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The Rosary deepens our trust in Jesus! - 2020-06-07
June 15, 2020
The Rosary deepens our trust in Jesus! So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.
Two men (early 30s) stopped. One stood back, uninterested. The other wanted a “pretty Rosary” because he “grew up Catholic”. He listened politely to our explanation of and encouragement to pray the Rosary and think about the life of Jesus. He took a Rosary and its pamphlet.
Two more men stopped. Both were non-Catholic Christians. One asked evangelist Chuck to explain the difference between Catholicism and Christianity. Hearing they were the same, he then asked what was special about Catholicism. E. Chuck mentioned the historicity of the Church, its unity, and its apostolic succession. He mentioned an experience, during his RCIA journey, when he shook the bishop’s hand. Once Chuck understood the significance of apostolic succession, he was awestruck. His listener seemed equally impressed with the connection of our bishop all the way back to Christ. He and his friend each accepted a Rosary and expressed the desire to try it “right away.”
A 20-something man carrying a huge skateboard stopped and asked, “What’s this?” He did not know what a Rosary was, and did not respond when asked if he knew Jesus. So we told him about Jesus Christ and the Rosary and the helpfulness of prayer. He accepted Rosary and pamphlet on how to pray it, expressing a desire to learn it. Then, halfway across the square he stopped, stood still on his skateboard, and briefly looked through the pamphlet. May he hear the call to faith, hope, and love in Christ.
An apparently homeless man made a shuffling beeline directly toward us upon entering the square. He asked for a Divine Mercy bookmark. Then he also accepted a Rosary and its booklet and the encouragement to pray it.
Another two men stopped. One accepted a Rosary, but said he’d give it to his mother “who would appreciate it.”
A heavily tattooed man and woman stopped. She also sported lots of piercings and was wearing a t-shirt full of non-Christian symbols. They did not know what the Rosary was, and so were thrilled to hear the Rosary consisted of meditations on scenes from the life of Christ. They each accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet, and the encouragement to try it, which the woman couldn’t wait to do.
One man from a group on scooters stopped. He had gone through RCIA just a few years before. He had recently moved here from out of state and connected with a local parish. He took a Rosary and its pamphlet.
Two 20-something men stopped. One stood back, while the other approached the table. He was not familiar with the Rosary, but did know and love Jesus Christ. He grew interested in the Rosary when he saw its emphasis was on the life of Christ. He had not heard of a Creed before and was glad to know it was in the pamphlet. The man who had been standing back then also chose a Rosary, asking if it included the prayer used in his addiction recovery group. It turned out that he meant the Lord’s Prayer and was glad to have it a copy of it in the Rosary brochure.
Cold, breezy weather kept most people indoors, but there were moments of sunshine. Despite the light foot traffice, the two evangelists gave away 15 or so Rosaries and its booklet, and 1 Divine Mercy bookmark.
Please pray for us again today? Ask God to 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 to Jesus Christ! 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).