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God Save our Culture - 2021-09-12
September 19, 2021
[God Save our Culture] From the midst of the Chaldeans, God called Abraham. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. One evangelist was available.
The name of the former-atheist-turned- nature-worshipper is “Uwe” (pronounced, “OO-vay”). Please continue to pray for him to find the One True God?
There was an alternate-lifestyle-affirming event at the statehouse a couple of blocks northeast of us, as well as a big (formerly annual) art fair in a city park a few blocks south. So, lots and lots of foot traffic passed by “our spot”. Concerning the first event, I saw very few public displays of affection compared to other times. Plus, only one person seemed to be suffering from gender confusion, as compared to numbers from even last Spring. I pray the fad is passing. Still, lots of people were carrying colorful striped flags, as well as a few who carried one composed of a confusion of gray stripes. I made sure our Rosaries weren’t in strict rainbow order.
A group of 6 or 7 older teens stopped at the word “free”. Between them, they claimed my entire week’s allotment of chain Rosaries (of which I had been planning to lay two or three on the table). They hurried off before I could describe the Rosary devotion or give them the pamphlet on how to pray it. I did hand a handful of the pamphlets to the last teen and ask him to give one to each of the others. Seeing them move away, I don’t think he did. Perhaps his position was too low in the group’s pecking order. Please pray for him?
A “used to be Catholic” man and accompanying woman stopped when I asked what special event was going on. He explained the lifestyle-affirming gathering and even chose a Rosary, for old times’ sake. He still identifies as Christian and agreed that our culture needs prayer. The woman, a nonbeliever, declined receiving even the one-page kerygma. Lord, grant they find the fullness of Faith in the Catholic Church.
A group of about 4 women, late teens or early 20s, stopped. None identified as Christian. One said she didn’t really believe in God anymore, but showed interest in our “Existence of God” pamphlet, once I suggested she might want to read some of the ancient arguments on that subject. She also accepted our one-page summary of the kerygma. Three of the women chose a Rosary.
A woman paused long enough to ask if we “believe in <an alternative form of> marriage”. When she received a negative response, she moved on without accepting a Rosary. Wish I had thought faster and offered her our pamphlet on, or had at least summarized, the Catholic teaching on the issue. Another woman went by, calling out that she “couldn’t be Catholic” because she identified with her disordered inclinations.
A seemingly financially down-and-out couple stopped for a free Rosary apiece. She also snagged our only copy of a Catholic Bible. I suggested she start reading with the Gospel of Mark. She sat in her wheelchair across the walkway from me, holding up a cardboard sign (“homeless and pregnant, anything helps”). I didn’t notice anyone stopping. The man sat at a picnic table near her. As the couple closed up shop over there, they came and asked for Rosaries for two other people they knew. I told them we’re here every Sunday afternoon and suggested they send them to us. Please pray for them?
A man, also carrying a panhandling sign, passed our table. In response to my offer of a free Rosary, he shook his fist at the sky and cursed. Please ask God, in His Mercy, to grant the man repentance, forgiveness, and salvation.
Altogether, the evangelist gave away 25-30 Rosaries and its pamphlet, 5-6 kerygma, 1 “Existence of God” pamphlet, and 1 Catholic Bible.
Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us with their 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.
Lord, have Mercy! Thank you again for your prayers and other support for this much-needed apostolate. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!
“Go with the strength you have” (Judg 6:14).