How Le Royaume operates in light of the Classifications of Grace

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Le Royaume’s Vision and Mission explained in light of the Dogmatic Causes of Grace

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Le Royaume’s over-arching Vision established by Jesus Christ for the universal Church:

“Set your hearts on his Kingdom first, and on God’s saving justice, and all these other things will be given you as well.” (Mt 6:33) “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Mt 6:9-10).

Le Royaume’s particular Vision Statement born of the traditional mystical relationship between the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joan of Arc, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and the Kingdom of France:

“The sovereign establishment on earth as it is in Heaven of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Kingdom of France bathed in the mystically beautiful light of the combined spirituality of Sts. Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux.”

Le Royaume’s Mission Statement:

“Le Royaume’s mission is to inspire souls through Truth, Beauty, and Goodness to seek the subjective application of the fruits of Christ’s Redemption in sanctifying grace by a repentant, dogmatic confession of Catholic faith and to develop a spiritual Vision that will open their hearts to the possibility of efficacious actual graces that will aid them in growing and persevering in that sanctifying grace.

Le Royaume primarily fulfills her mission by inspiring souls to engage in a contemplative Eucharistic journey in total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary and through the holy, beautiful combined spirituality of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Through the influence of the primary means, Le Royaume fulfills her mission secondarily by evangelically advocating God’s love through the beautiful spiritual pedagogy of Traditional French Catholicism and devotion to the Renaissance of Catholic France.”

In short, “To Jesus through Mary in the friendship and sisterly care of Sts. Joan and Thérèse!”

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Le Royaume’s Vision and Mission in light of the Causes of Grace

In order to present the Vision and Mission of Le Royaume in as clear a light as possible, we demonstrate here where we place her (as designated by parentheticals) in subjugation to the general hierarchy of Causes of Grace as outlined in Dr. Ludwig Otts’ Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, Section on The Doctrine of Grace, Part 1: 2.3.

It is clearly stated in the writings on Le Royaume that:

“Le Royaume does not assume Traditional French Catholicism to be normative for the Church as a whole nor superior to any other focused interest. On the contrary, our interest in French Catholic spirituality leads us to appreciate the richness of cultural expression throughout the universal Church. The more we love Le Royaume de France, the more we come to appreciate the unique roles other cultures play in the Church and what the Church does in uniting us all as a family in the Faith.”

The purpose of communicating Le Royaume in the light of the hierarchy of Causes is to demonstrate the above point such that we understand her contribution in general to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, the Body and Bride of Christ, and further to demonstrate that Le Royaume does not see herself as normative for the Church at large. Le Royaume does not aim to create something novel; she seeks only to inspire others to be open to the possibility of actual, assisting graces from God which excite the soul to salutary works and prepare the soul for, preserve it in, and increase in it habitual, sanctifying grace.

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The Principle Efficient Cause, we believe and hope in charity for God and our neighbor, is the grace of God Who is the most Holy Trinity as revealed to us through Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterial teachings of the Holy Catholic Church.

The Principle Efficient Instrumental Cause is Christ’s humanity and the sacraments of the Church He founded and alone through which He established our means of salvation.

The Secondary Efficient Instrumental Cause (Le Royaume), stemming from Christ’s humanity as the God-man, is the divine motherhood of Mary, ever Virgin, Immaculate in Conception, Queen of Heaven, and the Mediatrix of all Grace.

The Third Efficient Instrumental Cause (Le Royaume) is devotion to, and the intercession of, Saints Jehanne d’Arc and Thérèse de Lisieux as the secondary Co-Patronesses of France.

The Fourth Efficient Instrumental Cause (Le Royaume) is the mystical relationship between the temporal Kingdom of France and the Immaculate Heart of Mary as witnessed by King Louis XIII and Queen Anne’s consecration of France to the Virgin Mary in 1638, as well as France’s role as the Eldest Daughter of the Church beginning with King Clovis’ baptism at Rheims in 496 AD, extending through the Carolingian dynasty of Charlemagne, and through the Capetian dynasty of Hugh Capet, the latter now manifested in the House of Bourbon.

(Note how Le Royaume’s Mission Statement includes all of the efficient causes of grace.)

The Meritorious Cause is the God-man Jesus Christ through the Redemption.

The Principle Final Cause is the glory of God.

The Secondary Final Cause is the eternal salvation of man.

The Third Final Cause (Le Royaume) is the The Reign of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the hearts of all men.

