On a blistering June 27 in St. Louis, Mo. forces of good and evil clashed at the feet of a majestic statue of the city’s patron. Fueled by emotion over substance, around 150 Black Lives Matters (BLM) proponents cried obscene slogans to a tribal drumbeat demanding that the statue be torn down, despite its iconic status. Indeed, the statue is formally named: “The Apotheosis of Saint Louis.”
In the face of this, around 50 faithful Catholics arrived at noontime, to pray the rosary in unison, beseeching heaven to maintain the statue and thus, defend St. Louis’ Catholic heritage. Six or seven priests were among the faithful. The contrast between the two groups was razor-sharp.
While those in favor of the statue were content to pray peacefully and keep to themselves, they were victims of a continual barrage of insults, provocations and profanity. Almost immediately, the anti-Catholic bigotry of the BLM protesters became clear, as they shouted prejudiced slogans directly into the ears of the prayer warriors. These included: “Your God can’t hear you,” “Your Church is a ring of pedophiles,” and “Your prayers are racist.” Even worse, one of the priests present was repeatedly spat upon.
Their intentions were clearly to provoke the Catholics. This was evident by their actions, which included putting their hands and signs in the faces of those praying and even blowing a deafening air horn directly into their ears.
The atmosphere held a palpable demonic charge that was felt by all. This led some of the priests present to begin saying the prayers of exorcism over the disorderly protesters.
“In my 81 years, I have never seen such anger and hatred, and it was all inspired by the mere recitation of the Rosary,” said local resident and veteran TFP member, Dr. Howard Whitcraft. “At the foot of Saint. Louis’ statue, I saw the face of evil.”
The hatred that Dr. Whitcraft felt was clearly present. This was manifest by repeated threats of violence made against the Catholics. One BLM protester shouted at the author: “You look scared. You should be scared.” When he responded: “Why should I be afraid? Is it because you plan to get violent?” her only response was a silent glare.
Similarly, when the author asked another woman why the life of retired Police Captain David Dorn (shot by rioters in the streets of St. Louis) did not matter to her, she responded: “He was a pawn of the system.”
The author responded: “I suppose that is why you do not think my life matters either,” once again, he was met with an ominous stare.
In spite of everything, the Rosary and exorcisms continued. At around 12:45 pm, the emotional level was no longer sustainable for the BLM protesters. One by one, they slinked away until only around 15 remained. Under the shadow of the great crusader saint, the Catholics had won the field.
That is not to say that the conflict is over. In many ways, this event was a microcosm of the struggle facing America today. Spurred by violent emotions, the forces of evil are striving to demolish what little remains of Christian civilization in America. They are organized, well-funded and encouraged by cowardly politicians bent on appeasement at all cost.
However, this little conflict played out in front of a statue in St. Louis, Mo. demonstrates how victory can be gained in the larger struggle. If faithful Catholics resolve to stand up and peacefully resist, buttressed by prayer and sacrifice, they will win the day.
The stakes are high, and the obstacles are daunting. However, in the words of Saint Paul: “If God be for us, who can be against us.”