by William Gossett

Over 17,000 Public Square Rosary Rallies took place worldwide on October 16th, heeding the request of Our Lady of Fatima to pray the rosary and ask pardon for the sins of mankind. These public acts of reparation took place from the large cities to even the smallest towns across America.

Public Sin Calls for Public Reparation

Because so much blasphemy and immorality are promoted openly, Catholics must take a bold stance by denouncing these evils for all to see.

As St. Matthew writes in his Gospel, So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matt. 5:16)

Public Square Rosary Rally at a busy intersection in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The public impact of these rosary rallies is evident in the many touching accounts of those who participate and the amazing reactions of passersby.

“What does your faith mean to you?”

An incredible instance from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, comes from a young man, 22 years old, who was intrigued by the rosary rally as he drove by. 

He drove up with his window down, head out, reading the rosary rally banner. He asked the Catholics praying what they were doing. They responded they were “Catholics praying for America!” Though the young man wasn’t Catholic, he asked if he could join. 

After parking his car, he walked up, holding a rosary. A gentleman participating in this public square rosary rally asked, “You have a rosary. I thought you said you weren’t Catholic?” He said he wasn’t but found it on the road by his car when he got out. Oddly enough, it had green-colored plastic beads for the decades and white beads for the Our Fathers, perfectly matching his green sweatshirt accented by white trim piping. How providential!

After explaining the Rosary, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Catholic Faith to the young man, he asked the rally participant, “What does your faith mean to you?” 

He told him that being Catholic is the basis for everything he did and has been a foundation to face life’s struggles. The young man then asked which church he attended and if he could attend the same Mass with him that coming Sunday.

A precious lesson is taught with this young man’s intense desire to join those American Catholics praying in the public places of our country. If we were not there in the public square, he would still be spiritually wandering in his quest to find a meaning in life.

“Now I’m a Holy Roller!”

Another fascinating example comes from New Orleans, LA, from a young mother of two who had seen the rosary rallies in past years. 

She commented, “I’ve seen you people out here before, and I thought, what a bunch of Holy Rollers. What’s the point?”

“Today, here I am out here praying the rosary in public. Now I’m one of those Holy Rollers!” she exclaimed.

At the same public square rosary rally – one of the busiest intersections in the New Orleans area – another interesting episode happened. Waiting for the red light to change, a lady with a white poodle beside her in a small shiny SUV started saying loudly, “But you people are also back down there [the avenue] at all the intersections! Seems you’re everywhere!” 

And she kept repeating that. One rosary rally participant told her that if she continued ahead up the avenue, she would see at least one other rosary rally praying for America.

It goes to show that it’s better to have many, even if smaller, rallies throughout a city than just one big rally in a parking lot or behind a parish church. 

Confide and Fight; Our Lady Will Take Care of the Rest

Faced with the overwhelming onslaught of sin and corruption, the temptation to hide and flee from the Culture War can rear its ugly head.

Fleeing the crisis will not solve the problem. Eventually, all will be confronted with the decision to either fight for Our Lady’s cause or not. 

With total confidence in the Blessed Virgin Mary, all Catholics should take their rosary and fight in the raging Culture War

If we make this little effort, Our Lady will take care of the rest, and victory is assured.

by Cesar Franco

The camp was blessed with the presence of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue.

“By the rolls, quick, march!” With this order, the bagpipes and drums sound loudly as the half-awake young men rush to form outside their cabins for morning prayers. Preparing for the day’s spiritual battle, they pray the guardian angel prayer, the Saint Michael prayer and three Hail Marys for purity and a good death.  A new day begins at the 2021 Call to Chivalry summer camp in Abbeville, Louisiana.

Thirty-six young men participate in this ten-day camp sponsored by Tradition, Family Property—Louisiana. Games, inspirational talks and much prayer kept everyone engaged and left no one idle. “I can’t believe the camp is already over,” commented a participant from Colorado. “It feels like we arrived two days ago!”

Mothers Feedback

One mother from Montgomery, Texas commented, “Zack is telling so many wonderful stories of saints and holy heroes. He had an incredible time…! I am SO impressed with the work of TFP. You are such a blessing!” Another mother commented how happy she was that her sons brought back lessons learned at the camp. “Their table manners have improved and they came home very happy.”

This year’s camp theme was Catholic Italy. Thus, Thomas Drake, president of TFP Louisiana, told many edifying stories about Saint John Bosco, including some of the attempts by enemies of the Church to kill him. Afterward he showed a short video about the vision of Hell revealed to Don Bosco. He also related the saint’s vision of the Bark of Peter protected by two pillars during a storm. The two columns represented devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady. These two pillars are the same needed to persevere in the good fight today.

