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State or province: Texas

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Janet Estepp

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Rosary Worn Around Her Neck Caught My Eye

April 15, 2023

We made our very first outing to do street evangelization on this Saturday which turned out to be a beautiful day here in southeast Texas.  A group of us gathered to pray the rosary before evangelizing and we were right there in the park adjacent to the Farmers Market where many people had gathered to buy fresh produce and other hand-made food and items.  There was live music being played under the pavilion nearby which brought a festive mood to the people there.

We had our Catholic banner with us on full display that reads, "Restore Christendom - Defend Catholic Faith" with the outline of Christ Crucified, His head bowed down and his sagging body on the cross against an orange backdrop making this banner quite noticeable.  Next to the banner, we had someone holding the American flag.  We stood under a large tree in the shade not far from the road leading in and the parking lot.  This is where we prayed The Patriotic Rosary which was written by a member of Caritas Community, Alabama.  It dedicates one hail Mary in the traditional Catholic Rosary to each state of the United States and asks God's protection of and guidance for the nation.

After we prayed the rosary, the banner was rolled up and along with the flag was placed in the car.  I had rosaries, brochures on how to pray the rosary, Divine Mercy prayer cards and Miraculous medals.  Prayer warriors had left to attend to other commitments except for one, Suzie.  Suzie and I crossed the grass and headed over to the Farmers Market and pavilion when we encountered an older woman, her daughter and a child in the stroller.  We offered them a rosary and the older woman smiled and said that she was Catholic and had a rosary.  So, after telling her "God bless you," we moved forward and encountered a man with two teenage daughters.  We offered the rosary to him first and he declined.  But, then I spotted a beautiful rosary hanging around the neck of one of his daughters.  I told her how beautiful it was and asked her if she knew how to pray it.  She said that she did not.  So, I gave her the brochure on How to Pray the Rosary and told her about the rosary.  I also gave her the prayer card with the Divine Mercy Chaplet and she seemed very pleased to have these things.  Since her Dad seemed to be in a bit of a hurry, we departed and moved on through the crowd.

We encountered an older couple and a couple of vendors who seemed happy to receive the rosaries.  We encountered another Catholic woman who took a miraculous medal and a couple who seemed very happy to have the rosary and thanked us.  Overall, with this being our "maiden mission" for street evangelization we were very happy to propagate the praying of the rosary and for the souls that God put in our path.  We are looking forward to doing this again in May when we will have our next scheduled outing.