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The Rosary leads people to Jesus - 2020-03-08
March 15, 2020
Pointing to Jesus, we thank you again for your prayers and other support for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.
“Walt” stopped and talked somewhat briefly with evangelist Chuck. He was happy and excited because someone had given him two new model car kits, one of which he thought was quite rare. He had lots of plans for each model. He was also wearing a cap supporting those with Asperger’s.
Do you remember “James”? The last time I reported on meeting him was in May 2016 although the last encounter was perhaps a month or so later. James is a low-functioning young adult. At the time of his last visit, it seemed he was being exploited as a panhandler by his then “house mother”, but I hadn’t seen him since. But this session, while evangelist Chuck was talking with Walt, James rode by on a bicycle, then stopped. He said he was homeless and expressed envy over Walt’s pile of possessions. I asked after his mother, whom he said was doing okay. A bit later in the session, James rode past a second time. Both times I forgot to offer him a “victim of human trafficking” card. Pray for him?
About mid-session, about 5-6 members of a women’s college basketball team walked by. One of them expressed interest in a Rosary, but hurried away when the group didn’t stop. They said they’d stop on their way back. Toward the end of the session, they did come back, now numbering about a dozen. Only the one woman stopped for a Rosary, the one who had originally shown interest. A non-Catholic Christian, she was happy to receive a tool to help her grow closer to Jesus.
Two couples stopped, at separate times, and both in their late teens or early 20s. The woman of the first couple admitted she wasn’t Christian; the man of the second couple said the same. Both still seemed attracted by the Rosary. Both chose one and accepted its booklet, as well as a copy of the kerygma.
Two young men in their late teens stopped, wondering what “this” was all about. They did not know what the Rosary was for and were not Christian. But when evangelist Chuck told them that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and had come to earth and was crucified for our sins, they said they had heard of Him. Both accepted a Rosary, its pamphlet, and a copy of the kerygma.
A Catholic couple stopped. They were in town from the eastern part of the state. The woman accepted the Rosary brochure once evangelist Lucy showed her how to use it to encourage a non-Catholic Christian to pray the Rosary. She took a Rosary as well, in case she found someone to give it to.
A college-aged man went by. Offered a free Rosary, he patted his backpack and said he had his with him.
A gender-confused person stopped, not knowing what the Rosary was, but knowing about Jesus. When the Rosary was explained, our visitor asked if it was idolatry to use the Rosary. Evangelist Lucy explained we don’t pray to the beads, and that everything we believe about Mary leads us closer to Jesus Christ. Our visitor accepted this explanation, as well as a Rosary and its pamphlet.
A trio of friends stopped. The couple was Catholic, but their friend was not yet. The Catholic man took a Rosary and its pamphlet. Then the other man decided to take a Rosary as well.
An out-of-town couple with a baby stopped. They were Catholic and talked about their parish. The wife said that her mother always insisted she have a Rosary with her. Evangelist Chuck told her it was her turn to teach her baby the Faith. Both man and wife took a Rosary.
Altogether, we gave away about 10-15 Rosaries, 4 copies of the kerygma, and 2 bookmark cards.
Please pray for us again today? Ask that God 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.
The Rosary leads people to Jesus, so thank you again for your prayers and other support of 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).