The Fourth Final Cause (Le Royaume) is an increase of devotion in hearts so inclined to Saints Jehanne d’Arc and Thérèse de Lisieux.

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The Fifth Final Cause (Le Royaume) is, using the ancient and mystical Kingdom of France as a type, devotion to the Social Kingship of Christ in the collective hearts of men as they look to form peaceful earthly societies, worthy governing bodies, and just laws that would be in harmony with the will of God as expressed through His Holy Roman Catholic Church and the Natural Law.

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Thus, as seen above, Le Royaume sees herself only in the context of the graces God bestows on us through His only means of salvation: The Holy Catholic Church. Le Royaume sees herself completely subordinated to the Church as a personal devotion, and only as a third, fourth, or fifth cause down the Dogmatic hierarchy of the Church’s teachings on grace. She is completely obedient to the Church and that Dogma.

Le Royaume aims only to inspire and to be a “counter-revolutionary hermeneutic of continuity that strengthens the Church in the modern world as envisioned in Vatican II.”

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Fatima Prophecies, Russia, Vladimir Putin…. you know….

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There are a number of apocalyptic warnings running through social media these days which are driven by the recent events in Russia and Ukraine. Even before the conflict in Ukraine, Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, was raising eyebrows in the West with his aggressive and forthright condemnations of Western culture. Today, we see his traditionally minded religious overtones coming together with a rather reinvigorated Russian army in a way that sparks many memories and fears regarding prophecies concerning Russia.

The prophecy that gets discussed most often is that of Our Lady of Fatima, who instructed us to pray for the conversion of Russia and to ask for the Pope to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart. She further warned us that Russia would “spread her errors” to the rest of the world if this conversion did not take place. If Russia did convert, according to Our Lady, peace would rein in the world and her Immaculate Heart would triumph.

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Remember, at the time, early – mid 1917, Russia was still a Christian monarchy. The Bolshevik revolution had yet to take place, though it was just around the corner. In fact, Our Lady came before the revolution to warn us.

What we hear often these days is that the incursion by the Russians into the Crimea represents the beginning of the prophetic “spreading of errors” by Russia as prophesied by Our Lady. Supposedly, this represents the beginning of a takeover of Europe by the Russians that will lead their troops to the footsteps of the Vatican. This is the great chastisement to be brought upon the world, even though what the Russians are bringing is a commitment to a restored Christian culture. The logical conclusion to this is that we are to oppose the efforts of Vladimir Putin to bring about a restoration of Christian society by supporting the pagan West in all of its blasphemous, cultural debauchery.

However, I have a question about this.

Has not Russia already spread her “errors” around the world? Has not the spirit of communism triumphed in the world already? Is it not the West that is now an atheistic society opposed to religion and Christian culture? It seems to me that Russia did, in fact, “spread her errors” over the past four or five decades, just as Our Lady predicted. Now that Vladimir Putin is staunchly defending Christian values and Christian civilization against the abominable culture of the West, does this not reflect the beginning of the conversion of Russia? Is Russia’s move a chastisement for the West, or a sign of the beginning of her conversion, or both?

It seems to me that the latter is the case. Russia appears to be in the process of conversion while the West is in a state of irreversible cultural decline brought about through paganism, atheism, and the outright rejection of God. Certainly, Russia does not reflect a perfect Christian civilization, nor is there any utopian vision on my behalf that any such society exists. However, what I do see in Vladimir Putin is a leader who is willing to take on the evils destroying our people in the West. We certainly do not see our own leaders doing the same.

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Could it be that Vladimir Putin is doing all of this simply as a political ploy? Of course it could be. How can we know his true motives? We can’t. Yet, at the same time, we do not see the leaders of the West even pretending to defend Christian culture. In fact, we see them actively working to destroy it. Can we trust our leaders in the West any more than we can trust Vladimir Putin? To put it bluntly, if one is a Christian, which leaders can we count on to most effectively represent and defend our interests, ours in the West or Vladimir Putin?

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At the end of the day, Putin is at least saying the right things as opposed to our own leaders. Perhaps he simply is taking advantage of the traditional religious spirit of the Russian people for his own advantage. It certainly would not be the first time in world political affairs that this type of manipulation happened. Even if this were true, it does not mean necessarily that what he is doing works against our general interest. Our main interest needs to be the eradication of the abominable and blasphemous culture in which we are living at this moment in the West. We very much are in need of a chastisement. It is likely that we are on the verge of getting one. Chastisements are given by God as a means of purification. If we are getting a chastisement, it is certainly the medicine that we need.

