Carson City, the capital of Nevada, is a quaint frontier town, steeped in history. It is located on the eastern slopes of the snow-peaked Sierra Nevada Mountains. On June 24, our fourteen-member caravan of volunteers paid a brief visit to this small but vibrant city to pray the Rosary for America on the steps of the State Capitol Building.
Ours is one of several caravans participating in a nationwide tour organized by the American Society for the Defense of Tradition Family and Property (TFP). As our country trembles under the combined forces of the coronavirus pandemic, violent riots, and financial chaos, TFP volunteers plan to travel to every state capital and territory of the union, praying the Rosary in public for a return to order.
Driving to the Nevada capital, we drove by and marveled at the breathtaking scenery of Lake Tahoe, the jewel of the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains. As our van crossed the border, the mountains suddenly sloped downwards, revealing flat stretches of desert and the small city spread out below.
Rosary Rallies for America
After reconnoitering the capitol grounds, we decided to hold the rally on a corner facing an intersection with heavy traffic. With our two large banners unfurled, we put the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the center. Nearby were the scarlet TFP standard and American flag fluttering in the breeze. Caravan leader Cesar Franco led the Rosary.
Since Carson City is such a small city, we thought our campaign would attract little reaction. To our pleasant surprise, the sleepy town came to life as cars, sometimes five in a row, energetically honked their horns in support. Many motorists were encouraged at the sight of young men praying for our country.
One young woman observed us silently from a distance. She approached and inquired about our campaign. We explained that we were traveling to all state capitals to pray for America’s return to order.
“Well, I agree with you. Best luck to you guys,” she said. “This is something we all need right now. I’m really concerned about how they’re closing churches, and I think it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better. It’s disgusting that they are taking this so far. The silent majority needs to start stepping up and say something.”
She also agreed that our nation needed an intervention from God. “I’m really glad to see this type of organization out there because we have seen it throughout history what happens when God isn’t there.”
We concluded the rally with the Marian hymn, the Salve Regina, which communicated a profound calm and hope descending upon the tiny city. Despite the evil and disorder around us, we were reminded that God has the final word and that He will establish His reign of peace through the hands of His Blessed Mother.