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Always a need for prayer! - 2020-08-22
September 11, 2020
Always a need for prayer! So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.
“John”, the homeless man awaiting biopsy results from last week, passed by again. His lymph node did have cancer, and he faces more tests to see how far it’s spread. Prayers, please? May he be drawn closer to Christ in his illness.
“John, the parking lot attendant” stopped by again. He told us how a fire in central Idaho got started. A woman had filled her wood stove with coal (not good). Then, as she did every night with wood, she banked the fire so it wouldn’t go out overnight (another bad idea). Since the burning coal was now not properly vented, gases built up on the floor of the house, until the inflammable layer grew deep enough to reach the pilot light on her stove. And -boom-. One of her windows, frame and all, was found 1/4 mile away. The woman survived the blast, but died of a heart attack getting away. Please pray for the happy repose of her soul?
A young couple stopped, sporting anti-Christian symbols all over. She cheerfully accepted a Rosary and the encouragement to pray it. May Our Lady obtain freedom for them from their enemy, and lead them to her Son and salvation!
A commercial was being filmed on the major street forming the south end of the business park. Many policemen were on duty, controlling traffic on all the major streets around the area. The vehicle being filmed, and the camera truck, went by many times before they were satisfied. The policemen were not allowed to say who the commercial was for.
A man stopped for a Rosary for his mother. He asked for a Divine Mercy card for himself.
A group of four pre-teens, dripping wet from the fountain, each accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet, and the encouragement to pray it.
A father and child stopped, the father had a Happy Birthday balloon floating behind his shoulder, since they were out celebrating his birthday. He is Catholic, said he had finally begun to take his Faith seriously, and was reading the Bible. May the Holy Spirit guide his reading and draw him closer to his Lord.
“James”, the developmentally delayed homeless man, stopped by again. He said he had given last week’s Rosary to his mother. We gave him a pamphlet, so he could continue practicing the prayers. At the mention of his mother, e. Lucy remembered our first encounter with him, years ago. At that time, and occasionally during the ensuing years, he had asked prayers for her. She struggled with addiction, James had said, and sometimes he’d had no idea where she was. This time, though, he told us she was “doing fine.” Praise God!
As we were walking back to our vehicles, we ran into two of the teenage skateboarders and one of the girls who had received Rosaries a few weeks before. We greeted them and asked if they had tried praying the Rosary. Like a kid who forgot his homework, one boy replied with a nervous yes that meant no, while the other boy gave us a sarcastic “of course”. The young lady just smiled. We encouraged them to keep trying.
Foot traffic was fairly light. Traffic was more congested than usual, due to the filming project, and the air was hazy from other states’ forest fires. Still, people seemed to be in a fairly good mood. Altogether, we gave away 10-15 Rosaries and its booklet, and 1 Divine Mercy prayer card.
Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s effort.
Your prayers make a positive difference! 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).
P.S. Another few particular thank yous, for continued assurance of your prayers, your encouraging words, and other support : especially from Randy, Barbara, Michael, Joanne, and Alice!