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Some hearts were noticeably less peaceful last week - 2021-01-10

January 18, 2021


Some hearts were noticeably less peaceful last week, but we still  introduced others to the Rosary as a way to grow closer to Jesus Christ. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

A man with small girl in tow, who was maybe 4 years old, gestured angrily toward the Rosaries and, without stopping, told us to “send that stuff back to Europe”. A few steps further on, he turned and shouted at us, blaming us for military abuses in a small country south of here, the recent riot in our country’s capital, and perhaps other things. He never slowed down enough for us to reply or ask for clarification. As he stormed away, we said a Hail Mary for him and hope you, too, will keep him in your prayers this week.

A passing trio of well-dressed 30-somethings declined a Rosary. Then one man of the group said he’d like to argue with us a bit and came to the table, asking if he could ask some questions. He believed there is no God and was firmly convinced that Christianity (and theism in general) is based on fiction. E. Lucy recommended an author, a respected historian who has demonstrated the historicity of the Bible. Our visitor then rejected Christianity in particular because its followers do not live it to perfection. We told him of the fallen nature of mankind and of our need for a Savior. He was not moved, but said he would look into the author. Pray that he will hear the voice of his Creator and that Our Lady leads him to Faith in her Son!

A group of 3 homeless-looking people stopped. The woman approached us first, but became skittish and left before we could get her a Rosary. The men each claimed a Rosary for himself. Then one, "Ezekiel" (a past visitor), also took one for the woman, who was standing a short distance away. We encouraged them to pray it together.

A multi-family group stopped. Each of the children (all under the age of 5) and one of the adults accepted Rosaries.

The woman of a young couple, in their late teens or early 20s, wanted a Rosary and came to the table. When asked if they were Christian, she said that she was, the man did not reply. She was receptive to learning about the Rosary, and seemed interested in learning the benefits of praying it. In the end, the man also chose a Rosary for himself and we encouraged them to pray it together.

A man in a large family group accepted a Rosary, telling us he was Catholic. His children picked out a Rosary apiece. The man’s son then held it up and asked, "What's this for?" The father merely replied that it was a Rosary, so e. Chuck let the boy know it was for prayer. Please pray the boy continues to ask his father about it, and that he will teach his children how to pray.

There was thin sunlight, but not much foot traffic. Still, the two evangelists gave away 15-20 Rosaries and its pamphlet.

Please pray for us again today? Ask that God send people to us with hearts prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s effort.

 

Usually only one or two visitors a year confront us in a negative way. Last week, we had two in one session. Still, we pray that hearts are changed. 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).



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Charity opens doors we may not even notice - 2021-01-03

January 10, 2021


Charity opens doors we may not even notice. So thank you again for your ongoing prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

One teen, perhaps 14 or 15, stopped with a much taller friend. After his friend jokingly accepted a Rosary, the young man told e. Lucy that he was ready to get back to God. His best friend had died two years earlier, he said, and he'd been battling depression. He was very glad to receive the Rosary and the booklet on how to pray it. He'd been a member of a pseudo-Christian religion, but didn't want to go back.

A large, extended family walked by, perhaps 10 or 12 people. One member dropped back to choose a Rosary.

A nominally non-Catholic Christian woman, in her late teens or early 20s, stopped. She listened with interest to the explanation of the Rosary, then accepted one and its booklet.

A woman, minding a toddler in a stroller, stopped for a Rosary. She was very happy to receive one.

Two women stopped. One is the niece of a local priest who died a few years ago. E. Lucy told her that she not only remembered the priest, but also says a prayer by his graveside from time to time. The mention of that tiny act of charity seemed to affect our visitors in a more than a sentimental way, since they immediately began talking about how much they missed going to Mass, especially their elderly mother. E. Chuck let them know about the "parking lot" Mass at his parish, where they can stay safely in the car, but still attend and receive the Eucharist. Both women left happy.

As a young couple walked by, hand in hand, the woman broke free and came to our table. She asked, in smiling curiosity, "What is the Rosary all about?" She seemed open and interested in what e. Lucy was telling her. Meanwhile, E. Chuck talked to the man, who stood several feet off, wanted nothing to do with the Rosary, and barely wanted to talk about the weather. The woman did say that had been raised in a pseudo-Christian religion, but now “didn't believe all that stuff”. We encouraged her to get closer to Jesus Christ by meditating on the Mysteries. Pray that she does.

You may recall a man, “Manny”, who has had some lengthy conversations with the evangelists over the last couple of years. He still struggles with his and his family’s dealings with the occult as well as the belief that he has been hexed. He showed up again at Mass last week, late, and in an agitated state. After changing his mind and starting to leave several times, he finally sat down. He left in a rush after Mass so e. Chuck was not able to talk with him. Pray that Manny keeps answering the Holy Spirit's call.

Two of three older teens on skateboards, with enthusiasm and much profanity, accepted our offer of a free Rosary. The teen e. Chuck talked to didn't know anything about the Rosary but saw that it had a cross on it. He said over and over that he loved Jesus. He went on to say how awesome it was that God loved everybody no matter who they were or what they did. While it's true God loves all, e. Chuck replied, He wants us to become more like his Son. The teen was not listening, resumed vaping, and jumped on his skateboard to catch up with the friend who bypassed the table. Mother those boys, Holy Mary, and point them to the way to everlasting life.

A tall man with a southern drawl accepted a Rosary. He said he knew a lot about it because some of his family were Catholic, although he was a non-Catholic Christian. Part of his family had immigrated from a Catholic country, but lost their Catholicism when they settled in the southern US and conformed to the anti-Catholic culture around them. But our visitor’s grandmother, sister, and perhaps another family member had come back to the Catholic Church. Please pray for all Catholics who struggle to hold onto their Faith amid hostile surroundings.

Altogether, we gave away 10-15 Rosaries and its booklet.

Please pray for us again today? Please ask that God sends 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 love, and He is calling His children. 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).



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Only Jesus can bring full healing - 2020-12-27

January 3, 2021


Some people carry a lot of pain, and only Jesus can bring full healing. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

We gave a "What About Mary?" pamphlet went to regular visitor “John”, the parking lot attendant. He may not have wanted the pamphlet, but had pointed it out, and graciously accepted a copy.

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A large family group stopped. The teenage girl that e. Chuck talked to said she was "very Catholic" and knew all about the Rosary. The father/uncle said he knew all about the Rosary, too, because when he was a kid the nuns at his school used it as punishment. He chose a Rosary and accepted a pamphlet on how to pray it, but his focus stayed on his resentment over his time in Catholic school. May Mother Mary and her Rosary help him forgive and draw him back to her Son's Church.

A family group of 3 adult women stopped. The mother and one of the adult daughters each accepted a Rosary.

One man from a group accepted the pink Rosary that e. Lucy was holding. Another man from the same group wanted a black Rosary.

A homeless-looking man stopped. He asked e. Lucy to choose a Rosary for him. She gave him a black one. He was disappointed that it was too small to fit over his head, but readily accepted the suggestion to use a belt loop to secure it.

A 20-something man came alone to our table. He requested a pure white Rosary.

A teenage girl requested an all-tan Rosary.

Another family went by, happily claiming to be Catholic. We asked them to pray for us.

“Mr. Steel Crewcut” and “Mr. Angry Atheist” both went by, in fairly close succession. They each exchanged pleasantries with e. Chuck about the (penetratingly cold and damp) weather.

A young couple stopped. When asked if they were Christian, she responded that she was, but he claimed membership in a pseudo-Christian cult, which he described as "pretty much Christian". We encouraged them to spend time meditating on the life of Christ in the Rosary.

A man accepted a Rosary and said he prayed all the time. He then revealed he had just gotten out of jail and needed money. Pray he does not fall into old habits.

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 10-12 Rosaries and its pamphlet, as well as a copy of our “What About Mary?” pamphlet.

Please pray for us again today? Please ask that God send people to us 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.

 

May God use our presence to lead his beloved children to reconciliation with him. So thank you again for your prayers 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).



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Bride of Christ still appeals to those called to salvation - 2020-12-20

December 29, 2020


Despite the occasional vocal enemy of the Church, the Bride of Christ still appeals to those called to salvation. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

A mom (grandma?), accompanied by two preteen girls, stopped to allow the girls to each have a Rosary. E. Lucy asked the older girl if she and her family were Christian. “Sometimes” was the probably all-too-honest answer. Besides Rosary and pamphlet on how to pray it, e. Lucy gave her a copy of the kerygma.

A man rode by twice, each time shouting at us as if we approved and supported the priest sex-abuse scandal. He didn’t slow down enough to reply but, the second time, a family who looked like they were approaching our table evidently changed their minds and didn’t stop. Please pray for all involved?

Two 40-something women stopped, each accepting a Rosary. One said she had been raised Catholic. Please pray she returns to the Faith?

Two men stopped. One chose a miniature black Rosary with hot-pink spacers around the Our Father beads. Then he was disappointed it wouldn’t fit over his head. E. Lucy suggested he carry it in his pocket. We encouraged both men to start praying the Rosary daily.

A 20-something couple stopped. One was familiar with the Rosary. E. Chuck encouraged them to pray it together.

A man and college-age son went by. They didn’t stop, but the man said he always carried his Rosary in his pocket, except that he’d forgotten it this trip. He didn’t slow down long enough for us to offer him a temporary replacement.

A man, hastening to make a delivery, asked if we took donations. When we said no, he hurried away. A couple of steps later, though, he turned around and asked, “Then, how much are your Rosaries?” “Free,” we said. “I’ll be back,” he replied. A few minutes later, he indeed returned, selected a Rosary, and received the pamphlet on how to pray it. He didn’t engage in any further conversation.

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away about 10 Rosaries and its pamphlet, as well as 1 copy of the kerygma.

Please pray for us again today? Ask that God prepare people’s hearts to perceive their need for Our Savior and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

God does not want the sinner to perish, but that he turn from evil and be saved (cf. Ezek 33:11). So thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate. In turn, may God protect and bless you as you worship our newborn Lord!

"Go with the strength you have“ (Judg 6:14).

P.S. After this forum closes, please continue to see our stories on our SPSE team page: https://streetevangelization.com/team-page/?team-chapter=boise&view-blog=true.

 



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Our Lord loves us all: hot, cold, or merely curious - 2020-12-13

December 20, 2020


Our Lord loves us all: hot, cold, or merely curious. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

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Several passersby declined receiving a Rosary, claiming loyalty to the enemy of all that is good. Lord, have mercy on their souls!

Three 20-somethings with a baby stopped, led by the woman. She and her husband accepted a Rosary, saying they knew all about it. The third man declined a Rosary, jokingly saying, “I might burst into flames if I touch it.” E. Chuck replied that just the opposite would happen. May his heart become open to salvation in Christ, Who is the cure for that worry.

Two men, late teens or early 20s, almost said no. Then one of them decided it’d make a great present for his mother, and chose a Rosary. May your prayers join hers in praying her son back into the Faith!

A homeless-looking man asked for a replacement Rosary for the one he’d received from us some time ago. He declined the booklet, saying he already knew the prayers.

Another homeless-looking man was heading toward the lone bike in the bike rack in the corner of the business park near us. When e. Chuck called out an offer of a free Rosary, he came and chose one. Then he went and just stood in the corner, perhaps because it had some protection from the wind and snow. May God bless him and heal him!

A young woman, raised Catholic, accepted a Rosary. When she passed us again later, she asked if it had been blessed. May she continue to seek a deeper union with Christ through his mother in prayer.

A young couple approached the table led by the man. He said he knew all about the Rosary. The woman seemed reluctant, but chose a Rosary anyway. When asked, she admitted that she was raised Catholic but did not now attend Mass. When offered a map to area parishes. Both declined. Then, when e. Chuck reminded them of the many graces of the Eucharist, they merely smiled and moved on . Mother Mary, pray for them.

A young woman came back to the table after initially declining a Rosary. She had no idea what the Rosary was all about. E. Chuck began describing the Rosary devotion. E. Lucy then asked her if she was a Christian. She was not, but she accepted a Good News/kerygma pamphlet. Pray for her conversion.

It was cold, snowy, and blowy last week. So, there was not much foot traffic. However, the two evangelists still gave away about 10 Rosaries and its pamphlet, as well as 1 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.

God can save souls, and we are amazed at how the Rosary appeals to even inactive Catholics. So thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate! In turn, may God protect and bless you and all those you love!

“Pray … also for me, that speech may be given me … to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel” (Eph 6:19-20).

 



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A plethora of evangelists last week! - 2020-12-06

December 16, 2020


A plethora of evangelists last week! So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

Two first-time evangelists joined us: “Connor” and “Todd”. Connor had driven about 100 miles from his new hometown, east of here. He’s interested in starting a team there. People responded well to him. Todd has been following our “adventures” for a couple of years, giving us much-needed prayer support. He also donated several nice Rosaries, which had been gathering dust around the house. They found new homes quickly!

A 20-something man accepted a Rosary. While e. Chuck explained it to him, e. Lucy ask him, “Are you Christian?” He labeled himself as undecided, so we gave him a Good News/kerygma pamphlet. He promised to read it. May Our Lord call him to Himself!

Two women, who might have a lifestyle conflict with being actively Catholic, stopped. One enthusiastically accepted the Rosary that e. Lucy was holding, declaring she “knew all about it” since she was Confirmed. Lord, give them Light!

A homeless-looking man on a bicycle stopped. He had received a Rosary from e. Chuck a couple of weeks ago, but had lost the pamphlet. He received a new one today.

Another homeless-looking man stopped. He had belonged to e. Lucy’s parish as a child, recounting to us his first time serving as an altar boy. She encouraged him to get reconnected with the Church.

A tall youth in a ski suit bantered with us a couple of times. The first time, he and a companion stopped together. The friend enthusiastically received a Rosary, telling us he had been confirmed Catholic. The tall youth, though, proclaimed service to the enemy. The second time, he came alone, and mocked us by trivializing the gifts of conversion and Baptism. That young man is in a terrible place and really needs our prayers. Lord, have mercy!

An older Catholic man stopped. He lost his wife of 30 years and three months ago. To e. Chuck, he seemed evasive about whether he was going to Mass now. He wanted prayers for his son “Samuel” (?), who was going on his fourth tour of duty in an active war zone. Blessed are those who mourn.

A young couple came to the table. The man led, and the woman was teasing him about it. They didn’t know anything about the Rosary and, upon receiving an explanation, each accepted a pamphlet and chose a Rosary. May they contemplate the Mysteries together.

A woman on a bike said no thank you, but then circled back and accepted a Rosary and pamphlet. She told us she had gone to Catholic school in another part of the country. The Rosary she chose was in her hometown team’s colors.

A man on a bike wanted a Rosary. We set him up with one, but could not understand his mumbled speech. He seemed thankful.

Foot traffic was very light again. However, the four evangelists were able to give away about 15 Rosaries and its pamphlet, as well as 1 kerygma.

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us, with hearts prepared to recognize their need for Our Savior and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom come of today’s efforts.

The Rosary still attracts, and we entrust all those who receive one to Our Blessed Mother, and ask that she lead each one to her Son! So thank you again for your prayers for this apostolate! In return, may God protect and bless you and all those you love!

“Pray … also for me, that speech may be given me … to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel” (Eph 6:19-20).



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2020-11-29 - A lot of ex-Catholics out there

November 29, 2020


The foot traffic was very light today (11/29/20) in downtown Boise so I only gave away four rosaries. There are a lot of ex-Catholics out there. Mother Mary, draw them back to your son's Church.

 

A woman accepted a rosary and pamphlet, she is an ex-Catholic and attends no church now confident that God is in her heart and that's all she needs. She was adamant that no one should argue about religion, that all religions are good as long as you believe in God (god?). When I pointed to the necessity of communion and the Eucharist she quickly agreed but said the Church had too many other things she disagreed with ("some good but a lot I can do without") so she was done with it. She would not elaborate. She was thankful for the rosary and said it was one of the "good things". I expressed the wish that she would come back to the Church and she said, "you never know." For the sake of Your sorrowful passion, Lord, have mercy on us and the whole world.

 

A man accepted a Rosary and pamphlet and said his teenage daughter had received one a week or two ago and kept it on her dresser. She and some friends were nearby though they did not come to the table. The man said his in-laws were Catholic but he was Protestant but he had "no problem" with Catholics and was glad to have his own rosary. He promised to read the how-to-pray-the-rosary pamphlet and I encouraged him to come back with his questions. May Our Lady's prayer draw him closer to her son.

 

A teenage boy I recognized stopped and said he still had his rosary though he had not prayed it. But he wanted me to know he had read through the pamphlet though he seemed unmoved by it. May the Holy Spirit move him to study the pamphlet again and dare him to pray.

 

Thank you for all your prayers of support.



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Doesn't believe in the rosary because he is Christian - 2020-11-22

November 22, 2020


It was chilly but sunny today (11/22/20) which brought the crowds out downtown. Only evangelist Chuck was present again but this time I had the signs, table, brochures and a wide variety of Rosaries. I lost count but we gave away at least a dozen Rosaries.

 

As I was setting up the table a man leaned over the display and declined a rosary because, he said, "I don't believe in it." I asked why not and he replied "because I'm a Christian." He stormed away as I tried to engage him more. Pray he is willing to engage in a deeper conversation next time.

 

Tyson also declined a Rosary but stayed to talk for ten minutes. A former Catholic he wanted to know what my favorite "tenet" was. I extolled the Eucharist but it seems that was not what he was after. He said he was a physicist working on a unifying theory (not string theory) that took into account the spiritual. He believed the golden rule was the unifying principle God gave us and espoused a universalist view. Though he was not moved by our discussion pray that he will hear the Holy Spirit calling him back to Christ.

 

A man who was a former Catholic took a Rosary and pamphlet but hurried off because he was looking for someone. Later he came by with the friend who received a Rosary but said he was Christian, not Catholic, because he didn't pray to saints. To my explanation he just replied that he was an evangelical. Later these two men brought three more men who all wanted rosary's. One was a Catholic and another was fascinated by the idea of praying the mysteries. May Mary draw them closer to Christ.

 

A young man, non-Catholic, accepted a Rosary and said he had given up on church because he had questions about science that he couldn't get answered. I assured him that Catholicism loved the sciences and could answer his questions but he only grew quiet, thanked me for the Rosary and moved on. Pray he returns to ask his questions, pray he seeks out the true Church.

 

A man and wife on bikes stopped and I recognized his bike and remembered he got a rosary in the past. He had not prayed with it but it hung on the rear view mirror in his car. He said that even though he was a "doubter" the sight of the cross gave him a "weird" good feeling. I suggested he try praying it as it was wrong to doubt something you've never tried. Pray he reaches for the Rosary in prayer and has an encounter with the living God.

 

An elderly Catholic couple chose a Rosary to replace their broken one. They prayed it everyday and she related her encounter with Our Lady in a church in Mexico seeing Mary, smiling, wrap her arms around her sick grandson. The grandson is still struggling with his health but is, due to this story, devoted to Our Lady. Pray for the young man's health and thank God for this example of faith, hope and love.



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2020-11-15 - Light but invigorating day!

November 15, 2020


There was one evangelist today (11/15/20) with a minimal display (Rosaries on the fingers of one hand, how-to-pray the Rosary pamphlets in the other). Foot traffic was very light at the Grove with the wet weather but I gave away six Rosaries.

 

Spenser was the first to stop, he declined a rosary but wanted to know about praying to Mary verses praying directly to Jesus. We talked about how it wasn't an either/or question and he acknowledged it made sense to ask others to pray for you especially if it was someone as close to Jesus as His mother. He then prayed for me, the people downtown, the city and the country and at the end of his prayer he asked "Jesus's mamma" to pray for all those people too. May the mother of our Lord draw Spenser closer to Christ.

 

Three college roommates accepted Rosaries, they were non-Catholic Christians and unfamiliar with the rosary. They seemed enthusiastic about spending time meditating on the life of Christ in prayer and how that calls us to change and seek a deeper relationship to Him. May they have the courage and persistence to encounter Christ and His mother in prayer.

 

A man with a broken foot and a fuzzy pink hat wanted a rosary but became less enthusiastic when he found out it was for prayer. Call him to you Lord Jesus!

 

The other two rosaries went to people who had been "raised Catholic" but were no longer practicing. May these prayers call them back to the Church.

 

Pray also for the hostile man who shouted the word "evil!" at me and the young lady who bragged that she was drunk. May God shower them with mercy, grace and love.

 

Thank you for your prayers!



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Is there a growing hunger for prayer? - 2020-10-18

October 26, 2020


Is there a growing hunger for prayer? Thank you for your ongoing prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

A 20-something couple stopped. She wanted the light-purple Rosary e. Lucy was holding. He declined receiving one, because “they start burning”. Lord, have mercy! Christ, save them!

A group of 3 or 4 young women stopped. They each received a Rosary. One woman, lingered an extra few moments to receive an explanation of the devotion and the encouragement to “sit down and try it.”

A Catholic man, walking past, pulled his well-used wooden Rosary out of his pocket to show us. Several other groups of people going by also happily claimed their Catholicism and devotion to the Rosary. May God bless them and keep them faithful!

A group of college-aged women stopped. They each accepted a Rosary, except one who had picked one up from us a few weeks ago. The woman e. Chuck talked to was Catholic, but said she was always confused about how to pray the Rosary. So he showed her how to use the pamphlet as a guide. Then she admitted that it was hard for her to find time to pray. E. Chuck then suggested she start out with just the three Hail Marys at the beginning of the Rosary and to make that a habit. Then e. Lucy told the group of all the blessings of praying the Rosary.

Four young men stopped, laden with food bags and on their way to spend the afternoon watching a sporting event. None of them were Catholic , but were interested in prayer. Even after three of them walked away, one stayed talking with e. Lucy for another minute.

A young man with a lunch bag stopped. He was unfamiliar with the Rosary, so e. Chuck started telling him about it. E. Lucy asked if he were a Christian. He was not, so we fixed him up with our Good News/kerygma pamphlet. He sat at a nearby picnic table to eat, and examine his Rosary.

A man on a bike passed. Then he came back to say that he had left the Church because he thought it was getting too political, and that it favored a candidate he did not like. We tried to explain that the Sacraments were much more important than politics, but he was adamant. He did, though, leave open the possibility that he would come back after the election. Please pray for him?

