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Being visibly Catholic is always an adventure! - 2020-07-12
July 25, 2020
Our most recent “adventures”. Thank you for your prayers!
We had a long talk with “Alcien”(?) and his step/foster father. Evangelist Chuck talked with Alcien, while the father talked to e. Lucy. The father’s story was inconsistent. He claimed he had adopted the (adult) Alcien, but Alcien said he was just staying with the man for awhile. They both said that Alcien was from Brazil. The dad claimed to be Catholic, but had a very non-Catholic mindset, claiming that knowing the Bible and doing charitable deeds was all that was required for salvation. He didn’t seem to have gone to Mass in a long time, but later said he made sure “his son” went to Mass every week. Alcien told e. Chuck that he is 24, lives in Sao Paulo, and that his family also has a country house. He is currently studying business administration in college. Not religious, he wasn’t even sure how the Catholic Church was doing, but did know about the growing evangelical movement that some of his friends were part of. He said they were very “in your face” and if you did not agree with their religion they cut you off. There is currently lots of economic hardship in Brazil, he said, and since the haves and have-nots contrast so starkly, the streets are now doubly dangerous.
A couple off Catholics, in different groups, accepted Rosary and pamphlet. E. Lucy encouraged them to begin praying it every day!
A pair of college-aged men accepted Rosaries. They said they were Christian, so we encouraged them to pray it every day, meditating on the Mysteries, in order to “deepen their walk with Christ”.
A family stopped. Four out of the six accepted Rosary and booklet. E. Chuck talked with half the group.
Two mothers with several children in tow selected Rosaries. When e. Chuck showed one how the Rosary helps us spend more time meditating on Christ, she responded, “we need more of that.”
A woman on a bicycle, and perhaps homeless, took a Rosary. But she did not respond coherently when e. Chuck talked with her about it, seeming instead to be in a muttered conversation with herself and focused on getting it around her neck. Mental illness issues to pray for?
Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 10-15 Rosaries and its booklet.
Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.
Being visibly Catholic is always an adventure! 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).