Thus, as I think over the situation in light of Our Lady’s request at Fatima, I wonder if the hysterics around how Russia is now “spreading her errors” is not somewhat misguided. I contend that she already has spread her errors, and that we, in the West, are now in the throes of atheistic communism while Russia seems to be on the road to conversion.

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In this sense I continue to support, in principle, Vladimir Putin and the efforts the Russians are making to restore sanity to our completely lost world. I certainly do not support unjust war or immoral acts of aggression, if any of Russia’s activities can be defined objectively in this light. I do not support any type of Russian fascism or Russian xenophobia. I do not support Russian nationalism over my own American nationalism. However, I do support Russian efforts to reject the cultural sewage of the West and to resurrect the life-giving values of Christian society in a spirit of counterrevolution.

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Catholic Answers, Michael Voris, The Remnant: “Take the best and leave the rest”

 

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There is a New Evangelization going on in the Church these days. Many people are confused about what that is supposed to entail, myself included. However, I recall hearing Scott Hahn on the EWTN series, “The New Evangelization,” explain that this has to do with “re-catechizing the already baptized.” In other words, the New Evangelization, the term being popularly coined by Pope John Paul II while the idea goes back to Pope Paul VI, is about evangelizing Catholics who have fallen away or who are otherwise tepid in their faith. We certainly want to evangelize everyone, of course. But, until we re-ignite the existing Catholic body, we are not at full strength as the Body of Christ for the work of evangelization in the larger, unbelieving pagan world with its culture and associated political and economic structures. Interestingly, Michael Voris of Church Militant TV said basically the same thing in a recent Vortex video.

This talk of the New Evangelization, EWTN, and Michael Voris leads me to my main thesis. For those of us who are the Joe and Joline Average in the pews, who therefore are the targets of this New Evangelization, there seems to be a split in the lay leadership driving it. There are several groups that have risen to prominence over the years and who have taken on high profile roles in the work of evangelization and Catholic Apologetics. For Joe and Joline Average, who, like everyone else, spends significant time on, and gets significant information from, the internet and social media, there are three key groups. They are not always in sync with each other. In fact, sometimes they bicker and fight.

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The first group is what I call the Catholic Answers group. They seem galvanized around the likes of Catholic Answers, EWTN, Patrick Madrid, and Mark Shea. In general, though not in all cases, they share a common background as converts from Protestantism under the Pontificate of John Paul II. They are strongly networked. When attacked, they tend to form a “Shield Wall” much the way the Saxons locked arms and shields in defense of the homeland during the Norman Invasion. The perception to Joe and Joline Average is that they keep their disagreements close to the vest and quickly come to each other’s defense. They are the mainstream Catholic media. And, to be sure, there is nothing wrong with being mainstream media. They are very measured in any criticism of the Church’s hierarchy and will not (it seems), under any circumstance, criticize the Pope. They are the ones we can count on to write the “What the Pope really said” articles in defense of Mother Church, Tradition, and the Holy Father after the secular media uses and abuses the Pope’s statements. They have had significant influence in the Catholic world, converting people and defending the Faith, and I (a Joe) choose to believe that much of what they do is a very good thing.

The second group is The Remnant and their sympathizers. They do not hesitate to criticize the Pope in a spirit of what is termed “Loyal Opposition.” They are the “rad-trads.” They profess loyalty to the Holy Father while questioning where he is going. And there is nothing wrong with that so long as it is done in a spirit of charitable discretion and respectful, humble modesty. This group is decidedly not mainstream. They tend to play the role of the “resistance,” much like the old counterrevolutionary forces in France, meeting in pubs and spreading literature on the street corners for the movement to defend the King and the Church. As with Catholic Answers, I choose to believe that much of what they do is good.

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The third group is the Michael Voris, Church Militant TV (CMTV) crowd. This is a hard-hitting, no punches pulled organization that aims to “trap and expose lies and falsehoods” (as their Vortex video series describes it). They go after any and all in the Church to expose the enemy and the enemy’s works in the Church. They have fought alongside the Remnant forces in the past but recently aired a video for the sole purpose of explaining that, as opposed to and even in criticism of The Remnant, they will not, under any circumstance, criticize the Pope (to the applause of Mark Shea in the Catholic Answers group). In addition to their hard hitting Vortex, CMTV has a wonderful offering of Church catechesis. Many think that CMTV only offers the “nose-punch to the Bishop,” but, in fact, they offer much more in terms of the richness and grandeur of the Faith. CMTV, like the Remnant, is decidedly not mainstream. I choose to believe that much of what CMTV does is for the good of the Church.

