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Peter Arsenault wrote:

Hello,

I was wondering if there would be anything wrong with placing mission rosaries in random mailboxes locally. They would be accompanied with either a How to pray the Rosary pamphlet or Divine Mercy card.

I have a desire to do something for the Lord and feel like this is something I could do. I am amazed at how materialistic many of us have become, including myself, and feel we could use a small spiritual reminder, or tap on the shoulder. It's so sad that many of us, again, including myself, don't include God in most of our everyday lives, because we are either too busy or to shy to acknowledge Him!

If the act of giving out Rosaries does no good for others, it would somehow do good for me.

  • Would it be wrong to include a way for the recipient to contact me on the card,
    or would this be the obvious thing to do?

Please tell me your thoughts.

Thanks and God bless,

Peter Arsenault
Canada

  { Would there be anything wrong with placing Rosaries in mailboxes with contact information? }

John replied:

Hi Peter,

Your desire to do something for the Lord is admirable. We need more Catholics like you willing to share the faith.

That said: your thought is nice but it could be problematic.

First and foremost you might be breaking the law if you do so. I don't know about Canada, but in the United States of America, the only ones allowed to put anything in a mail box is the United States Postal Service. It's a federal crime, for anyone else to deliver anything to a mail box, without the addressee's consent, so the first thing you need to do is check out the law in Canada.

Secondly, you don't know to whom you would be giving these Rosaries. If you leave them at the home of a virile anti-Catholic, they may be destroyed and, more importantly, you might re-enforce their wrong belief that Catholics are idolaters, worshiping Mary. Perhaps worse, you might unknowingly leave items that are blessed in the hands of someone that would desecrate them.

I find the best way to evangelize is to build relationships and earn the right to share one's faith. Jesus said, love thy neighbor but many of us don't even know our neighbor. When we begin to get to know people, God will open the door for us to slowly share our faith, but always remember, the first way we share our faith is by the example of our lives.

God Bless,

John

Mike replied:

Hi Peter,

I just wanted to add to what my colleague John has said. He makes some very good points.

Your love for this devotional is admirable. Although Catholics are not bound to practice praying the Rosary, it has been highly recommended by many Popes in the Church.  In a private revelation to St. Dominic, when Our Blessed Mother gave us the Rosary, she said to him:

Dear Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world?"

"Oh, my Lady," answered Saint Dominic, "you know far better than I do, because next to your Son Jesus Christ you have always been the chief instrument of our salvation.

Then Our Lady replied,

I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the principal weapon has always been the Angelic Psalter, which is the foundation-stone of the New Testament. Therefore, if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter.

The Psalter she is referring to is the Rosary. It is a sad reality that many in our Church do not have as strong a prayer life as they should. That said, I would recommend what I did back in the 1980's. Put together tiny Rosary prayer packages, with four things:

The last two are important for the believer, because in a private revelation to the children of Fatima, I think, Mary said:

The Rosary and Brown Scapular are inseparable.

Just put these four things in a small plastic bag, staple the top, and put a Take One, For FREE sticker on it.

  • But where do you put them?

Go from Catholic parish to parish asking the pastor for permission to put free rosaries and scapulars in the back of the church. From my recollection, you will probably get a mixed response. Some will say:

  • Sure, go right ahead,
  • others will say, No, for some unreasonable reason, and
  • some will what to think about it first. (After a week, just go back and ask again.)
    From my experience, they will probably say No, but don't assume they will.

In addition, you can also distribute them to friends and family members and to non-Catholic Christians. Remember the Rosary is a Biblical prayer. You may want to share [MS Word] this hand out as well.

If you believe this is something the Lord has placed on your heart, don't extinguish it, but follow through with it.

When the prayer life of the members of our Church increases, it leads to holier members in the Church, which in turn, leads to the type of people, my colleague, John is trying to foster.

If you are interested in this idea, send me your postal address and I can send you and example of what I am talking about.

Hope this helps,

Mike

Peter replied:

Hi John --
Hi, Mike --

Thanks for the wise words. I think you are correct when you say we should get to know our neighbor. It's just one of many problems today, in that, we don't seem to want to get involved personally with them. I, for one, have that problem. I'm always polite, or helpful, but generally keep at a distance, if you know what I mean. That act of giving rosaries to people in their mailboxes is just another way of "keeping a distance, isn't it.

I think I have a lot to work on, about myself, before I can really help others. I'll pray He helps me with this. Please don't feel your reply has discouraged me; it has not. It is the truth, and that is the most important thing.

Thanks again,

Peter Arsenault
Canada

Mary Ann replied:

Peter,

In the USA., it is illegal to put something into someone's mailbox, as it is considered government property.

Strange as it may seem!

Mary Ann

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