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Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 15-20 Rosaries and its booklet, 1 kerygma, and 1 Divine Mercy bookmark.

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to prepare people 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.

Greater numbers of people seem to be willing to give prayer a try. 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).

 



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Plenty of work in the Vineyard! - 2020-10-04

October 12, 2020


Plenty of work in the Vineyard! So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort!

A non-Catholic Christian couple, perhaps in their early 30s, passed us by. But the second time they came through the square, they stopped for a free Rosary. The woman chose one, and we began explaining the devotion. Then the man said, “Yes, I’ve become very curious about Catholicism.” That alerted e. Chuck, and he briefly shared with our visitor what brought him to conversion a few years ago. He lamented that we normally had a Catechism to give out but didn’t have room on our table anymore. E. Lucy, however, quickly produced our last copy out of our bag and gave it to him. By the time they left, they each had a Rosary, as well as a copy to share of the Catechism, and 3 basic FAQ pamphlets: “What About Mary?”, “Marian Doctrines”, and “Common Objections”. Please pray for them?

Three men stopped, who might have lifestyle issues that could make it difficult to embrace Catholicism. Two men stood back, while the third responded to our offer of a free Rosary. As we explained the merits of praying the Rosary, he asked if he could have the pamphlet called, “What About Mary?” The other two men declined a Rosary.

A family group walked by and a boy (?), almost a teen, edged toward the table. But the parents declined, so the whole group walked on. A few seconds later, the boy came running back, while the family waited at a distance. When e. Lucy asked if his family was Christian, he said no. So, besides a rapid-fire introduction to the Rosary devotion, she had e. Chuck grab a copy of the “Good News”/kerygma pamphlet to give him.

“John”, the parking lot attendant, stopped again to chat. E. Chuck offered him a Rosary, and he said he already received one from us, and had it hanging up somewhere at home. We encouraged him to get it out and use it for prayer.

A woman, displaying pictures of bat-winged creatures on her tattoos and clothes, left a group of two other people, one of them wearing a pointy, wide-brimmed hat. The woman wanted a free Rosary. E. Lucy got one out for her, and asked if she knew anything about Christianity. When she said no, e. Chuck got a “Good News”/kerygma pamphlet out for her, too. Neither of her companions came over. Please pray for them all? This stuff is hard to break away from. May Our Lady help them!

A couple went by, the woman saying they were Catholic and already prayed the Rosary every day. E. Chuck asked her to pray it once for us! She said she would, and then thanked us for being out there.

A man named “Denver” reminded us that he had stopped for a Rosary a couple years ago, and had played us a song. He was grateful for the Rosary, said it was meaningful, and had given it to his grandmother. He was now back in town to help his parents. He chose another Rosary and played us another song, this time on his harmonica.

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 15-20 Rosaries, 1 copy of the Catechism, 2 copies of the kerygma, 2 copies of “What About Mary?”, and 1 copy each of “Marian Doctrines” and “Common Objections”.

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

Our work continues, 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).

P.S. Thank you again for your prayers, and your words of encouragement: Katie777, CajunJoy65, Katherine438, Barb, and Randy!

 



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May God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love - 2020-09-27

October 4, 2020


Significant encounters awaited our lone evangelist last week. So thank you again for your ongoing prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

Here is our evangelist’s report:

With a couple Rosaries hanging from each finger of my left hand and pamphlets in my right, I gave away 6 Rosaries: three to people who were raised Catholic, and three to non-Catholic Christians who were curious. One went to a young couple who were very interested in how the Mysteries were prayed. The bulk of my time, though, was spent in conversation with the following two people.

“Manny” had stopped at the table a year or so ago, and even showed up at Mass once afterwards. This time, he stopped to talk. You may recall that Manny had been raised Catholic in Germany, and that a great number of his family members are enslaved to the enemy of all humankind. He emigrated to America more than twenty years ago to get away from that influence, with which he was becoming increasingly enthralled. He still struggles, still believes himself possessed, but has given up on prayer and the Church. Instead, he relies on himself and his own strength, and claims that it is working. I pointed out, over and over, that the one he is fascinated with is the father of lies, and that Manny’s lack of confidence in prayer and the Church is the result of his believing some of those lies. This made him angry and he stormed away. Ten minutes later, though, he came back. But, the more I pointed out that obedience, humility, and the Church were what he needed, and that the one he served was lying to him, the more angry Manny became. He left, saying he had “given up on the Church”. Please pray for Manny’s soul!

A young woman named “Crystal” stopped. Her parents had no faith but had sent her to Catholic schools for the education, and in the hope that she wouldn’t get in trouble. In college, Crystal gave up what faith she had. Then, in her late 20s, she felt she had an encounter with Christ and became a non-Catholic Christian. She shared a couple of her objections to the Catholic Church. We discussed them at length but without resolution, and parted amicably. Pray that her heart softens toward the Church.

Please pray for us again today? We expect our team to be back to full strength this week, God willing! So, please ask God to prepare people’s heart to perceive and accept 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.

Building trust and establishing relationships takes time, but worth every minute. 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!

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The Rosary draws Catholics, active or inactive - 2020-09-06

September 20, 2020


The Rosary draws Catholics, active or inactive. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

Two women stopped. One wanted a Rosary, the other was a non-Catholic Christian. While e. Chuck helped the first woman choose a Rosary, e. Lucy explained the devotion to the second, and how it was a way of growing closer to Jesus Christ. She still declined receiving a Rosary, but accepted the booklet and the encouragement to use it to deepen her relationship with Christ.

 

An elderly-looking homeless woman came to us for a Rosary. Her speech was slightly slurred, and she started rehearsing the troubles she blamed on others. Then we got swamped with back-to-back visitors, and so she took her leave. May God bless her!

 

A big family group was enjoying the fountain. One of the adults, a man wearing a “Funcle” t-shirt, came over to choose a Rosary, saying “I haven’t unpacked mine yet”. A young girl from the group came to pick out a Rosary with her uncle as well. Then, after the group had started walking away, another man from the family came back to ask for prayers. “Josh” has lost the hearing in one ear and it makes him dizzy sometimes, so we prayed for him for healing.

 

A man walked by, making a bizarre claim. With a smile, he told us, “Catholics killed Jesus”. He didn’t stop walking as we asked him to explain. He just repeated the same charge, over and over, and then told us to look it up. May the Holy Spirit enlighten him with the Truth!

 

A mom and two children (under 7 years old) sat at a picnic table not far from us. After a while, the oldest of the two boys came to the table. He did not know what the Rosary was, nor did he think he was a Christian. He took a pamphlet, Rosary, and a copy of the kerygma for his mother. Later, his little brother came toward the table, but then he just made a circle around us and returned to his family without stopping.

 

My impression of Sunday’s session was that the vast majority of people who stopped were Catholics!

 

Last week was the US holiday called “Labor Day”, and there were more people out than there has been. Altogether, we gave away 25-30 Rosaries and its booklet, as well as at least one copy of the kerygma.

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

Even inactive Catholics think fondly of the Rosary. 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).

P.S. Thank you for your prayers for “Fr. Rob.” Although he is still in the hospital, his health is slowly improving. Thank you, Jesus!

P.P.S. Again, a thank you for all your prayers and words of encouragement.

 



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Evangelization: Always an adventure - 2020-08-30

September 11, 2020


Evangelization: Always an adventure. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

“I want to kill you guys,” said a somewhat heavyset, homeless-looking woman as she walked by. Then she went and sat at a picnic table in the middle distance, muttering to herself. E. Lucy noticed that looking her way seemed to trigger a fresh outburst from the woman, so avoided doing so. After a few minutes, the woman passed by our table again, saying nothing quite audible. Pray for her?

 

A group of 3 people went by, declining Rosaries. E. Lucy experienced a sudden, sharp headache when trying to read the back of the man’s t-shirt. But the pain went away again when she asked Jesus to free her.

 

A man responded, “Yes, I would like a Rosary,” and came over to our table. He started asking about the process to become Catholic. We explained the RCIA process and said, if he started now, he could come into the Church next Easter. We gave him a map with contact information for area parishes and encouraged him to join the classes now forming.

 

Another man came over to our table. “Brandon” was Catholic, from across the country, and was interested in connecting with a local parish. E. Lucy handed him a map of area parishes and then asked if he’d also like a copy of the Confession brochure. He gave a sigh, quickly followed by “yes, I’d better do that.” May his enthusiasm to get to Mass again through Reconciliation come to fruition in action.

 

A woman, perhaps 30 years old, stopped to receive a Rosary. She had been raised in a pseudo-Christian tradition in foster care, but hadn’t been active in any faith for a long time. We encouraged her to dig deeply into the life of Christ in the Mysteries of the Rosary. E. Lucy gave her a copy of the kerygma, to refresh her memory about Christianity.

 

A pair of 40-something sisters stopped, after one expressed a desire to receive a Rosary. E. Chuck explained the devotion to her. Her sister declined the Rosary, but accepted the pamphlet describing the devotion.

 

A 20-something man declared his non-belief in Jesus as his reason for declining a Rosary. As E. Mike would have said, “You’ll believe when you meet Him!”

 

A man on a mission bicycle stopped to ask if we were going to pray for him. He accepted a Rosary and a brief explanation of the prayer. When asked how he was doing, he said cryptically that his life had too much reality.

 

A 20-something woman stopped and, when she learned what the Rosary was about, said she was not a believer. She accepted one anyway, as well as a Good News/kerygma pamphlet.

 

While we were talking to her, a man came to the table unbidden, wanting a Rosary. He wondered if RCIA classes were starting any time soon. He also wondered why he couldn’t receive the bread and wine now. E. Lucy explained the purpose of the classes and why he must wait to participate in the Eucharist. He accepted a map of area parishes.

 

Two women refused a Rosary but the little boy riding on the shoulders on one of the women wanted one. So the adults allowed him to get one and heard about the merits of praying the Rosary.

 

A woman interested in a Rosary apologized for not knowing what it was. But we said that was good because we got to tell her what we loved about it, which we proceeded to do at length. I don’t know if we overwhelmed her since she was very quiet and stood very still as we talked, but ultimately she thanked us before leaving.

 

Altogether, we gave away perhaps 20 Rosaries and its pamphlet, 2 maps of area parishes, 2 copies of the kerygma, and 1 Confession brochure.

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us 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.

Last week was an unusually lively session for 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).

P.S. Please pray for my pastor, “Fr. Rob”? He has come down with a serious case of the dread virus.

 



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Always a need for prayer! - 2020-08-22

September 11, 2020


Always a need for prayer! So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

 

“John”, the homeless man awaiting biopsy results from last week, passed by again. His lymph node did have cancer, and he faces more tests to see how far it’s spread. Prayers, please? May he be drawn closer to Christ in his illness.

 

“John, the parking lot attendant” stopped by again. He told us how a fire in central Idaho got started. A woman had filled her wood stove with coal (not good). Then, as she did every night with wood, she banked the fire so it wouldn’t go out overnight (another bad idea). Since the burning coal was now not properly vented, gases built up on the floor of the house, until the inflammable layer grew deep enough to reach the pilot light on her stove. And -boom-. One of her windows, frame and all, was found 1/4 mile away. The woman survived the blast, but died of a heart attack getting away. Please pray for the happy repose of her soul?

 

A young couple stopped, sporting anti-Christian symbols all over. She cheerfully accepted a Rosary and the encouragement to pray it. May Our Lady obtain freedom for them from their enemy, and lead them to her Son and salvation!

 

A commercial was being filmed on the major street forming the south end of the business park. Many policemen were on duty, controlling traffic on all the major streets around the area. The vehicle being filmed, and the camera truck, went by many times before they were satisfied. The policemen were not allowed to say who the commercial was for.

 

A man stopped for a Rosary for his mother. He asked for a Divine Mercy card for himself.

 

A group of four pre-teens, dripping wet from the fountain, each accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet, and the encouragement to pray it.

 

A father and child stopped, the father had a Happy Birthday balloon floating behind his shoulder, since they were out celebrating his birthday. He is Catholic, said he had finally begun to take his Faith seriously, and was reading the Bible. May the Holy Spirit guide his reading and draw him closer to his Lord.

 

“James”, the developmentally delayed homeless man, stopped by again. He said he had given last week’s Rosary to his mother. We gave him a pamphlet, so he could continue practicing the prayers. At the mention of his mother, e. Lucy remembered our first encounter with him, years ago. At that time, and occasionally during the ensuing years, he had asked prayers for her. She struggled with addiction, James had said, and sometimes he’d had no idea where she was. This time, though, he told us she was “doing fine.” Praise God!

 

As we were walking back to our vehicles, we ran into two of the teenage skateboarders and one of the girls who had received Rosaries a few weeks before. We greeted them and asked if they had tried praying the Rosary. Like a kid who forgot his homework, one boy replied with a nervous yes that meant no, while the other boy gave us a sarcastic “of course”. The young lady just smiled. We encouraged them to keep trying.

 

Foot traffic was fairly light. Traffic was more congested than usual, due to the filming project, and the air was hazy from other states’ forest fires. Still, people seemed to be in a fairly good mood. Altogether, we gave away 10-15 Rosaries and its booklet, and 1 Divine Mercy prayer card.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s effort.

Your prayers make a positive difference! 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).

P.S. Another few particular thank yous, for continued assurance of your prayers, your encouraging words, and other support : especially from Randy, Barbara, Michael, Joanne, and Alice!

 



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God loves us, rich or poor - 2020-08-16

August 23, 2020


God loves us, rich or poor, and we try to reach each one! So thank you for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization apostolate!

 

A man was sleeping in the corner near us as we set up. A similar-looking man woke him, then crossed the park to a picnic table. The first man got up, accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet from us, then went to join the other man. They sat at the table, and we continued to offer Rosaries. Near the end of the session, the second man came back over and requested a Rosary for himself. He had just had a biopsy (the results to have come a couple of days later) and asked us to pray. May the Lord’s will be done, and may He grant salvation!

 

A man stopped, his shirt displaying non-Christian symbols. He knew Christ, though, and became interested when e. Chuck described the Rosary’s focus on Him. Then he asked, “Do you guys have any food vouchers?” E. Lucy encouraged him, if he wanted his luck to change for the better, to sit down and learn the Rosary.

 

“James”, a repeat visitor from many years ago, came and stayed awhile. He was glad to see us again. He had lost his Rosary, but tried to remember the Hail Mary. Evangelist Lucy helped him with it, then let him have another Rosary and its pamphlet. Unfortunately, James didn’t seem exactly sober, and nearly frightened a family away when they wanted a Rosary for their 4-year-old girl. The dad brought the girl to our table anyway, and she received her Rosary, but the family didn’t linger. James then moved closer to the center of the square, rolled out his sleeping bag, and tried to sleep. Toward the end of the session, a few drops of rain fell, and James, now more subdued, gathered his stuff and moved on.

 

Meanwhile, another family passed by, saying a polite no thank you to our offer of a Rosary. On their way back, somewhat later, the dad dropped back and presented e. Chuck with a tract (about heaven and hell, and choosing heaven by inviting Jesus into one’s heart). He told us to pray only directly to God. Of course, he didn’t pause long enough to let us explain the much richer Catholic understanding of prayer. Pray he hears Christ, from the Cross, offering His beloved Mother to us all!

 

A large family group passed, then a father and young son broke away and came for a Rosary. The boy chose his Rosary and rejoined the family. But the father, who is Catholic, stayed as e. Lucy showed him how to use the pamphlet and learn to pray the Rosary.

 

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 10-12 Rosaries and its pamphlet.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church!

Rich or poor, God loves us all. 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!

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Young people are out and about - 2020-08-09

August 16, 2020


Young people are out and about, and we try to reach them. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

 

A group of 4-5 teenage boys zoomed by on noisy skateboards. They ignored our offer of a Rosary until the last and smallest member of the pack stopped. He accepted Rosary and pamphlet, then sped off to rejoin the group. Minutes later, they all came riding back, wanting a Rosary. As we handed them out, explaining the devotion, a tall teen asked, “What religion is this?” We started telling him about Christ, when a long-haired young man interrupted and asked how to actually pray the Rosary. Another boy then started asking if this and that (e.g., using nicotine, illegal drugs) was a sin. E. Chuck fielded the questions, while e. Lucy handed one of the boys a copy of the “Confession” pamphlet, with its self-test on their relationship with God and what can harm it. The tall boy then took up the questioning and, with an almost joking manner, asked e. Chuck very pointed questions about sins against purity. When e. Chuck said that one such activity was indeed sinful, the teen crowed, “That’s a deal breaker!” and he sped off (but still wearing the Rosary). But then, another few minutes later, they came back again, this time with two girls added to the group. The girls each accepted a Rosary. Another girl was following the group, but probably wasn’t part of it, since we saw her by herself again later. She also accepted a Rosary. Altogether? 10 Rosaries and its booklet, and a copy of the Confession pamphlet.

 

A two-family group stopped, interested in the Rosaries. The mom told us they were “church shopping”, attending a different denomination’s service every weekend. They had started saying to each other, “We need to go to the Catholic Church,” but hadn’t yet. E. Lucy gave the mom a map of area parishes, and encouraged her to check the parish website before going, because Mass times have been changing frequently. That group accounted for another 10 Rosaries and its booklet, plus a map.

 

The woman, a previous visitor who has and uses all sorts of prayer beads, had received a Rosary from us recently. She stopped to thank us for it. When e. Lucy suggested that if she wanted to “take it to the next level”, she might try praying all 4 sets of Mysteries. “Funny thing,” the woman said, “just the other night I did that. I stayed up all night praying it, and couldn’t stop crying.” Her grasp on spiritual truths is still very confused, but we encouraged her to continue praying the Rosary, confident in our Blessed Mother. May Mary help the woman sort out her religious confusion.

 

A woman on a bicycle stopped, a toddler in the bicycle’s baby trailer. She accepted a Rosary, but said it was for her child. E. Lucy encouraged her to begin praying it, for peace and protection.

 

Two men stopped. One made a point of choosing a pink Rosary. We encouraged them each to pray it.

 

Two 20-something women, one raised Catholic and the other not, each took a Rosary. As e. Lucy explained to the non-Catholic how to pray it, e. Chuck encouraged the Catholic to pray the Rosary with her friend.

 

We had a similar encounter with a young couple. She was Catholic and he was not, so we encouraged her to pray the Rosary with him.

 

Altogether, we gave away better than 30 Rosaries and its pamphlets, 2 maps at least, and 1 Confession pamphlet.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask that God send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s effort.

Young people may be careless, but God is calling them. 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).

 



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Attracted by the Rosary - 2020-08-02

August 16, 2020


Attracted by the Rosary, people find a means to grow closer to Jesus Christ. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort!

 

A mother with two children (8-10 years old) stopped. Since they were visiting in town, she asked where the nearest Catholic church was. Evangelist Lucy gave her directions, and showed her a thumbnail photo of the church on our map. The evangelist then suggested the mom check the parish website, listed on the map, to see if they had started offering Sunday evening Masses again and/or their Sunday afternoon docent tours.

 

Two men, each carrying a new-style longboard, stopped. One talked with e. Chuck, while e. Lucy fixed the other one up with Rosary and brochure. When the latter admitted he wasn’t “Christian or anything”, she also offered him a copy of the kerygma.

 

A passing man did not stop, at first giving an emphatic “no thank you” to our offer of a Rosary. But then he slowed down long enough to ask us to pray for our country, “as it is in desperate need of prayer”. We agreed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Two teenage boys stopped. Each gladly accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet. A short time later, one of them came back to the table, showing us the little silver cross necklace he had on. He said he had taken it off to do something a couple hours earlier and had forgotten about it, until he picked up a Rosary. He had then run back to where he had left it … and found it still there!

 

One of a pair of women stopped. She had been looking for a cross to hang on her rear view mirror, she said. So we explained the power of actually praying with the Rosary.

 

A man stopped, wanting a Rosary. He was not Catholic, so we began explaining the prayers. But he stopped us, saying he knew all about it because he had gone to Catholic school. May the Lord grant his return to the Rosary and to the Sacraments!

 

A woman passed by, saying she only prayed her grandmother’s old Rosary. May we all shine so much with the Faith that it inspires the next generation to seek God in prayer and Sacrament.

 

A couple who were riding electric scooters stopped. He was dressed in a flamboyantly floral matching top and shorts. He enthusiastically accepted our offer of a free Rosary, and called his partner over. The man told e. Chuck that he did not know what the Rosary was for. Then he thanked him for explaining how to pray it, and wrapped the Rosary on his wrist. The woman also accepted Rosary, pamphlet, and encouragement to pray it.

 

A man was gathering signatures on a petition to get someone onto the ballet for US President (but who had no experience at all in politics, even at a local level). We declined, but our visitor accepted a Rosary, its pamphlet, and some reasons to begin praying it.

 

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away about 10-15 Rosaries and its booklet, 1 copy of the kerygma, and 1 map to area parishes.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask that God bring people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

The Rosary attracts young and old, believer and lost! May they each hear Our Blessed Mother gently say, “Do whatever He tells you.” 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).

 



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Calling all to Christ through His Church! - 2020-07-26

August 6, 2020


Calling all to Christ through His Church! So thank you for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available last week.

 

A group of men, possibly related, were sightseeing, and one came to the table for a Rosary and its pamphlet on how to pray it. But when he showed it to the others, they told him it was Catholic and he should take it back. So, he came back to the table. We showed him again that all the meditations were Biblical and focused on Christ, but he laid the Rosary and pamphlet down, saying he “had some at home” (meaning, we guess, cross necklaces).

 

A middle-aged couple stopped. She said she grew up Catholic, then turned to a non-Christian religion, but is now Christian again. She felt she was “in a good place with Christ.” She chose a Rosary, accepted a pamphlet, and politely listened as e. Chuck encouraged her to return to the Church and get really close to Christ in the Eucharist. She said “someday” she would, and left.

 

A man stopped who said he was visiting from “up north”. He requested a Rosary for each member of his family. We encouraged him to have them all pray it together.

 

A mother and pre-teen son stopped. She chose a Rosary, but the young man said he didn’t think he’d use it and so declined. They passed by again and, from what we could hear through the mother’s mask, she thanked us for being out there. Our guess is that she is Catholic. In fact, when e. Chuck gave her the Rosary pamphlet, she said she knew all about it.