Not surprisingly, the three groups, all working in the Father’s Vineyard to restore the flame of Catholic sacramental life and spirituality in the hearts of the faithful, do not always see eye to eye (don’t let that applause from the Catholic Answers group to CMTV fool you). Sometimes they accuse each other of treason – even high treason! Catholic Answers is the larger and better equipped army with its significant access to the Church hierarchy and mainstream supporters. The Remnant operates in that realm of resistance with a less forceful presence on the battlefield but a strong influence in the local pub. CMTV is a “God wills it!” strike-force Calvary that attacks enemy lines straight-on, like Bohemond struck the Mohammedan forces in the First Crusade. However, CMTV recently had skirmishes with both Catholic Answers and The Remnant. As the result, CMTV seems to be somewhat of an isolated, stand-alone army.

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What to make of all this?

The key for Joe and Joline Average, I think, is to follow the advice in the old saying, “Take the best and leave the rest.” Joe and Joline need to focus on being authentically Catholic through the Sacraments, the teachings of Holy Mother Church, Sacred Scripture, and the lives and writings of the Saints and not focused on with which force in the field to side. As average lay Catholics, we have no need, and certainly no obligation, to follow any of these groups. Yet, they all do provide a wealth of valuable resources for us.

I do believe that Our Lord is working through all of these groups to bring about that much needed “New Evangelization.” It may seem that they are in bitter conflict from time to time, and it is true that they are. However, they are all working for the same team. Sometimes on the sports field, even in practice, we see teammates getting into a fight with each other. They have disagreements but nevertheless are on the same team. Sometimes it can be good for some of the team’s leaders to get into a scuffle, just to clear the air. Our job, as Joe and Joline Average on that same team, is not to let it get out of hand. We might occasionally have to step in between or jump on their backs to break them up.

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Even though these groups are made up of lay people like us, we must recognize the distinct possibility that Jesus Christ has raised them to provide leadership for His purposes and is not fighting for one side and opposed to the others. Perhaps Jesus is not “for” Catholic Answers and “against” The Remnant (or vice versa). It is possible in my books, just an average Joe in the pews, that Jesus Christ with our most Holy Mother Mary and all the Saints are working with all of them, warts, defects, shortcomings, and all, to jab, push, provoke, and inspire the rest of us out of our tepidity and cowardice and into the living flames of Love in the Holy Spirit.

I choose to believe that. I choose to grant an audience to all of them, The Remnant, CMTV, and Catholic Answers. I do not, however, choose to carry any one group’s banner, or at least choose not to carry their banner exclusively.

I choose to “take the best and leave the rest.”

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The history of Le Royaume de France Catholique – my lifetime project. How did it start?

FB Banner Sept 23 2013 with truth goodness beauty“Now, I insist upon this, because the conscience of a repentant sinner is often uneasy at finding religion a task to him. He thinks he ought to rejoice in the Lord at once, and it is true he is often told to do so; he is often taught to begin by cultivating high affections. Perhaps he is even warned against offering to God what is termed a formal service. Now this is reversing the course of a Christian’s life. The prodigal son judged better, when he begged to be made one of his father’s servants—he knew his place. We must begin religion with what looks like a form. Our fault will be, not in beginning it as a form, but in continuing it as a form. For it is our duty to be ever striving and praying to enter into the real spirit of our services, and in proportion as we understand them and love them, they will cease to be a form and a task, and will be the real expressions of our minds. Thus shall we gradually be changed in heart from servants into sons of Almighty God. And though from the very first, we must be taught to look to Christ as the Saviour of sinners, still His very love will frighten, while it encourages us, from the thought of our ingratitude. It will fill us with remorse and dread of judgment, for we are not as the heathen, we have received privileges, and have abused them.”

~ Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman “Christian Repentance”, Parochial and Plain Sermons, Volume 3

The quote above expresses exactly my own experience in the development of the lifetime project given to me by the Lord Jesus Christ. That project, Le Royaume, the central concept for all of my work, is the Form toward which I yearn, move, and continue daily on my Journey along the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with Ste. Jeanne d’Arc and Ste. Thérèse de l’Enfant Jésus. All of my books and websites flow from Le Royaume’s mystical Form like rivers cascade from a snow-capped mountain peak. If you follow these rivers upward, you will find their source on a majestic mountaintop.

