Visit Le Royaume Béni des Vierge Marie, Ste. Jehanne, et Ste. Thérèse
Having described Le Royaume already in light of the hierarchy of Causes of Grace, we now seek to understand the operation of grace in her. For our purpose we will use the Classifications of Grace as outlined in Dr. Ludwig Ott’s Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, Section on the Doctrine of Grace, Part 1:3.
We will begin with the lower divisions and work upward to the First, that is, to Uncreated Grace Who is God the Creator, and Created Grace which is a supernatural gift distinct from God. By doing this we share the traveler’s inductive, experiential journey in the intellect and will as he engages Ste. Jehanne d’Arc and Ste. Thérèse de Lisieux in the Freedom Dance along the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed.
All of the Faithful can process the Journey’s Catholic Dogmas deductively through study accompanied by grace; however, it is the inductive learning process accompanied by grace through the Holy Spirit and under the guidance and co-patronage of our heavenly sisters, Jeanne and Thérèse, which creates in us a regenerated person in Christ through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The inductive, day by day, experiential process is a journey down the mystical path of the Dogmatic Creed. It is the process whereby we are repeatedly awe-struck by that which is beyond our nature, that is, by the supernatural. The inductive process is that by which we see vaguely our royal destiny in the distance before us, yet whereby we see also that Our Lord, true to the words of Scripture, graciously moves us, for our own good, no further and no more quickly on our way than we can handle at any point in space and time. By understanding the journey, even if very imperfectly and only “dimly as in a mirror” and not “face to face,” we nevertheless see how all things work to the good for those who love God.
Given these characteristics of our journey through Le Royaume with Ste. Jehanne and Ste. Thérèse on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed, we call it “The March of Hope.” Faith opens our intellect and Hope excites our will. Love is our principle end, and God is love. Love is the Kingdom we see so dimly before us now due to our sinfulness and concupiscence. Without grace we will never reach the Kingdom and our situation is hopeless. With grace all is possible. This is why we seek to understand the operation of grace in Le Royaume.
We begin with the sixth division: the sub-divisions of Actual Grace.
The intellect is enlightened and the will is strengthened, driven by our union with, and adoration of, Jesus Christ in His real and substantial presence in the Eucharist and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary as handed down to us through St. Louis de Montfort’s formula of consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary and through his teachings on the Cross as the ultimate expression of Wisdom. The Holy Spirit through the Immaculate Heart of Mary will inflame our souls and animate us on our journey under the noble patronage of our heavenly sisters, Jeanne and Thérèse.
With this action of the Holy Spirit we also experience:
- Antecedent and consequent grace which precedes (antecedent) and accompanies (consequent) our deliberate efforts to follow Jeanne and Thérèse on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed.
- Sufficient and Efficacious grace which gives us the power (sufficient) to perform this salutary act and secures (efficacious) that it is accomplished.
Now fully engaged on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed, like children on a walk in the meadows, we enter into the fifth division: Habitual and Actual grace.
Habitual grace, or sanctifying grace, sanctifies us intrinsically and makes us pleasing to God. We are prepared for, maintained in, and increased in sanctifying grace as the result of the support given to us through the Actual graces delineated above in the sixth division.
The Actual graces are temporary supports that excite our souls to the salutary act of submitting to the guidance of the Holy Spirit through the patronage of our holy sisters and the loving, motherly care of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These temporary graces serve to prepare us for, maintain us in, and increase in us, a habitual state of justification, which is the prerequisite condition of the soul for journeying on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed.
The Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with Ste. Jehanne and Ste. Thérèse leads us through Sanctifying Grace and with the help of Actual Graces to the fourth division: Charismatic Grace and Sanctifying Grace.
Le Royaume makes no claim to extraordinary charisms, such as prophecy, speaking in tongues, interpreting tongues, or the gift of miracles. However, we recognize, as per the dogmatic teachings of the Church, that if these gifts become present in us on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with Ste. Jehanne and Ste. Thérèse, they are for the building up of the Church and the faithful and not for our own indulgence. They are not of themselves signs of personal holiness, and are less valuable than sanctifying grace which is, in fact, essential for justification and therefore for eternal salvation.
The third division now presents itself on our journey with our heavenly sisters, Jeanne and Thérèse: External and Internal grace.
The internal support received on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed through Actual, Sanctifying, and perhaps even Charismatic grace gains further strength through external grace. Here we begin to understand how those activities and influences outside of us affect us morally and either enable or impede our journey as reflected through internal grace.
It is here that we become more discerning in our understanding of liturgy. We come to understand how liturgy is an external grace that is, in its proper form as given to us by God in His Holy Catholic Church, a means of obtaining congruency and integrity between our outward expressions of religious faith and our inward spirituality. For example, Piety, a gift of the Holy Spirit, is incongruous with, and cannot be nurtured by, impious liturgical abuses.
It is for this reason that we are sensitive to liturgical rubrics. It is not that we are legalists or semi-pelagians. We are sensitive because liturgy, as an external grace, is in the third division. The divisions of grace that follow in the fourth through the sixth, and by which we have travelled thus far so joyfully with Ste. Jehanne and Ste. Thérèse, are dependent on the third division. This is why Our Lord has so carefully and organically developed our liturgy through His Body and Bride, over which He is the Head, the Holy Catholic Church. The external grace of liturgy is fundamental to the rest. If the external graces are abused, our internal graces will suffer. Our justification and eternal salvation will be in jeopardy. This is dictated by the order of grace.
It is for these reasons that Le Royaume finds herself being traditionally-minded and preferring the Traditional Latin Mass. The rampant abuses in the Novus Ordo are serious issues indeed in light of the order of grace.
The Freedom Dance on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with Ste. Jehanne and Ste. Thérèse continues from the enlightenment of the intellect and the strengthening of the will through the internal and external graces of the third division to the second: Grace of God the Creator and Grace of Christ the Redeemer.
It is through the love and mercy of our Creator and through the redeeming merits of Jesus Christ’s incarnation, life, passion, death, and resurrection that all of the subsequent graces are bestowed. God loves us, and Christ, as the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, became man in order to redeem us.
By these merciful graces, we are elevated to a supernatural order and the wounds inflicted on us through sin are healed.
In thankfulness to God for His mercy and love as given to us freely through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ, we submit ourselves completely in the first division of grace: to God, Who is Himself grace and through His supernatural gift of grace which is distinct from Him.
Through the river-like, cascading waters of grace as outlined through the divisions above, our destination will be reached when we are finally able to enter into Heaven as redeemed children of God, worshipping Him forever and shouting:
“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb. Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” (Rev 7: 10-12)
This is our destiny. This is our Kingdom. This is Le Royaume. It is toward this Kingdom that we journey joyfully as pilgrims in this life in the sisterly care of Ste. Jehanne d’Arc and Ste. Thérèse de l’Enfant Jésus with the most Holy and Blessed Virgin Mary in the Freedom Dance on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed. ~StM