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Back to “the street” today! - 2020-04-26
May 24, 2020
Back to “the street” today! So thank you again so much for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.
Last week’s session consisted of another intense prayer session from our separate homes. And another big thank you to those of you who joined in with us! God hears our prayers.
In a conversation with a Catholic woman this week, I mentioned my longing to receive the Eucharist again. (Churches have been locked down here for the last 40 days.) She replied, “Oh, I just say the Spiritual Communion prayer and that’s the same thing.” No, no, no! The Church is incarnational and “spiritual communion” is only an emergency stop-gap measure. Jesus said, “unless you eat [from the Greek meaning “munch/gnaw”] the flesh of the Son and Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you” (John 6:53). Please pray for this woman and for all those Catholics who are being led astray. Longing for the Eucharist is indeed painful, and a share in carrying the Cross, but denying Its super-substantial efficacy is deadly!
Certain churches in the city tentatively opened for public Mass yesterday, taking tremendous precautions to keep everything sanitized and safe. The number of spaces for Mass attendees were limited in order to keep a 6-ft distance between worshippers (or family groups of worshippers), and they anticipated having to turn people away. Sadly, a medium-sized church building had barely 3/4 of its virus-reduced capacity taken. A smaller church had, including choir, priest, and deacon, only about 30 people attending. Is this an indication of just how few Catholics are under the age of 60? Or is this an early indication of “the Great Apostasy”? Please continue to pray that the Church herself recovers from the pandemic.
And please pray for us again today? We plan to set up our signs in our usual spot and, masked and gloved, at least pray the Rosary out loud. A professional Rosary maker has generously donated to us some spectacular “chain” Rosaries, made of used and factory-second beads (not that I can tell). We plan to use those in prayer, in hopes of attracting at least some interest. Please continue to ask God to allow people to perceive their need for Our Savior and the Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts!
This is a time of grace, and so many souls need radical conversion and salvation! So thank you again for your ongoing 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).
P.S. A special shout-out and heartfelt appreciation going out to Joanne, Fr. Tom, Katherine438, Katie777, Barb, Mike, and Sheila for your generous support, notes of encouragement, and prayers! May God bless you and all of you prayer warriors!