Sacred Heart Church- Nacogdoches, Texas

On April 24th 2021, members of TFP –Texas joined several Catholic families from Tyler, Texas for a pilgrimage to a little known miraculous site in Nacogdoches, Texas;  the “Eyes of Fr. Margil de Jesus”.

The day began with a Traditional Latin Mass in the historic Sacred Heart Chapel, a reproduction of an historical Catholic Church in the Nacogdoches area from 1847. After nourishing their souls, the pilgrims shared a picnic lunch on the church grounds under a beautiful Texas sky.

A brief explanation of the story of Fr. Margil, his missions and his miracles was then given by Mr. Cesar Franco:  In 1717 a severe drought struck East Texas, killing crops, draining the Lanana Creek nearly dry, and causing many of the natives to leave the mission. This continued into the summer of the next year, the state of the mission growing worse with every passing day. At last, distressed by the loss of his flock, Father Margil was caught up in an ecstasy.

 He took his staff and began to walk up the creek, a crowd following behind him. He stopped at a bend in its course, gazing at an overhanging rock shelf. The others watched as he struck the tall creek bank twice with his staff, and each time a steam of water gushed forth. From those two spouts the whole creek was filled again, the crops began to recover, and the Indians found the inspiration to stay at the mission. The springs became known as Los Ojos de Padre Margil—the Eyes of Father Margil.

The pilgrims praying the rosary en route to the springs.

With this, the reason for the pilgrimage was made clear; rather than just being a chance to take a nice walk and spend time together; revival of devotion to Fr. Margil was the primary objective.

Everyone drove from the church to the trail-head close by. Nestled humbly behind the Stephen F. Austin Technical Support building on East Austin Street, the trail begins with a boardwalk over marshy land, then through various wooded areas, under bridges, through public parks and across the Lanana creek. The entire length of the route is just short of two and a half miles.

What an unexpected sight it must have been for those driving by, playing soccer and lounging in the parks to see 45 young, well dressed Catholics praying the rosary on their way to the miraculous springs.

The Eyes of Father Margil

If it were not for a few small signs to mark the springs, it would be easy to miss them as they are not kept up by the state. What were once large, flowing springs capable of filling the Lanana creek are now only small, trickling basins.

All arrived at the springs in good spirits. After singing songs and saying prayers of thanksgiving, everyone blessed themselves and filled their long emptied water bottles from the springs. There were lively conversations afterwards as the pilgrims waited for the vans to arrive. Everyone expressed their gratitude for being invited to such a blessed event as they began the hour and a half drive back to Tyler.

The site of the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Mission

Those who remained sought out the site of one of Fr. Margil’s missions after dinner at a local restaurant. The ‘Nuestra Señora de Guadelupe’ mission, founded in 1716, unfortunately no longer stands. Now, only a large stone marker in front of an Auto Zone remains as a tribute to his work.

 

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Texas A&M University has long held a reputation of being a conservative college. It is a public land grant research university originally established as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. As would be fitting for Texas, it has one of the largest campuses in the United States and boasts the second largest student body. Of the six senior military colleges that offer ROTC courses, it is the largest in the nation. Indeed, many who hear the name A&M would immediately associate it with its sharply dressed corps of cadets.

Its history is filled with unique traditions and great achievements. Countless students were formed to live according to its core values of Respect, Integrity, and Excellence. From 2012 to 2015,  A&M was ranked the #1 college for conservatives to attend by the Princeton Review. However, in 2020, the university did not even make the top 20.

Dragging Down A&M

On the evening of April 18, a group of students gathered by the Rudder Tower plaza on A&M’s campus waving light blue and pink “transgender pride flags” and shouting, “We’re here! We’re queer! We’re fabulous, don’t f— with us!” On the opposite side of the Rudder Tower, some thirty Catholics carrying a statue of Our Lady of Fatima prayed the rosary and belted out hymns. Volunteers with Tradition, Family and Property — Texas, joined students and alumni to oppose an immoral event called “DRAGgieland” being held at Rudder tower that evening. In addition to the rally, TFP Student Action gathered over 19,000 signatures to cancel the event.

Volunteers with TFP—Texas, joined students and alumni to oppose the immoral “DRAGgieland” drag show.

“DRAGgieland” is a play on words which mixes the beloved nickname of A&M (Aggieland) with the perverted cross-dressing expression “drag.” Concerned students contacted members of TFP—Texas to help organize a rosary rally in protest of the drag show event, since it is incompatible with A&M’s core values of Respect, Integrity and Excellence.

A TFP handout at the rosary rally stated,

“The decorum required for higher education is not upheld with the dress and actions of the event. The show encourages the objectification and sexualization of women on the Texas A&M campus, as well as attacks the dignity of Men and Women.

DRAGgieland is pushed by the LGBT movement to normalize homosexual sin and its bisexual and transgender variants. As such, it is an attack on right reason, the natural moral law, divine positive law and undermines the institution of the family, the bedrock of society.

Motivated by our love of God, family and country, we publicly repudiate, peacefully and legally, the immoral DRAGgieland drag show. May God, through Our Lady, accept our public act of reparation.”

The Battalion, the college paper, quoted Student Center special event executive Clarissa Carrasco as saying, “promoting diversity and inclusion on campus was the (event’s) biggest goal.”

