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Still proclaiming the Good News - 2020-03-15
March 22, 2020
Still proclaiming the Good News, we thank you for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available last week.
Evangelist Chuck remembers a conversation that went something like this: “Do you know what the Rosary is?” “No, I’m not Catholic.” “Are you Christian?” “I don’t know.” “Do you know about Jesus Christ, Who died on the Cross?” “Yes!” We have been hearing this more and more often lately. We find “I don’t know if I’m Christian or not” perplexing. Does “Christian” and “Jesus Christ” have no connection in their minds? Are they just embarrassed to admit they are not Christian? How can we get them to understand that Jesus Christ is truly Lord, and deserves not only their love but their worship? Please pray for them?
“James” came by a couple of times. No bicycle this time, but he was trying to play a guitar with a few strings missing. He wanted another Rosary, but e. Lucy remembered that he had been part of the “merchant scheme” a few years ago, and gave him a Divine Mercy bookmark instead. E. Chuck also gave him a “victim of human trafficking” resource card.
The non-Catholic Christian photographer, from a month or so ago, stopped by again and talked with e. Chuck. No camera today, he was just riding around on an electric scooter.
Two teenage women stopped and accepted Rosaries, a brief explanation, and a Rosary pamphlet. They were Christian.
Another teenage woman stopped. As e. Chuck was explaining the Rosary, another teen, and then another, came up. We set them all up with Rosary, its booklet, and the encouragement to sit down and pray it.
“John” the parking garage attendant and, separately, a handicapped woman visited with us for quite a while. The woman’s brother is in prison, and she asked for a Rosary for him.
“Rosie”, a deacon’s widow, passed by accompanied by another woman. She said they had lots of Rosaries. When e. Lucy asked her to bring down her extras, she seemed surprised but thoughtful. They didn’t stop.
Foot traffic was light, and those who stopped were mostly under 30. One woman scolded us for giving things away, but most of the other people seemed pleased with our presence, even as they kept their distance.
Altogether, we gave away another 15-20 Rosaries and its booklet, as well as at least one map of area parishes.
Please pray for us again today? With no public worship, and dangers of contagion if someone coughs on our materials, we are planning to set up just our signs and pray. If approached, we can exhort people that now is the time to connect/reconnect with Jesus Christ. Please pray that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts?
“Now is a very acceptable time” to visibly witness to Jesus Christ and His Church. So 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).