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Charity opens doors we may not even notice - 2021-01-03
January 10, 2021
Charity opens doors we may not even notice. So thank you again for your ongoing prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.
One teen, perhaps 14 or 15, stopped with a much taller friend. After his friend jokingly accepted a Rosary, the young man told e. Lucy that he was ready to get back to God. His best friend had died two years earlier, he said, and he'd been battling depression. He was very glad to receive the Rosary and the booklet on how to pray it. He'd been a member of a pseudo-Christian religion, but didn't want to go back.
A large, extended family walked by, perhaps 10 or 12 people. One member dropped back to choose a Rosary.
A nominally non-Catholic Christian woman, in her late teens or early 20s, stopped. She listened with interest to the explanation of the Rosary, then accepted one and its booklet.
A woman, minding a toddler in a stroller, stopped for a Rosary. She was very happy to receive one.
Two women stopped. One is the niece of a local priest who died a few years ago. E. Lucy told her that she not only remembered the priest, but also says a prayer by his graveside from time to time. The mention of that tiny act of charity seemed to affect our visitors in a more than a sentimental way, since they immediately began talking about how much they missed going to Mass, especially their elderly mother. E. Chuck let them know about the "parking lot" Mass at his parish, where they can stay safely in the car, but still attend and receive the Eucharist. Both women left happy.
As a young couple walked by, hand in hand, the woman broke free and came to our table. She asked, in smiling curiosity, "What is the Rosary all about?" She seemed open and interested in what e. Lucy was telling her. Meanwhile, E. Chuck talked to the man, who stood several feet off, wanted nothing to do with the Rosary, and barely wanted to talk about the weather. The woman did say that had been raised in a pseudo-Christian religion, but now “didn't believe all that stuff”. We encouraged her to get closer to Jesus Christ by meditating on the Mysteries. Pray that she does.
You may recall a man, “Manny”, who has had some lengthy conversations with the evangelists over the last couple of years. He still struggles with his and his family’s dealings with the occult as well as the belief that he has been hexed. He showed up again at Mass last week, late, and in an agitated state. After changing his mind and starting to leave several times, he finally sat down. He left in a rush after Mass so e. Chuck was not able to talk with him. Pray that Manny keeps answering the Holy Spirit's call.
Two of three older teens on skateboards, with enthusiasm and much profanity, accepted our offer of a free Rosary. The teen e. Chuck talked to didn't know anything about the Rosary but saw that it had a cross on it. He said over and over that he loved Jesus. He went on to say how awesome it was that God loved everybody no matter who they were or what they did. While it's true God loves all, e. Chuck replied, He wants us to become more like his Son. The teen was not listening, resumed vaping, and jumped on his skateboard to catch up with the friend who bypassed the table. Mother those boys, Holy Mary, and point them to the way to everlasting life.
A tall man with a southern drawl accepted a Rosary. He said he knew a lot about it because some of his family were Catholic, although he was a non-Catholic Christian. Part of his family had immigrated from a Catholic country, but lost their Catholicism when they settled in the southern US and conformed to the anti-Catholic culture around them. But our visitor’s grandmother, sister, and perhaps another family member had come back to the Catholic Church. Please pray for all Catholics who struggle to hold onto their Faith amid hostile surroundings.
Altogether, we gave away 10-15 Rosaries and its booklet.
Please pray for us again today? Please ask that God sends people to us with their hearts prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.
God is love, and He is calling His children. 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).