“As a programming committee through the MSC, we’re trying to push diversity through programs,” Carrasco said. “DRAGgieland is a great example. We are able to provide a platform for the LGBTQ+ community.”[1]

Taking a Principled Stand with Public Prayer

As the protest was beginning, the campus had a fair amount of students coming and going, posing for graduation pictures and finishing last minute studies for exams. As a beautiful  statue of Our Lady of Fatima appeared processing with the hymn “Immaculate Mary” played on the bagpipes, many students stopped to take pictures and ask what was happening. One student from Georgia was shocked to hear about the drag show and though he wasn’t Catholic, he gave his full support. Even those in cars driving by stopped to listen to the bagpipes and voice their horror for the immoral event.

Students who opposed the Rosary Rally played the satanic song “Montero” by Lil Nas X from a speaker

With the statue in place, TFP volunteer Cesar Franco started the public rosary rally with the following words, “In The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis de Montfort tells us that public prayer is far more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God and call down His Mercy. In opposing DRAGgieland, we are not motivated by personal hatred of any individual. We are taking a principled stand against public sin which scandalizes the student body and leads souls towards perdition.”

Rally participants held two banners which explained the issue to the public. They read in bold clear letters, “Moral Values are Texas Values. Stop Immoral Draggieland Drag Show,” and “Stop the Ravages of Transgender Ideology.”

Other signs stated, “Drags need prayers, not public platforms” and “God created them male and female.”

During the rosary, five students approached the campaign and began to play loud rap music. Two of the students appeared to have upside down crosses drawn on their foreheads in ink and one held a sign that read, “Discount Drag Queen Tickets.”

Two of the students appear to have upside down crosses drawn on their foreheads in ink.

They laughed and posed to take photos of themselves with the rally, but refused to engage in serious discussion with the campaign participants.

This minor confrontation (truly a micro-aggression!) only energized those reciting the rosary to pray with  greater resolution. The volunteer leading the rosary would periodically cry slogans such as, “Aggies, why are you here?” To which the crowd would reply, “To defend the dignity of men and women against Draggieland!” Or other slogans such as, “Perversity!… is not diversity! Moral degradation!…. will bring about the downfall of our nation!”

Toward the end of the rally, the students waving transgender pride flags on the opposite side of the building left their plaza and marched towards the rosary rally. Seeing the students advance with unclear intentions, several campaign participants stepped forward to form a wall on both sides of the statue. However, just as the pink and blue group reached the crosswalk, they made an immediate right turn and continued around the block shouting and waving their flags.

After praying the rosary, the group moved across the street for a final photo. The pro-transgender group suddenly reappeared. They shouted slogans and insults, but the sound of the bagpipes drowned them out. Finishing the group photo, the Aggie Catholics solemnly chanted the beautiful Salve Regina in Latin and  moved in procession to escort the statue of Our Lady of Fatima off the street.

Participants of the rosary rally pose for a final group photo with a crowd of counter-protestors standing 15 yards away on the steps behind them.

With the official close of the rosary rally, a palpable atmosphere of joy and enthusiasm radiated from the group. Lively conversations erupted.

What Was Accomplished

What did the rosary rally accomplish? “We are simply here to exercise our liberty as children of God and our constitutional rights to free speech in a candid, unapologetic and unashamed display of our Catholic faith,” explained TFP volunteer John Tomba. “In the words of Pope Saint Felix III, ‘Not to oppose error is to approve it; and not to defend truth is to suppress it.’ Even if the event wasn’t cancelled, we are opposing the blatant errors of the transgender movement and standing up for truth. God created them male and female. There are no others. Biology is not bigotry.”

by Evan Olwell

More than thirty students from several states traveled to attend the TFP Student Action Conference being held outside of Houston, TX on the weekend of April 10. The theme focused on how a Catholic young man should respond to the moral issues troubling today’s society. The conference was appropriately titled, Defeating our Cancel and Woke Culture with our Fatima Future, and gave lessons and examples from both the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima and the lives of the saints for participants to learn from. Here are some scenes from the conference.

TFP Conference Brings Counter-Revolutionary Formation to Young Men in Texas

Beautiful medieval flags enhanced the natural charm of the property where the conference was held.

TFP Conference Brings Counter-Revolutionary Formation to Young Men in Texas

Lively conversation permeated the 15 minute breaks between talks.

TFP Conference Brings Counter-Revolutionary Formation to Young Men in Texas

Mr. Rex Teodosio of TFP-Wisconsin spoke on What Our Lady of Fatima Requested

Participants also had the immense privilege to keep vigil before the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday night, a highlight for many.

TFP Conference Brings Counter-Revolutionary Formation to Young Men in Texas

The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue which miraculously wept tears in New Orleans in 1972

TFP Conference Brings Counter-Revolutionary Formation to Young Men in Texas

The conference was blessed with good weather which allowed for meals to be enjoyed outside in the tent.

Mr. James Bascom of the TFP Washington Bureau delivered a talk on The Errors of Russia and a Coming Chastisement

After Sunday morning mass, participants engaged the public near the Sam Houston Memorial in a pro-traditional marriage and pro-life campaign.

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