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Happy Easter! Hope is resurrected! - 2020-04-05
April 12, 2020
Happy Easter! Hope is resurrected! So thank you for your prayer for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. While “offline”, we continue our intense prayer effort for lost souls.
Concern for souls increases. Crisis can be an opportunity for growth, but it can also present immense spiritual danger.
I’ve talked to Catholics who haven’t tried to view the Mass online, livestreamed or otherwise. One said, “I can’t receive Communion, so I don’t want to watch the Mass.” Arghh! No wonder I have so little hair left! A lifelong Catholic, and she still only attended Mass for what she could get, instead of as an opportunity to offer God worship in the way He asked. I’m afraid that many Catholic have fallen into that same trap. Please pray for them?
Others are in danger as their suffering increases – whether through illness, the death of loved ones, economic hardship, or through want. Yes, it’s an opportunity to learn that God is trustworthy. And indeed He is! But those who are spiritually weakened by sin may instead be tempted to “curse God and die” (Job 2:9). Suicide is a real danger.
Another spiritual danger is our culture’s drive toward self-indulgence and constant entertainment. I overheard one young woman complaining of boredom, casually mentioning her frequent sins, committed in an attempt to escape this painful reality. Please pray for her and for all “the lost”. They are especially in danger now.
But Hope is risen from the dead! And Hope does not disappoint (cf. Rom 5:5). Some Scriptures I’ve leaned on for hope this past week:
Oracle of the Lord God—I swear I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live (Ezek 33:11).
You alone, Lord, make me secure (Ps 4:9b).
If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest? (Luke 12:26)
Last week, at least three of us prayed the entire 20 decades of the Rosary at our team’s typical session time. Although we “prayed together separately” (at the same time, but in different locations and without electronic connection), we finished at almost precisely the same moment. God is good!
Please join us in prayer again today for an end to the pandemic, as well as for the conversion of sinners, and the salvation of all human beings.
We wield a most powerful weapon: the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We also know the end of the story: God wins! So thank you again for your prayers! In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!
“Go with the strength you have“ (Judg 6:14).