Next steps for the Counterrevolutionary and Royal Army of America

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With over 800 “likes” on the Counterrevolutionary and Royal Army of America’s Facebook page, I would like to express my enthusiastic appreciation. I launched this concept several years ago to see what kind of response I would get. Building support has been slow going, indeed. In addition to expressing my appreciation, I feel it necessary to discuss next steps and, in doing so, to clarify further just what is the “Counterrevolutionary and Royal Army of America.”

The CRAA is primarily a spiritual, contemplative program associated with my over-arching initiative, Le Royaume. Looking through the Mission page of Le Royaume, one will note that the CRAA is third in the “Seek the Kingdom, Love the Kingdom, Defend the Kingdom” program description. After “Seeking first the Kingdom” through True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin in Eucharistic adoration, we then “love the Kingdom” through devotion to Ste. Jehanne d’Arc and Ste. Thérèse de Lisieux. The CRAA, then, is all about “defending the Kingdom” which is foremost in our hearts as Christ explained that His Kingdom is not of this world. Therefore, defending the Kingdom can mean nothing less than preserving sanctifying grace in our souls through God’s grace. The CRAA Mission statement intends this precisely and reads as follows:

“The mission of the Counterrevolutionary and Royal Army of America is to aid souls in persevering in sanctifying grace by inspiring in them, using the Traditional French Catholic experience as a guide, a contemplative counterrevolutionary Catholic worldview which will consequentially influence through them the restoration of Christendom in social, cultural, and political affairs. 


The CRAA seeks peaceful change in the temporal realm through the free acts of converted people living a life of sanctifying grace.”

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We must defend our souls from all impurity and every threat to grace. From a position of sanctifying grace, we go forth to conquer the world through the living flame of Love in the Holy Spirit. We should seek the conversion of the world, and through that conversion, peacefully seek to change the evil social, economic, and cultural structures of the world. We seek “peaceful change through the free acts of converted people.”  In the end, we see the Catholic Monarchy as a natural outcome, not a forced one, and the most optimal form of government to protect and build a sanctified society.

The order is important here: we seek our own sanctification and through that the conversion of others. The Monarchy, then, is the natural outcome of the free acts of converted people living a life of sanctifying grace. In other words, the CRAA is not primarily a temporal, reactionary, political organization. It is a deeply spiritual organization whose primary work is that of sanctification and evangelizing for the Church. It is an important leg supporting the “Seek the Kingdom, Love the Kingdom, Defend the Kingdom” foundation for sanctification of individuals and society at large. The Counterrevolutionary is primarily a slave to the Blessed Virgin Mary and consecrated to the mission of Ste. Jehanne and Ste. Thérèse to save souls. The salvation of souls is the primary mission of the Church and is therefore ours. We are Counterrevolutionaries because we seek, love, and defend our Kingdom, not because we are against someone else’s. Le Royaume’s three programs work together on the individual and through the individual on the world at large.

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The points above are very important for anyone interested in my work. I do not seek followers, only interested fellow travelers. I am not a political activist. I am a contemplative in the world, seeking to change the world through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and in joyful friendship with Ste. Jehanne and Ste. Thérèse. I seek to live daily the Our Father by praying for, and working for, the Kingdom “on earth as it is in Heaven.”

With that in mind I offer the following points for consideration:

  • The CRAA, as described on the CRAA website, is devoted to the restoration of the Légitimiste French Monarchy and the Renaissance of Catholic France. The CRAA even proposes that an American Monarch be tied by blood to the Capetian dynasty through a cadet branch. This is a spiritual proposition. The CRAA sees a mystical relationship between France and the Blessed Virgin Mary with Jesus Christ as King of France. This mystical relationship is revealed through the mission of Ste. Jehanne d’Arc and is demonstrated historically through France’s development as the Eldest Daughter of the Church. It is grounded in the apostolic age through the mission of St. Mary Magdalene to the shores of southern France after the outbreak of persecution in Jerusalem. France essentially is Ste. Jehanne d’Arc and ultimately the heritage of St. Mary Magdalene. Le Royaume, being devoted to Catholic France, draws on that spiritual heritage.
  • As others may have Monarchical views not so narrowly defined as those above, they may simply seek to partner with the CRAA on a federated basis. For those who seek more political activism and who have different cultural devotions, such as to the Holy Roman Empire, the German Monarchy, the Spanish Monarchy…etc. we might seek an umbrella federation to tie us together while leaving each free to pursue the work of evangelization according to our cultural and spiritual proclivity. 
  • Beyond the spiritual and theoretical work, the CRAA seeks to bring about the realization of a Catholic Monarchy in the United States through evangelization, information-sharing, and Monarchical apologetics. We seek to persistently present to the world a Monarchical option. We offer. We teach. We answer questions. We do not force. In this way the CRAA is ready to support peaceful activism in the temporal realm.
  • One of the greatest needs to be addressed by a federation of Monarchical groups is that of intellectual capital. If we are to offer, teach, and answer questions, we need a centralized data-base of resource materials and even those who might take on the job of developing apologetics regarding the Monarchy.
  • In summary, I see three categories of “needs” for which our federation requires “laborers in the fields”:
    1. Contemplatives to develop the spiritual works of the Catholic Monarchy.
    2. Activists who are capable at organizing, fund-raising, and Public Relations.
    3. Apologists who will develop material for the federation to leverage in responding to objections.