Imagine standing in a peaceful meadow next to a fresh lake mirroring the mountains in the distance and following with your eyes the streams that flow into it. You trace the streams to the winding, meandering rivers and up through the hills and even further until you see the waterfalls and then the peak, the source itself. As a spectator, you are edified, and your spirit is uplifted. Yet, the beautiful scene, with its interesting and mysterious pathways to the summit, its roaring waters and breathtaking wholeness of grandeur, leave you unwilling to be a mere spectator. You desire it. You realize that this is the journey for which you have longed all your life. It is the journey that you were put on earth to pursue. It is the journey of your destiny. Finally, filled with both the vision and the desire, you step forward and move toward it. Removing all trepidation at a certain point, you begin to walk briskly, to run, and perhaps even to dance. This is the experience of Le Royaume, and it goes to heart of Cardinal Newman’s thesis above, that we must not simply begin with the Form or Vision and stay there, we must ultimately be transformed by it “in heart from servants into sons of Almighty God.”

This experience of seeing the Form and being transformed by it metaphorically represents the journey of Faith (the Vision), Hope (the Desire), and Love (the Movement) through the doctrines and dogmas of the Holy Catholic Church. This is that to which I refer when I speak of walking the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with Ste. Jeanne d’Arc and Ste. Thérèse. They are my ever faithful celestial sisters and patronesses guiding me on the Trail toward the Kingdom of God as represented by the image of “Le Royaume” (The Kingdom) and specifically communicated through Traditional French Catholicism and the Renaissance of Catholic France as is befitting to our heavenly sisters’ influence. This image is not normative for the Church, as the Church is her own norm and is not bound by any particular cultural or pedagogical image, but it is the image that makes up the Form for my lifetime project. And I have a great desire to share this lifetime project with others.

How did this all come about? After all, in 2006 I was spiritually dead and almost physically dead. I was not far from the first death and no doubt from the second as well. What happened? How did my earthly resurrection take place and an astonishing Vision planted in my intellect, heart, and ultimately in my will? I went from near death to seeing the Form mentioned above. The specific date of this transformation was July 17, 2006. July 17, 1429 is the day that Joan of Arc escorted Charles VII into the Cathedral at Rheims to be crowned King of France. That coronation represented an important step in her earthly mission to save France. July 17, 2006 is the day that Joan of Arc completed an important step in her earthly mission with me. It was the day that she saved me through her intercession and that of Our Lady and Ste. Thérèse to our Lord God, Jesus Christ. Through His Cross and Resurrection, I was set free and established on new footing to serve the mystical Kingdom of France, just as on July 17, 1429 Charles was set free and established on new footing to serve the temporal Kingdom of France.

Here, through this saving grace and the intercession of Ste. Jeanne d’Arc, the seed of Le Royaume de France Catholique (the Kingdom of Catholic France) cracked in my soul and began to sprout. Over the next 5-6 years, it would break through the soil and begin to grow toward the sunlight. I had no idea at the time what was going to develop. I did not create the Form toward which I was to grow; it was given to me by the hands of the most Holy Virgin Mary, Mediatrix of all graces, when I renewed my total consecration to her in the cathedral of St. Louis the King in St. Louis, Missouri.

This whole affair is what led me, in the Fall of 2008, to write a book. There was no other intention than that of simply writing a book to tell people my story. A book. Nothing more. The book I wrote is called Journey to Christendom – The Freedom Dance and is a spiritual autobiography. The influence of Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux filled these pages and would continue to fill all of my pages through all of my books and all of my websites. The first three words of the Forward to Journey are: Joan of Arc…

JTC2Fine. The book was written. I sat back to take in the satisfaction that the project that had inflamed my heart with desire for several months was complete. However, the satisfaction proved to be premature. Something inside of me was tugging on my heart to write more. I knew what that “more” was to be. Journey ended with my explanation of how the Vision, the Form, came to pass. It did not, however, explain what that Vision really was. I knew that I needed to explain that Vision, and I began writing more. The outcome was a sequel called Seek First the Kingdom – The March of Hope. Like Journey, it spoke of my Journey along the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with Ste. Jeanne and Ste. Thérèse, but this time the emphasis was on that Vision, a Vision that was ever developing and that I still did not know would become Le Royaume. But I was being transformed, as Cardinal Newman demands, by that Form and moving toward it.

