As the crisis in society and the Church worsens, Catholic men the world over are looking for solutions. This common concern brought dozens of young men together for TFP Student Action’s New Years conference at the headquarters of The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP) in Pennsylvania. The theme of the conference was Within a Sinful World, How Should We Prepare for God’s Chastisement, Victory, and the Reign of Mary?
Thought-provoking talks gave conference attendees persuasive reasons to engage in the struggle to restore Christian Civilization and oppose the Revolutionary process that undermines order. Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira’s incisive work, Revolution and Counterrevolution, served as a guide to understand and respond to the multiple crises shaking civilization to its core.
In his talk, Mr. John Horvat II, vice-president and author of Return to Order, offered practical and spiritual advice on how to face the present chaos with flexibility and daring.
Mr. Jose Antonio Ureta, author of Pope Francis's ''Paradigm Shift'', spoke about the crisis inside the Catholic Church. Far from provoking discouragement, his talk was an invitation to resist progressivism and remain faithful to the perennial tradition of Holy Mother Church.
Other talks included, The Role of the Angels, Revelations that Speak of a Chastisement, Lessons on Leadership, Joy in the Fight, and The Crusader Spirit. Mr. Philip Calder’s talk on The Power of Music demonstrated how music – from Gregorian chant to jazz – conveys a message for good or for evil.
Mr. Michael Gorre provided an overview of TFP activities worldwide. His gripping one-hour video presentation, Report from the Battlefield, was received with enthusiastic applause.
A hands-on presentation about medieval swordsmanship offered a welcome rest from the intellectual demands of the conference hall.
The final talk of the conference was given by a European guest who shared highlights of his family history. He spoke of great Catholic men from Rudolph I to Blessed Karl of Austria. Other illustrious figures who stood out in his talk were Eugene of Savoy and Don Juan of Austria, the victor of the Battle of Lepanto.
“Blessed New Year”
Before midnight tolled on New Year’s Eve, participants met in the headquarters chapel dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As the secular world counted down to midnight, these Catholic men prayed to Our Lady, asking for more courage to fight for her Divine Son in 2022. As the world wished itself a “Happy New Year,” these young men wished each other a “Blessed New Year.”
After midnight prayers, refreshments were offered, followed by Christmas carols. According to TFP custom, the first bottle of Champagne was opened with a swift sword stroke. Spirits were high as conversations extended into the night.
Graces were palpable, especially during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on January 2, 2022. At the final dinner, participants enjoyed a skit based on Edmond Rostand’s play known as Cyrano de Bergerac. Cyrano lives for a high ideal. He fights with wit, panache, and joy, making him a role model for students who face leftist opposition on campus.
As a way to remember the lessons learned and graces received during the conference, each participant was given a depiction of the Battle of Lepanto painted by TFP member Jose Dias Tavares.
When will God’s chastisement come? We don’t know. What we do know, however, is that Catholic men must be ready to face the future like the Christian forces faced the enemy at the Battle of Lepanto. Full or courage. Full of Faith. Full of confidence in the coming reign of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.