I see our next steps as developing the three competencies above in addition to forming the federation which will bind us in goodwill toward our work of evangelizing the world where the free acts of converted people will restore the Monarchies of Christendom and establish a Catholic Monarchy for the United States.

May the Virgin Mary with Ste. Jehanne and Ste. Thérèse pray for our success and journey with us as ever faithful advocates and patrons!

Vive le Royaume de Jésus Christ! Vive le Royaume de France Catholique! Vive le Royaume d’Amérique Catholic!

StM 

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A little inspiration: Let us contemplate what Our Lord is promising us – Joshua 1:1-9

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The following is a beautiful inspiration from Sacred Scripture. This is an excellent meditation for those who love Le Royaume and who “seek first the Kingdom of God” while in this exile on earth. Let us contemplate what Our Lord is promising us. Let it give us courage and strength as we make our way on our pilgrimage:

“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, ‘Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and of good courage; for you shall cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you; turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’ ” (Joshua 1:1-9)

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The Prayers of the Chaplet of St. Joan of Arc

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Prayer on the Crucifix:

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O God, come to my assistance.

O Lord, make haste to help me.

Prayer to Christ the King

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(Prayer card says plenary indulgence – I have no source for that)

O Christ Jesus, I acknowledge You to be King of the Universe. All that has been created has been made for You. Exercise upon me all Your sovereign rights. I hereby renew my baptismal promises, renouncing Satan and all his works and pomps, and I engage myself to live a truly Christian life. I promise to do all in my power to procure the triumph of the rights of God and Your Church. Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer You my poor actions to obtain that all hearts may acknowledge Your sacred Royalty and Kingly Power, and that thus the reign of Your peace may be firmly established throughout the universe. Amen.

Prayer on the Fleur-de-lys Medallion:

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St. Michael, mighty Standard Bearer of the Blessed Trinity and First Champion of the Kingship of Christ, pray for us.

On the First Single Bead:

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Through the victory of the sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary may the reign of the Heart of Jesus come.

On the Second Single Bead:

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On the Center Medal:

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St. Joan of Arc, Apostle of the Kingship of Christ, pray for us.

(300 days indulgence)

On the Three Groups of 5 Beads:

5 Hail Marys in honor of St. Joan’s heroic practice of Faith, Hope, and Charity.

On the Two Single Beads:

St. Joan, drawing all your strength from union with Our Lord in the Eucharist, obtain for us your burning love for Him in the Blessed Sacrament.

Last Prayer on the Center Medal:

O Lord, King of Heaven and of earth, may it please You this day to direct and sanctify, to rule and govern our hearts and our bodies, our thoughts, our words and our deeds according to Your commandments. Thus we shall be able to attain salvation and deliverance, in time and eternity, by Your help. O Savior of the world, who live and reign forever. Amen.

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Take the poll! Do you think I’m nuts? On bad reviews and why I want you to keep reading…

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I do not sell many books. Yes, I sell a handful each month, but I certainly do not make a living from it. My books are there to support my evangelical work, not the other way around. However, in order to make my books assessable, I must place them in the public domain, in particular on Amazon and Amazon Kindle. I also use Smashwords; however, I do not find that to be as productive as Amazon.

In addition, I actively promote my work via social media, and I actively seek to engage the world with my work. As we all know, we live in a very diverse and pluralistic world. When you write the kind of material that I do, you are bound, in this very diverse and pluralistic world, to run into people who so completely disagree with you that it seems there is little to no common ground. This is very unfortunate; however, it does happen.

