by Joseph Dunlap

On May 30th, Catholics around the world celebrate the feast day of the Pure Maid of France who defeated invading armies, saw the Crowning of the King, and suffered Martyrdom. With confidence in her heavenly mission, St. Joan of Arc did not hesitate to sacrifice her entire life in the defense of France, the first born daughter of the Church. All of this was achieved through the devotion she had to Our Lord, Our Lady, and the saints who she declared had never lied. St. Joan’s noble and holy example contrasted with many others of her time. Can we not say the same today?

With this in mind, on May 30, 2024, a group of faithful Catholics rallied at the foot of St. Joan of Arc’s monument in the heart of New Orleans. Just blocks down from the historic St. Louis Cathedral, Tradition, Family, Property (TFP)—Louisiana, joined the St. Joan of Arc Prayer Warriors with rosaries in hand, fleur-de-lis flags flapping in the breeze, and signs that read, “Praying for New Orleans on the Feast of St. Joan!”

This city of such vast Catholic history is particularly in need of a return to God. St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos, and others walked New Orleans streets, but many today choose to forget them. And just as St. Joan spread conversion throughout early 15th Century France, our world is desperately in need of her example today.

This is why TFP-Louisiana and the St. Joan of Arc Prayer Warriors formed up in front of the golden statue of St. Joan.

The rally began mid-morning with overcast skies, while the rosary resounded of the surrounding buildings of the narrow street provoking much interest. Many of the fun-seeking tourists were simply curious, but one lady from a nearby restaurant came up saying she loved St. Joan and had a framed image of her that had been a family heirloom for ages. Several cars even slowed traffic to see the rally and take pictures, while showing their great appreciation.

However, circumstances quickly changed. Earlier that day, the weather forecast showed cloudy skies and later sunshine, but ever darkening clouds came rolling in bringing torrential rain. Most of the rally participants soon found shelter across the street and continued the rosary, but some decided to remain suffering in the pouring rain. One of the ladies said, “St. Joan suffered in her battles so much, why can’t I?” Meanwhile, many others invoked St. Joan and were not discouraged by the challenges of weather.

Even the short walk to the Cathedral after the prayer rally held its own challenges. Mr. Cesar Franco led a group of ladies and recounted that crossing the street just once through the driving rain, soaked everyone to the skin; while the winds were so powerful that they were physically stalled at one point. Praying to St. Joan, however, they eventually made it to the Cathedral, shaken but unharmed.

By the end, the storm came to be a blessing in disguise. The whole group came out of the Cathedral still wet and uncomfortable, but glad that they had the chance to suffer a little for the Catholic cause. Even the streets surrounding the Cathedral, usually awash with miscreants, were left clean and pleasant. Someone then remarked, “It now feels more like Catholic France. How marvelous it would be if our city were entirely converted!”

Only the most faithful survive the tempests of life. And this episode really drove home to the participants that in this valley of tears, we must always be ready for adversity.

Thus, let us pray that, as St. Joan of Arc, we may succeed with God’s grace, in defeating the enemies of the Church no matter the sufferings involved. The voices did not lie to St. Joan. As she followed them to the end, so too, we pray to continue our defense of the Church.

St. Joan of Arc, Pray for us!

 

by Joseph Gensens

Nestled among the splendorous red and gold leafed hills of the Arkansas Ozarks, and beneath a towering cliff where eagles soar, nearly 30 boys gathered from around America for a camp unlike any other.

The boys weren’t coming to fish, play sports or enjoy the great outdoors. They came for something far greater: to discover an ideal that seems to have been completely lost: Chivalry.

The camp’s title proclaimed its purpose: the TFP-Louisiana’s Fall 2023 Call to Chivalry Camp. Held from November 16-20 at the White Buffalo Resort in rural Arkansas, the boys learned about crusader role models, played Chivalry-themed games and enjoyed a fraternal camaraderie hard to find in today’s world.

“It’s Better to Be an Eagle for a Minute Than a Toad for a Lifetime”

The camp’s first talk was on the Epic Spirit by Joseph Dunlap. The participants were encouraged to embrace a spirit of self-sacrifice and heroism, rather than today’s option of sinking into self-centeredness and mediocrity. He concluded with a slogan, which would be repeated throughout the camp: “It’s better to be an eagle for a minute than a toad for a lifetime.” 

