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Praise Report on Myron, etc. - 2021-10-31
November 7, 2021
[Praise Report on Myron, etc.] We’re still trying to connect or reconnect people to the Church, so a big thank you for your ongoing prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort!
A Catholic woman stopped who hadn’t yet gotten connected with a local parish and told e. Lucy that she “practices from home”(?!). She accepted a Rosary and the encouragement to pray it. She also accepted a map and directions to a parish near her and the invitation to get reconnected.
Frequent passerby and now occasional visitor “Uwe” stopped. “John-the-parking-lot-attendant”, who was hanging around as usual, monopolized the conversation and talked a long time about his recovery-group pseudo-religion. E. Lucy tried to clarify the Catholic teaching on various subjects. “Uwe” had a problem with the Dogma of Hell booklets we had on the table and accused us of trying to control people through fear. The conversation veered in other directions before e. Lucy could address the issue. Please pray that e. Lucy be granted the backbone and sense of authority to steer the conversations in the direction the Lord wills? And may the Lord continue to draw Uwe and John all the way into His Catholic Church!
A group of 3 young adult men stopped. They seemed to be only nominally Catholic, one of them vaguely remembering his First Communion but then immediately confusing it with Baptism. They each chose a Rosary and received the encouragement to actually sit down and pray it.
A homeless-looking family of three stopped: father, mother, early-teen daughter. They decided to each select a Rosary. The girl chose the black chain Rosary, then the father decided he wanted that one and took it from her, leaving her to choose another. E. Lucy encouraged them to pray it.
Two teenage boys stopped, wanting a Rosary. One wasn’t sure what it was, and wasn’t really sure if he were Christian. E. Lucy gave him a copy of the kerygma as well as describing the Rosary devotion, explaining that when people sit down and try to pray it—even if all they have is questions—they find an unexplained sense of peace and protection. The other boy also received Rosary, kerygma, and Rosary pamphlet.
Regarding “Myron”, the coworker of “John the parking lot attendant” and who is in a long-term hospital due to Covid: John reported that, during the week before last, they expected Myron to be in the long-term hospital for “months and months”. As of last Sunday, though, his need for oxygen has decreased and he was expected to go home in “a month or two”. Then, the day after our last session, John reported the following:
Myron is off the ventilator for hours at a time. Case managers admitted to his wife that he was transferred [to the long-term hospital] for end-of-life care. Doctors are amazed and cautiously optimistic.
Praise God for His great Love and Mercy! Thank you again for your prayers! Please keep praying for “Myron”?
A man wearing the costume of a totally black carrion bird gave e. Lucy an embarrassed-sounding “no” to the offer of a Rosary, evidently because it wouldn’t suit his costume character. Please pray for him?
Finally, someone with a dog stopped! A man who was wrestling two large dogs came to the table and hurriedly selected a Rosary. He paused just long enough to receive a brief description of the devotion and the encouragement to pray it.
Another Catholic man paused briefly to say that he still “attends Mass online”. Surprised, the evangelist didn’t think to tell him that there’s no longer a dispensation in this diocese from Sunday Mass.
A man dropped back from his two companions to receive a Rosary. When e. Lucy asked if he were Christian, he volunteered that, no, he belonged to a religion that believed in many gods. But Jesus, he said, was one of them and he was okay with that. E. Lucy gave him a copy of the kerygma so he could see the true Christian message, then briefly described the Rosary devotion and gave him the pamphlet to go with it.
Surprisingly, few people were in costume. And, though most of those declined the offer of a Rosary, they were all polite about it! Altogether, the evangelist gave away 12-15 Rosaries and its pamphlet, 2-3 copies of the kerygma, and 2 maps to area parishes.
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.
God is real and He still loves us! 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).