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Pain not quite hidden - 2022-02-20
February 28, 2022
[Pain not quite hidden] We try to witness the Good News of Jesus Christ to people wounded by our sin-torn world. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.
Two women with broken English came to the table for a Rosary. They had a difficult time understanding they were free. Finally, they asked, “How many dollars?” E. Lucy replied, “Zero dollars!” A passing man overheard and also came to the table, in the middle of a video conversation with a man in another part of the world. The women had chosen a Rosary, but when e. Chuck explained that it was about Jesus Christ, they excused themselves and left. The man then picked up the Rosary the women had previously chosen.
A group of older teens stopped. One of the women shook her head when asked if she were Christian, so e. Lucy gave her a copy of the one-page summary of the Good News/kerygma and asked her to read it when she got a chance.
Former visitor “Jax” and a young woman stopped for a Rosary apiece. Jax reminded us that his mother “collects them”. We encouraged him to actually use the Rosary for prayer. The girl seemed sad, nearly to the point of tears, and didn’t say anything.
Walking a pair of rambunctious puppies, a trio stopped and the two men said they were familiar with the Rosary because they learned to pray them in jail. The woman, who was sister to one of the men and girlfriend to the other, told e. Lucy they were grieving the recent loss of their Rosary-praying grandmother, who had been “holding the family together”, and that now they were all struggling. We expressed sorrow for their loss and encouraged them to sit down and pray the Rosary together for peace and to restore the unity they craved. May Our Blessed Mother obtain for them guidance and stability.
Some younger teens on skateboards (except for the boy who forgot his) stopped for a Rosary. They brought with them a broken Rosary they “had found”. It was a distinctive black-and-gold one that we had given away earlier, but now was missing the Crucifix and 4 of the 5 leading beads. The boys all claimed to be Christian, but seemed lacking in reverence. May Our Lord bless and save them!
Another group of older teens stopped when one of them cried out that his grandmother “loved the Rosary!” We set them each up with one, and encouraged the grandson to pray it with his grandmother.
Two parents accompanying a 2- or 3-year-old stopped so the child could choose a Rosary. The child seemed barely old enough to make a choice, and neither parent took one. Lord, bless that family and lead them to You and salvation!
A couple, perhaps in their early 20s and financially distressed, came to the table. The man picked out a Rosary, and stood to the side waiting for her to choose one. She stood still while we told her about the devotion. But she didn’t reply, and her face grew sadder and sadder until she silently turned and went with the man. Pray that God grant her peace and protection in prayer, whatever her circumstances.
We were pleased to see “John”, the parking lot attendant, approaching after a several-week absence. E. Chuck, though, was the one to notice that he was on foot! His back bothered him to stand, but he and Chuck caught up a little. His coworker “Myron”, who nearly died from the worldwide virus, is now out of rehab and back home! So, thank you again for your prayers for both.
There are also some incomplete snippets of memory: the people on the bicycles with the huge (ape-hanger) handlebars, the two boys on skateboards, the guy who grabbed a Rosary out of e. Chuck’s hand as he rode by on his bike, the one guy in the college-aged group that, with the rest of his friends, refused the Rosary the first time they walked by but then he came to the table on their return trip.
A couple of days before this session, E. Chuck had taken a rather dramatic “tumble” from his pickup bed. Luckily, nothing was broken or torn, and the lump on his head, though tender, is nothing more than a lump. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise team! It could have been bad.
Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 20 or so Rosaries and its pamphlet, as well as 1 copy of the kerygma.
All Creation has been wounded by sin. We trust that prayer will lead people to the Divine Healer and salvation. 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).