 

There was a young woman with a mask with a broken strap that talked quite a while with e. Lucy. She accepted a Rosary and the encouragement to pray it.

 

A 30-something couple stopped. She sported red contacts in her eyes, but seemed interested in the Rosary. She also asked, “Why, in the Ten Commandments, does God command us to keep Sunday holy?” E. Lucy talked about how forgetful humans are, and that we need to regularly remember the loving God Who created us, and how things go better when we follow His plan, which is for our good and not for woe. E. Chuck added that we set aside 1/7 of our time to spend worshiping God. She thought that made a lot of sense. The man with her said he’d been raised Christian (but seemed to be far away from that now). E. Lucy offered him a “Good News”/kerygma pamphlet, which gives the basic Christian message from a Catholic point of view.

 

Altogether, we gave away about 15 Rosaries and it pamphlet, as well as one copy of the kerygma.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send us people prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

God is calling people to the Sacraments! 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).

P.S. A big thank you to those of you who joined us in prayer during the Rosary novena against civil unrest in the city, as well as the anti-life agenda revealed by the recently elected mayor. In the first days of the novena, many angry outbursts were noted in the streets surrounding the City Hall square. By the end of the campaign, not only had peace returned, but every day, one or more large (4 or more children), intact family groups also came to or through the plaza. This feels like our prayers were heard! So thank you so much! We plan one more round today, in Thanksgiving, and I invite you to pray that with us, too?



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A most powerful prayer is the Rosary - 2020-07-17

July 26, 2020


A most powerful prayer is the Rosary. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

 

An apparently homeless man, upon hearing the Rosary was a prayer, took one and its booklet. He said, “Yes, I said a prayer once. I’d like to again.”

 

A Catholic family (father, mother, maternal grandmother, 4 teens, 1 toddler) stopped when the dad led the older boys to the table. The mother, “Redarita”, and her mother came over a few moments later with the girl and youngest child. They each took a Rosary, except the toddler. The grandmother gladly accepted the Rosary pamphlet in Spanish. We urged them to start praying the Rosary together.

 

A man showed us he was wearing around his neck a symbol of a non-Christian entity. He passed us twice, and responded to our offer of a Rosary by saying that he was good. Pray for him?

 

A man, already Catholic and who has a Rosary, shared his theory about whether we’re in the final “end times”.

 

Two men in their early 20s chose a Rosary apiece. We explained the devotion and encouraged them to begin praying it.

 

For the second time, a man passed by carrying a large, silver, totally sun-blocking umbrella. He took the long way around the square, using the corridor past the hockey arena instead of cutting through the middle. When he reached the point where the corridor intersected the main part of the business park, across the sidewalk from us, we called a friendly “Good Afternoon!” Both times, he instantly and noisily snapped the umbrella open between him and us, putting it back down once he was out of earshot. (Are we shining that brightly?) Please pray for him, that God’s love reaches even through his fear and anger.

 

Altogether, we gave away about 15 Rosaries and its pamphlet on how to pray it.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts. After the street evangelization session, we plan to proceed to City Hall to pray there.

Our Blessed Lady leads us to her Son, telling us, “Do whatever He tells you.” 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!

P.S. Regarding the Rosary novena taking place at City Hall: Thank you for your prayers! During the first two days, it has been mainly uneventful, except during the Sorrowful Mysteries. We remained safe, however, and the whole area became peaceful again before we reached the end of the Glorious Mysteries. So, it’s probably doing some good, you think? Please continue to pray for/with us?



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Being visibly Catholic is always an adventure! - 2020-07-12

July 25, 2020


Our most recent “adventures”. Thank you for your prayers!

 

We had a long talk with “Alcien”(?) and his step/foster father. Evangelist Chuck talked with Alcien, while the father talked to e. Lucy. The father’s story was inconsistent. He claimed he had adopted the (adult) Alcien, but Alcien said he was just staying with the man for awhile. They both said that Alcien was from Brazil. The dad claimed to be Catholic, but had a very non-Catholic mindset, claiming that knowing the Bible and doing charitable deeds was all that was required for salvation. He didn’t seem to have gone to Mass in a long time, but later said he made sure “his son” went to Mass every week. Alcien told e. Chuck that he is 24, lives in Sao Paulo, and that his family also has a country house. He is currently studying business administration in college. Not religious, he wasn’t even sure how the Catholic Church was doing, but did know about the growing evangelical movement that some of his friends were part of. He said they were very “in your face” and if you did not agree with their religion they cut you off. There is currently lots of economic hardship in Brazil, he said, and since the haves and have-nots contrast so starkly, the streets are now doubly dangerous.

 

A couple off Catholics, in different groups, accepted Rosary and pamphlet. E. Lucy encouraged them to begin praying it every day!

 

A pair of college-aged men accepted Rosaries. They said they were Christian, so we encouraged them to pray it every day, meditating on the Mysteries, in order to “deepen their walk with Christ”.

 

A family stopped. Four out of the six accepted Rosary and booklet. E. Chuck talked with half the group.

 

Two mothers with several children in tow selected Rosaries. When e. Chuck showed one how the Rosary helps us spend more time meditating on Christ, she responded, “we need more of that.”

 

A woman on a bicycle, and perhaps homeless, took a Rosary. But she did not respond coherently when e. Chuck talked with her about it, seeming instead to be in a muttered conversation with herself and focused on getting it around her neck. Mental illness issues to pray for?

 

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 10-15 Rosaries and its booklet.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

Being visibly Catholic is always an adventure! 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!

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People still searching for the Truth - Jesus! - 2020-07-05

July 25, 2020


A man stopped, excited because his wife had just had their first-born son, “Anthony”. The new dad was still wearing his hospital badge and wrist ID band. His wife had needed a C-section, but was doing fine now. The man was out to get some food (presumably unavailable from the hospital cafeteria). He accepted our only baby blue Rosary for his new boy. Happy birthday Anthony, may your life be one of steadfast love for Christ Jesus and his Church!

 

A man, perhaps in his early 30s and named “Cody” (or “Cory”?), talked awhile with evangelist Chuck. Our visitor showed Chuck the non-Christian prayer beads he was wearing around his neck. Cody did not hold to any one religion, believing in a sort of loose mishmash of them all. He said he would meditate on this big whatever and ask for protection from ancestors. He objected to Christianity, saying it was unreliable, comparing it to the “telephone game” among non-oral cultures who have trouble remembering spoken words accurately. May God lead him to the truth.

 

A woman who stopped a couple of weeks ago, stopped again. She said she hadn’t yet given her brother “Dave” the Rosary she’d gotten at that time. E. Lucy gave her a copy of the “Confession” pamphlet for him, telling her that it had a good self-test of where his relationship was with God, and telling her that sometimes God waits for a movement toward repentance and the will to stop sinful habits before he reaches down with healing. The woman’s eyes lit up at that, and she said she’d tell her brother.

 

A large family group stopped and a couple members of the group picked out Rosaries. Others said they already had one, and one woman said she had stopped maybe a year ago and her children received Rosaries then. They were thankful to see the Rosary being made available to the public.

 

At least another four people that went by and said they had picked up Rosaries from us in the past!

 

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away at least 20 Rosaries and its pamphlet, as well as one “Confession” pamphlet.

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Still reaching people - 2020-06-28

July 5, 2020


Still reaching people. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

 

The woman who caused us to have to sanitize several Rosaries the previous session, while she was making her choice, was back again. This time, she stuck with only her second choice. A woman with her asked for a black Rosary, but she was pointing to a dark blue one. So evangelist Lucy gave her a black one. The woman also wanted a second one “for a friend”, but Lucy invited her to ask her friend to come by. She came back again, later in the session. Not recognizing her at first, e. Chuck offered her a Rosary again, but she said she had a blue one.

 

A man from another country was on his phone, trying to meet up with friends. Catholic, he chatted with us briefly while waiting for his party to call him back. We didn’t have time to get him a map of local parishes before he received the call and left.

 

Another man, part of what looked like a two-family group, came and talked briefly with e. Chuck, accepting Rosary and pamphlet. Two girls from the same group, both under the age of 8, came to the table. They each accepted a Rosary, too.

 

A group of Christian young people all came to the table after the first woman stopped. They each accepted Rosary and booklet, and the encouragement to pray the Rosary to grow closer to Jesus Christ.

 

“Cole” passed 4 or 5 times, doing his laps. We hadn’t seen him for a month or so. He greeted us, but didn’t say much.

 

There was noticeably less foot traffic during the session, possibly due to a combination of two factors. The weather was unseasonably cool and breezy. Plus, the mayor of the city had rolled back the reopening phase, due to a sudden increase in cases. Still, the two evangelists gave away 12-15 Rosaries and its booklet.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior Jesus Christ and for His Holy Catholic Church. Please ask that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

Still out there, trying to reach people for Jesus Christ and the salvation He offers. 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!

“The Lord changed his mind about the calamity, and said to the angel causing the destruction among the people: Enough now! Stay your hand.” (2 Sam 24:16b)



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People hunger for peace - 2020-06-21

June 28, 2020


People hunger for peace, so thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

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For the US holiday, “Father’s Day”, the business park’s fountain was going, its first appearance since “Labor Day”, last fall. Children played in the water, while other people biked through it, or sat and visited at nearby picnic tables. The weather was pleasant and people were generally cheerful.

 

Two men, early- to md-30s, accepted our offer of a free Rosary. One, stage-named “Watermelon”, showed us a promotional photo of himself. Neither man seemed to have a current religious affiliation, but were familiar with Christianity from sometime in their past. They each accepted a Rosary and its booklet. When evangelist Lucy mentioned to one that people found protection and an unexplained experience of peace when they prayed the Rosary, he became enthusiastic about trying it.

 

Two early teens on bikes passed by, then came back for a Rosary. They put them in their pockets, but one Rosary fell out as they rode across the Grove. Later, an adult couple received Rosaries from us, then soon returned to the table, bringing the black Rosary they had found on the ground. We sanitized it and put it back into circulation. It was chosen again a short time later by a man in his 20s.

 

A woman, perhaps late 30s, came to our table dripping wet from the fountain. When she learned of the power in praying the Rosary, she asked for a second one for her brother “who struggles with addiction.” E. Lucy encouraged her to pray it together with him, while e. Chuck encouraged her to also pray it for him.

 

“David” visited with us for a long while. He was Catholic, in his early 60s, and named a local parish. However, he hadn’t checked to see if and when they had reopened. He proceeded to try to recite the Rosary prayers, but at first confused it with the Stations of the Cross devotion. When he got onto the correct prayers, he needed a lot of prompting. Except for a few key phrases, he didn’t seem to know the Faith very well. Please pray for him?

 

Two adult men on bikes circled back for a Rosary. They were not familiar with the Rosary, but knew and loved Jesus Christ. They became interested in praying the Rosary when they saw how the Mysteries focused on Him. (This encounter left e. Lucy with “God bumps”.)

 

A young lady broke off from (her parents?) and came over. E. Lucy talked with her a long time and she seemed very attentive.

 

Altogether, we gave away 10-15 Rosaries and its booklet.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask that God send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

Praying the Rosary brings peace, and people are hungry for that. 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).

 



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People don’t remain neutral about the Rosary! - 2020-06-14

June 22, 2020


People don’t remain neutral about the Rosary! So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

 

A group of adults on electric scooters passed by, then one man circled back. Staying on his moving scooter, he asked, “Why are you idolaters?” We replied, “We don’t worship the Rosary!” But he insisted, “Then why do you sell the thing?” To which we replied, “We don’t sell it, and it’s for prayer.” He declared, “It looks like idolatry to me,” and sped away. Afterwards, we prayed 1 decade for him in reparation. Join us?

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A visitor was evasive when asked whether he knew anything about the Rosary, or if he knew Christ. Finally, he admitted he was unsure which if any religion was true. E. Chuck encouraged him to be a “good agnostic” and to explore the prayers of the Rosary with an open mind, to dig deep into the Rosary’s stories as he asked his questions. E. Lucy also gave him a Good News/kerygma pamphlet. He said he would study it and try the Rosary, saying, “Who knows? Maybe this will bring me to faith?” Lord, please grant he listens to the Holy Spirit!

 

A nonbeliever stopped, but didn’t seem interested in the Rosary as itself. He saw it as just the same as prayer beads used in non-Christian religions. We gave a quick explanation the Rosary and how to pray it. We also gave him a copy of the kerygma. He seemed a bit reluctant to accept the pamphlet, but politely did so. Then he told us a story of a buddy of his who served in military active duty overseas. They were usually forbidden fires or any kind of light in the trenches, but during a cease-fire they were allowed some light. His buddy told him of one night during a ceasefire, when he looked up and down the trench at the fires. He said the only sound he could hear was the clicking of Rosary beads. After our visitor told us the story, he suddenly looked with new appreciation at the Rosary he had just chosen, and expressed an eagerness to learn to pray it.

 

A down-and-out-looking couple stopped. He wanted a purple Rosary, then said the woman should pick. She picked one out, then changed her mind two more times (those Rosaries were set aside for cleaning). The man was a non-believer, but eventually accepted the Rosary and kerygma brochures from e. Lucy, and chose a Rosary for himself. The woman told e. Chuck that she had been Catholic as a kid, and asked him for a Divine Mercy Chaplet prayer card. He explained that she could use the beads to pray this prayer as well. Please pray for them?

 

Quite a few people, including a group of young teens on skateboards or scooters, told us they already had a Rosary. We asked them to pray it for us.

 

A man called out, “I don’t believe in magic”. He didn’t stop to talk, but we agree that magic use is reprehensible. We also recall the Church’s teaching that any attempt to use occult powers is “gravely contrary to the virtue of religion” and is condemned (CCC 2117). Instead, we believe in God, His great love and mercy, and His Lordship.

 

Altogether, we gave away 15-20 Rosaries, 3 copies of the kerygma, and 1 Divine Mercy prayer card.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us who are prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His kingdom comes of today’s efforts!

Even nonbelievers want to pray the Rosary! 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).

 



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The Rosary deepens our trust in Jesus! - 2020-06-07

June 15, 2020


The Rosary deepens our trust in Jesus! So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

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Two men (early 30s) stopped. One stood back, uninterested. The other wanted a “pretty Rosary” because he “grew up Catholic”. He listened politely to our explanation of and encouragement to pray the Rosary and think about the life of Jesus. He took a Rosary and its pamphlet.

 

Two more men stopped. Both were non-Catholic Christians. One asked evangelist Chuck to explain the difference between Catholicism and Christianity. Hearing they were the same, he then asked what was special about Catholicism. E. Chuck mentioned the historicity of the Church, its unity, and its apostolic succession. He mentioned an experience, during his RCIA journey, when he shook the bishop’s hand. Once Chuck understood the significance of apostolic succession, he was awestruck. His listener seemed equally impressed with the connection of our bishop all the way back to Christ. He and his friend each accepted a Rosary and expressed the desire to try it “right away.”

 

A 20-something man carrying a huge skateboard stopped and asked, “What’s this?” He did not know what a Rosary was, and did not respond when asked if he knew Jesus. So we told him about Jesus Christ and the Rosary and the helpfulness of prayer. He accepted Rosary and pamphlet on how to pray it, expressing a desire to learn it. Then, halfway across the square he stopped, stood still on his skateboard, and briefly looked through the pamphlet. May he hear the call to faith, hope, and love in Christ.

 

An apparently homeless man made a shuffling beeline directly toward us upon entering the square. He asked for a Divine Mercy bookmark. Then he also accepted a Rosary and its booklet and the encouragement to pray it.

 

Another two men stopped. One accepted a Rosary, but said he’d give it to his mother “who would appreciate it.”

 

A heavily tattooed man and woman stopped. She also sported lots of piercings and was wearing a t-shirt full of non-Christian symbols. They did not know what the Rosary was, and so were thrilled to hear the Rosary consisted of meditations on scenes from the life of Christ. They each accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet, and the encouragement to try it, which the woman couldn’t wait to do.

 

One man from a group on scooters stopped. He had gone through RCIA just a few years before. He had recently moved here from out of state and connected with a local parish. He took a Rosary and its pamphlet.

 

Two 20-something men stopped. One stood back, while the other approached the table. He was not familiar with the Rosary, but did know and love Jesus Christ. He grew interested in the Rosary when he saw its emphasis was on the life of Christ. He had not heard of a Creed before and was glad to know it was in the pamphlet. The man who had been standing back then also chose a Rosary, asking if it included the prayer used in his addiction recovery group. It turned out that he meant the Lord’s Prayer and was glad to have it a copy of it in the Rosary brochure.

 

Cold, breezy weather kept most people indoors, but there were moments of sunshine. Despite the light foot traffice, the two evangelists gave away 15 or so Rosaries and its booklet, and 1 Divine Mercy bookmark.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

The Rosary leads to Jesus Christ! 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!

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Heading out again today! 2020-05-31

June 7, 2020


Heading out again today! So thank you for your continued prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

 

Not quite two weeks ago, one of our team members was tested for COVID-19. The result was “negative”, praise God! But a strict 10-day self-quarantine was still required “in order to comply with CDC guidelines”. Hence, we practiced another stay-at-home session last week. Do hope you were able to pray with us!

 

Also, our team’s use of PPE has raised certain concerns for our own health. Evangelist Chuck presents our reasoning behind the practice.

 

Obviously, “the jury will be out” on what works and what doesn’t for some time, since virtually everything we see in the news is speculation. But perceptions are important.

 

Masks and sneeze shields and gloves are a way of knocking down barriers for people to find connections to Christ through the Rosary. If one person who desires Christ avoids the table because we have no masks or other barriers, then that is a great loss.

 

If done out of love, whether medically effective or not, then it is a small sacrifice that is worth it in my eyes. Thanks for your prayers and your love!

 

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us 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.

Taking the Gospel to the streets, where the Good News is so needed, we entrust our well-being to Our Lord. So thank you again for your prayers, your concern, and your other support for this apostolate. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!

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Is it over? - 2020-05-24

May 31, 2020


Is it over? We think not, so thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

 

After a week of unusually heavy rain, we had beautiful weather for the national holiday known as “Memorial Day weekend”. The number of people out reached pre-pandemic levels. Despite government guidelines, only 3 people besides ourselves wore masks.

 

We two evangelists, masked and gloved, set up our table with Rosaries and pamphlets again, for the first time in a couple of months. We were using our newly finished Plexiglas “table topper” sneeze guard. It seemed to really encourage visitors.

“John”, the mask-wearing parking lot attendant, visited for awhile. Our governor, while allowing a few businesses to resume, had said, “continue to wear masks, stay 6 ft apart”. But people acted as if they heard, “It’s over. As you were.” John had brought a few extra paper masks with him in case anyone, seeing his, expressed a desire for one. No one had. He also noted that the daily number of new cases in the area has increased dramatically.

 

Evangelist Chuck had at least 3 people grab the Rosary out of his hand as they rode by without stopping. He got faster at getting the booklet into their hands, too,

 

A 30-something man stopped. He’d been raised Catholic, but had been away from the Church for awhile. He told us that he was feeling the tug to come back. He accepted a Rosary, its booklet, and a map to area parishes.

 

Another man accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet, saying he was raised Catholic. Every time his family went anywhere in a car, they would say the Rosary in Spanish. So, he could recite the Rosary in Spanish, but still did not understand the words. We encouraged him to study the prayer in English and to seek a parish to attend.

 

Two 20-something men stopped. They each accepted a Rosary and the booklet on how to pray it. One requested another copy of the booklet in Spanish. We encouraged them to get in the habit of praying it daily.

 

A non-Catholic Christian couple stopped. They were hesitant to accept a Rosary when they heard we were Catholic. But we showed them how the Rosary was a tool for entering into a deep meditation on the life of Christ, and they got excited. “I can’t wait to try it!” the woman kept saying as they took their leave.

 

A cognitively impaired man stopped. He was almost overly grateful to receive a free Rosary. He insisted on shaking e. Chuck’s hand as he left. (Chuck changed into a clean glove afterward.)

 

A man and grandson (perhaps 5 years old) stopped. The man had evidently gotten a Rosary from us before. That morning, they had attended a non-Catholic Christian church and were glad that churches were opening up again. They each accepted a Rosary and the encouragement to pray it, “for protection”.

 

Several people thanked us for being there, saying they had already received a Rosary from us in the past.

 

A group of 20-something men stopped and accepted Rosaries and its pamphlet. They were in town for a job. The man from the eastern part of the country was the most enthusiastic and appreciative.

 

One man from a passing group refused receiving a Rosary by holding up a can and saying, “No thanks, I have beer.” Lord, have mercy!

 

We had such a constant stream of visitors that the two evangelists managed to pray only 1 decade of the Rosary. We gave away 15-20 Rosaries and its pamphlet (less one), and at least 1 map to area parishes.

 

Please pray for us again today? We’re doing another “pray together separately” session, since one team member, though asymptomatic, is under strict quarantine pending test results. We plan to pray all 20 decades of the Rosary at our usual session time. Please join us in praying that many people will perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of our efforts.

Wishful thinking can lead to unwise behavior. Spiritual danger has not lessened, hence the need for a continued visible Catholic presence in public. So thank you again so much for your prayers and other support for this apostolate. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!

“Send forth your Spirit; they are created and you renew the face of the earth” Psalm 104:30.

 



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As fear recedes, some people approach to receive a Rosary - 2020-05-16

May 24, 2020


As fear recedes, some people approach to receive a Rosary and encouragement! So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

 

A non-Catholic Christian stopped. He was surprised to hear that the Rosary was about Jesus, because he has a problem with Mary (and, in general, with asking the Saints to pray with him). He at least expressed a modicum of respect for Mary for carrying the Christ in her womb, but couldn’t see her as the model Christian. Instead, he admired Paul. He already was in the habit of studying the Bible some every day. So evangelist Lucy asked if he also stopped to meditate afterwards on what he read, asking God to show him how to apply it in his life. He said, “To be honest, no.” She then showed him in the pamphlet where to find each Mystery in the Bible, and encouraged him to spend some time every day meditating on them. He accepted the pamphlet.

 

A 20-something woman (sans mask) responded, “Yes, i do want a Rosary!” She said she was Catholic, so e. Lucy also gave her a copy of the prayers Pope Francis requested we add during the month of May.

 

A shabbily dressed man on a bicycle stopped. He chose the Rosary that e. Chuck was holding, but then said he’d give it to his girlfriend.