There were many wonderful talks taken from the treasures of Catholic Italy: stories of the Roman military martyrs; the Fall of Rome; the real St. Francis of Assisi; the devastating spiritual harm of the Renaissance that paved the way for Protestantism; St. Pius V and the Battle of Lepanto; the siege of Malta; the role of Papal pomp and grandeur; and the heroic life of Blessed Pius IX. These were just some of this year’s presentations. “I would recommend the TFP camp to any father,” commented a dad from Lake Charles, Louisiana who participated in the camp with his son.

 

Putting Chivalry to Practice

Everyone at the camp gathered at one of the busiest intersections in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Words about chivalry are cheap if not accompanied by deeds. With the recent news of the brutal persecution of the Cuban people by the anti-Catholic communist regime, the Call to Chivalry camp organized a rally to support the Free Cuba Now campaign of the American TFP. A special preparatory talk entitled St. Anthony Maria Claret, Cuba and Communism was given for the young crusaders and their Dads. Several boys volunteered to make signs for the rally. When the day finally arrived, everyone at the camp gathered at one of the busiest intersections in Lafayette, Louisiana. Like the crusaders of old, they endured great heat and fatigue to fight for the freedom of the Cuban people from communism.

The final day included a written test about the talks. After this challenge, those who made the cut competed in tournaments. Participants from the Lone Star State seemed to take all the prizes, including those of the ping-pong and chess tournaments.

The final medieval games took place in a field surrounded by flags of the different orders of chivalry. The boys wore medieval scapulars and were divided into two teams with Saint Dominic Savio and Saint John the Baptist as patron saints. The weather threatened to spoil everything since rain and thunder could be heard in the distance. Thankfully only a sprinkle fell and the clouds kept the temperature down. The games concluded with both teams racing to complete the obstacle course. The race entailed four from each team running with a canoe through obstacles and then paddling it across a lake to hand it off to the next four until everyone ran the course. But not so fast! Beware of ambushes with water balloons and foam tipped arrows!

The final event began with a rosary procession with the International Pilgrim Virgin of Our Lady of Fatima. Torches lit the way as the procession advanced with great devotion and solemnity to a banquet hall.

The grand final banquet.

Whole roasted pigs with cherries for eyes and apples in their mouths were brought out to the sound of the bagpipes. Conversations were lively and the ambience was one of a big family. Each participant received a memento of a crusader statue known in the TFP as the “Credo Knight.” This figure of religious conviction and courage will be a reminder to the young men of the graces and lessons received during their ten-day camp.

 

On June 27, TFP members and students campaigned for a return to order in America on the streets of San Antonio. Fortified by Mass and the reception of the Eucharist, they did battle with the forces of the leftist revolution.

Fortified by Mass and the reception of the Eucharist, the caravan participants headed to the Alamo to fight for a worthy cause.

The students held up signs and banners decrying socialism in America, abortion and the radical homosexual ideology. They distributed flyers advocating the return to respect for Our Lord and for American moral tradition. They stood upon the storied ground where Davy Crockett and the heroic men of the Alamo gave their lives for the worthy cause of Texas independence.

In the face of immense adversity, they fight for America, the Church, Our Lady and a worthy cause.

Respect for a worthy cause was apparent in the encouragement, gratitude and support from the families of San Antonio. It seemed that having the Alamo in the heart of their city was a constant reminder of their Texas values. One member overheard a mother talking to her young daughter, and the daughter asked, pointing to the TFP standard and bagpipes “Mom, what are they doing? Are they selling something?” To which her mother responded “No, they’re fighting for a worthy cause.”

Participants of the caravan distributed flyers advocating the return to respect for Our Lord and for American moral tradition.

After the campaign, TFP members and students reflected on the fruits of their campaign in the face of an America swept by revolutionary ferment. Their conversation turned to the Alamo, and the two-hundred men who gave their lives and changed the course of history. Prior to the battle, their commander called them together and gave them the option to leave, warning that they would likely be called upon to give their lives if they stayed. In response, all decided to stay and ultimately, give their lives for a worthy cause.

Visitors to the Alamo from all parts of the world appreciated the campaign’s warning against socialism.

The world would say that they failed, but the people of Texas knew better. Through their sacrifice, they set a bold and heroic example that ultimately laid the fertile seed for a free Texas. Today, those engaged in a fight for a return to order strive to emulate their courage, will to fight and perseverance. In the face of immense adversity, they fight for America, the Church, Our Lady and a worthy cause.

In your kindness please keep the caravan in your prayers and consider supporting the caravan with a tank of gas.

By William Anderson

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