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Ybor City at Night – 6/22/19

August 7, 2019

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For June we decided to try Ybor City but switched to the night (5:30 - 9pm) to avoid the heat and the loud, hate filled group we encountered in January.

The evening was a resounding success. The foot traffic was high and we encountered about 100 individuals, received many prayer requests and handed out many rosaries, medals and pamphlets. In the picture above I am telling the story of the miraculous medal to some non-Catholic teenagers. They loved hearing about the angel, and identified with St. Catherine as they enthusiastically placed their medals over their heads.

We also had a lengthy conversation with a Baptist preacher who emphasized literal based creationism as his way of "debunking" those who believe science over the Bible. We explained to him that as Catholics, we have no such issues since we know that the Book of Genesis was never intended to be a scientific explanation of how God created the world. We tried to avoid his "scientific" arguments for a 6,000 year old earth by pointing out our salvation has nothing to do with the age of the earth, but that's where his focus remained.

There was also a young lady who had a tiny "aha" moment. She gave the typical "I'm good" response to our offer of a rosary, and then after she had traveled 20 paces down the sidewalk, something grabbed her, made her turn around and request a rosary. She had no idea what they were, but listened to our teaching and took the instruction pamphlet. May the Holy spirit take over from there.

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