 

A man, the second member of a group of two people passing by on bicycles, circled back around and accepted a Rosary from us. The other half of the group, a woman, then came back and joined us, a moment or so later. They each accepted a Rosary and its booklet.

 

The two evangelists, in mask & gloves, gave away at least 4 Rosaries and the pamphlet on how to pray it, as well as an extra copy of the pamphlet. Foot traffic was light, so the evangelists also prayed aloud the first 17 Mysteries of the Rosary.

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Please pray for us again today? We now have a Plexiglas table topper to protect our Rosaries and pamphlets from contamination, and we look forward to trying it out. (May God bless our benefactor!) Please pray that God will send people to us, ready to perceive their need for Our Savior and the Holy Catholic Church. Please pray that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts!

The reality of Jesus Christ still needs to be heard! 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).

 



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What kept us away last week? - 2020-05-09

May 24, 2020


Heading out again today! So thank you for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

 

What kept us away last week? One evangelist had the good fortune to be tapped to take part in his parish’s practice run of their “drive through” mode of distribution of the Holy Eucharist, which is slated to go live today. The other evangelist found herself without a mask through which people could hear her.

 

So, we again prayed “together separately” from our homes: 20 Mysteries of the Rosary. Another big thank you to you who joined us!

 

Many governors are lifting restrictions (since people seem to be ignoring them anyway). So this pandemic may be with us for a while. Please continue to pray for its end, for healing for those wounded by it, and for salvation for us and our cultures?

 

Please pray for us again today? Our “table topper” shield for the Rosaries and pamphlets is not quite ready yet. So we again plan to stand (masked and gloved) between our signs, praying the Rosary out loud, and offering them to anyone willing to accept a Rosary that has been “untouched by ungloved hands”. Please ask God to grant that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts?

The need for salvation continues, and so do our efforts. 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!

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Hostility perhaps increased, but the Rosary still attracts - 2020-05-02

May 24, 2020


Hostility perhaps increased, but the Rosary still attracts. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available last week.

 

As evangelist Chuck was walking toward the place we usually set up, he passed several skateboarders, late teens to early 20s, who were practicing their skateboard tricks. Two preteen boys stood watching, their boards in hand. Chuck hadn’t yet donned his mask, one of the preteens pointed at him and said, “Hey, you’re that guy.” He recognized the boy as having gotten a Rosary in the past and they exchanged greetings. Later, he and his friend skated past where we were praying, and he smiled and waved. Later, Chuck remembered his face as part of the ketchup kerfuffle from some months past. May our presence at the Grove bring remembrance in people of Christ’s love and sacrifice for us all.

 

Early on, a man with his perhaps 10-year-old son passed. He started chanting something out loud, evidently to drown out the sound of our praying the Rosary. The speakers on the outside of the restaurant also seemed to increase in volume during the session. Another person passing by turned up the volume on his boom box.

 

Because foot traffic was light, we mostly prayed the Rosary out loud. As we began the 5th Luminous Mystery, we had our first visitors. Two homeless-looking men, stopped to ask if we had any spare change. We said no, and evangelist Lucy offered him a Rosary. He declined and started into a rant about the Catholic Church. Evangelist Lucy tried reasoning with him. He said he honored our efforts, but that we were wrong. He got more riled up and started yelling his conspiracy theories as his friend led him away.

 

Another man immediately stopped. Apparently also poor, but not so shabbily dressed as the previous two, he told evangelist Lucy he was a close relative to the England’s queen mother. A Boston newspaper, he said, carried an article about JFK’s congratulations on his birth. He said he knew all about the Rosary, yet declined receiving one. Though his manner remained pleasant, he didn’t seem aware of social distancing guidelines. May He who is the Real Presence heal his troubled soul.

 

Another homeless man passed, ignoring us. He met “Walt” partway across the square. Then both passed by, Walt talking animatedly. He didn’t see us.

 

When we reached the 5th Sorrowful Mystery, e. Chuck greeted a man passing by. Since he didn’t respond, he continued leading the Rosary. The man turned and asked if e. Chuck was talking to him. When e. Chuck told him no, he asked if he wanted to kiss his ring. “What?! No.” The man then angrily asked him to stay out of his business. Odd.

 

A family of six passed by, declining our offer of a free Rosary. A short time later, they returned, the father leading them straight toward us. They were Catholic, and were happy they had been able to attend the first Spanish-language Mass in the area since the shutdown. We gave everyone but the baby in the the stroller one of our new, fancy, chain Rosaries. We gave the family two of the English Rosary brochures with pictures, e. Lucy dug in our bag for some Spanish-language ones. (We don’t have our table set up yet. A benefactor is devising a Plexiglas shield for it first. May God bless him!) We encouraged the family to pray it together. They already knew of the Pope’s request that everyone pray it daily during May, and now they had the Rosaries to do so!

 

It was good to be out there again last week. Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 5 Rosaries and 3 Rosary pamphlets (2 English, 1 Spanish).

 

We are planning to do another stay-at-home prayer session today. One evangelist is unavailable, and the other inadvertently ruined her last disposable mask. (She still has a reusable one, but it renders her inaudible from 6 feet away.) Please join us in prayer? Please ask God to grant people the grace to perceive their need for Our Savior and His Holy Catholic Church, and mercifully to grant abundant good fruit for His Kingdom.

God rewards our frequent, visible, Catholic witness with peace. So thank you again for your ongoing prayers and support for this apostolate! In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!

“May your ears be attentive, and your eyes open, to hear the prayer that I, your servant, now offer in your presence day and night” (Nehemiah 1:6).

 



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Back to “the street” today! - 2020-04-26

May 24, 2020


Back to “the street” today! So thank you again so much for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

 

Last week’s session consisted of another intense prayer session from our separate homes. And another big thank you to those of you who joined in with us! God hears our prayers.

 

In a conversation with a Catholic woman this week, I mentioned my longing to receive the Eucharist again. (Churches have been locked down here for the last 40 days.) She replied, “Oh, I just say the Spiritual Communion prayer and that’s the same thing.” No, no, no! The Church is incarnational and “spiritual communion” is only an emergency stop-gap measure. Jesus said, “unless you eat [from the Greek meaning “munch/gnaw”] the flesh of the Son and Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you” (John 6:53). Please pray for this woman and for all those Catholics who are being led astray. Longing for the Eucharist is indeed painful, and a share in carrying the Cross, but denying Its super-substantial efficacy is deadly!

 

Certain churches in the city tentatively opened for public Mass yesterday, taking tremendous precautions to keep everything sanitized and safe. The number of spaces for Mass attendees were limited in order to keep a 6-ft distance between worshippers (or family groups of worshippers), and they anticipated having to turn people away. Sadly, a medium-sized church building had barely 3/4 of its virus-reduced capacity taken. A smaller church had, including choir, priest, and deacon, only about 30 people attending. Is this an indication of just how few Catholics are under the age of 60? Or is this an early indication of “the Great Apostasy”? Please continue to pray that the Church herself recovers from the pandemic.

 

And please pray for us again today? We plan to set up our signs in our usual spot and, masked and gloved, at least pray the Rosary out loud. A professional Rosary maker has generously donated to us some spectacular “chain” Rosaries, made of used and factory-second beads (not that I can tell). We plan to use those in prayer, in hopes of attracting at least some interest. Please continue to ask God to allow people to perceive their need for Our Savior and the Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts!

This is a time of grace, and so many souls need radical conversion and salvation! So thank you again for your ongoing 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).

P.S. A special shout-out and heartfelt appreciation going out to Joanne, Fr. Tom, Katherine438Katie777, Barb, Mike, and Sheila for your generous support, notes of encouragement, and prayers! May God bless you and all of you prayer warriors!

 



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2020-04-19 - Work-from-home “street evangelization” continues

April 26, 2020


Work-from-home “street evangelization” continues. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. God sees. No prayer is wasted.

 

The local governments’ stay-at-home orders are due to expire next week. This week, we still deem it imprudent to display our Rosaries and literature. This week, we still deem it a bad example (that is, behavior that could encourage others to ignore the safety precautions altogether) to resume our inviting of public contact. Please continue to pray for us for the wisdom to discern God’s will and timing for this apostolate?

 

 

 

My concern for my fellow Catholics continues to grow. My parish offered very limited hours for the reception of one Sacrament, Reconciliation. And people stayed away in droves! Not good. My fear is that Mass attendance, once it is offered again, will suffer from the same lack of perception of its infinite value. Please continue to pray that spiritual health is restored for the Catholic Church, for individual Catholics, and for those they love?

 

 

 

In his recent “Letter on the Month of May” (https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-04/letter-on-the-month-of-may-full-text.html <https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-04/letter-on-the-month-of-may-full-text.html> ), our Holy Father urges everyone to pray the Rosary daily during May. He also asks us to add some prayers at the end, related to the suffering and other needs caused by the pandemic.

 

Today, we plan to pray all 20 decades of the Rosary again at our typical session time, but separately from within our own homes. Join us? And please again pray that people will perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

 

 

The need our Savior is as great as always! 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!

 

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“The Lord also restored the prosperity of Job, after he had prayed for his friends; the Lord even gave to Job twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10) May He also restore His Church!



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2020-04-12 - Prayer, too, is evangeliztion!

April 26, 2020


“Prayer, too, is evangelization”, said my spiritual director as I lamented over not being able to bring Christianity to the streets, due to government health restrictions. So, thank you again for your prayers for this apostolate. At least two of us prayed “together, separately” again last week.

We continue to pray for “the lost” – those who no longer even perceive their need for Our Savior, due to the spiritual blindness caused by bitterness or sin.

We continue to pray for “rote Catholics”, who were attending Mass out of mere habit, but had lost touch with the amazing spiritual realities hidden within the symbols. They are in real danger of not coming back. Please pray for them?

We continue to pray for an end to the pandemic, for those ill due to the virus, and for the safety of those caring for them. We also pray for God’s mercy for, and the happy repose of, the thousands of souls who have died from the disease. We also pray for those experiencing financial difficulties and life-threatening want in the aftermath of the global crisis. And, for the leaders whom God has allowed to rise to power, we pray for wisdom.

We experience heartfelt gratitude for the partial re-opening of some church buildings again, in places where the number of new infections have dropped.

Last week during our usual session time, at least two of us prayed 20 decades of the Rosary. We plan to do so again today, but starting and ending 15 minutes early, in order to also pray some special Divine Mercy Sunday devotions.

Please pray for and with us again today? Many souls are in more danger than ever. Please ask God to grant them the grace to perceive their need for Our Savior Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church. Please ask that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes in answer to today’s prayers.
On this Divine Mercy Sunday, we ask God to do what we cannot. 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!



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Happy Easter! Hope is resurrected! - 2020-04-05

April 12, 2020


Happy Easter! Hope is resurrected! So thank you for your prayer for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. While “offline”, we continue our intense prayer effort for lost souls.

Concern for souls increases. Crisis can be an opportunity for growth, but it can also present immense spiritual danger.

 

I’ve talked to Catholics who haven’t tried to view the Mass online, livestreamed or otherwise. One said, “I can’t receive Communion, so I don’t want to watch the Mass.” Arghh! No wonder I have so little hair left! A lifelong Catholic, and she still only attended Mass for what she could get, instead of as an opportunity to offer God worship in the way He asked. I’m afraid that many Catholic have fallen into that same trap. Please pray for them?

 

Others are in danger as their suffering increases – whether through illness, the death of loved ones, economic hardship, or through want. Yes, it’s an opportunity to learn that God is trustworthy. And indeed He is! But those who are spiritually weakened by sin may instead be tempted to “curse God and die” (Job 2:9). Suicide is a real danger.

 

Another spiritual danger is our culture’s drive toward self-indulgence and constant entertainment. I overheard one young woman complaining of boredom, casually mentioning her frequent sins, committed in an attempt to escape this painful reality. Please pray for her and for all “the lost”. They are especially in danger now.

 

But Hope is risen from the dead! And Hope does not disappoint (cf. Rom 5:5). Some Scriptures I’ve leaned on for hope this past week:


Oracle of the Lord God—I swear I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live
 (Ezek 33:11).

You alone, Lord, make me secure (Ps 4:9b).

If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest? (Luke 12:26)

 

Last week, at least three of us prayed the entire 20 decades of the Rosary at our team’s typical session time. Although we “prayed together separately” (at the same time, but in different locations and without electronic connection), we finished at almost precisely the same moment. God is good!

Please join us in prayer again today for an end to the pandemic, as well as for the conversion of sinners, and the salvation of all human beings.

We wield a most powerful weapon: the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We also know the end of the story: God wins! So thank you again for your prayers! In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!

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These times are a test of obedience, aren’t they? - 2020-03-29

April 12, 2020


These times are a test of obedience, aren’t they? The governor of our state has mandated “stay at home” for everyone, except for necessities such as medicine and food. Our bishop has closed all churches and suspended all services, including Eucharistic Adoration chapels.

 

Therefore, we cannot do “street evangelization” in public at this time. So, we are doing the only thing possible: praying our hearts out for the conversion of sinners, and the finding of the lost.

 

Last week, two of us evangelists prayed all 20 decades of the Rosary at the same time, but separately in our own homes. Perhaps you joined us, too?

 

We prefaced our recitation of the Rosary with bishops’ prayers for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Here are two from the Diocese of Detroit:

 

A prayer for the sick especially those suffering from the coronavirus.

Loving God, you sent your son Jesus Christ to heal the sick. We ask you to come to our aid in the midst of the coronavirus crisis that we too may experience your healing love. We ask you to heal those who are sick. Calm those who are living in fear. Be with those who have died and comfort their families. Inspire health professionals to aid them in their healing work. Guide national leaders to lead and make decisions with wisdom. Help us to always be aware of your presence as we place our trust in you. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

 

Prayer for an end to the coronavirus crisis

Loving God, we come before you in our time of need. We lay before you our concerns and fears over the spread of the coronavirus. We know that you are mightier than all our fears and that the name of Jesus is the name above all other names. We ask, in the name of Jesus, that you stop the spread of the coronavirus. In your mercy, heal those who are sick and lead those who have died into your heavenly kingdom. We ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

 

We plan to pray the entire Rosary again this afternoon at our usual evangelization time. Please join us in prayer for the salvation of souls?

This is a time of immense danger for many souls. 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!

‘If evil comes upon us, the sword of judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you, for your name is in this house, and we will cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save!’ (2 Chronicles 20:9)

 



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No longer able to safely display the Rosaries - 2020-03-22

April 12, 2020


No longer able to safely display the Rosaries, we decided to show up and “just” pray the Rosary out loud. Our Lady’s mantle provided a solid blue sky over the center of the business park while we did so. Two evangelists were available.

 

“John”, the parking garage attendant, came by twice. There were, he said, a total of 20 cars parked in the 7 parking garages that he maintains. So he had some time on his hands. He told us how 12-step groups were managing, especially with so many churches (their usual meeting places) closed. He joined us in two bishops’ prayers for an end to the spread of the disease, for victims, for healthcare workers, and for wisdom in government leaders. He took a copy of that prayer sheet and another copy of the Rosary pamphlet with him. He said he hadn’t learned to pray the Rosary yet, but hurried off before we could teach him.

 

Two people saluted us as they passed by.

 

A woman thanked us for praying the Rosary. Evangelist Chuck invited her to join us but she was running late for an appointment.

 

A man said how blessed he felt to have had the opportunity to worship online. When evangelist Lucy invited him to pray a decade of the Rosary with us, he said he couldn’t because he was on his way to something.

 

A little boy (about 4-5 years old), on a bike and watched from a distance by his grandparents, sat and stared at us as we prayed. He rode away when evangelist Chuck said hi.

 

We prayed all 20 decades of the Rosary, and gave away one Rosary pamphlet and a copy of the bishops’ prayers.

 

Our state governor has issued a Stay-at-Home order, so we plan to pray the Rosary again today, at the same time but from our separate homes. Please pray for us and/or with us? Please ask that God brings all people to Himself and salvation.

The Rosary is a powerful weapon against evil. So thank you again for your prayers and other support of this apostolate. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!

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Still proclaiming the Good News - 2020-03-15

March 22, 2020


Still proclaiming the Good News, we thank you for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available last week.

 

Evangelist Chuck remembers a conversation that went something like this: “Do you know what the Rosary is?” “No, I’m not Catholic.” “Are you Christian?” “I don’t know.” “Do you know about Jesus Christ, Who died on the Cross?” “Yes!” We have been hearing this more and more often lately. We find “I don’t know if I’m Christian or not” perplexing. Does “Christian” and “Jesus Christ” have no connection in their minds? Are they just embarrassed to admit they are not Christian? How can we get them to understand that Jesus Christ is truly Lord, and deserves not only their love but their worship? Please pray for them?

 

“James” came by a couple of times. No bicycle this time, but he was trying to play a guitar with a few strings missing. He wanted another Rosary, but e. Lucy remembered that he had been part of the “merchant scheme” a few years ago, and gave him a Divine Mercy bookmark instead. E. Chuck also gave him a “victim of human trafficking” resource card.

 

The non-Catholic Christian photographer, from a month or so ago, stopped by again and talked with e. Chuck. No camera today, he was just riding around on an electric scooter.

 

Two teenage women stopped and accepted Rosaries, a brief explanation, and a Rosary pamphlet. They were Christian.

Another teenage woman stopped. As e. Chuck was explaining the Rosary, another teen, and then another, came up. We set them all up with Rosary, its booklet, and the encouragement to sit down and pray it.

 

“John” the parking garage attendant and, separately, a handicapped woman visited with us for quite a while. The woman’s brother is in prison, and she asked for a Rosary for him.

 

“Rosie”, a deacon’s widow, passed by accompanied by another woman. She said they had lots of Rosaries. When e. Lucy asked her to bring down her extras, she seemed surprised but thoughtful. They didn’t stop.

 

Foot traffic was light, and those who stopped were mostly under 30. One woman scolded us for giving things away, but most of the other people seemed pleased with our presence, even as they kept their distance.

 

Altogether, we gave away another 15-20 Rosaries and its booklet, as well as at least one map of area parishes.

 

Please pray for us again today? With no public worship, and dangers of contagion if someone coughs on our materials, we are planning to set up just our signs and pray. If approached, we can exhort people that now is the time to connect/reconnect with Jesus Christ. Please pray that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts?

“Now is a very acceptable time” to visibly witness to Jesus Christ and His Church. 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!

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The Rosary leads people to Jesus - 2020-03-08

March 15, 2020


Pointing to Jesus, we thank you again for your prayers and other support for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

 

“Walt” stopped and talked somewhat briefly with evangelist Chuck. He was happy and excited because someone had given him two new model car kits, one of which he thought was quite rare. He had lots of plans for each model. He was also wearing a cap supporting those with Asperger’s.

 

Do you remember “James”? The last time I reported on meeting him was in May 2016 although the last encounter was perhaps a month or so later. James is a low-functioning young adult. At the time of his last visit, it seemed he was being exploited as a panhandler by his then “house mother”, but I hadn’t seen him since. But this session, while evangelist Chuck was talking with Walt, James rode by on a bicycle, then stopped. He said he was homeless and expressed envy over Walt’s pile of possessions. I asked after his mother, whom he said was doing okay. A bit later in the session, James rode past a second time. Both times I forgot to offer him a “victim of human trafficking” card. Pray for him?

 

About mid-session, about 5-6 members of a women’s college basketball team walked by. One of them expressed interest in a Rosary, but hurried away when the group didn’t stop. They said they’d stop on their way back. Toward the end of the session, they did come back, now numbering about a dozen. Only the one woman stopped for a Rosary, the one who had originally shown interest. A non-Catholic Christian, she was happy to receive a tool to help her grow closer to Jesus.

 

Two couples stopped, at separate times, and both in their late teens or early 20s. The woman of the first couple admitted she wasn’t Christian; the man of the second couple said the same. Both still seemed attracted by the Rosary. Both chose one and accepted its booklet, as well as a copy of the kerygma.

 

Two young men in their late teens stopped, wondering what “this” was all about. They did not know what the Rosary was for and were not Christian. But when evangelist Chuck told them that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and had come to earth and was crucified for our sins, they said they had heard of Him. Both accepted a Rosary, its pamphlet, and a copy of the kerygma.

 

A Catholic couple stopped. They were in town from the eastern part of the state. The woman accepted the Rosary brochure once evangelist Lucy showed her how to use it to encourage a non-Catholic Christian to pray the Rosary. She took a Rosary as well, in case she found someone to give it to.

A college-aged man went by. Offered a free Rosary, he patted his backpack and said he had his with him.

 

A gender-confused person stopped, not knowing what the Rosary was, but knowing about Jesus. When the Rosary was explained, our visitor asked if it was idolatry to use the Rosary. Evangelist Lucy explained we don’t pray to the beads, and that everything we believe about Mary leads us closer to Jesus Christ. Our visitor accepted this explanation, as well as a Rosary and its pamphlet.

 

A trio of friends stopped. The couple was Catholic, but their friend was not yet. The Catholic man took a Rosary and its pamphlet. Then the other man decided to take a Rosary as well.

 

An out-of-town couple with a baby stopped. They were Catholic and talked about their parish. The wife said that her mother always insisted she have a Rosary with her. Evangelist Chuck told her it was her turn to teach her baby the Faith. Both man and wife took a Rosary.

 

Altogether, we gave away about 10-15 Rosaries, 4 copies of the kerygma, and 2 bookmark cards.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask that God send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

The Rosary leads people to Jesus, so thank you again for your prayers and other support of 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).

 



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We continue our effort to reach souls - 2020-03-01

March 10, 2020


We continue our effort to reach souls, so thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

A Catholic man, accompanied by perhaps wife and mother, stopped to accept a Rosary. They are not currently attending Mass, so we gave them the list of area parishes and encouraged them to get back to the Eucharist.

 

“Monica” recognized one of us as a reader at daily Mass. She told us she had lots of Rosaries. But, when evangelist Lucy asked her to bring some to us, she said she often has groups of people come to her house, and she gives them out to them! May God bless her apostolate!

 

Two young men stopped. In their late teens, they attend an upscale charter school in the area. One accepted a Rosary, saying he knew what it was. The other teen did not want anything. Evangelist Chuck spoke with the teen who took the Rosary. He had been raised Catholic by his mom and grandma, but was reluctant to talk about where his faith was now. He did say he’d try praying the Rosary.