Discovering Poland’s Crusader Spirit

The theme of the camp was Catholic Poland. Thus, the young men learned about the great monks and knights who stood up against the Swedish Protestant effort to eradicate the Faith from Poland in 1655. In the epic story of the siege of Jasna Gora, a small Catholic force won a resounding victory against a besieging army of Protestants. During the siege Our Lady appeared standing on the walls striking terror and confusion into the hearts of the Protestant enemy.

The sacrificial side of a true crusader was highlighted in the talk about the “Knight of the Immaculata,” the life of Saint Maximilian Kolbe given by Mr. Elias Bartel. 

Mr. Bartel held his audience spellbound as he related the many cruelties inflicted on Saint Maximilian Kolbe. Nazi guards viciously beat him seeking to make him give up his Faith. He sacrificed his life by joining ten men in a starvation bunker in a supreme act of heroism during which he provide spiritual help to those who would die and enter eternity.

Crusaders Defend the Defenseless 

The vocation of a crusader calls for defending those who cannot defend themselves. This is especially true of the unborn children in the womb who have no defense. On Sunday, the boys went out to the town of Springdale to defend the right to life in a street campaign.

The campaign featured banners and signs that read “Honk Against Abortion” and “Defend the Unborn.” TFP members played the bagpipes and drums, which added an enthusiastic and lively note to the demonstration. The vast majority of passing cars honked and many people waved in support.

Embracing the Cross

A favorite activity for these fall campers was the hike up the cliff across the river from the campground. After crossing the river in boats, the young men scrambled up the cliff to their destination—a large cross 450 feet above the river. From the summit, the group prayed the rosary and sang hymns and crusader songs, which echoed over the plain below. 

The hike served to remind camp participants that crusaders are called to embrace the crosses of hardship and suffering. However, those who take up there cross find true peace and joy.

The Future Belongs to Those Who Fight Under Our Lady’s Banner

Thus, the camp was a source of hope for the future. While civilization collapses,  young men are still to be found who love and embrace a culture built on purity, heroism and true devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Catholic Church.

Victory belongs to those who confide in the words of Our Lady of Fatima who promised her coming triumph. All that remains is for her followers to do their part in fighting the spiritual battles raging in today’s culture.

 

by Cesar Franco

 

On September 24, 2023, around 20 Catholics gathered in the late afternoon to pray, protest, and make public reparation for a Halloween blasphemy that made national headlines near Metairie, Louisiana. The peaceful protest was organized by Tradition, Family, Property (TFP)—Louisiana.

News reports describe the public blasphemy in the following terms:

  • “[The] two-story display of a blood-stained Satan holding the severed head of Jesus above a crucifix where the rest of His bloodied body hangs.”
  • “The display stretches across Miorana’s yard and includes a crucified nun and priest.
  • “Above the crosses, a Satan with yellow eyes holds Jesus’ head. Pews of bloody skeletal worshippers face the scene, with ghouls lingering nearby.” (NOLA, Sept. 19, 2023)

The assembled protesters prayed rosaries, sang hymns, and shouted slogans such as “Blasphemy is not free speech!” or “Reparation! Reparation! Reparation!” They gather around a large picture of the International Pilgrim Virgin of Our Lady of Fatima that depicts her weeping.

 “She wept tears of sorrow over the sins of mankind in New Orleans in 1972. We thought it was appropriate to remind us how deeply blasphemy offends God and Our Lady,” said TFP volunteer Alvaro Zapata.  

Making Their Voices Heard

Those in cars and sidewalk pedestrians read the signs and received flyers against the blasphemy. Some waved and honked. Several neighbors watched the event from their porches.

Signs that summed up the spirit of those gathered read, “We stand with Jesus against this blasphemy,” and “He who confesses Me before Men I will confess him before My Father… [in heaven].” Protest participants thank the protest organizers, saying: “This is way too far. This is outrageous!” “Something needed to be done.” “Thank you for inviting us.”

One 19-year-old male observed the scene for a while and asked, “What is a blasphemy?”

“A sin that is an attack directly against God,” came the response.

 “Oh, that’s what it is! That is bad! Thank you for doing this!” 

 

One older woman favoring the blasphemy shouted, “Y’all are crazy! Y’all are crazy! Y’all are awful!” She then spoke kindly with the owner of the display and manifested her sympathy. A Muslim man angrily approached the rally and said, “This offends me. You praying out loud offends me.” A rally participant responded, “We are not the problem. That blasphemy is the problem!”

The event was peaceful, although three police cars monitored the protest. Although it threatened to rain, not a drop fell. However, thunder could be heard as all departed at the rally’s end.

 

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