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Some hearts were noticeably less peaceful last week - 2021-01-10
January 18, 2021
Some hearts were noticeably less peaceful last week, but we still introduced others to the Rosary as a way to grow closer to Jesus Christ. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.
A man with small girl in tow, who was maybe 4 years old, gestured angrily toward the Rosaries and, without stopping, told us to “send that stuff back to Europe”. A few steps further on, he turned and shouted at us, blaming us for military abuses in a small country south of here, the recent riot in our country’s capital, and perhaps other things. He never slowed down enough for us to reply or ask for clarification. As he stormed away, we said a Hail Mary for him and hope you, too, will keep him in your prayers this week.
A passing trio of well-dressed 30-somethings declined a Rosary. Then one man of the group said he’d like to argue with us a bit and came to the table, asking if he could ask some questions. He believed there is no God and was firmly convinced that Christianity (and theism in general) is based on fiction. E. Lucy recommended an author, a respected historian who has demonstrated the historicity of the Bible. Our visitor then rejected Christianity in particular because its followers do not live it to perfection. We told him of the fallen nature of mankind and of our need for a Savior. He was not moved, but said he would look into the author. Pray that he will hear the voice of his Creator and that Our Lady leads him to Faith in her Son!
A group of 3 homeless-looking people stopped. The woman approached us first, but became skittish and left before we could get her a Rosary. The men each claimed a Rosary for himself. Then one, "Ezekiel" (a past visitor), also took one for the woman, who was standing a short distance away. We encouraged them to pray it together.
A multi-family group stopped. Each of the children (all under the age of 5) and one of the adults accepted Rosaries.
The woman of a young couple, in their late teens or early 20s, wanted a Rosary and came to the table. When asked if they were Christian, she said that she was, the man did not reply. She was receptive to learning about the Rosary, and seemed interested in learning the benefits of praying it. In the end, the man also chose a Rosary for himself and we encouraged them to pray it together.
A man in a large family group accepted a Rosary, telling us he was Catholic. His children picked out a Rosary apiece. The man’s son then held it up and asked, "What's this for?" The father merely replied that it was a Rosary, so e. Chuck let the boy know it was for prayer. Please pray the boy continues to ask his father about it, and that he will teach his children how to pray.
There was thin sunlight, but not much foot traffic. Still, the two evangelists gave away 15-20 Rosaries and its pamphlet.
Please pray for us again today? Ask that God send people to us with hearts 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 effort.
Usually only one or two visitors a year confront us in a negative way. Last week, we had two in one session. Still, we pray that hearts are changed. 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).