Jun 25, 2022 / Written by: America Needs Fatima https://americaneedsfatima.org/news/we-dried-the-tears-of-our-lady
On June 25, feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, approximately 80 participants of the TFP Louisiana Call to Chivalry camp poured into the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. They commemorated the fifty-year anniversary of the miraculous weeping of the International Pilgrim Virgin of Our Lady of Fatima.
In remembrance of the request of Our Lady’s Fatima request to console Her Immaculate Heart, make reparation and pray for the conversion of sinners, the boys of the camp publicly processed through the French Quarter praying the rosary and singing hymns.
“It is so sad to see how Our Lady’s message has been so ignored,” affirmed participant Joshua Dudzik. Pius Vanderputten was impressed at the reaction of the public. “So many people joined in praying the rosary as we passed by. There was curiosity and sympathy on many faces.”
The procession circled the Saint Louis Cathedral. A woman dressed in black came out the back and caught the end of the procession and asked, “Who are you guys?” After a brief explanation she smiled and nodded. “The archbishop wants to know who you are.” When asked if she had heard of Fatima she said, “Of course I know about Our Lady of Fatima. I have Portuguese ancestry and my grandmother was present at the miracle of the sun.”
The boys of the camp also traveled to some of the churches the Pilgrim Virgin visited on Her 1972 tour in New Orleans. One was Holy Rosary and another was Saint Stephen.
The day finished with a rally in front of Planned Parenthood. The boys were enthusiastic after the reversal of Roe v Wade. The rosary, bagpipes and drums, signs and banners were impossible to miss. People honked or waved their support or screamed and gesticulated their vulgar opposition. One angry man threw eggs at the TFP prayer warriors. Thankfully, “He was a very bad aim,” said TFP Louisiana director Thomas Drake. “I shouted to our cameraman to get his license plate as the man sped off as quickly as he could.”
An angry abortionist began to vociferate her wrath to any who would listen. “I thought I would never have to worry about my right to choose ever being taken away from me!” she shouted.
A mother brought her two daughters to Planned Parenthood. It was closed. She began to angrily yell at the participants. “How dare you be against my right to choose. None of you have a uterus. You don’t have a say.” In the discussion that followed, it appeared as though both daughters were not on the side of their mother.
Since when is that a valid argument? But then again, we never expected to hear logical debates, facts and the application of faith from those who advocate killing children in the womb!
“I have taught my children to think for themselves,” shouted the mother. Suddenly the elder daughter affirmed in a loud voice, “I am prolife. I disagree with my mom. I’m not ok with abortion.” They then began to argue amongst themselves. The discussion ended with the elder daughter calling her father, “dad, come pick me up now. I am PROLIFE!”
Seeing just one repercussion like this makes the entire effort everyone made, worth it! It is an additional consolation to know that so many of our dear friends made huge sacrifices so everyone could make this trip and console Our Lady. One person mentioned that “If I could see that we dried just one tear from Our Lady, my life would be complete!”
Thank you to all those who donated to make this pilgrimage possible! And thank you to everyone who submitted intentions to Our Lady of Tears; you and your intentions were remembered in our prayers along the way!
New Orleans 1972 – 2022 | Fifty Years of Tears and Warning!
Note: The Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima is under the custodianship of the World Apostolate of Fatima.