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God Runs to Meet Us - 2021-08-22
September 1, 2021
[God Runs to Meet Us] We’ll offer a Rosary to anyone, even if they seem to have lifestyle barriers between them and Christianity. We trust Our Lady to lead each priceless soul to her Son and salvation. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.
A man and woman came to the table. She identified as Catholic and chose a Rosary. E. Chuck set her up with the Rosary pamphlet. Meanwhile, e. Lucy offered a Rosary to the man, who finally chose the pink cloisonné one. When the evangelist asked if he were Christian, he hesitated, then said he didn't want to talk about religion. So e. Lucy described the Rosary devotion, telling him that people have experienced an unexplained sense of peace when they try to pray it, even if all they have is questions, such as, “Are you for real, Jesus?” and “What does it mean when they say You love me?” Surprisingly, the man agreed to try it. Blessed Mother, bring him safely to your Son!
An extended family, 3 adults and 7-10 children (they gained 3 more members between the first and second time we saw them). The man said he “used to be Catholic”, but now attended a non-Catholic Christian denomination. Still, he thanked us for “being out here”. E. Chuck told the family a story about his brother. During that time, two of the younger children became more and more fascinated with the Rosaries. The father had said no a couple of times, but he finally relented and they each chose a colorful Rosary. On their behalf, the father accepted the pamphlet with its colorful pictures of the Mysteries. Lord, may Your Mother soften his heart toward the Church and let the little children lead him back into Your fold!
A couple, perhaps 30 years old, stopped. The woman was Christian, but the man was not. E. Chuck explained the Rosary devotion to the woman and she accepted a Rosary. E. Lucy told the man some of the Rosary promises published by Bl. Alan de le Roche, and he chose a Rosary as well. E. Chuck then made sure he received a copy of the kerygma.
A 20-something man on a skateboard zoomed straight across the business park to our table in order to receive a Rosary. We tried to explain the devotion briefly, but he seemed impatient to leave.
Two Catholic women went by, claiming to have “lots of Rosaries”. When we asked if they'd be willing to let us have some of their extras, they said they were from out of town and didn't have them with them.
May God bless all of you who are hearing our Public Service Announcement on our local Catholic radio station and sending e. Chuck your extra Rosaries!
Two young adults and their mother stopped when the 20-somethings wanted a Rosary. They each chose one, listened to a brief explanation of the devotion and the encouragement to pray it, and accepted the pamphlet. Then we urged the mom to choose one, too, to lead the others in prayer, since she already prayed it. She happened to choose the one with the blessed St. Benedict medal and was thrilled when e. Lucy pointed that out to her! I guess she was the one who was supposed to receive it, since we'd had it on the table for several weeks with no takers, plus she understood what she had received. God is good!!!
A man accompanied by his preteen son stopped. He wanted a Rosary to hang in his car. He paused impatiently while we urged him to actually pray it, but didn't seem interested in doing so.
The man from a passing couple came to the table, while she stayed back. He was not familiar with the Rosary, was not Christian, and yet he chose a Rosary. E. Chuck gave him a quick explanation of Who Christ is and of the power of prayer, as well as copies of the Good News/kerygma and Rosary pamphlets. May they have an encounter with their Savior!
A young man who had been sitting at a nearby picnic table with a friend ran up to us unbidden (no doubt having heard our repeated offers to passersby). He was a Christian but didn't know about praying with the Rosary, so e. Chuck explained its power. He returned to his friend carrying Rosary and pamphlet. May the peace and protection of praying the Rosary surround him.
A couple, late 20s or early 30s, stopped. They were not religious (or not Christian?) and were in town to look for housing, since he had a job offer in the area. As they were leaving, the woman revealed that she had breast cancer, and we promised to pray for her. She picked out a Rosary (not sure he did) and took Good News/kerygma and Rosary pamphlets. God, please grant them faith and healing!
A large, two-family group declined the free Rosary, but later some of them came back to each choose one. E. Chuck joked around with the ones standing at a distance hoping to draw them closer, while e. Lucy busily handed out Rosaries and pamphlets.
Altogether, we gave away 20-25 Rosaries, at least 3 copies of the kerygma, and 1 map to area parishes.
Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us 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 efforts.
Even people who seem far from a devout life seem attracted to the Rosary! So thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate! In turn, may God protect and bless you and all those you love!
“Go with the strength you have” (Judg 6:14).