Ascending the steps to the capitol building in Des Moines, Iowa, the members of the Queen of Apostles prayer caravan saw that their June 20 rosary rally would be well attended. As part of the Mother of Mercy, Restore America Caravan of the American TFP (Tradition, Family, Property – TFP) this rally was one of many taking place at all the fifty state capitols to pray for America’s return to order in these times of confusion.
Upon reaching the top, a banner was raised bearing the words: “Pray for America’s Return to Order.” The spectacle here was magnificent. Not only did the beauty of the capitol building become defined, bearing four copper domes above its corners and crowned in the center by a cupola of gold, but also that of the panorama.
Our Lady’s statue arrived for the rally as the hymn of “Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above” rang out. This statue, the International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, was a blessing to the rally. This is the one that miraculously cried in New Orleans during a tour there in 1972. Having received their Mother with great devotion, some knelt down on the stone steps as the rosary commenced. The successive mysteries being announced, many more began to kneel, especially during the Sorrowful mysteries of the rosary, while meditating on Our Lord’s passion.
A priest in attendance blessed everyone at the closing of the rally. Yet, such was the atmosphere of joy that few wanted to leave. Many remained either mingling in lively conversation or spending more time in prayer before the Blessed Mother.
During a conversation with one of the older Iowan men, a TFP member was describing a recent rally in Illinois where two satanist men attempted to dampen the zeal of the attendants by shrieking satanic invocations, but succeeded only in reinforcing their religious fervor. The Iowan began to point at the members. “You are the future,” he said, “you are the warriors.”
To join these campaigns, some people have driven from hours away, even from out of state. Indeed, being on the road has its hardships and the scorching sun may be a bit unpleasant during a rally in the city. However, these sacrifices surely attract additional graces from Our Eternal Father.
Speaking about sacrifices, some elderly rally participants overcame every obstacle to attend the event. One frail lady, leaning on her cane and undaunted by the heat, told a TFP volunteer: “I’m so glad we are Catholic!” And with a broad smile she added, “because we know how to suffer!” May Our Heavenly Mother continue to bless her beloved children with many graces as they publicly strive to offer her their confidences, prayers, and sacrifices.