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Still introducing the Rosary as a way to grow closer to Jesus Christ - 2021-07-25
August 1, 2021
Still introducing 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.
“Michael”, the homeless man who wants to evangelize with us, stopped by. He dropped off his “grandmother's old Rosary” for e. Lucy to repair. It was missing a lot of beads. He said he had attended Mass at the nearby cathedral that morning. Another homeless man, “Josh”, staggered by, evidently very much “under the influence”. Michael hailed him, and he gratefully came over and gave Michael a big hug. They headed off to find a place to sit and chat. God, grant healing and salvation to them both!
The little boy who gladly took a bright orange Rosary last week, made a beeline to our table to get another one. His mother said they still had the one from last week. We gave the boy another copy of the Rosary pamphlet with its colored pictures, and encouraged his mom to pray the Rosary together with him.
A couple came to the table led by the woman. She was Christian; he was not so sure. Both chose a Rosary and accepted the pamphlet but, as we talked about faith and prayer, the man laid the Rosary and pamphlet back on the table and said something like, “I don't have what it takes for this.” We tried to help him see that faith and prayer are not something one achieves or grabs for themselves or earns, but he still declined the Rosary. Pray his heart is opened to the love of Christ.
An older woman walked quickly by, declining our offer of a free Rosary and saying, “I had too much trouble getting rid of my other ones.” She was gone before we could ask her anything. Lord, please draw her back to You and Your Church!
A flock of about six young adults stopped at our table, each choosing a Rosary and then quickly leaving. The woman who was last to choose a Rosary received several extra copies of the how-to pamphlet to give to some of her faster companions.
Two 20-something men stopped. One was Christian, the other had at least heard of Christianity. E. Chuck explained the Rosary, and they both chose one. E. Lucy then gave a copy of the kerygma to the nonbeliever, pointing out that it was only one page and encouraging him to read it.
A Catholic family stopped, glad to see us out there. They had plenty of Rosaries at home, but the mom asked for a copy of our Divine Mercy bookmark.
Another Catholic family, with a baby and two other small children, had evidently stopped to visit us another time. This time, they wanted to simply say hi and encourage us in our apostolate.
A 20-something couple stopped for a Rosary. They said they had just been baptized at a local non-Catholic Christian church. Only the woman chose a Rosary, and we encouraged them to pray together and grow in their newfound faith.
A teen on a bicycle accepted our offer of a Rosary, saying he had grown up in a pseudo-Christian cult, no longer believed in it, and was exploring other religions. His mother did not oppose his faith exploration. We explained the Incarnation and Christ's loving sacrifice on the Cross, His Resurrection, and pointed him to the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. We also encouraged him to draw closer to Jesus Christ through the Rosary. (We may also have given him a Good News/kerygma pamphlet.) Pray the light of Christ shines in his life and shows him the way.
Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 20-25 Rosaries, 2-3 copies of the kerygma, and 1 Divine Mercy holy card. Oddly, about half the Rosaries we gave away were small wooden-beaded mission Rosaries, although I didn’t think we had anywhere near that number of them in our pack. Evidently, Jesus multiplies Rosaries as well as bread! Praise God!
Please pray for us again today? Ask that God send people to us with hearts prepared to perceive their need of Our Savior Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.
We encourage everyone who will listen to actually pray the Rosary! 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).