In August of 2022, a caravan of young volunteers with the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) traveled across the Midwest holding street campaigns, rallies and acts of reparation.
The Twofold Purpose for Our Midwest Campaign
The story of our caravan starts with an episode in Catholic history.
On July 18, 1972, the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue (now under the custodianship of the World Apostolate of Fatima) wept real human tears in New Orleans. While national media did take note of the weeping, most Catholics did not heed the cause of her tears: the sins of the nation. Indeed, less than a year later, Roe v. Wade made the sin of abortion legal.
This unfortunate neglect of Our Lady’s tears was the first object of our caravan. Thus, the caravan banner read: “New Orleans 1972-2022: Fifty Years of Tears and Warning.” In every place it stopped, we prayed the rosary to console Our Lady in reparation for abortion and other sins that cry out to heaven for vengeance.
The second purpose was to thank God for the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Indeed, our pro-life banner read “Roe v. Wade Overturned, Thank God!” Without God’s help, this partial victory would have been impossible. However, God wants total victory. Thus, we sought to encourage Americans to continue the pro-life crusade.
“The Sound of Pro-Life America Overturning Roe v. Wade”
The overturn of Roe has polarized the nation. We experienced this clash of ideas firsthand during our street campaigns.
In Indiana, for example, pro-lifers barraged us with support. Two of the signs read, ‘Honk for life’ and ‘Honk for the Unborn.’ The number of honks was so great that a TFP volunteer exclaimed, “Wow, that’s the sound of pro-life America overturning Roe v. Wade.” One lady approached us and said, “This is so awesome” as she wept with joy and gratitude.
This same support came in all the other states we passed, forming a golden thread of pro-life support. “Thanks! Keep up the good work,” came from one couple in Madison, Wisconsin. “This gives us so much hope for the future.” Another couple in Milwaukee greeted us after seeing a protester attack us, saying, “Keep your heads up high! You’re doing a great thing!”
In Minneapolis, Minnesota, we had a counter-protest. A security guard told us, “I fully support you, keep doing what you do and will find a way to make these counter-protesters leave.” In St. Louis, Missouri, a man thanked us by saying, “No baby is a mistake. We know that life begins at conception. Every baby is part of God’s plan. People make mistakes, but no baby is a mistake. May God strengthen you when you face persecution.”
When the Pro-Death Movement Is Unmasked
The pro-abortion activists were always furious, especially in light of the recent court decision. Their reactions gave rise to an opposing thread of repercussions which served as a glimpse into their mindset.
In St. Louis, Missouri, a man said, “You’re messed up in the head because you think a rape child should not be aborted.”
In Milwaukee, a young woman tore our banner and ran off with it. One TFP volunteer chased her down and retrieved it, but not before being kicked in the shin by another young woman.
Nearby in McKinley Marina, several people admitted that they were pro-murder. One woman tried to turn abortion into a racist topic. She said: “You’re all white.” Luis Solorzano, an Ecuadorian native, replied, “I’m not white.” To which he received an obscene gesture. He exclaimed, “Wow. I feel discriminated against right now!”
Vulgarity set the tone for most of the negative replies to the campaign. The other side rarely engaged in arguments but replied with plenty of insults, obscenities and cynical remarks.
Reparation for the Desecration of Catholic Churches after the Overturn of Roe
Another consequence of the overturn of Roe was the vandalization of Catholic churches. In Wisconsin, five parishes in the Madison area were targeted: the churches of Saint Charles Borromeo, Saint Peter, Holy Ghost, Notre-Dame and Saint Bernard. The TFP was joined by local parishioners who traveled to each parish and prayed Rosaries of reparation.
Do Not Let the Pro-Life Movement Wane
The pro-life public is energized by the Supreme Court decision. Let us not squander this energy but use it to abolish abortion in every state. This sin causes tears to flow from our precious Mother’s eyes. We must not be indifferent.
The caravan served to dry the tears and console the Queen of Heaven in the face of sins and outrages. She will not be outdone in helping those who ask her assistance to persevere against the sons of darkness who promote the culture of death. Through her aid, we pray that America will turn back to God.