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The Holy Spirit leads into all Truth - 2021-08-01
August 9, 2021
The Holy Spirit leads into all Truth. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.
A woman, perhaps late 20s to early 30s, came directly to our table with a question. Raised Catholic, she had not been practicing her Faith since her teens. But now suddenly interested in religion, she is a seeker. She asked why we use the masculine pronoun for God. Evidently e. Lucy’s sharing the basic Catholic teaching on that satisfied her because she took a copy of the Catechism with her. She prefers audio books, but e. Lucy showed her the exhaustive index and told her how to load the relevant section onto her computer and have it read aloud. She also pointed out the footnotes, where she can do as much in-depth research as she likes to find out why the Church teaches one thing and rejects alternatives. E. Lucy may also have given her a map to area parishes and invited her to get reconnected.
A rather thin, older man on a bicycle, who always wears a helmet, slowed down and stopped at our table. E. Lucy hadn't offered him a Rosary because she thought he was one of those who always angrily declined. But he volunteered, "I would like to get a Rosary today." She set him up with Rosary and pamphlet, but was too surprised to carry the conversation further.
An argumentative man, who has come by before, stopped to confront e. Lucy. He had a problem with both the very concept of history and with the title "Christ", perhaps confused by too much modern “scholarship”. When e. Lucy declared the historicity of Jesus Christ and that He is risen from the dead and is alive today, the man pointed out that she’d used the words "history" and "Christ". Then he said something else that might as well have been word salad. He asked her if she understood. "No." He kicked his bicycle into gear and said, "Then I hope someday you do." May God forbid! Pray for him, please? He seems to have been poisoned against the proper use of all reason.
Three older teens stopped. One was Christian. E. Lucy gave a copy of the kerygma to the other two and encouraged them to sit down and read it. Then they each chose a Rosary and accepted its pamphlet. They left snickering. Blessed Mother, lead them to your Son!
Two 20-something women passed, declining to receive a Rosary. As they passed in one direction, a nicely dressed 40-ish man was coming from the opposite way. Offered a Rosary, he smiled broadly and said he had lots of Rosaries!
A woman of non-Catholic liturgical Christian background stopped. She was curious about the Rosary, and when e. Lucy assured her that some members of her denomination pray it, she accepted one and its pamphlet. As she was leaving, she said her boyfriend was Catholic but was in prison. Wouldn't he be surprised, she said, to find out she was praying the Rosary for him?
A Catholic woman stopped. She didn't accept a Rosary because she already had many of them. E. Lucy took the opportunity to ask, if she could possibly spare some, that she bring some of her extras to us.
Homeless "Michael" did not come by to get his repaired Rosary, but "John" the parking lot maintenance man escorted e. Lucy to where he was sitting. He casually accepted the Rosary and e. Lucy ducked his proffered hug, backed up by John. John then towed our wagonload of supplies with his electric vehicle to her car. As a parting comment, e. Lucy let John know we were praying for his family. He brightened up and was very grateful. Then he asked for prayers especially for "Tara", the problem child. She evidently made a suicidal gesture last week and has ended up in a mental health facility. May God grant the treatment protocol "takes" this time, and that peace and health is granted to John’s entire family!
Altogether, the evangelist gave away 15-20 Rosaries, 2 copies of the kerygma, 1 copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and 1-2 maps of area parishes that list Reconciliation and Mass times.
Please pray for us again today? May God send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and may much good fruit for His Kingdom come of today’s efforts.
After repeatedly declining the Faith, sometimes for years, hearts can still be opened by the Holy Spirit and given another chance. 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).