Seek FirstWe all know that when we are trying to express metaphorical images and spiritual concepts, poetry becomes a very useful mode of communication. In my feeble attempts to explain my Journey with Ste. Jeanne and Ste. Thérèse on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed, I began writing poetry. Before long, I had my third book, a book of Poetry called Little Flowers and Fiery Towers in honor of Ste. Thérèse (the Little Flower) and Ste. Jeanne (who was martyred on a Fiery Tower).

Little Flowers and Fiery Towers croppedAt this point, now a couple of years down the road in 2010, I decided to start a blog. Through this blog, appropriately named “Ste. Jehanne et Ste. Thérèse” (St. Joan and St. Thérèse), my writings flourished even more. Here, on the blog, I more robustly developed the Vision and began to see its Form more clearly through the mist of the metaphorical meadow as the Kingdom of Catholic France dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Ste. Jeanne with Ste. Thérèse as co-patronesses of France. This Kingdom was the Form as it became more visible, perched magnificently on the peak of that snow-capped mountain and the peak from which the river-like torrents of graces were flowing into my soul. Ste. Jeanne and Ste. Thérèse were unyielding in urging me forward.

Ste Jehanne et Ste Thérèse Blog with siteEventually, I decided to bind these blog writings together into a book. This became The Dove and Rose, named, again in honor of Ste. Jeanne and Ste. Thérèse, as The Dove (Ste. Jeanne – an English soldier witnessed a dove flying out of her flames and toward unoccupied France) and The Rose (Ste. Thérèse – who said that she would send a shower of roses from heaven after she died).

The Dove And Rose Third EditionFrom this point, with four books and a blog, I decided that I needed an author’s website! That seemed to be the thing that authors did. So, I developed The Dove and Rose website to serve as that author’s page.

Dove and Rose FB BannerI continued looking for new avenues of expression. There was a sense that the writing and blog development were not merely expressions of the Vision but that they were actually active tools in the hands of Our Lady, the Virgin Mary, through whom the Holy Spirit was pouring these graces in a cascade from the peak of the mountain into my soul. It occurred to me that I needed more than a blog; I needed a website in order to communicate all of this in a more focused manner. Le Royaume, the website, was born. This would serve ultimately as the central nervous system for all of my work and the site through which all other sites would flow, since it represents that Kingdom on the snow-capped mountain peak from which the rivers of grace are flowing.

Le Royaume website with siteIt was at this point, in developing Le Royaume’s website, that the Vision and Mission statements came together. Importantly, from the Mission came Le Royaume’s three fundamental programs: Seek the Kingdom (Verité), Love the Kingdom (Beauté), Defend the Kingdom (Bonté).

Le Royaume Model October 2013 truth beauty goodnessI had websites already representing the first two: Verité (Le Royaume) and Beauté (The Dove and Rose), so it felt natural to support the third, Bonté, with a website. Therefore, I launched the Counterrevolutionary and Royal Army of America website, linked back to Le Royaume just as The Dove and Rose author’s pages was.

CRAA FB BannerI then published the specific content of Le Royaume, with the Vision, Mission, Programs, and Guiding Principles along with key blog post essays for those who were interested in the entire vision itself. This book is simply, and aptly, called Le Royaume.

Le Royaume December 2013 croppedFinally, for those who were interested in my first four books (excluding Le Royaume) at a discounted price, I put them into one volume called Fleur-Darc.

fleurdarcAnd there is the general story behind Le Royaume. I hope you will stop by the Kingdom for a while and enjoy yourselves. For those interested in becoming more actively engaged in Le Royaume, please read my “Est-ce  que Le Royaume?” (What is Le Royaume) page on my website where I explain what this is and how you might participate.

Keep in mind that I am nobody and seek only to inspire, not to teach. I hope that you are so inspired.

May Ste. Jehanne d’Arc and Ste. Thérèse de Lisieux with the Virgin Mary pray for you always!

StM

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Neo-Catholics: Look behind you

FB Banner Sept 23 2013“Vatican II is the French Revolution in the Church. One cannot understand the French or the Russian revolutions unless one knows something of the old regimes which they brought to an end… It is the same in church affairs: a reaction can only be judged in relation to the state of things that preceded it. The Second Vatican Council marked the end of an epoch; and if we stand back from it a little more we see it marked the end of a series of epochs, the end of an age”
          ~ Cardinal Suenens, a leading voice at the Second Vatican Council.