 

A short time later they came back to the table, accompanied by a third teen, who wanted a Rosary but seemed to lack respect for it. He chose a black one. It didn’t fit over his Absolom-like hairstyle, so he propped it on top, the Cross dangling near his left eye. He listened with impatience to a brief explanation of the devotion, and the encouragement to “sit down and try it.” Blessed Mother, please take care of them all?

 

A homeless-looking man went by. He said “no, thank you” to the offer of a free Rosary. When evangelist Chuck then said, “God bless you!”, he replied, “Please don’t say that!” Lord, have mercy!

 

A family group went by. One woman dropped back to accept a free Rosary.

 

At least a half dozen people told us they already had a Rosary they had gotten from us. We asked them to pray it once for us.

 

One 20-something man accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet from us. He did not know anything specific about the Rosary, saying he was a non-Catholic Christian. But he was curious about Catholicism, and wanted to attend Mass at some point. He declined our list of area parishes, saying he lived on campus and would just attend Mass there. Evangelist Lucy gave him the Sunday Mass time for that evening.

 

A group of 2-3 young adults stopped. One wanted a Rosary because his grandmother valued it. We encouraged him to try praying it.

 

Although the weather was nice and many people were out, we had relatively few visitors. Please pray that nothing is interfering with the path of the people whom God wants to encounter us?

 

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 10-12 Rosaries and its pamphlet, as well as perhaps a map of area parishes.

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

The battle for souls continues, so that you again for your prayers and other support of 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).

 



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We all need a Savior! - 2020-02-23

March 1, 2020


We all need a Savior! So thank you again for your prayers for Boise’s Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

“Manny”, our visitor from a couple of months ago, encountered evangelist Chuck at his parish. After exchanging a “You look familiar. Do I know you?” look with each other, Chuck suddenly remembered his name and story: Manny had grown up with practitioners of the occult and was deeply embedded in that philosophy. He now wanted out, he’d told us. But, Chuck said, he was still trying to use witchcraft to break free of witchcraft. Please continue to pray for Manny, that he recognize that only Our Savior, Jesus Christ, can set him free!

 

A Catholic man and woman stopped. He attends Mass at a nearby parish, and already has Rosaries. When evangelist Lucy asked him to “pray it once for us”, he countered with, “Yes. And I’ll pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.” The woman smiled and nodded. I glanced at the clock, 15 minutes until the Hour of Mercy.

 

“Ol’ Walt” stopped and talked for a full half-hour with evangelist Chuck, repeating the same stories more than once. A judge had released Walt’s assailant, and Walt was very angry. Evangelist Chuck told him that we’re praying or him. Please continue to ask especially that Walt be granted the ability to forgive?

 

A down-and-out family stopped. The mom lives at a nearby battered women’s shelter. She and the two young girls with her each accepted a Rosary. The mom also accepted the Rosary pamphlet. The man with them, pushing the stroller, said nothing.

Two women stopped. Claiming to be already familiar with the Rosary, they each chose one. One woman then looked with interest at our pamphlets. She accepted copies of “Praying to Saints”, “What about Mary?”, and "Marian Doctrines”.

 

The two evangelists gave away 15-20 Rosaries and accompanying pamphlet, 1 each of the FAQ pamphlets: “Praying to the Saints”, “What About Mary?”, and “Marian Doctrines”, and a copy each of a “Jesus Knocking” bookmark and a “Divine Mercy” bookmark.

 

Please pray for us again today, asking God to prepare people’s hearts to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

“Oh, happy fault!” that we were given so great a Savior! And thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate of that Good News! In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and those you love!

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Some seeds may be sprouting! - 2020-02-16

February 23, 2020


Some seeds may be sprouting! So, thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

 

A Catholic priest, in town for a youth retreat, was happy to see us and stopped to visit briefly. He had just finished his “daily Rosary walk”, he said. At our request, he prayed briefly for those who encounter us, and for us. Then he hurried away to an appointment.

 

A man, from a Catholic parish in the eastern part of the state, was in town for an educator’s conference. About 40 years ago, after marrying a Catholic woman, he converted to Catholicism from a non-Catholic Christian denomination He had gone through an entire year of Marriage Preparation classes. Then, a year or two later, when he decided to become Catholic, he had to go through another full year of RCIA. (And he’s still Catholic today!) We gave him a map of area parishes, so he could catch Sunday Mass. He admires a priest who serves at the cathedral, he says.

 

Repeat-visitor “Ezekiel” stopped briefly. He again felt blessed for being alive another day. He asked for a Rosary this time, having given his other one away. He again smelled strongly of alcohol. Please continue to pray for him?

 

A teenage skateboarder passed us just slowly enough to hear our offer of a free Rosary. She grabbed the one out of evangelist Chuck’s hand, but zoomed away quicker than he could offer her the pamphlet. She joined her two male skateboarding companions in circling around the center of the business park. When her circles brought her close enough again, Chuck offered her the pamphlet, which she accepted.

 

A man and his wife (?) stopped by. He was Catholic but, “new to the area”, he hadn’t yet attended Mass. We gave him the list of parishes and Sunday Mass times. He chose a Rosary, but said he didn’t need the pamphlet. The woman took a Rosary and its pamphlet.

 

A couple were walking by, accompanied by a boy who was perhaps 8-10 years old. The parents declined receiving a Rosary, but the boy wanted one. They let him approach the table, and stood watching. The boy knew who Christ was, but nothing about the Rosary. So, evangelist Chuck gave him a quick explanation and a Rosary pamphlet. He encouraged the boy to use the Rosary to get closer to Jesus, and also to pray it with his parents.

 

A man on a bicycle snatched a Rosary out of evangelist Chuck’s hand, without slowing down.

 

“Mr. Steel-Crew-Cut” strode past again. When evangelist Chuck asked how he was doing, he spoke to us for the first time ever. He said, “Much better. I’m back on my feet again.” Thank you for your prayers!

 

Two uniformed police officers on bicycles greeted us as we set up.

 

The weather was rainy, and foot traffic was very light. During the lulls between visitors the two evangelists prayed the entire set of Luminous Mysteries. Between 5 and 10 Rosaries found a new home, as well as 1-2 maps.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts!

May the Lord’s harvest be abundant! 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).

 



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With God, all is indeed possible - 2020-02-02

February 9, 2020


With God, all is indeed possible, even softened hearts! So thank you again for your prayers for Boise’s Catholic street evangelization effort. One evangelist was available.

 

The Feast of the Purification (Candlemas) occurred on an almost-a-national-holiday in the US, when a national playoff game is televised. Foot traffic was light and nearby parking was available. The weather, though, was gray, damp, and with drizzling snow blowing in changing directions. (However, it all dried up about “closing time.”)

 

At one point, a row of pamphlets blew off my table. About 6-7 young people rushed out of nowhere to chase them down and help pick them up. All but 3 were gone again before I could say, “Thank you. Do you want a free Rosary?” The last 3 declined.

 

Also, quite a few people, young and older, were staring intensely at their phones as they walked around. Several, when asked if they were playing a (formerly popular and somewhat harmless) video game, answered no, but were otherwise evasive. God save them!

 

The tall man, with sharply chiseled facial features and thick steel-gray crew cut, went by again. Usually, if he responds to us at all, it is with tension, a frown, and a sharp no. This time, I was just setting up and didn’t have any Rosaries out yet, but he smiled and waved when he saw me. (See? God does soften hearts!)

 

A man stopped. He had come into the Church about two years ago, he said. He chose a Rosary but declined its pamphlet, already familiar with the Mysteries. Then, when I pointed out how the pamphlet shows where in the Bible to find each Mystery, and how helpful that is in encouraging non-Catholic Christians to pray the Rosary, he accepted the pamphlet as well.

 

My second visitor was “Michael”, a housing-challenged man. He was happy to receive a free Rosary, and asked for one for his girlfriend as well. Although his life seemed to be in a shambles, he declared that everything would be alright, now that he had a girlfriend. I encouraged them to pray the Rosary together, and also to embrace chastity. God, please bless and heal them?

 

One male visitor wanted a yellow Rosary, just not the one with big, hot-pink Our Father beads. I dug in my bag and found one with plain, white ones. He happily accepted.

 

Another man wanted a black Rosary long enough to fit over his head. I again dug into my bag and, after a couple of false starts, found one for him.

 

My last visitor, a nicely dressed man with red facial hair, took out his ear phones so he could hear my offer of a free Rosary. He seemed to surprise himself by accepting. Asked if he was Christian, he said no, but he was “interested in other cultures.” Besides the Rosary and a copy of the one-page kerygma, he accepted a Catechism. Lord, please bring him all the home to You!

 

Altogether, I gave away 5-10 Rosaries. 1 copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, at least 1 kerygma. and maybe a map of area parishes.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s effort.

Jesus draws all men to Himself, even today! 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).

 



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Visibly Catholic - 2020-01-26

February 2, 2020


Visibly Catholic, we hope to draw others closer to God through His Church. So thank you again for your prayers for Boise’s Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available last week.

 

Although it rained steadily, there was steady foot traffic during last week’s session. A remodeling show was going on in the convention center.

 

One convention exhibitor, taking a vape break, came over. She attends Mass with a community of questionable canonical standing. Evangelist Lucy pointed out to her changes in personnel at a local parish, and its now refreshing emphasis on growth in personal holiness. She invited our visitor to attend Mass there and gave her a copy of our map with its address, thumbnail of the church building, and Mass and Reconciliation times. She showed us photos of the custom-made Rosaries she sells. (On his way home, evangelist Chuck remembered a previous encounter with the woman, recognizing the story of Rosaries made for a big wedding.) In the end, the woman decided to take one of our “mission Rosaries”, since she didn’t have one with her.

 

Our previous visitor, “Alicia”, turned out to be a salesperson from the convention. Although raised Christian, she had walked away from religion a long time ago. But, she added, now that she has a 4-year-old daughter, she thought maybe she should look into it. She accepted a Rosary, its pamphlet, and a kerygma. Then she launched into her sales pitch on her product from inside the convention.

 

A man, accompanying 3 boys (ages about 3-8), stopped. Each boy chose a Rosary. The two older ones accepted its pamphlet as well.

 

While evangelist Lucy was finishing up with the dad and sons, a man and woman in their mid-20s approached (“Anna” and companion). Already Catholic, Anna was thrilled to see Rosaries displayed in public. He, also Catholic, is from a neighboring state, When the evangelist asked if he had connected with a local parish for Mass this weekend, he assured her that he had attended Mass the previous night (in anticipation of Sunday). He did accept a Rosary and its brochure for someone he knew.

 

A man in a thoroughly damp sweatshirt stopped briefly. He accepted a Rosary, but not the pamphlet on how to pray it.

 

“John”, the parking machine servicer, had a long conversation with evangelist Chuck, mostly relating clever things said by a priest speaker widely known within certain addiction recovery groups.

 

“Walt” stopped and talked with evangelist Chuck. He told Chuck his theory of what really made Adam fall when Eve did. When offered a Bible, he declined because it was not his preferred translation.

 

Walt’s friend “Jose” passed by as we were setting up. Wearing only a sweatshirt, he asked if we were staying dry, commenting that he sure wasn’t.

 

“Ketchup Kid”, accompanied by a familiar-looking girl, stopped briefly. Quickly admitting that they’d already received Rosaries, they thanked us for being there.

 

A young college-aged couple stopped, he is a non-Catholic Christian and she was “mostly Catholic”. They were attending different churches together (“church surfing”, he called it). But each took a Rosary and pamphlet, as well as a map of area parishes.

 

A father with two young sons stopped, he did not know much about the Rosary but was attentive to our description of it and its benefits. All three took a Rosary; the father took the pamphlet.

 

Two people (at separate times) didn’t stop, but took the Rosary out of evangelist Chuck’s hand.

 

A woman came out of the convention, a believer but not Catholic. When evangelist Lucy assured her the Rosary was for all Christians and focused on Christ. she decided to take one. But she had a hard time choosing a color until she spotted the yellow (!) one in evangelist Chuck’s hand. She took that one.

 

A woman (late teens or early 20s) told us she had received a Rosary from us before, and had it hanging from her rear view mirror. Evangelist Lucy encouraged her to take one to use for prayer, and she did.

 

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 15-20 Rosaries. as well as a few copies of the kerygma and maps to area parishes.

 

Please pray for us again today, on this Almost-A-National-Holiday, when most people watch a professional sports playoff. Please ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

What’s more recognizably Catholic (and misunderstood) than the Rosary? We educate, calm fears, and encourage prayer. So thank you again for your prayers, your encouragement, and other support for this apostolate. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and those you love!

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Times remain perilous - 2020-01-19

January 26, 2020


The new year was off to a positive start, but times remain perilous. So thank you again for your prayers for Boise’s Catholic street evangelization effort. Two of us were available.

 

The Christmas tree in center of the business park had been removed, and Our Lord granted sunshine and dry weather for the session. The mood was positive: even our chronically angry passersby gave us a smiling “no, thank you” this time.

 

“Walt” was moving slowly. He conversed a long while with evangelist Chuck. A few nights earlier, he had been robbed, losing his backpack, model cars, and an important prescription. He had fought with the thieves, trying unsuccessfully to stop them, and was still a little sore. He told Chuck his extensive plans to get them caught by the police, and asked for prayers. The conversation concluded when Walt’s friend “Jose” came by.

 

A group of convention goers declined receiving a Rosary on their way in, but stopped at our table as they left. A couple of them accepted a Rosary and brief explanation of the devotion. One woman in the group said she had Rosaries at home. When evangelist Lucy asked her to pray it for us, she responded, “Yes, these are perilous times.”

 

“Jacob”, a 20-something man with a nice camera, accepted a Rosary. He works for the pastor of a local non-Catholic Christian church, helping with his horses in a nearby town. Jacob hung around the table for quite a while, showing off his new camera, chatting, and taking pictures. The sunshine, though welcome to us, was creating more contrast than the camera could handle. We asked if he needed prayer for something, but he said no, and that he was meeting a friend there. When his friend arrived (politely declining a Rosary), the two left together.

 

A group of 4 or 5 teens stopped. One of the girls admitted she wasn’t Christian, “or really anything”. Evangelist Lucy offered her, and the other members in the group, a Good News/kerygma pamphlet, as well as a Rosary. A boy, slightly younger than the rest, joined the group after the conversation had started. In reaction to the evangelist’s declaration that Jesus is real, he sniggered.

 

Some young-adult Catholics stopped. One of the young men admitted that he wasn’t really going to Mass anymore, so evangelist Lucy slipped him a “Reasons to Return” packet, which he accepted.

 

A man and woman went by, politely declining a Rosary. About 8 ft behind them, head down and moving slowly, was a preteen girl. Evangelist Lucy offered her a Rosary, and she surprised us by accepting one, and a brief explanation. She left with a spring in her step. The adults noticed her absence just before she caught up with them again. Soon, there were squeals as the dad (stepdad?) started a “tickle war” with the girl. Hopefully, she was able to keep the Rosary (and copy of the kerygma).

 

A man stopped for a Rosary. He had received one while in jail, he said, and it had helped. He’d also found the non-Catholic worship services there helpful. He is still going to church, he said, but also accepted a map to area Catholic parishes.

 

A 20-something man (sporting a flamboyant goatee) frequently passes the table on his way to work. He had a woman with him this time. She stopped for a Rosary; he declined. She was not Christian but seemed genuinely interested in the Rosary and its pamphlet, as well as that of the kerygma.

 

Altogether, we gave away 10-15 Rosaries and its pamphlet, at least 2-3 copies of the kerygma, a “Returning Catholics” packet, and a map or two of local parishes.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s effort.

Prayer is our most effective weapon for the times. So thank you again for your prayers, encouragement, 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).

 



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One body in Christ - 2020-01-12

January 19, 2020


One body in Christ, the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort continues, thanks to your prayers. Two evangelists were available last week.

 

A mother and her little son (perhaps 4 year old) were heading across the square toward the hockey arena. The little boy was interested in a free Rosary. His mother implied she already had one at home. The boy chose a black Rosary, and his mother accepted its pamphlet. They then headed back across the square, where they met up with the dad, just coming out of the hockey rink.

 

Two tall teenagers with bad complexions answered our offer of a free Rosary. Minimally Christian, they listened to a short explanation of the devotion, and the encouragement to “sit down and try it.”

 

A tall thin man, smoking a cigarette and apparently housing challenged, stopped briefly. His voice did not match his size and we could barely understand him. It seemed that he was already Catholic, new to the area, and attended Mass at a nearby parish. He accepted a Rosary and its brochure.

 

Then, for several long minutes, there was not a pedestrian in sight. The evangelists started praying the Rosary, and groups of people poured out of the buildings on the other side of the square. Some eventually made their way past our table.

 

A couple in their late teens or early 20s were holding hands and grinning widely. Evangelist Chuck offered them a Rosary, and they came to our table. Each chose a Rosary and accepted the pamphlet. Chuck encouraged them to pray it together.

 

A woman stopped for a Rosary and pamphlet. She told us she was in RCIA and took her daughter to Mass when she could. She was very enthusiastic about becoming Catholic. We encouraged her to pray the Rosary with her daughter. “If one part is honored, every part rejoices with it” (1 Cor 12:26b).

 

Two teens who looked familiar stopped and said they had received Rosaries from us some time ago. One boy had glued his to his skateboard. (sigh) We emphasized the Rosaries were not decorations, but were a path to a deeper relationship with God Himself. They thanked us for handing out Rosaries in the cold.

 

A man passing on a bicycle. On hearing our offer of a free Rosary, he pointed to the yellow one hanging from his handlebars, evidently received from us some time ago.

 

“Amir” was our last visitor. He is a fallen-away Catholic refugee from an embattled country overseas, where Christianity is actively persecuted. From his youth, he said, the country has been at war and the Christian community persecuted. He got away ten years ago, but a lot of his Christian family members stayed in their villages, only to be burned out of their homes and churches by a radical group from the dominant religion. These family members are now scattered as refugees in various countries in the region. Amir no longer goes to church, and now seems agnostic on the existence of God, because so many prayers of his people went unanswered. God never stopped the violence and persecution, he said. Amir now concentrates on being “a good person”. He accepted our sympathy but did not want our encouragement to return to Faith, nor did he accept the offered helpful reading. It sounded like he hears enough of this call back to the Church from his family. He warned us of the dangers of the dominant religion in his country, and we offered him God’s blessings. “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it” (1 Cor 12:26a ).

 

Foot traffic was very light, but the two evangelists still gave away perhaps 10 Rosaries and its booklet.

Please pray for us again today. Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

Recognizing we’re one body in Christ, we extend His love to each one we meet. 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).

 



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Grace breaks into our existence - 2019-12-22

December 29, 2019


Grace breaks into our existence, and we continue to try to share that Good News! So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available last week.

 

Two boys in their early teens stopped. Evangelist Lucy thought they looked awfully familiar. But evangelist Chuck didn’t recognize them, and started explaining that the Rosary was all about the life of Jesus. At that, one boy threw up his hands in horror, said “we’re Jewish”, and left. The other boy followed. May Our Blessed Mother, also Jewish, lead them to her Son!

 

A man, who claimed to be 83 years old, came to talk of his recent exploits. (He had received a Rosary from us a while back.) His adventures, however, seemed to consist of setting himself up for assault, and then responding to the threat with excessive violence.

 

A man went by, cursing us. However, he didn’t seem to recognize the irony of his saying, “I’m an atheist and I hope you go to [perdition].” May he recognize God’s gift to him of his own everlasting nature.

 

Three men stopped. One of them, sporting a light-pink headband and who seemed confused about his male nature, asked us to pick out the Rosary for him that Jesus would pick. Evangelist Chuck replied that they were each an equally good way to get closer to Christ. He chose a Rosary with light pink, pearlized beads. While evangelist Lucy briefly explained the devotion and gave him the accompanying pamphlet, evangelist Chuck talked with one of the other men, who also accepted a Rosary and pamphlet. The third man declined.

 

A group of people went by, proclaiming they served the very one who wants only to destroy them. So sad.

 

A man stopped to show us his sores. He said he was on his way to the hospital because they were so painful (and yet seemed reluctant to actually head there next). He also told us he had just stopped using drugs and was detoxing. Lord, help him!

 

A man came to the table to accept a Rosary because his grandmother used one. May Our Lady draw him all the way to her Son!

 

A father and son came by. Offered a Rosary, the dad turned to the slightly heavy-set pre-teen, and said he could have one. The child declined.

 

Another father and son stopped. The father said they were Catholic, and he encouraged his son to pick out a Rosary, while we encouraged the father to show his son how to pray it.

 

A couple, perhaps in their 20s, veered toward our table in response to our offer of a Rosary. They each chose one. One was Catholic, and evangelist Chuck encouraged them to pray it together.

 

A family, all adults, stopped. The man said he was a confirmed Catholic, but had never prayed the Rosary. He took one and its pamphlet.

 

A man stopped and asked about the Rosaries. We told him about them, and evangelist Lucy showed him the pamphlet, explaining how and why to pray it. He declined the Rosary, but kept the pamphlet.

 

Lots of people returned our greeting of “Merry Christmas”. Several groups of Catholics said they had Rosaries at home. As is our habit, we asked them to pray it once for us!

 

On that extra-warm (temperatures near 60° F) final Sunday before Christmas, the two evangelists experienced lighter-than-average foot traffic and a higher-than-average percentage of no-thank-yous. Still, we gave away about 10 Rosaries and its pamphlet, and 3 holy cards (Divine Mercy, Jesus knocking, and St Michael).

 

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s effort.

 

Jesus’ Incarnation is still the most important event in human history. So thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate that tries to spread that message. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!

“Go with the strength you have“  (Judg 6:14).

P.S. Please pray a special prayer for our benefactors and for your fellow prayer warriors: in particular, for Mike, Barb, Katherine438, Katie777, Natalie, fisherman_carl, Chuck, Sheila, Maria, Val, and our beloved Rosary Maker groups! Thank you again, and may God bless each one of you!!!

 



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Even people of no particular faith are drawn to the Rosary - 2019-12-15

December 26, 2019


Even people of no particular faith are drawn to the Rosary. So thank you again for your prayers for Boise’s Catholic street evangelization effort. First-time evangelist “Guy” joined us for the session.

