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Families Need Prayer - 2022-02-27
March 8, 2022
[Families Need Prayer] Last week brought us in contact with quite a few families, some broken or not in unity. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.
The husband of a passing middle-aged couple came to the table, while his wife waited some steps ahead. Catholic, they had just moved to the area and had not located a parish yet. We gave them a map, with thumbnail of the local parish churches and Mass times. The man selected a Rosary and thanked us before rejoining his wife on their walk. Pray they join a parish soon.
A college sports team from a neighboring state crowded around the table to select Rosaries. From what we could tell from their jostling and joking, they were all Catholic or at least knew about the Rosary. At least 5 of them accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet on how to pray it. Pray these men stay steadfast in faith.
A 20-something man and woman passed by. Dressed flamboyantly, they loudly declared their allegiance to dark and alien spiritualities. The man has stopped by before, e. Chuck remembered, and is trying to make up his own religion. Lord, have mercy on their souls! A bit later, another couple proclaimed they follow of a non-theist world religion. Lord, lead them to You, the One and only Way, Truth, and Life!
A father with three children, maybe 11 down to 3, declined receiving a Rosary. Then the middle child pleaded for one and the father gave in. All three children chose a Rosary. They were not Christian, so e. Lucy slipped the oldest boy a copy of the kerygma.
Two nicely dressed women in their early 20s stopped at our offer of a free Rosary. “Are they blessed?” one asked. Usually a question asked by a Catholic, right? They were. One, perhaps less familiar with the devotion, also accepted a copy of the Rosary brochure.
A group of about 5 pierced and tattooed teens stopped, greedy for a Rosary. We set them each up with one, pleading with them to pray it, though they didn’t seem to take it seriously. God, help them!
A man went by, carrying a large Ukrainian flag on a 10-foot pole. He declared himself a member of a local non-Catholic Christian denomination known for pacifism. He said he was going to fast and pray on (Ash) Wednesday for world peace because the Pope asked everyone to do so. He seemed surprised that we already knew that.
A non-Catholic Christian mother and adult daughter came to the table. They wanted to get a Rosary for their husband/father because he was Catholic, though they were not. The daughter was hesitant to get a Rosary for herself because she was not Catholic and didn’t know if she should. E. Chuck described the deeply Christ-centered nature of the prayer. Meanwhile, e. Lucy talked with the mother, who had seen Rosaries before, but had no idea what its purpose was. E. Lucy explained the devotion to her, including how the repetition builds muscle memory so she’d always have a prayer handy in case of trouble. The mother selected a Rosary for her husband and the daughter took one for herself. Pray for a unity of faith in their family.
A father with children coming out of the hockey arena let his children select a Rosary apiece. The man said he was not Catholic but his father had been. Then, our visitor told us he had never known his father because he was murdered by his own mother (the grandmother of the man at the table) when our visitor was only a few months old. The man said, “Yeah, that’s my crazy family.” Pray for healing for all broken families.
As he was selecting a Rosary, a 20-something man approached. He told us he was a Catholic, new to the area, but currently attending a non-Catholic Christian megachurch with a friend. He agreed he should return to the Sacraments and accepted a map of area parishes. Pray he has the will to return to the Church.
Yet another father with several small children let his kids select a Rosary but declined one himself. He asked why we were passing out Rosaries, and e. Chuck explained our desire to encourage people to be in deep conversation with God. The father agreed that we needed lots of prayer, and said his family prayed together all the time. Pray God strengthens their perseverance in prayer.
Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 15-20 Rosaries, 2 maps, 2-3 copies of the kerygma.
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.
The family Rosary is a powerful prayer for protection, unity, and peace. So thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate that encourages families to pray together! May God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!
“Go with the strength you have” (Judg 6:14).