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Given that I do not sell a large quantity of books, it stands to reason that I also do not get many reviews for my books. I only have four reviews as of this writing. One is a delightful five-star rating for my book Fleur-Darc, which is a compilation of my first four books.

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Another review is a three-star rating for my book The Dove and Rose. The reviewer contacted me and spoke very highly of the book. In fact, he pointed out that as the result of reading my book, he ended up consecrating himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is a professional writer, and I can only imagine that the three stars vs five had to do with my writing style. In that sense, the three star rating is probably gratuitous!

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In addition to these, however, I do have a couple of not so delightful reviews. These reviews generally come out of reading my material on the Catholic monarchy. Unfortunately, there are those who seem quite provoked by my thesis around the Catholic monarchy. I certainly can understand this. In the modern age, promoting a Catholic monarchy can render you a fool or simply insane (which is basically what these reviews say) in the eyes of others. That is fine, as I leave these reviews for everyone to read, and I respect the reviewer’s opinion. Some of the comments may be intended for a broader assault than on the Catholic monarchy alone; however, it certainly seems that this combination of Catholic spirituality and politics is provocative to some. In particular, these not so delightful reviews come out of my book Le Royaume:

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And my booklet (which is a small subset of Le Royaume above) The Counterrevolutionary and Royal Army of America (update August 11, 2014 – I now have a five star review on the CRAA booklet – thank you!):

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However, I want to encourage people who might be interested in what I have to say about French Catholicism, the Renaissance of Catholic France, and the Catholic monarchy to please not be overly influenced by these reviews. Though I do not know those who condemn my writings, I suspect that they are of a revolutionary mind. We know that what I write is specifically oriented to bring about the counterrevolution. It should not be surprising then that revolutionaries would be provoked. I do not aim to sin against another man by purposely provoking him to anger. However, I do aim to provoke new paradigms and new ways of thinking out of charity for my fellow man. As such, I am bound to get some very negative reactions.

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My defense in all of this is quite simple. What I am promoting is sound Catholic doctrine. For the most part, I am merely synthesizing ideas that millions held for centuries before the advent of contemporary Modernist thought. Therefore, if someone has difficulty with my ideas, they have difficulty with Catholic doctrine and with ideas that built the entirety of Western civilization. If it can be shown that anything I write is opposed to sound Catholic doctrine, then I will agree that I am crazy to hold those views. I would then correct the writings or delete them. However, if my writings are not opposed to Catholic doctrine, then I stand on what I write and suggest that those who might think I am crazy for my religious/political views simply do not understand the paradigm from which Catholic doctrine is derived, nor do they understand the paradigms upon which Western civilization was built.

So, with all of that in mind, I would like to invite you to take this simple poll. I am sincerely interested in what my readers think. I invite you to read through my websites beginning with my flagship site, JoanandTherese.com and take the poll to let me know your thoughts.

For your convenience, here are my three sites I founded in addition to this blog:

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Le Royaume website with site

DoveandRose.com

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CatholicMonarchy.com

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I would be pleased to hear from you whether you are very inspired by what I do or think I’m nuts.

Take the poll here!

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Thank you for your consideration!

In addition please review this wonderful letter I received from one of our Naval officers.

God bless you and may the Blessed Virgin Mary with Ste. Jehanne d’Arc and Ste. Thérèse de Lisieux pray for you always!

StM

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Fleur-Darc: Now available in paperback and Kindle versions

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Le Royaume website with siteFleur-Darc, a one volume compilation of my books, now in paperback and Kindle versions.

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Le Royaume, the book: now in paperback and Kindle versions

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Now available in e-formats: The Counterrevolutionary and Royal Army of America

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The Counterrevolutionary and Royal Army of America – An Introduction to the Counterrevolution is now available on Kindle for only $0.99. I wanted to make it free; however, Amazon insisted on a minimum price of $0.99.

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This book was published several years ago. I took it out of publication over a year ago since the contents herein are found in my more comprehensive book, Le Royaume. However, the book sold a number of copies on Kindle, and I have been asked about it. So, I decided to re-publish as its own little booklet.

Small booklet. Quick read.

You may obtain a free e-copy through Smashwords. 

Spread to all who might be interested!

God bless, and may the Virgin Mary with Ste. Jehanne and Ste. Thérèse pray for you always.

StM

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