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Instruments of Grace -2022-02-13
February 28, 2022
[Instruments of Grace] We hope God uses us to help bring souls to/back to Him. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.
A woman in her early 20s eagerly came to the table for a Rosary. She asked e. Lucy, “This provides protection, right?” E. Lucy clarified that the Rosary is not a magic charm, but that it’s God Who protects us when we spend just 15 minutes a day thinking about and being grateful for what He has done for us. May God grant the woman the protection she desires as well as a true love for the Rosary and the One to Whom it leads.
A man hurried by saying, sorry, he didn’t believe in God. “Sorry!” was our response. We then considered how God had made him and was even then holding him in existence.
Two 20-something women came to the table, arm in arm. They each chose a chain Rosary and stood there politely as we explained the devotion, encouraging them to pray it. Lord, save them!
A woman came to the table because Rosaries reminded her of her grandmother. E. Lucy explained the devotion to her, and then also gave her a copy of the kerygma after hearing her refer to believers as “them”.
A woman, accompanying an older man in a wheelchair, turned out to be from e. Lucy’s parish. The man told us the woman had 10 Rosaries for every day of the week. She thanked us for being out there. We asked her to pray the Rosary for us.
Three boys in their early teens declined a Rosary, then one changed his mind. He tried to grab one and go, but we detained him long enough to hand him a pamphlet on how to pray it, and make sure he knew it was meant to draw him closer to Christ. When he rejoined his friends, one of them shouted “all hail [something unintelligible]”. Please pray for their conversion so that their understanding of God goes from mere joke to loving Father.
A couple in their early 30s was passing by. The man declined a Rosary, but said his girlfriend might want one. Sure enough, she did. The man remained uninterested in a Rosary but chatted with e. Chuck about his interest in a sport. E. Lucy spoke with the woman, giving her a copy of the kerygma as well as the Rosary pamphlet.
Two (or three, we’re hazy on the number) young women came to the table but only one selected a Rosary. She knew about it from seeing her grandma pray with one. We explained the how and why of the prayer and encouraged her to surprise her grandma and pray it with her. Thank you, Lord, for your faithful children who, through prayer, bear witness to young people of the Faith.
A man, who may have overheard us talking to someone else, came to the table without being asked, wanting a Rosary. He said he loved Jesus and appreciated the promise of the Rosary. Mother Mary, pray that his faith in your Son grows in strength and truth.
A couple coming out of the hockey arena eagerly came to the table. He said he was a Catholic, but then described their local non-Catholic Christian megachurch as “catholic”. Ignoring his confusion, we showed them the beauty and goodness of praying the Rosary, which they gladly accepted. Feed Your sheep, Lord Jesus.
Two 12-year-olds came smirking to the table in response to our offer of a free Rosary. One was wearing a black t-shirt featuring a sword-holding monster. They didn’t know what the Rosary was, but knew who Jesus is. So e. Chuck showed how the prayer reviews the life of Christ. By the time we had explained how to use the devotion as a way to grow closer to Jesus Christ, they had sobered up and seemed thoughtful as they left. [Was this perhaps a divinely sent intervention for two souls just stepping onto the wrong path?] Lead all souls to heaven, Lord, especially those in most need of your mercy.
Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 10-12 Rosaries and its pamphlet, as well as 1-2 Good News/kerygma pamphlets.
Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us with 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.
We love seeing the Lord at work out here. 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).