 

“Daniel” stopped for a free Rosary. When asked if he attended any church, he replied that his grandmother is sick and, not only that, but his uncle is in prison for a crime that Daniel doesn’t think he committed. Evangelist Lucy told him that the best way he could help his loved ones was to get himself into a church and pray for them! At that, he accepted a map to local parishes. When he left, he headed back in the same direction from which he came (which happened to be towards the nearest Catholic church, the cathedral).

 

“Walt” talked briefly with evangelist Chuck, who said he mentioned his belief in God.

 

Brick by brick. a photographer moved his tripod and camera toward the Christmas tree in the center of the business park. He was manually making a time-lapse video with his still camera. Our table was set up on his left, near the tree. We were still there when he finished taking pictures, so he showed us the result. It shows us interacting with lots of people in a flurry of activity. First-time evangelist Guy had spoken with the photographer as he had drawn near, and had offered him a Rosary. He did not accept.

 

Some young teens came by. The first to stop looked awfully familiar, even to face-blind evangelist Lucy. He said he had never received a Rosary from us, and was not Christian. She allowed him to have a(nother) Rosary, and also gave him a(nother) copy of the Good News/kerygma pamphlet. Almost immediately, a friend came over from the same group, who were standing across the business park from us. Evangelist Chuck recognized the second teen as the boy who had caused the ketchup mess last week. (it was a pamphlet that got ruined, not a Rosary). The boy wanted another Rosary, saying he had lost the other one. We gave him the pamphlet but not another Rosary, saying he could use his fingers to count the prayers. He seemed very disappointed. Later, some other (slightly older) teenage skaters listened politely as we told them about Christ and connecting with Him through the Rosary.

 

An actively Catholic man asked prayers for his father, “Ken”, who was elderly, in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility across the state, and had lost his faith. His son had originally said “no, thank you” to our offer of a free Rosary. A few steps past our table, he had changed his mind and came back. He thought the Rosary might help his dad come back to the Faith. He also accepted one of our “Returning Catholics” packets, and asked us to pray for his dad, Ken.

Another man stopped. He declined receiving a Rosary or its pamphlet, and acted like he knew what the Rosary was about. He was not Catholic, though, and wanted us to be sure we said Jesus was all about love. Evangelist Chuck pointed to the picture in the Rosary pamphlet of Christ crucified, telling our visitor that this shows true sacrificial love.

Lots of young people of no particular faith stopped and willingly received a Rosary and heard us out. May Christ and Mary work deep into their hearts!

 

Please pray for “Tyler”, who talked at length with evangelists Chuck and Guy. When he arrived at our table, he responded to our offer of a free Rosary with, “I could probably use one.” He ended up choosing a purple one, because the yellow ones were too small to fit over his head. He refused the Rosary pamphlet and kerygma, saying, “they would be wasted on me.” He told us he had grown up Christian. but was “nothing now”. Then he talked about his brother who was a professional skier, about local movie making, and about his job in town, chatting with us until we were packed up to go. As we parted, he said, “Thanks for the help.”

 

Altogether, the three evangelists gave away about 15 Rosaries, 2-3 copies of the kerygma, 2-3 maps, 2 small Crucifixes, and 1 “Reasons to Return” packet.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us with hearts prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

Catholic, Christian denomination, or “none”, people are attracted to the Rosary – and to Him Whose story it tells. 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).

 



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He will come to judge the living - 2019-12-07

December 16, 2019


He will come to judge the living … and the dead. So thank you again for your prayers for Boise’s Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available. (The other two have both been taken out by back injuries. Prayers, please?)

 

A family with 3-4 children under the age of 8 stopped. The parents, Catholic, encouraged each child to accept a Rosary. They also received encouragement from us to start praying it together every day. As the children were leaving, the father stepped forward and also chose a Rosary. Please pray that the Lord keeps this family safe and leads all of them to Catholic Sainthood?

 

A new Christmas tree had been set up in the square, noticeably smaller than the previous one, but decorated with lights. It was being used as a backdrop for photographs, especially by some of the skaters arriving at the hockey arena for the big ice show later that day. Only one or two of the skaters accepted a Rosary from us.

 

Homeless “Walt” came to our table, moving slowly and weighed down with many bags. He was feeling disappointed in the model car kit he had received in a Christmas exchange, but had plans to make the inaccurate, beginner’s kit work anyway. He hasn’t mentioned faith or religion for a long time.

 

While evangelist Lucy talked with Walt, evangelist Chuck received many visitors, including many young people.

Evangelist Lucy allowed some young teens to choose a Rosary, though suspecting they were repeat visitors. Evangelist Chuck kept an eye on them after they left our table. After a few minutes, he took off running across the square to talk with them. Turns out they’d had a ketchup fight, and one Rosary got ruined in the fray. Chuck took it from the youth to dispose of it properly.

 

A college-aged couple stopped at our table. He’s Catholic, but she’s not. The man talked with evangelist Chuck, telling him that he had two Rosaries already in his dorm room. The woman accepted a brief explanation of the Rosary, then chose one for herself.

 

A man said he was glad to see us out there, though he didn’t seem to believe as we do.

The two evangelists gave away about 20 Rosaries and its booklet, at least 2 maps of area parishes, and 2-3 copies of the kerygma.

 

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us who are prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ, for the Holy Catholic Church, and for salvation. Please ask God to grant that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

Jesus will come again in glory! 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!

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Visibly Catholic, we encourage and are encouraged - 2019-12-01

December 8, 2019


Visibly Catholic, we encourage and are encouraged. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

SPSE Team Photo

Snowy, wet weather greeted people heading to the annual family event in the convention center, the fundraiser featuring competing holiday trees. The big Christmas tree, that had been set up in the center of the business park, now lay in a ruins within its enclosure. Evidently, it had been taken down a couple of days earlier by an errant gust of wind. Despite the cold and gloomy atmosphere in the park that day, we expected to encounter a greater than average number of Catholics. We weren’t disappointed.

 

Groups of people, including several multi-family groups, came straight toward us. Was the Dominican-blessed salt helping? May God bless all our benefactors!

 

A man, in his 30s, stopped out of politeness. Fully committed to the pseudo-Christian religion to which he belonged, he told evangelist Chuck that he had a Rosary at home. He’d received it from a Catholic priest who was handing out Rosaries on the street, in a large city in another state. Our visitor had accepted it from him “to be nice”, but now thought it a good thing to have. He and evangelist Chuck exchanged a few words on their differing understandings of Faith. Chuck gave him a copy of the Rosary pamphlet and encouraged him to pray it. He encouraged us to “do something nice” for someone each day leading up to Christmas.

 

Another man stopped. He said he was a lapsed Catholic and a “lapsed everything”. However, he wanted something with a cross on it. He chose a Rosary, but declined the pamphlet.

 

We received a return visit from a woman, probably in her late 20s. On her previous visit, she had told us that she hated the Catholic Church because her late boyfriend’s family, who were Catholic, had done some very hurtful things. She seemed to be doing better now. Evangelist Chuck chatted with her a bit, while evangelist Lucy talked with a Catholic woman who had just arrived, coming over to thank us for being out there and to encourage us.

 

Several Catholic families came to our table and allowed one or more of their children to choose a Rosary. We encouraged them to pray the Rosary together as a family, Several of the families committed to doing so. May God bless and protect them!

 

Altogether, we gave away about 15 Rosaries and its booklets.

 

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church. Please ask that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s effort.

God grants “endurance and encouragement” (Rom 15:5). So thank you again for your prayers, encouraging words, and other support for this apostolate! In turn may God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!

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Christ is truly the King of the Universe - 2019-11-23

December 1, 2019


Christ is truly the King of the Universe, and 100% worthy of trust. So thank you for your prayers for Boise’s Catholic street evangelization effort, which tries to spread the Good News of Him. Two evangelists were available.

 

A man stopped by to beg for food. Evangelist Lucy let him know that free meals are offered in Boise every day of the week. She just didn’t know locations or times.

 

A bit later, repeat visitor “Homeless Walt” stopped by, looking much his old self. He said he’d regained his strength, that people had given him a lot of stuff (such as, down sleeping bags) without his asking, that friends were holding onto his model car projects and other possessions. Asked if there were free meals that day, he named three of them within walking distance. He also told of a free resource directory for anyone with a smart phone, or who was willing to go to the library to use the free computers there. He said nobody had to starve in Boise and, therefore, to not believe any cardboard signs that claim “homeless and hungry”.

 

While evangelist Lucy was visiting with Walt, a man stopped who was not familiar with the Rosary. He looked with interest at the pamphlet as evangelist Chuck described the Rosary devotion to him, how to use the Rosary for prayer, and the benefits of becoming closer to Jesus Christ. Chuck didn’t notice that the man was wearing a stocking cap with a border made of upside-down crosses. If he had noticed, Chuck would have wanted to ask him about the hat!

 

Also while evangelist Lucy was talking with Walt, a big man approached the table. He also appeared to be homeless, and had one eye closed by a purple and black bruise. He listened as evangelist Chuck explained how and why to pray the Rosary. Then he pointed to a prayer card with a picture of Jesus and asked what it was. Chuck showed him the Divine Mercy prayer on the back and the man gratefully accepted it.

 

Some teens stopped by for a Rosary. Most admitted to not receiving one before. We tried to ask each group to try praying it once a day from now until Christmas, and see what changes.

 

Later, evangelist Lucy started getting a peculiar headache and remembered that she had forgotten to pray the protection prayers that morning for our apostolate. She pulled a copy of them out and prayed them on the spot. The headache disappeared.

A man and his son stopped by because they had some extra time before a movie began. Already Catholic, they each gladly accepted a Rosary and its booklet, as well as encouragement to start praying it.

 

The annual “Festival of Trees” would be held in the convention center during the coming week. So, quite a few people were heading to and from the convention center as they decorated their organization’s tree.

 

One woman, heading in to decorate a tree, stopped. A non-Catholic Christian, she had given her deceased Catholic grandmother’s Rosary away – to a relative who didn’t seem to appreciate it. The woman missed having it, but since we had one in close to the same color. She accepted it and the booklet.

 

Two women, coming from having worked on decorating their tree stopped. They each accepted a Rosary.

 

A woman broke from a family group to choose a Rosary and accept a pamphlet. She said she was very familiar with the Rosary because she had grown up Catholic but didn’t attend anymore. She said not to worry as she was good friends with Jesus. She didn’t stay to hear our encouragement to return to the active practice of her Faith.

 

The your-faith-is-fiction nonbeliever came by, and commented that he hoped it would snow soon. Little by little…

 

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 15-20 Rosaries and its pamphlet, 1-2 maps of area parishes, and at least one Divine Mercy bookmark.

 

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom come of today’s efforts?

Little by little, God attracts people to Himself. 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).

 



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All ages called to salvation - 2019-11-17

November 24, 2019


All ages called to salvation, thanks to your continuing prayers and sacrifices for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

A group of 20-something Catholic women stopped. They had just attended the 3-day Catholic conference for young adults, which had ended an hour or so earlier. Many of them didn’t have their own Rosary, so they each chose one and accepted its booklet, as well as the encouragement to start praying it daily.

A young boy (3-4 years old) came for a Rosary. Possibly just attracted by their bright colors, he didn’t know what they were and had never heard of Jesus. Evangelist Lucy tried to tell him briefly about salvation, and gave him a copy of the Rosary pamphlet as well as the one-page kerygma (for his parents). His family didn’t slow down in passing, so he ran to catch up, calling, “Mom, this is for you!” May God bless his entire family!

About 6-8 young teens came by, in a couple of different groups. The first group consisted of three girls. Evangelist Chuck recognized one of them as having stopped many times before, and having practiced praying the opening prayers of the Rosary with us. The other two said this was their first time. The tallest girl asked if they could have “a necklace”. We explained that the Rosaries weren’t jewelry, but were for prayer. However, when we suggested we pray it together, they all whipped out their cell phones and said they were late for something. However, they each made sure they had selected a Rosary before they left.

Two women stopped. One claimed to be Catholic, but hadn’t gone to Mass in a long time. Evangelist Lucy told her the name of the Catholic parish in her town, and gave her a copy of our “Returning Catholics” packet, which includes a “self-test” (examination of conscience) and a kind explanation of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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Four university students stopped when one of their number enthusiastically said “yes!” to our offer of a free Rosary. They were Christian but not Catholic, and were not practicing their faith. Evangelist Chuck encouraged them to dig deep into the Mysteries of the Rosary and to seek a deeper relationship with God.

A dark-haired man stopped, wanting a glow-in-the-dark Rosary “for protection”. Evangelist Lucy let him know the protection comes with actually praying the Rosary. He professed to be Catholic, but when asked which parish he attended, he said they’d “just moved here.” He did accept map to area parishes, and the invitation to get reconnected.

Altogether, the 2 evangelists gave away 15-20 Rosaries and its booklet, one “Returning Catholic” packet, 1-2 maps of area parishes, and at least one copy of the kerygma.

Please pray for us again today? There is a big family festival going on in the convention center today. In past years, we usually have many Catholic visitors who want to know how to reach their “lost” family members. Please ask God to grant that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s effort?

Salvation is still necessary, and the Good News is that God is still offering it. 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).

 



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Lighting the way to Christ - 2019-11-10

November 18, 2019


I apologize for the length of this email. My (old) computer crashed again during the editing process, which would have shortened it considerably. Please pray for us today?

 

Lighting the way to Christ, our apostolate continues. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort! Two evangelists were available.

 

“Mr. Fiction” was surprised, and actually stopped for a moment, when evangelist Chuck asked if he’d read any new fiction this week. “Some magazines,” he mumbled. Then he seemed to notice that he was talking to us, and said, “I see you’re still peddling your fiction,” as he walked away. Evangelist Chuck asked, “How do you judge what is fiction or not?” He called back with a sneer, “Intelligence!” May the Holy Spirit continue to widen the crack in the door of conversation with this man!

 

A father, accompanied by 2 or 3 children, stopped when one of the girls, perhaps 8-10 years old, wanted a Rosary. She was not at all familiar with it, and didn’t know anything about Christianity. She accepted a Rosary, its booklet, and our one-page summary of the kerygma. Then her little sister approached and also accepted a Rosary. The dad did not.

 

Out of two 20-something women, one stopped. Asked if she was familiar with the Rosary, she said yes, she had been raised Catholic “a lo-o-ong time ago”. She declined a map to area parishes, but accepted a Rosary, its booklet, and the encouragement to sit down and try to pray it.

 

A group of three people stopped, also in their 20s. The woman spoke with evangelist Lucy, while evangelist Chuck spoke with her boyfriend. He had been baptized Catholic, but did not practice the Faith, nor intend to at this point. Though he loved its theology, he “just didn’t like the Church”. When evangelist Chuck pointed to the Eucharist as the best reason to stick with the Church, as well as being an amazing privilege and blessing that he was missing out on, the man shook his head and repeated that he was not interested in “church” at this point. Some time ago, he had received a copy of the Catechism from us and had been reading it. He told evangelist Chuck that he “found it interesting” and has used it frequently when he had questions. His girlfriend is a non-Catholic Christian and, when they have discussions about religion, they refer to the Catechism. The woman was not at all familiar with the Rosary and was delighted to find out, from evangelist Lucy, that it focused on Jesus. She accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet, and seemed to look forward to trying it. May that Catechism draw them both into a full relationship with Christ Jesus in His Church.

 

A group of two adult men and one child stopped. One of the men expressed interest in the Rosary, then waxed enthusiastic as he came to actually understand the devotion. At his enthusiasm, the boy and the other man each accepted a Rosary.

 

“Mr. Leather Cowboy Hat” (from a month or so back) responded to a hail from evangelist Chuck. He didn’t stop to talk, but at least responded in a friendly manner to our greeting.

 

Perhaps 8 teens or preteens came by, in close succession. Evangelist Chuck didn’t recognize any of them. They were very respectful, and each accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet.

 

A mother and her school-age son stopped. They each accepted a Rosary and the encouragement to pray it together. The boy asked for a Rosary for his father, too.

 

Two tall teenage boys stopped for Rosaries. They were non-Catholic Christians and listened politely to our explanation of the blessings of praying the Rosary. Then a large family group arrived at the table, to which the boys belonged. The younger teen showed the Rosary to his mother, who promptly took it away from him and returned it to the table with a “no, thank you”.

 

At least once, and possibly twice during the session, people said they knew what the Rosary was, even though they themselves were not people of faith, because a mother or grandparent was a faithful Catholic who prayed the Rosary. My God bless these faithful Catholics and the example they give!

 

A man stopped and wanted to share how God had blessed him. He once had a six-figure job in another state, but ended up in jail and lost everything. When he got out of jail he came to Idaho for a fresh start and to take care of his mother, and now has a six-figure job again. He did not mention how God had changed him. He declined a Rosary.

 

A father and college-age daughter stopped. She wanted a Rosary; he did not. They were from a state north of here, and he was down visiting her at the local university. He said his daughter and wife were faithful Catholics. But he was not raised Catholic, and still had not joined the Church. It seemed enough to him that his wife and daughter were faithful.

 

Another two 20-something women stopped. When evangelist Lucy asked if they were Christian, they hesitated, as if unsure what “being Christian” meant. May those copies of the kerygma we give out begin to light their way!

 

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 15-20 Rosaries and its pamphlet, 1-2 maps of area parishes, and 2-3 copies of the Good News/kerygma.

 

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Him and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s effort.

Jesus Christ is the light that enlightens the world (cf. John 1:9). So thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate that encourages people to seek Him. In turn, may He protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!

“Go with the strength you have“  (Judg 6:14).

 



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Our Lady’s work continues! - 2019-11-03

November 11, 2019


Our Lady’s work continues! So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization apostolate! Two evangelists were available.

 

We are thankful, and a little in awe, that we had three people waiting for a Rosary before we even set up: two teenage girls, and a man perhaps with housing challenges). Our Lady is attracting people without us having to say a thing!

 

Repeat visitor “Wheelchair John”, the parking garage attendant, stopped to visit. He told us he was living on his own at age 17, and earning good enough money to do so. But he also talked fondly of his “drug days”, which I found disconcerting, given his claim to be a recovered addict. Please pray for him?

 

“Mr. Catholic Lite” stopped by again. Evangelist Chuck asked if he’d prayed the Rosary he received last week. He said no, but had talked with his sister about it. His sister belongs to the same non-Catholic Christian denomination as he, and had two Rosaries – one crystal, and one wooden. Our visitor accepted the wooden one from her, because it seemed more suitable “for a sinner.” We again encouraged him to pray it.

 

“Parker” also walked by. When evangelist Chuck asked him if he had prayed the Rosary we gave him last week, he said he had tried it and that it was “nice”.

 

Several more (different? same?) groups of teens stopped for a Rosary, but this time they were each astonishingly polite. Two of them (one each from separate groups) also accepted a copy of the kerygma after admitting to not being Christian.

 

Evangelist Chuck prayed the opening prayers with one group of three pre-teens. Two said they were Christian, and one said she had no faith. Yet, all three prayed the Rosary’s introductory prayers with us. We invited them to come back with questions next week.

 

A woman and her teenage son stopped. The son accepted a Rosary and a brief explanation of the devotion. The mother did not want one, but talked with evangelist Chuck about the message at the non-Catholic Christian service they had just attended. Chuck, in return, shared that week’s homily on Zacchaeus, the tax collector. They agreed that it was a blessing to be inspired by Bible stories.

 

A convention with a Spanish name was going on in the hockey arena. Attendees were dressed up, mostly in black. Not one attendee was interested in receiving a Rosary or talking with us. Evangelist Lucy thought it was a Spanish branch of a non-Christian cult that is active in the area.

 

The two evangelists gave away 12-15 Rosaries and its booklet, 2-3 copies of the kerygma, and at least one map of area parishes.

 

Please pray for these people and for us again today? Please ask God to send us people ready to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

Our Lady leads people to her Son. So thank you again for your prayers, encouragement, and other support for this apostolate! In turn, may God protect, greatly bless, and save you and those you love!

“Go with the strength you have“ (Judg 6:14).

 



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They still need the Church - 2019-10-27

November 4, 2019


They still need the Church, even if they don’t know it yet. And we were able to reach some of them last week. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. We rely on you!

 

A down-and-out-looking man, perhaps 30 years old, professed to be a pagan. Evangelist Chuck asked how he came to his current set of beliefs, and he said an internet video expressed everything he wanted to believe. He was running late to work, so evangelist Chuck asked him to stop by again next week and continue our conversation. May God clear up his muddled beliefs!

 

Two teens stopped on their way to film a music video in the center of the plaza. The photographer accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet, thanking us for being there and doing what he thought must be a thankless job. He said he identified with a non-Catholic Christian denomination, but did not respond when evangelist Chuck told him he used to belong to the same denomination. The photographer took a Rosary and its pamphlet. She did not.

 

Repeat visitor “Walt” stopped by, briefly. We were so glad to see him alive! He told us that, besides fighting the multi-resistant bacterial infection, he has had two strokes. One of them left him temporarily unable to walk, but then he regained that ability (thank God). His memory must have been affected, because he no longer rehearses events in excruciating detail. Please pray for Walt, who just may be facing his “end game”?

 

Lots of young people stopped for Rosaries, but most professed to being very familiar with how to pray it. Most also claimed to not having one, although we found that difficult to believe.

 

The man passed by again who vigorously proclaims that God is a fiction. Please continue to pray for him?

Two men in their early 20s stopped. One did not take a Rosary because he had taken one before. Evangelist Chuck asked him if he had tried praying it and, after a moment’s hesitation, he said no. Chuck thanked him for his honesty and urged him to take courage and try praying it this week.

 

Evangelist Chuck had just offered a Rosary to some passing women and they declined when a man in his early- to mid-20s overheard his offer, and walked up to the table saying he would take one. Evangelist Lucy had a long talk with him, but doesn’t now recall the conversation.

 

A big guy on a tiny bicycle had two Rosaries around his neck, but stopped for another one. A non-practicing Catholic, he accepted a map of area parishes.

 

A guy in dreadlocks named “Parker” stopped for a Rosary and pamphlet. Non-religious, he listened politely and asked our names.

 

A “Catholic-lite” non-Catholic Christian stopped for a Rosary, but perhaps just out of politeness. He was not really interested when we encouraged him to check out the true Catholic Church. He did say “God bless you” to us as he came by later, after he had eaten.