Do not let the quote above startle you. I am not a member of the SSPX or any other fringe group, and a cursory review of this blog and my website, Le Royaume, will demonstrate that I aim always to be in union with our Holy Father the Pope and the Magisterium of the Church in a counterrevolutionary hermeneutic of continuity with Sacred Tradition. And just to prove further my credentials, note that the last part, the “hermeneutic of continuity” is typically frowned upon by my SSPX friends. I even aggravate SSPXers. But, then again, I am not SSPX.

Le Royaume Model October 2013 truth beauty goodnessNow, if the quote does, in fact, startle you due to the nature of the threat it poses to the Church, then fine. I will get to that. If the quote means nothing to you, then we have some ground to cover. If the quote annoys you because you know I am bringing into the light what you hoped would stay lurking in the darkness, then, well, I will get to that as well.

Let us cover the ground of the middle group first. The Church, both in hierarchy and in the mainstream media, seems to be dominated by those who simply do not understand the intrinsic nature of the quote above. Or, perhaps they do but knowing the awful consequences and responsibilities that follow from acknowledging it, they brush it aside hoping that the paradigm it commands will be left in the shadows. It would, after all, “upset the apple cart.”

apple cartThese are the “Neo-Conservatives,” or “Neo-Catholics.” Many of them, though not all, are converts from Protestantism (as I am myself) who came into the Church in the 80s and 90s (as I did as well: 1985) and who have, over that time, come to dominate Catholic publications, apologetics, and television media (as I have not, just to clarify!). Their view of the Church, highly influenced by Vatican II and John Paul II, the Pope of their (our) conversion, seems to have become the “real” view. These views are orthodox, and they are often supported by Bishops and influential priests who give them, rightfully so as the dignity of these ecclesiastical offices would mandate, a high degree of credibility. What, then, could possibly be the matter with that?

fiver-confused-graphic2In a certain sense, nothing is wrong with that. It is a great benefit for the Church to have these energetic, knowlegeable, and articulate defenders of the Faith. However, in another sense, there is a real problem with it. That problem is that the Church these “conservative” converts are “conserving” from heresy and liberalizing forces, was already in a state of liberal revolution when they (we) joined. The Church they are defending is a revolutionized Church. Making matters more troublesome is the perception that they are what I call, “Vatican II-centrists,” meaning, they, consciously or unconsciously, see Vatican II as the center of the universe of Catholic Truths. They look from Vatican II outward, and backward, through the 2,000 year-old sacred deposit of the Faith rather than looking forward from that sacred deposit toward Vatican II. Their vantage point potentially is deadly, even for an orthodox mind. If they stood looking from the other vantage point, they would see and fully grasp not only the diabolical nature of what that quote means but just how TRUE it is. In general, this mind fails to grasp fully the Revolution because it was born into a Revolutionized Church and believes that it is supposed to spread the Good News of this revolutionized Church.

libertyNow, let us be clear. This revolutionized Church IS the Catholic Church and IS the true Church established by Jesus Christ and IS the only source of salvation for the world. Our Pope IS the true Pope. We owe obedience to this Church and this Pope. The point, however, is that Christ is being crucified in His Church by this Revolution. All the while, the Neo-Catholics are trying to convert through the “New Evangelization,” heretics, atheists, and pagans who are trying to come over the wall while being blinded to enemies of the faith behind them in the castle courtyard and even in the King and Queen’s ministries. These enemies have no intention of converting. They know who they are and what they intend to do (and have done). They intend to crucify Christ; it is no accident. These enemies have only one goal: the destruction of the Holy Catholic Church. Our apologetics will yield little real fruit for the defense of the Church without this recognition of Revolutionary flames burning inside the walls of the Kingdom.

In addition, to be sure, this is not  simply a conservative/liberal debate. It is a revolutionary/counterrevolutionary war for the soul of the Church. A good litmus test is this: if you believe that Vatican II ushered in a “Springtime” for the Church and a “New Pentecost” that simply has not quite come to fruition, and we just need to push it harder, than you likely are the Neo-Catholic who does not understand Revolution and Counterrevolution. Yes, you are bringing people into the “real Church” which is a very good and necessary thing for sure. But do you see what is happening inside the “real Church” you are bringing them into? We need to make sure our converts are Catholics who see the threat of the Revolution, not Neo-Catholics who seem to not see, or at least to not fully acknowledge, that threat. We do not want to pull them from the hot stove only to throw them into the fire. A review of the recent Vatican survey reveals that the majority of Catholics worldwide are, in fact, in the fire of full blown revolution.

abuse1.jpgIf, though, you immediately grasped and were startled by the dire threat in the message above and know that it represents the real, over-arching issue in the Church these days, then you are a true counterrevolutionary. If, conversely, you immediately grasped and were startled by the dire threat to you in my dragging it into the light, then you are neither Neo-Catholic nor merely liberal. You, my friend, are a Revolutionary.

