Saint Augustine defines the thing most Americans now yearn for: Peace. He says that “The peace of all things is the tranquility of order.” The Doctor of the Church further describes peace between man and God as the “the well-ordered obedience of faith to eternal law.”
Therefore, any serious and lasting solution to the civil unrest and criminal violence sweeping the nation must focus on God and obedience to His eternal law.
This peace was the goal of the boys attending the 2020 Call to Chivalry Camp sponsored by the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP). With rosaries in hand, they held a rosary rally to restore One Nation Under God in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on June 12, 2020. They prayed the rosary for America on the steps outside the State Capitol Building and displayed banners and signs.
Pedestrians were happy to see and hear young men and boys reciting the rosary. They were relieved to find out that it wasn’t another ugly, violent protest but rather a peaceful appeal to God for graces at this time of unrest and revolution. A man who was walking his dog paused to take in the sight and said: “I’m glad to finally see a group of people who are not protesting. It’s good to see something positive today. Do you have a local chapter? I’d like to join [your group].”
The strains of “God Bless America” rang out loudly, echoing down State Street. The bagpipes and drums also resounded, making the rally difficult to miss. “Thank you! That was beautiful. It sounded great,” said a lady seated on a bench near St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The façade of the capitol provided more reasons to pray. Two immoral flags draped from the balustrades: a rainbow flag and a transgender flag. By flying such flags that represent an anti-family agenda, the state betrays its mission to serve the common good. The display of these flags helps undermine the moral fabric of the state and nation.
The boys attending the TFP camp enjoyed the rally very much. Luke, 13, said the rosary rally for America was his favorite part of the Call to Chivalry camp: “I was able to campaign against socialism with brave young men at my side,” he said. “We need to resist the lies of Satan.”
Daniel, another camp participant, also chalked up the rosary rally as his favorite activity, “because it shows that even in the worst of times, Our Blessed Mother will prevail,” he said.
Camp participant Anthony was enthusiastic about the opportunity to pray for the restoration of order in America. “It felt good fighting for truth,” he exclaimed.
Although the streets appeared to be peaceful, a bearded individual dressed in black and carrying a skateboard expressed his disgust with the public expression of Faith. As he walked by, he made a throat-slitting motion with his hand across his neck.
Most pedestrians, however, expressed joy with the patriotic prayer crusade. Several people spent extended periods of time watching and filming the event with their phones. Others honked in approval from their cars. In general, Americans agree: America needs prayers. America needs order. And America needs God more than ever.
Let us continue to lift our eyes to Heaven and pray for a return to order.