 

“Manny” was our last visitor. He admitted to messing around with occult practices. And has found to his dismay that getting free is not as easy as just going to Confession. Our evangelists were able to give him some pointers on how to begin the process of getting the help he needs to get truly free. Please pray for him? He would like to come back to the Church.

 

The two evangelists gave away 15 or so Rosaries, at least one copy of the kerygma and one copy of the map to local parishes.

 

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

We still meet needy souls, so thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate and that allow this work to continue. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and those you love!

“Go with the strength you have“  (Judg 6:14).

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Hallelujah! God sent us a youth minister last week - 2019-10-20

October 28, 2019


Hallelujah! God sent us a youth minister last week.  So thank you so much for your prayers for Boise's Catholic street evangelization effort! Three evangelists were available.

 

* Our own evangelist Chuck has had lots of experience with junior-high/middle-school kids! He has just been unavailable for the last several weeks, due to a death in his extended family. Having heard of our "kid challenge", he had been praying about it, especially to St. Philip Neri. He was a bit delayed in arriving for this session, but the first group of teens didn't arrive until after he did. (Another sign of God's hand in this?)

 

* Then the first group of 8-9 students in their early teens came to us, each eager to acquire another Rosary. Evangelist Chuck surprised them, when he gently admonished them that the Rosaries were not toys, not jewelry, not decorations, but represented something we took very seriously. He said that if they wanted another Rosary, they should stay and pray it with us so we could show them how it was done. Many of the older teens in the first group left on hearing this, but three young women stayed and, shivering, prayed through the beginning of the Rosary with us.

 

* Evangelist Lucy, having learned by necessity a little of spiritual warfare, corrected everyone who made the Sign of the Cross backwards; they all made it correctly at the end. One girl in the first group remained silent while the others prayed. Lucy cajoled her into actually saying the prayers out loud, and she at least began to move her lips. By the end, she was actually speaking. May God bless her!

 

* A bit later in the session, this whole process was repeated with a second group of 5 teens. This group really came alive and their prayer chorus could be clearly heard across the walkway, 30 to 50 feet away. They were teasing one young man, possibly named "Jim", who was having some trouble at school. Evangelist Mike encouraged Jim to pray and promised to pray for him. Evangelist Chuck took the opportunity to teach the youth how to use the Rosary prayers to pray for someone in particular. The group enthusiastically took that to heart and turned and prayed a Hail Mary for Jim. We saw him again later. He had given his Rosary to a younger boy who was with him, maybe a little brother?

 

* While the second group was praying with evangelist Chuck, a group of four adults approached evangelist Mike for a Rosary. One man, an inactive Catholic, was rattling off the Rosary prayers in a mocking tone of voice. Evangelist Lucy said, "Please! We're teaching them the prayers!" Asked what parish he went to, the man replied, "But I just moved here!" When he said what part of town he lived in, evangelist Lucy offered him a map which showed his parish and Mass times. He declined the map, but pulled out his phone and took a picture of the entry for his parish.

 

* A nonbeliever passed us again this week, proudly declaring he didn't base his life "on fiction." (Neither do we!)  He didn't respond when asked why he said that, just saying over his shoulder that he preferred reality. May God grant him to come to Ultimately Reality, God Himself!

 

* A non-Catholic Christian declared, in passing by us quickly, that he prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ and not to Mary. He did not respond to evangelist Mike when he said that we pray through her to Christ.

 

* A group of 6-8 fraternity guys, dressed formally, were coming from their initiation ceremony at a nearby restaurant. One Catholic from the group stopped to talk. He took a Rosary and pamphlet. His friend stopped, too. Soon after, a second group of fraternity guys stopped.

 

* From a group of people apparently caught up in the same-sex lifestyle, two came to the table for Rosaries and pamphlets. Evangelist Chuck talked with one, who listened politely as he spoke of praying the Rosary. Our visitor only asked if we were Catholic, then thanked us and moved on.

 

* A man, perhaps in his late 20s and sporting dread locks, had stopped for a Rosary about a month ago. Glad to see us again, he gave evangelist Chuck a friendly hug. He told us that he had in fact tried praying the Rosary. He had also showed it to his Catholic parents, which made them happy.

 

* Altogether, we gave away 15-20 Rosaries & pamphlet, 3 copies of the *kerygma*,  and 1 bookmark of "Jesus Knocking".

 

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for the Rosary and the Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today's efforts.

 

God supplies whatever we need! So thank you again for your prayers, encouragement, and other support for this apostolate. In turn, may God protect and bless you and all those you love!

 

 

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9/22: Hot or Cold

October 22, 2019


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Pedestrian or dramatic encounter, we hope every soul finds Jesus Christ and salvation. So thank you for your prayers for Boise's Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

A Catholic family from another part of the state stopped. They were visiting their daughter, who is a nursing student at the local university. They seemed appreciative of our presence for their daughter's sake. The grandmother asked if the Rosaries were blessed. Each member of the family chose a Rosary.

A couple, perhaps in their mid-20s, had heard of the Rosary and Jesus, but professed no particular religion or belief. They each took a Rosary and the pamphlet on how to pray it, as well as copy of the kerygma. They also listened politely as evangelist Lucy encouraged them to actually pray the Rosary, even if all they had were questions.

Two women stopped, Christians, the one very enthusiastic about the Rosary and seeking peace from it. She talked about having some other kind of prayer beads that she used to calm herself down at work, and looked forward to trying the Rosary. Each took a Rosary and its pamphlet.

The two teenage girls refused the offer of a free Rosary and walked on. Then they changed their minds and came back to the table. They seemed unsure if they were Christian or not, but accepted Rosaries, its pamphlet and one on the kerygma, and a brief explanation.

Repeat-visitor "John" paused to chat with evangelist Lucy. You may recall that he monitors the parking garages for the business center. He confided that he'd been under so much pressure over the last 14 months, that one day he found himself looking at his gun cabinet with a less-than-wise thought in mind. Please pray for him?

Two college-aged men stopped. The one wearing earphones already had a Rosary around his neck, but didn't know it was a Rosary and couldn't remember where he got it. The other wore an orange t-shirt. Each selected a Rosary and put them around their necks.

Then the man in the orange t-shirt wanted to tell us what was "messed up" about the Catholic Church. He started with the priest scandal, moved to the "worship" of Mary (though, ironically, now wearing her Rosary), then to Confession, then to how the Church forced Christianity on Native Americans and black slaves, then to how the Catholics messed up the Bible. He said the Bible was just man-made, that Jesus never wrote anything, therefore we need just Jesus.

As we countered his misconceptions and defended the reality of what the Church teaches on a specific issue, he would move to a new subject. He ended up accepting a Rosary brochure, and a copy of our FAQs on Mary and the Saints. Meanwhile, his friend in the earphones seemed uncomfortable with the discussion, frequently affirming our arguments in defense of Catholic esteem for Mary and the Saints, and tried to get his friend to quiet down.

During this lengthy discussion, a boy (pre-teen or early teens) on a skateboard saw us, stopped, then ducked through the college-aged men to come to the table for a Rosary, without even being asked. A Christian, the boy chose a Rosary and listened to a brief explanation of the devotion. Before he left, the anti-Catholic college man complimented him and told him he might be a pastor someday. May God grant him Catholic priesthood!

Then three women (perhaps late teens to early 30s) interrupted our intense conversation with the two college-aged men. Two of the women wanted a Rosary, accepted its pamphlet, and smiled at our explanation of the devotion. The third woman was hostile, even putting her foot on the table as if to kick it over. Her friend told her to stop.

Then she switched her attention to evangelist Lucy, who was still deep in conversation with the man in the orange shirt, and who had missed her earlier interaction with evangelist Chuck. The woman proceeded with crude speech and egregious behavior. At that, evangelist Lucy turned her back on the spectacle, and tried to explain away her behavior as the result of intoxication, which the young woman overheard and vehemently denied.

Evangelist Lucy then focused on our other visitors, and explained the Rosary more in depth to the young woman's companions. They listened politely, perhaps only out of embarrassment over their companion's behavior and a desire to be kind. The first woman, meanwhile, dissolved into screaming profanity. She and one of the other women retired to a picnic table nearby to smoke cigarettes and, in a quieter voice, she continued to rage against religion and us, but occasionally raised her voice to curse at us. She cursed again as we were leaving at the end of the session, so we called on God to bless her. St. Mary of Egypt, please pray for her?

Through all of that, the college-aged man in the earphones stuck with us, though he seemed upset by the conflict. Evangelist Lucy assured him that God can work with anger, and that indifference is much more difficult to reach with the Gospel. Remembering his sympathy for Catholic doctrine, she asked if he were Catholic. He told us he now attends a local non-Catholic Christian megachurch. He did accept a map to area parishes.

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away about 20 Rosaries and its booklet, perhaps 3 copies of the kerygma, and a copy each of "What about Mary?", "Praying to the Saints", "Marian Doctrines", and "Common Objections", as well as 1-2 maps of area parishes.

Please pray for us again today? Ask that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today's efforts.

Hot or cold, God can reach people (even if we can't). So thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and those you love!



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Lots of Teens requesting rosaries - 2019-10-13

October 20, 2019


On the 102nd anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, and the 7th anniversary of my joining Boise’s Catholic street evangelization team, I continued to offer hope in downtown Boise. So thank you again for your prayers for this apostolate! One evangelist was available.

 

A group of teens, growing in number from 2 to at least 6, waited for me to set up so they could get a(nother) free Rosary. When I asked, the members of this first group professed to not being Christian, so I gave each one a Good News/kerygma pamphlet for starters, followed by a copy of the “How to Pray the Rosary” guide. Eventually, they each decided on a Rosary and took their leave. But one girl in particular returned several times throughout the session, always accompanied by other children her age. She traded her Rosary in several times for a new color.

 

During one of these encounters, one of the boys also asked for another Rosary. “But you already have one!” I said, remembering him by his clothes (since I’m still pretty much face-blind). “But it broke,” he said. I asked for the pieces back, and he pulled the crucifix out of his pocket, saying it was all he had left. (??) I allowed him to keep the cross and to chose another Rosary. I also cautioned him, and the following groups of teens, that the Rosaries were fairly delicate, and to treat them gently and respectfully, especially if they wanted to receive its blessings.

 

This being swarmed over and over by acquisitive 6th or 7th graders interrupted other conversations. – And it. Just. Didn’t. Feel. Right. – Please pray for me for the wisdom and gentleness to deal effectively with this, so that each child turns from the path to destruction and toward Jesus Christ and the True Faith? Ay-yi-yi.

 

During one of the no-middle-schoolers breaks, a couple of down-and-out-looking men accepted Rosaries. One, loudly and with slurred voice, proudly declared his descent from a traditionally Catholic nationality. I encouraged him to get reconnected with the Church.

 

Two men, one perhaps in his mid-20s and the other perhaps in his 40s, stopped when one of them wanted a free Rosary. Asked if they were familiar with the Rosary, the younger of the two said he could ask his mom, who was raised Catholic but now attends a non-Catholic Christian megachurch that she finds more convenient. I offered him a map of area parishes. He pointed out the Catholic churches he had seen, but declined the map. Then the older man asked about basic Catholic beliefs. But, just as we were getting into the Trinity, we were interrupted again by middle schoolers. The two men left. *sigh*

 

Altogether, the one evangelist gave away 15-20 Rosaries and its booklet, and about 8 copies of the kerygma.

 

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. Please ask that God grant that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

Our Lady of Fatima asked us to pray for lost souls. So thank you again for your prayers, encouragement, and other support for this apostolate. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and those you love. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

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Jesus softens even the hardest of hearts! - 2019-10-06

October 13, 2019


Jesus softens even the hardest of hearts! So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort! God hears you! And an additional shout-out to "Bill" for providing us a couple more copies of the *Catechism* for today's session, and to the "Legion of Mary" for a few more Rosaries, and enough Rosary pamphlets and Miraculous Medals to tide me over until I can afford more! One evangelist was available for last week's session.

 

Several groups of teens on skateboards stopped for Rosaries. One girl admitted to getting one from us every week. I invited her to take one again today, so she'd have one with her, but to bring back her extras, please?

 

A group of 6 or more older teens stopped. Most of them seemed only marginally polite, but one asked what the Rosary was. Admitting he wasn't Christian, I went to offer him a copy of our one-page  kerygma pamphlet, but I hadn't brought enough of them with me. So I instead gave him a copy of my second choice, our "Salvation" pamphlet.

 

Then two other members of the same group asked me (either seriously, or as a test) just who Jesus is, while other members of the group stood back and laughed at them. But the two began to seem so genuinely interested that I offered them my last copy of the Catechism, which they immediately began to squabble over about who would get to read it first. They also accepted a map to area parishes and the invitation to check out the (RCIA) classes being offered. Please pray for them?

 

A Catholic man stopped. He has recently been so scandalized by the unjust, self-serving behavior of one of his parish's employees that he was tempted to give up on the Catholilc Faith itself! I asked him to not turn his back on Jesus Christ and the Sacraments because of Judas. I also asked him to start praying, "Father, I forgive him. I ask you to forgive him, too, and save him." My visitor, who now seemed to have regained some peace over the matter, agreed to begin praying that way. Please pray for all those involved?

 

A woman, perhaps in her 50s, with very short gray hair, passed a couple of times. She's gone by us before, either frowning deeply or saying something angrily. This time, the first time I offered her a Rosary, she replied as she strode past, "You've got to be kidding me!" She came back by a bit later. This time she said, again without breaking stride, that she was sorry I believed all the nonsense I represented. Please pray for her? At least she's talking to me now, instead of striding by with just an angry "No!" Plus, her reply even showed an attempt at charity! May God continue to soften her heart and lead her to Himself!

 

Altogether, I gave away 15-20 Rosaries and booklets, 1-2 copies of the  kerygma pamphlet, 2-3 copies of the "Salvation" pamphlet, 1-2 maps to area parishes, and one copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

 

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to continue to soften hearts and lead everyone to Himself, the Holy Catholic Church, and salvation. Please ask that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today's effort?

 

Jesus draws all men to Himself. So thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate! In turn, may God protect and continue to bless you, and all those you love!

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Desiring that God work through us - 2019-09-29

October 7, 2019


Desiring that God work through us, we thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort. One evangelist was available.

 

A 20-something man, accompanied by two others, stepped away from them and asked in a mocking tone: “Do you really think there’s a devil walking around the earth?” My reply: “We believe there are evil spirits, that they are active on earth, and that the more you sin, the more vulnerable you are to their actions. However, we also believe that Jesus Christ is the Victor and will help anyone who turns to Him.” He thanked me for the gentleness (!) of my reply, saying that some non-Catholic ministers had told him he’d go to hell. He asked for a Divine Mercy card, and accepted a Rosary and its booklet.

 

“Katherine”, a chronically homeless woman, stopped for her longest visit ever. She and I reminisced about the changes in the business park in the seven years they’ve allowed the apostolate sezzzt up here, and how God was blessing it. She also asked some nutrition questions, and where the least expensive coffee is, since she has no means to brew it herself. She considered accepting a copy of the Catholic Bible, but declined doing so at that time. She, too, thanked me for gentleness. May God bless her, heal her, and restore her to society!

 

Some teenage skateboarders stopped for Rosaries. Asked if they already had one, they said “no.” One then asked, “Do you have any of the metal ones?” Hmm, how did he know we sometimes have metal chain Rosaries? May God bless them and lead them to Him.

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A group of 8-10 pre-teen boys were skidding their dirt-bike-style motorized tricycles around the center of the square. A man sometimes seemed to be coaching them. When one of the boys came close enough to ask, “Are you a team?”, he looked bewildered. Perhaps a special treat for a birthday? Sadly, none came for a Rosary.

 

A Catholic man said he had Rosaries at home. I asked him to pray it once for us.

 

A group of three women stopped when the Catholic one wanted a Rosary. Asked if the others were Christian, one woman said, “kind of”. She accepted not only a Rosary and its booklet, but a copy of the kerygma. Then she also asked for a copy of the Divine Mercy prayer card/bookmark.

 

Altogether, the evangelist gave away about 20 Rosaries and its booklet, 2-3 Divine Mercy prayer cards, 1 copy of the one-page presentation of the kerygma.

 

Please pray for us again today? Please ask that God grant whatever we need so much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s session?

Perhaps some people experience a hint of the love and goodness of God through us! So thank you again for your prayers, sacrifices, and other support for this apostolate! In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and those you love!

“Go with the strength you have“ (Judg 6:14).

P.S. For a photo with the motorized dirt tricycles in the background, please visit our SPSE Boise location blog page.

 



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To Jesus through Mary - 2019-09-15

September 30, 2019


To Jesus through Mary. So, thank you again for your prayers for Boise’s Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

 

A national health insurance company fenced off the entire center of the business park for their conference. So, we sezzzt up just south of their enclosure. And, thanks to the barrier, everyone was funneled right past our table! We received appreciative glances from several of the conference workers, one even expressing his gratitude out loud for our presence.

 

“Kathleen” stopped to visit for a moment. She had traveled to the conference from a large city of ungodly reputation. She was inactive in her Catholic Faith, since her husband was not Catholic and they married in his non-Catholic Christian church. Although strongly urged to by her husband and the minister, she refuses to join that denomination. Evangelist Lucy encouraged her to find a Catholic parish at home, and get the paperwork started to get her marriage convalidated in the Catholic Church. Please pray for Kathleen?

 

The two women who received a Rosary from us a couple of weeks ago, the ones perhaps tempted to an unholy lifestyle, stopped by again to thank us for that “life-changing” Rosary. They gave no further details. Please continue to pray for them?

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Two other women stopped and visited with evangelist Mike. One of them has a brother in the politically troubled area of an overseas country, where Catholics are persecuted and deadly violence has become frequent, She said that, in that country, people could tell you were Catholic by where you live or what clothes you wear. Here, she said, they can’t tell and don’t really care. Sad, but true.

 

A young man (woman?), in early to mid-teens, stopped by to acquire a Rosary. He came back several times, first to trade the Rosary for another, then to bring some friends to get a Rosary, and finally to trade his second Rosary back in because “it was broken.” Assuming the chain had simply pulled apart (because the chain Rosaries tend to be quite delicate), we encouraged him to choose one made of string. Afterward, though, we noticed that the broken Rosary’s crucifix had broken off below the INRI. (Odd. How does something like that even happen?) May Our Lady lead these souls to Her Son and salvation!

 

A group of four non-Catholic Christians stopped. Three out of the four accepted a Rosary, its booklet, and the encouragement to pray it.

 

A mother with a toddler stopped by. She accepted a Rosary for herself and her child, and received encouragement to pray it as a family, for the protection it provides.

 

Altogether, we two evangelists gave away 15-20 Rosaries, 2 Miraculous Medals, and 1-2 copies of the kerygma.

 

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts?

Our Blessed Lady leads people to her Son. So thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and those you love!

“Go with the strength you have“ (Judg 6:14).

 



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Age-old truth is still true - 2019-09-08

September 18, 2019


Age-old truth is still true. So thank you again for your prayers for Boise's Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

 

Probably close to a dozen children in their early teens were wearing brightly colored t-shirts from a rock musician and that mocks purity. Please pray for them?

 

A couple, perhaps in their early 20s, stopped. The woman was upset at the Catholic Church, because her brother had committed suicide and her Catholic parents reacted by angrily writing him off as hopelessly condemned. Evangelist Lucy clarified the Catholic teaching: God grants enough grace to everyone to be saved; so we can hope that her brother was granted a split second before his decision became final to say, "oops," that is, to repent. The evangelist encouraged the two to pray for that for him, because God could backdate their prayers.  They agreed to do so, and each accepted a Rosary.  Per evangelist Chuck, the woman's breath smelled strongly of alcohol.

 

A woman stopped and asked for a medal with Mary on it.  (Our stash of Miraculous Medals was hiding from evangelist Lucy at that moment, so she offered our visitor a St. Benedict medal instead, telling her of its historic origins and protective value. She graciously accepted.)  The woman, a non-Catholic "completed Jew", but now-inactive Christian, is fond of Mary. She first heard of Our Blessed Mother when a Christian childhood friend told her that she looked like Mary. Currently, our visitor was suffering from the break-up of a romantic relationship and surprised herself at how much she was revealing to two sympathetic strangers.  Please pray for her? As is common in abuse situations, she still thinks about reconnecting with him. She smelled strongly of incense.

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“Gary” stopped, and then recognized evangelist Chuck from their sons' Boy Scout days many years earlier.  A non-believer and interested in politics, Gary declined receiving a Rosary because he was "not religious." His comments, though, on the Catholic Church and Mary revealed many historical and theological misconceptions, errors, and lack of good instruction. For example, he.was astonished to hear of the perpetual virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  He couldn't wrap his head around people living chastely. Please pray for him and all those called to public office?

 

A *kerygma* pamphlet went to a teen, who stopped for a free Rosary but couldn't quite remember who Jesus is.

 

We gave several Rosaries to groups of teenagers before we realized they were the same teens from last week, although there were a couple of new kids in the growing group. We encouraged them to put their Rosary somewhere they could see them on a daily basis, and one girl replied that she had hers hung in her room.

 

A grinning, hand-holding, middle-aged couple stopped. They wanted the Rosaries as a blessing for their wedding, that is just a couple weeks away.

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Foot traffic was fairly light, due to rainy weather.  Still, the two evangelists gave away 15-20 Rosaries, mostly to teens on skateboards, and one copy of our Good News/*kerygma* pamphlet.

 

Please pray for these and for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of our effort today.

 

Jesus Christ is real, and we want our visitors to grow close to him and be saved. So, thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate. In turn, may God bless you and all those you love!

 

“Go with the strength you have” (Judg 6:14).



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Homeless men and fun-seeking teens, Jesus loves them all - 2019-09-01

September 9, 2019


Homeless men and fun-seeking teens, Jesus loves them all and wants them to come to Him. So, thank you again for your prayers and other support for Boise’s Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

 

A panhandler, who had stationed himself across the walkway from our regular spot, complained to evangelist Chuck about how loudly he was offering free Rosaries to passersby. The man declined accepting one himself. At one point, a nicely dressed man gave the panhandler a bag of chips, then came over to our table to accept a Rosary and its pamphlet. A non-Catholic Christian and unfamiliar with the Rosary, our visitor was glad to see that the focus of the prayers is on Christ.

