism from a non-Catholic Christian denomination He had gone through an entire year of Marriage Preparation classes. Then, a year or two later, when he decided to become Catholic, he had to go through another full year of RCIA. (And he’s still Catholic today!) We gave him a map of area parishes, so he could catch Sunday Mass. He admires a priest who serves at the cathedral, he says.
Repeat-visitor “Ezekiel” stopped briefly. He again felt blessed for being alive another day. He asked for a Rosary this time, having given his other one away. He again smelled strongly of alcohol. Please continue to pray for him?
A teenage skateboarder passed us just slowly enough to hear our offer of a free Rosary. She grabbed the one out of evangelist Chuck’s hand, but zoomed away quicker than he could offer her the pamphlet. She joined her two male skateboarding companions in circling around the center of the business park. When her circles brought her close enough again, Chuck offered her the pamphlet, which she accepted.
A man and his wife (?) stopped by. He was Catholic but, “new to the area”, he hadn’t yet attended Mass. We gave him the list of parishes and Sunday Mass times. He chose a Rosary, but said he didn’t need the pamphlet. The woman took a Rosary and its pamphlet.
A couple were walking by, accompanied by a boy who was perhaps 8-10 years old. The parents declined receiving a Rosary, but the boy wanted one. They let him approach the table, and stood watching. The boy knew who Christ was, but nothing about the Rosary. So, evangelist Chuck gave him a quick explanation and a Rosary pamphlet. He encouraged the boy to use the Rosary to get closer to Jesus, and also to pray it with his parents.
A man on a bicycle snatched a Rosary out of evangelist Chuck’s hand, without slowing down.
“Mr. Steel-Crew-Cut” strode past again. When evangelist Chuck asked how he was doing, he spoke to us for the first time ever. He said, “Much better. I’m back on my feet again.” Thank you for your prayers!
Two uniformed police officers on bicycles greeted us as we set up.
The weather was rainy, and foot traffic was very light. During the lulls between visitors the two evangelists prayed the entire set of Luminous Mysteries. Between 5 and 10 Rosaries found a new home, as well as 1-2 maps.
Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts!
May the Lord’s harvest be abundant! 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).