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Nothing is impossible with God, who clearly understands the human heart. - 2021-05-30
June 6, 2021
Trinity Sunday this year was also the US Holiday called Memorial Day. Lots of families were out enjoying the pleasant weather, and some of them stopped to visit us. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.
Repeat visitor, teenager "Jax", stopped briefly. He told us he had attended a (non-Catholic, Christian?) church in a nearby state, but could remember neither name of church nor town. He asked for another Rosary for his mom. E. Lucy encouraged him to pray it together with her. Lord, draw them to You through this devotion!
"John”, the parking lot attendant, stopped and talked for an extended time with e. Chuck. He never mentioned his recent life-threatening illness to Chuck, but proudly told us that the following Friday marked his 42nd anniversary of sobriety.
A man stopped, asking, "Catholic truth? What about Jesus' truth?". He was trying to distinguish between Catholic and Christian mission. “John”, who was still talking with E. Chuck, interjected that the word "catholic" means universal. E. Lucy took the ball and clarified that the Catholic mission is precisely to spread the news of Jesus Christ universally, that is, throughout the world. She then showed our newest visitor how the Rosary is a series of meditations on the life of Christ. He accepted a Rosary and the pamphlet on how to pray it. May Our Blessed Lady lead him all the way home to the Catholic Church!
A group of teenagers stopped. Each chose a Rosary and accepted its booklet, but hurried off before we could engage any of them in conversation.
A man went by, calling out, "It's not the truth!" He didn't stop to explain.
Another man went by, saying something about vaccination. We couldn't tell whether he was for or against.
A homeless-looking man, who was nearly toothless, declined our offer of a Rosary and kept talking, perhaps angrily. Neither evangelist could understand a word he said, and he didn't slow down or stop.
A Catholic man pulled his Rosary out of his pocket to show us. It featured a large St. Michael medal. I don't think he heard our plea to pray it once for us.
Yet another man paused just long enough to take a Rosary from e. Lucy's hand. She didn't get a chance to explain the devotion.
A devoutly Catholic man stopped. He was in town for his nephew's Confirmation this weekend.
A somewhat overweight woman declined our offer of a free Rosary, hurrying by. She yelled. "I don't believe in God." "I'm sorry," was e. Lucy's response. "That's okay. I'm happy!" she said. "May God bless you," said e. Lucy. Soften her heart, Lord, and give us the words she needs if she passes again.
A young couple, who did not know what the Rosary was but believed in Jesus, chose a Rosary each. E. Chuck talked to the woman, who was intrigued by the prayer's deep look into Christ's life as seen through his Mother's loving eyes, and by the invitation of the Rosary to love Jesus with the love of a mother. May Mother Mary strengthen their walk with her Son.
A young family enthusiastically came to the table. The father said he knew what the Rosary was because he was baptized Catholic. Unfortunately, he now identified as a non-Catholic Christian. E. Lucy then engaged the man in conversation about the Rosary. E. Chuck tried to get the wife interested, but she was turned her attention to the child, smiled, and said one Rosary was enough for them. May that one Rosary, indeed, be the mustard seed of the Church in their lives.
The fountain was going for the first time this season. Several families with very small children were playing in it. A greater percentage than typical of passersby declined receiving a Rosary, but the evangelists still gave away 15-20 Rosaries and its pamphlet on how to pray it.
Please pray for us again today? Ask God to prepare people’s hearts to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.
Nothing is impossible with God, who clearly understands the human heart. 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!