 

A group of 8-10 teens, from around the valley, stopped so each could snag a free Rosary. They were only minimally respectful with them, but may Our Lady bless them and use even this little positive action (of accepting a Rosary) to bring each of them to her Son and all the way to salvation.

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Other large groups of teenagers also swarmed the table for a Rosary. Many of them also took the pamphlet describing the devotion. For the most part, they did not know much about Jesus, or about prayer, but we encouraged them to get to know the God who loves them so much that He died for them.

 

“Walt” stopped by. In contrast to his usual vigor, he sat down and rested during our short (!) conversation. He’d been hospitalized for 3-4 days with a bad infection on his leg and, due to homelessness, found it challenging to keep up the schedule (and food requirements) for the ongoing antibiotics. However, he was heading to the library to work on a creative task for his model car project. I’ve never seen him with such low energy, and I’ve heard the life expectancy for homeless people is short. Please pray for Walt?

 

The homeless man who talked of suicide a few weeks ago greeted us as he passed by. He was doing better, and told us that he had given his Rosary away to another street person to comfort them. He was accompanied by another housing-challenged man, who tried to sell us a high-end bicycle rim. Because we don’t bring cash with us (Matt 10:9), we were probably saved from receiving stolen goods.

 

A boy, about 8 years old, wanted a Rosary. Evangelist Chuck said he could have one if it was okay with his folks. He turned to wait for them to arrive. It was okay, so he happily chose one and received its booklet as well.

 

A group of college-aged non-Catholic Christians stopped and each respectfully accepted a Rosary.

 

Our “guardian angel” police officer rode by on his bicycle. I saw him too late for any interaction.

 

A woman walked by, carrying on her shoulder a small dog (that looked like a gray cat from its back). She said he had been frightened by the fountain.

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In the big flurry of activity, the two evangelists gave away a good 30 Rosaries and its pamphlet.

 

Please pray for these people, and for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us prepared and able to receive the Good News about our Savior Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. Please ask that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

Using the Rosary to attract their attention, we invite everyone who comes to us, respectfully or not, to draw closer to Our Blessed Lady’s Son, Jesus Christ. So thank you again for your prayers for this apostolate! In turn, may God protect and great bless you and those you love!

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Jesus is still relevent - 2019-08-25

September 1, 2019


Jesus remains relevant. So thank you again for your prayers for Boise's Catholic street evangelization effort.  A particular shout-out to @Katie777 and to Barbara for your prayers and your encouragement.  Three evangelists were available.

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A woman stopped and thanked us for being out there for "Catholic Truth".  She attended Catholic high school in her youth.

 

A family of mixed races stopped. The dad wanted his three children (ranging from 8-15 years old) to know about all different religions. He explained the Rosary to them as being "the same as" what practitioners of a non-Christian religion use. Our evangelist tried to explain the devotion a little more accurately. They each accepted a Rosary and several of them accepted its pamphlet, and perhaps a kerygma pamphlet as well.

 

Two separate people stopped at our table, claiming to know nothing at all about religion and asking evangelist Lucy to explain Catholicism.  She gave the first one, a man, a Rosary and its booklet, a Good News/*kerygma* pamphlet, and a "Why Be Catholic?" pamphlet. Immediately afterwards, a woman stopped with the identical question.  Besides the materials just mentioned, the woman also accepted a copy of the Catechism, and (by request from her) a copy of our "Sexual Purity" pamphlet. Our evangelist at least was able to say, "Know this: Jesus is real. He is as alive today as He was on the Day of Resurrection. And He's worth getting to know."

 

A convention was going on a few blocks away, celebrating a genre of art that lends itself to costume wearing. Thus, several groups of people. in their teens and 20s and dressed in costume, passed our table. Very few of them, though, seemed open to Christianity. One group accepted a Rosary apiece, but not its accompanying pamphlet. One of them proclaimed she herself was divine, while another professed to serve her enemy and that of all mankind. God, save them!

 

Several families stopped by, most of whom did accept a Rosary and its pamphlet.

 

One woman politely declined receiving a Rosary from us.  A few minutes later, she came back with her aged mother-in-law, who was delighted to receive a Rosary. The elderly woman kissed it, and our hands, over and over. Though she spoke no English, her actions told us how much she loved the Lord. She also accepted a copy of our little prayer sheet with the Rosary prayers in Spanish. Her daughter-in-law said that it was because of her mother-in-law's devotion, and that of her own mother, that she and her family are people of Faith.

 

"Hosea", friend of "Walt" and whom we met a couple of weeks ago, stopped briefly to ask evangelist Chuck if he had seen Walt.

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A couple in their late 20s, "Davy" and "Tia", were visiting from a nearby state for the weekend. Each accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet. They were not Catholics, but knew who Jesus is. A few other groups of people visiting Boise were offered a map of area parishes, and invited to attend the tour of the historical cathedral.

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A large group of students from a local university were on a tour of downtown Boise. One of the men broke from the crowd long enough to accept a Rosary and pamphlet. Another man in the group talked to us but didn't take anything, cheerfully professing to be Catholic.

 

A woman in her late-20s to early-30s was on her way to work at a nursing home. She took a Rosary and its pamphlet for one of her patients who always held a Crucifix next to her heart. Our visitor, though, didn't want a Rosary for herself, telling us that she was not religious since she was young and wanted to have fun. Lord, help them both!

 

A Catholic family who live a couple of hours east of here stopped. They told us the children had just been baptized and confirmed, and they stopped to get Rosaries for everyone.

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As we were packing up, 20-something skateboarder "Josh" stopped with questions.  He shared with us his theories about the origins of Jesus and who He might really be, and some other speculation about the nature of the Trinity and of mankind. We explained Catholic teachings to him and why staying with this orthodoxy was important. He thought we were trying to put the infinite God in a box, so we said that divine revelation was not a box but God's way of helping us to know and love Him. Evangelist Chuck also spoke of the importance of understanding as much as we can of God, while acknowledging the impossibility of fully understanding Him. Please pray for Josh? He at least is thinking about these things.

 

We received a particular prayer request: for "Marilyn", a non-believer diagnosed with aggressive cancer, and for "Joy", her non-Catholic Christian daughter. Lord, grant Marilyn the grace to come to believe before she dies.

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Altogether, the three evangelists gave away 25-30 Rosaries and its pamphlet, 1-2 maps of area parishes, 1-2 copies of the "Why Be Catholic?" pamphlet, 1 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1 "Returning Catholics" packet, 1 "Sexual Purity" pamphlet, and 2-3 copies of the "Good News"/kerygma pamphlet.

 

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to grant that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today's effort.

 

We still need a Savior.  So thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate.  In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and those you love!

 

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Fish, families, and dishonor - 2019-08-18

August 25, 2019


Fish, families, and dishonor? All part of the mission, so thank you again for your prayers for Boise’s Catholic street evangelization effort! Two evangelists were available.

 

A dad was pushing an over-sized stroller, filled with three girls (maybe 5-8 years old). He winced at their high-pitched squeals as he ran the stroller through the fountain. Then he stopped at our table when the girls cried out that they wanted a Rosary. (Perhaps, he was hoping to avoid more pain.) He told them, “Okay, but just get one and share it.” Each girl, though, chose her own color of Rosary. They did accept only a single copy of the accompanying pamphlet, so they could share that.

 

A mom and baby stopped. She accepted a Rosary and its booklet. Although the baby was dressed in pink and flowers, the mom referred to the child as “him.” God help us all!

 

“Mr. Cowboy Hat” from last week, returned. He thanked us for the Bible we had given him. He especially appreciated its commentary on some of the words in their original language. Some positive events had happened since he talked with us, so he thought God was affirming his openness to the Catholic Church. He asked about conduct at Mass, and evangelist Chuck advised, “At first, don’t try to follow along. Just take it in! So much is happening there!” We encouraged our visitor to find an RCIA class. Then he asked whether homosexuality was a sin, since that’s how he interpreted the Bible. We gave him a copy of SPSE’s “Homosexuality” pamphlet, as well as a summary of the Catholic teaching: It’s not a sin to experience same-sex attraction; it is a sin, though, to act out on it; therefore, people with same-sex attraction are called to live a celibate life.

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Another man stopped, asking about Bible translations. Turns out he’s a cradle Catholic, but had studied the Bible with non-Catholic Christian groups (before good Catholic Bible studies became widely available). He complained about the sound system at his parish and about their choice of missalette. We encouraged him to look up the readings and become familiar with them before Mass .

 

Another family went by. One boy, perhaps 10, lagged back, wanting a Rosary. His dad said no. We told the boy, “Sorry, but you have to do what your dad says.” He stuck out his tongue at us. Does that count as “dishonor for the sake of the name” (Acts 5:41)?

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Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 15-20 Rosaries and its pamphlet, as well as a copy of the “Homosexuality” pamphlet.

 

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us with hearts prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church. Please ask God to grant that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s effort.

God continues to protect and encourage us. So thank you again for your prayers and support for this apostolate! In turn, may He protect and bless you and those you love!

“ Go with the strength you have ” (Judg 6:14).

P.S. Our new blog page should be working soon (they said), so please visit it for recent photos.



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We show a living alternative to religious indifference - 2019-08-11

August 25, 2019


We show a living alternative to religious indifference, thanks to your ongoing prayers for Boise's Catholic street evangelization effort. Two evangelists were available.

 

A Catholic couple from the other side of the country stopped and asked us to pray for the happy repose of the soul of their friend "Bill", who died here one year ago.

 

"Eric", a 20-something Catholic, stopped and expressed interest in joining us.

 

Meanwhile, another "Eric", a tall guy on a bike, passed us once then later returned in order to take Rosary and its pamphlet from evangelist Chuck. He is friends with a Catholic deacon, and they go together on what he calls "theology walks" as he considers the call to become Catholic. He plans to bring the Rosary on their next hike and surprise his friend. While evangelist Chuck was explaining the devotion to Eric, three other people stopped at the table and chose Rosaries.

 

A man, missing his front teeth and smelling of beer, stopped to say he was planning to kill himself.  He blamed his troubles on himself and his drinking problem, and said he needed some money to buy a drink to stop the shakes.  (Neither evangelist brings money to this apostolate, in accordance with Mt 10:9-10.) Evangelist Lucy explained the real answer was the power of God and gave him directions to a recovery group meeting nearby.  (He left in the opposite direction.) At the end of our visit, we prayed together for him. When he took off his hat to pray, evangelist Chuck recognized him as visiting us with the same story last winter.

 

Two women stopped.  One accepted a Rosary, the other (who had grown up Catholic) politely declined.  The first woman said to the other, "We can put it in the car."  She told us she felt drawn to the Catholic Church and had been attending Mass at the nearby cathedral.  Pray for them?  Both evangelists suspected they may be tempted to a lifestyle that is incompatible with Christianity.

 

A woman accompanied by a young child (boy? 3-4 years old?) stopped so the child could choose a Rosary. The mother sported dreadlocks and had lots of "skin art", the visible ones consisting of snakes and drops of blood. She said her husband's family were all Catholic, which she seemed to shrug off as not for her.

 

A man wearing a leather cowboy hat stopped.  He was carrying a thick library book on the history of war.  He said he'd like to be Catholic, but had a problem with the current pope because of how he perceived his politics, and because he didn't like the present scandals in the Church.  Both evangelists said we, too, were angry over the scandals.  Evangelist Lucy then pointed to the corrupt members of the hierarchy through the ages and how the Church has always traveled a path of corruption and reform, and how we can find real helps to holiness within her. Our visitor responded, "Oh yeah, I guess that's true." Lucy offered him a copy of the Catechism. He declined, but asked for the Catholic Bible next to it.  He also accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet, and walked away seemingly less sure of his belligerence toward the Church.

 

A group of three girls in their early teens stopped.  They chose matching blue chain Rosaries.  While they were at the table, two teenage boys came up to also get Rosaries. (They left in the opposite direction.)  Later, a pair of sisters, also in their teens, briefly left their family group in order to accept a Rosary.  They also chose matching Rosaries in the same blue chain style.

 

One man, a practicing Catholic, dropped back from his group in order to choose a Rosary.  He said he wanted to get back into the habit of praying it daily.

 

Two people stopped to take a Rosary and pamphlet. (We don't remember if it was a man and wife, or a mother and daughter, but only the woman talked.) They are lapsed Catholics who are content to stay away from Mass and just have faith in their hearts. Evangelist Chuck reminded her of the Eucharist and the chance to really get God in her heart. But she waved off the idea of coming back to Mass.

 

A 20-something woman was heading for the library, but stopped and took a Rosary, its pamphlet, and a copy of the *kerygma*. She wasn't really sure what the Rosary was all about, and seemed unsure if she had faith or not, but listened to us tell her about praying the Rosary.

 

A bicycling father and his 6- or 8-year-old daughter stopped.  The man said his daughter could get a Rosary, if she wanted. Evangelist Lucy talked to the daughter, found out the family wasn't Christian, and gave her a copy of the kerygma along with the illustrated pamphlet on the Rosary.  Meanwhile, evangelist Chuck talked to the dad. He said they weren't religious, that it wasn't important to them, and he declined to take anything.

 

A man in his late teens or early 20s told us he was living on his own and no longer attended Mass.  He accepted Rosary and pamphlet, as well as a map to area parishes and the invitation to get reconnected to the Church.

 

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 15 or so Rosaries and its booklet, 2-3 copies of the kerygma, 2-3 maps of area parishes, and 1 Catholic Bible.

 

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church.  Please ask Him to grant that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today's efforts.

 

Our visible presence challenges the culturally accepted indifference to Jesus Christ and what He has done for us.  So thank you again so much for your prayers and other support for this apostolate.  In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and those you love!

 

 

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Big fish today - 2019-08-04

August 12, 2019


Challenges made it difficult for several of us to arrive on time for the session. As St. Jean Vianney said, “Big fish today!” Indeed. So thank you again for your prayers for Boise’s Catholic street evangelization effort. Three evangelists were available.

 

A man in his early 20s, sporting a full beard, seemed a bit down on his luck. He gratefully accepted a Rosary, its explanation, and the encouragement to begin praying it. A nonbeliever, he also accepted a copy of our kerygma pamphlet.

 

Two women were in town for a few days, trying to decide if they should relocate here. They each accepted a Rosary and its booklet. They also accepted a map to area parishes, and the invitation to check out the tour of the historic cathedral a few blocks away.

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Then “Sam” arrived. A man in his early- to mid-20s and carrying a smallish backpack, Sam had been raised a non-Catholic Christian by a devout mother.

 

Then, in college, he had gotten talked out of his Christian faith. It was damaged first by listening to non-believing college professors, and then by reading works by deconstructionist authors.

 

Convinced at that point that religious faith was nonviable, Sam decided he must renounce it despite disapproval from family and his circle of believing friends. (He told us he hasn’t yet broken the news to his mom.) Sam now says he believes only what can be “proven by the scientific method”.

 

When evangelist Lucy tried to point out that scientific experimentation is highly disrespectful within the context of human relationships, he acted shocked at the personal nature of such a subject.

 

Evangelist Chuck recognized that Sam’s problem in believing in transcendent reality stems from the non-Catholic worldview of his youth, namely, “I get to decide for myself what truth is.”

 

Sam hopes that God will prove Himself to him, although he can’t imagine what an irrefutable proof would look like. He seems unwilling to accept any third-party testimony from witnesses about matters of religious faith.

 

Evangelist Mike quipped that being a nonbeliever is at best temporary, referring to the Last Judgment. Please pray for Sam? He seems to still hope for a reason to believe again. May God grant it to him!

 

Altogether, we gave away 10-15 Rosaries and the booklet on how to pray it, as well as 2 copies of the kerygma, and at least 1 map of area parishes.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. Please ask that He grant that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

Working to bring the straying sheep home, we thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and all of your loved ones!

Go with the strength you have” (Judg 6:14).

P.S. SPSE headquarters replaced our old blog page with one from a different server. (Hope you got to see some of those past photos!) The address of the new page (with a photo from this session) is https://streetevangelization.com/team-page/?team-chapter=boise.

 



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The battle for souls still rages – 2019-07-28

August 6, 2019


The battle for souls still rages, so thank you again for your prayers for Boise’s Catholic street evangelization effort. Three evangelists were available.

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Repeat-visitor “Walt” and friend stopped, hoping to talk with evangelist Mike. While he waited, he told his story to each evangelist, as we arrived. On a positive note, he began his recitation by giving God the credit that things seemed to be turning around for him. However, he still seems caught in dreams of vengeance. Please pray for him?

 

Walt’s companion, “Hosea”, also visited at length. Also disabled, also feeling victimized, also believing that violence is a viable solution to interpersonal problems, he was understandably also without employment or steady housing. Asked what work skills he had, he proudly listed computer game “achievements.” When he expressed the desire to move back in with his mother, who is also severely disabled, the evangelist tried to get him to commit to sharing the household workload if he did move back home. But one also wonders if his mom would even be safe with Hosea in the house. Prayers, please?

 

While “Walt” and “Hosea” were still there, a third homeless guy stopped. He wanted to know where churches were, but was not interested in a Rosary or anything else.

 

A woman, in her 20s and wearing a large 5-pointed star pendant, chose a Rosary. She declined the booklet.

The parents of “William” stopped at our table. They were downtown looking for him, their oldest son. He’s homeless, having gotten in with the wrong crowd, which includes some who profess loyalty to the enemy of all humankind. His mom accepted a copy of the 12-year prayers of St. Bridget on the Passion of Christ. They have other children at home. Please pray for William and family?

 

Two nicely dressed children, both under 8 years old, came and chose Rosaries. They each accepted a copy of its pamphlet. Their parents were not in sight.

 

A man sporting many facial piercings, in his late teens or early 20s, stopped for a Rosary. Vaguely Christian but not connected with any church community, he accepted a copy of the map to area parishes and the invitation to get connected with RCIA.

 

Two women in their 20s stopped to receive their free Rosary and its booklet. One of them vaguely remembered who Jesus was. She accepted a copy of the Good News/kerygma pamphlet.

 

“Hope that works for you,” the Catholic woman responded as evangelist Lucy explained the protection that God provides those who pray the Rosary. It led to a discussion of the power that the Blessed Virgin Mary has been granted over even the fallen angels. Truly, Our Blessed Mother is Queen of Angels.

 

“Caitlin”, a recent high school graduate has just arrived in Boise to start college, was there with her mom. She took a Rosary, its pamphlet, and a map to local parishes.

 

A man in his early 20s and his wife/girlfriend went by, but then returned. They each accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet.

 

A middle-aged Catholic couple, who “have lots of Rosaries”, stopped to cheer us on. They are involved in their local parish choir.

 

A young woman stopped. Evangelist Chuck gave her a Rosary and evangelist Mike gave her the pamphlet.

A man in his 20s was carrying drum sticks in his belt. Evangelist Chuck called him “Drummer Boy,” and he came over. He took a Rosary, but was more interested in talking about music. Chuck forgot to give him the Rosary pamphlet, so ran it to him, saying, “the Rosary is the instrument and the pamphlet the sheet music.” He just smiled.

 

There were two teenage couples who stopped at our table. In each case, she took a Rosary but he did not. In neither case did they answer or ask questions, they just smiled and took the Rosary and its pamphlet.

 

Two students, attending a local Catholic high school, stopped for a Rosary.

 

Altogether, the three evangelists found homes for 15-20 Rosaries and its pamphlet, 3-4 maps of area parishes, 1-2 copies of the Good News/kerygma pamphlet, and 1 St. Bridget prayer folder.

 

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His holy Catholic Church. Please ask Him to grant that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

Many souls are in danger, so your prayers and other support for this apostolate is critical. Thank you! In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and those you love!

“ Go with the strength you have  ” (Judg 6:14).



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For those with eyes to see, the Rosary makes its mark – 2019-07-21

August 5, 2019


For those with eyes to see, the Rosary makes its mark. So thank you again for your prayers for Boise’s Catholic street evangelization effort! One evangelist was there.

SPSE Team Photo

Have I reported to you the logo was chosen by the business park, where each week we encourage people to start praying the Rosary? I see the logo as three trees, whose shadows are kneeling. I find the choice oddly appropriate, since 1) Boise is nicknamed the “City of Trees”, and 2) we pray for the salvation of everyone associated with it.

 

A woman, perhaps in her mid- to late-20s, had a bass ukulele strapped to her back and was vocally rehearsing some music as she walked by. She reached a stopping point, so I offered her a free Rosary. To my surprise, she came over. Not too familiar with Christianity or the Catholic Church (although she said she’d been a part of it for 17 years), she accepted a copy of the Catechism along with her free Rosary and its booklet.

 

Some attendees told me that the convention going on was for a video game. It seemed to attract men with bushy beards and prepper-style work clothes. One convention-attending man stopped in answer to my offer of a free Rosary. He remembered praying the Rosary as a child, and said he was still Catholic. Asked what parish he attended, he named some that aren’t around here. I showed him the map of area parishes and he indicated one (that didn’t contain any of the names he’d mentioned). Please pray for him?

 

While I was helping that man, a woman came to the table and gratefully helped herself to a copy of the pamphlet on how to pray it. I didn’t get to talk with her.

 

Two women in their early 20s stopped by. Though each accepted a Rosary, they refused the pamphlet. They politely stood there for the brief explanation of the devotion, but seemed impatient to leave.

 

A shirtless but nicely groomed man in his late 20s or early 30s stopped by. He asked for a Catholic Bible. He also accepted a Rosary and its pamphlet.

 

A man walked by, scowled, and said something. The only word I caught was “pedophile.” “You’re a pedophile?!?” I asked, incredulous at his public confession. “No, the Catholic Church is,” he responded. An ineffective no-she’s-not/yes-she-is exchange followed. Please pray for him that he gets past his real objection to the Church and becomes actively Catholic?

 

A man came up and asked for a green Rosary. I pointed to the end of the table which held a small selection, and he chose the bright Kelly-green one.

 

The evangelist ended up giving away, 10-12 Rosaries, 1 copy of the Catechism, and 1 Catholic Bible.

 

Please pray for us again today? Please ask God to send people to us 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 effort?

Praying the Rosary changes things for the better, so thank you again for your prayers, your encouragement, and other support for this apostolate, which puts them in people’s hands. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and those you love!

Go with the strength you have ” (Judg 6:14).

P.S. For a photo that includes the logo, please visit our blog page.



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