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An Interesting Turn In Conversation
August 29, 2021
It was another beautiful summer morning yesterday at Lake Phalen. There was a race occurring around the lake and we were there to cheer the runnings/walkers on and offer prayer to those in need.
A woman named Dorcas stopped for prayer. She was anxious and stressed by all the craziness going on in the world; division, politics, Afghanistan, Covid, etc. We prayed together for peace and unity.
A woman named Karen stopped for prayer. She is going through a home loan process and she's wondering if it's all worth it; lots of hoops to jump through. We prayed for counsel and peace. I shared the story of the Miraculous Medal and she took one to wear.
A couple of other ladies stopped by; Pat and Sharon. They wanted prayer and wanted to give me money for prayer or donate to the evangelization cause. I told them I could not accept money but would be more than honored to pray with them. We prayed for peace and healing in the world and a greater outpouring of grace. Pat is Christian and Sharon is Catholic. Sharon said she attends the Transfiguration masses from time to time because she lives in Oakdale. They both took rosaries and "How to Pray the Rosary" pamphlets. I explained to Pat a little about the rosary and encouraged her to pray the prayers. After some conversation, they thanked us to being there and went on their way. It's interesting that they were so quick to just pass us by, and after a few exchanges of words they turned around for conversation and prayer. Thank you Jesus! You move mountains and hearts!
We had an extended conversation with a man named Mua. We started talking about God and how he used to go to a Christian Church but now goes to a Catholic Church. Hallelujah! I shared with him why I chose to be Catholic and gave him a "Why be Catholic" pamphlet. As the conversation progressed he was mentioning some other details which raised our eyebrows about his beliefs and his understanding of Christianity. Father Lynch gave him his contact information to direct him to another local priest that might relate more to his culture to help give him some guidance. Before we knew it, the conversation had gone into very questionable territory in terms of Catholic beliefs and fundamental Christian beliefs. We encouraged him to keep going to mass and leaning on the Lord. We keep him in prayer so that we get him in contact with the local priest for guidance.
All morning long Father Lynch and I had talked about how critical it is to meet people where they are at... where they are on their faith journey. This outing reminded me that there are many people who want to believe in something greater but can inadvertently create their own religion which can be a hybrid of different beliefs (syncretism). We are called to love others, and we can't just write people off if they're different than us. We are there to call them to something greater... to come to know, love, and serve the one who is calling them to a fullness of life in Christ Jesus.