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we gladly proclaim our dependence on God! - 2021-07-06
July 11, 2021
On the national holiday celebrating our country becoming an independent republic, the intrepid evangelists you follow were demonstrating our dependence on Our Lord. So thank you again for your continued prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort!
A family went by, consisting of a man, his wife, and a child in a stroller. The man dropped back to ask e. Lucy about our apostolate. Catholic, he was pleased with what he heard, and said he would pray for us. E. Chuck ran into them again as he was returning to his vehicle, and they asked what sort of people stopped at the table, etc. They seemed very intrigued by SPSE (St. Paul Street Evangelization), so Chuck invited them to join us. Fill them with Your Spirit, Lord, that their faith may overflow into their children and the people around them.
A man in his mid-20s accepted our offer of a Rosary and said he knew about them because he had grown up Catholic. But he admitted he had not been practicing for a long time. While we affirmed that praying the Rosary was a great place to start, we emphasized that getting back to Mass and the glory of the Eucharist, and the promise of Reconciliation, were where he really needed. He admitted this was so, and e. Chuck gave him the “Reasons to Return to the Catholic Church” packet as he was leaving. Pray for his re-conversion!
Two college-age men from the far eastern part of the country stopped. They were in town to visit the local university. Since they were Catholic, they asked about nearby parishes, and seemed surprised at the number of parishes in the area to choose from. Each selected a Rosary, and e. Lucy gave them a map that listed Mass times so they could find an evening Mass to attend. Pray that they, and all young Catholics, may be filled with perseverance in faith.
Lots of people told us they had already received a Rosary from us. We asked for their prayers.
A Catholic family of five (adult children) heard our offer and alerted their mother who hurried to the table to choose a Rosary. She became emotional at the sight of all the Rosaries and shed tears after choosing one. Then she motioned to her daughters to get one, too. Then they all encouraged the son to come to the table, which he did. The father told us they prayed the Rosary daily. As they were about to leave, the daughters insisted their father choose a Rosary, too, so he did. They were very thankful, and the mother remained too emotional to speak. May the love of this faithful family be an example to us all.
A homeless man stopped and claimed a Rosary, since it was free. He couldn't remember the prayers, so welcomed the booklet with them in it.
A man, who had been riding scooters around the square with his 8- or 10-year-old son, stopped behind us to retrieve his bicycle. He turned down the offer of a free Rosary, but his son was intrigued. He asked us what the Rosary was for, and e. Chuck told him it was for praying and growing closer to Jesus. He accepted one and its booklet.
Three men stopped for Rosaries, then each changed their mind several times about the color. But eventually they each had one, its booklet on how to pray it, and the encouragement to sit down and actually try it.
A boy on a scooter stopped to see what we were giving away but, after looking at the Rosaries, he changed his mind. When e. Lucy asked if he were Christian, he said he was not. So we had him stuff a Good News/kerygma pamphlet in his pocket just as his father called him away. Keep planting seeds in his life, Lord.
“John”, the parking lot maintenance man, stopped to talk a long time about mundane things. But then he added that his adult daughter and grandchild had moved in with them, and he was worried because his 40-something daughter had no purpose in life and he didn't know how to help her. Pray that John, and all parents, find the words to speak to their children.
Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 10-15 Rosaries and its booklet , one copy of the kerygma, one map to area parishes, and one “Returning Catholics” packet.
Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us with 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!
As people in the US celebrated “Independence Day”, we gladly proclaim our dependence on God! 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).