If you are a Revolutionary, repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand. Come and join the Counterrevolution for the restoration of the glory of the Holy Catholic Church and of the cultural spirit of Christendom. If you are a Neo-Catholic – keep up the good fight – but look at the flames burning behind you – and come join the Counterrevolution as well.

StM

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What is a “counterrevolutionary hermeneutic of continuity” anyway? And why are Radtrads on more solid ground?

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FB Banner Sept 23 2013I wrote previously about the hermeneutic of continuity and how that hermeneutic is viewed differently by Radtrads (as termed by Neo-Caths) and Neo-Caths (as termed by Radtrads). Both sides claim to use the hermeneutic of continuity. And how could we not if we accept Vatican II and have any hope of ultimately being called the only term that matters when the dust settles, that is, “Catholic.” To be Catholic is to be in union with both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition through obedience to the Pope and the Magesterium of the Church. Of course we must claim continuity, or we must reject the Council altogether. And rejecting the Council creates problems with that “Catholic” identifier.

The issue, as I pointed out, is not that Radtrads reject the Council but that they begin the hermeneutic with Sacred Tradition as the efficient agent of interpretation, while Neo-Caths begin the hermeneutic with Vatican II as the efficient agent. For the Neo-Cath, an interpretation of Sacred Tradition is correct only if it works with the VII schemata. For the Radtrad, an interpretation of VII is correct only if it works with the pre-VII Sacred Tradition schemata. These are two very different viewpoints under the one auspice of “continuity.”

Dancer coupleI believe that the Neo-Cath view is one that is defenseless against revolutionary forces in the Church. The Neo-Cath who thinks of himself as “conservative” and a “real” Catholic who always obeys the Holy Father and the Magisterium of the Church, and who does so under the banner of a “By whose authority?” apologetic against Protestants is caught in a maelstrom of “Satanic smoke” in the Church which is revolutionary and bent on destroying her. The Neo-Caths seem never to  grasp that they are defending, or “conserving,” a Church that has been revolutionized and liberalized by the very council they use as their hermeneutical eye-glass. This is why they are Neo-Caths. They defend a liberalized foundation but consider themselves “conservative.” They are powerless to stop the onslaught of heresy in the Church, though they try very hard to do so. But their hermeneutical orientation of “continuity” is founded on the shifting sand of novelty which is the fruit (at least thus far) of the Second Vatican Council. They mean well, but they are not on a rock. They are on sand. The Devil pulled a fast one on them.

sand-houseThe Radtrad orientation rests on the Rock of Catholic Tradition. It demands to know how post-Vatican II novelties can explain themselves. Radtrads know that we must be “Tradition-centric” in our hermeneutic rather than “Vatican II-centric.” (Obviously, both would claim to be “Christo-centric” which is the real goal and issue at hand.) Therefore, the Radtrad takes a counterrevolutionary position. The Radtrad does not reject Vatican II; he merely asks for an interpretation that fits Catholic Dogma and the organic development of doctrine developed in the many centuries before it. He rejects novelty, not Vatican II. For example, if one interprets Vatican II to mean that the Catholic Faith need no longer have a preeminent position in culture and politics, as in the days of ancient Christendom, then he demands a more faithful explanation. If one interprets Vatican II to mean that we no longer need to worry about worshiping alongside pagans and false religions, he demands a more faithful explanation. If one interprets Vatican II to mean that we no longer see ourselves as the unique, fullness of God’s revelation in Jesus Christ, outside of which there is no salvation, where we are to embrace a new, collegial Christianity with Protestants, then he demands a more faithful explanation. In sum, the Radtrad rejects the Satanic, revolutionary influences of “liberté, egalité, fraternité” that is the Smoke of Satan coming out of the council and referenced by Pope Paul VI. Make no mistake, the Radtrad is completely prepared for evangelizing in the 21st century and beyond. He just wants it to be a “real” evangelization that saves souls by bringing them into the Kingdom of God on earth, the Roman Catholic Church, and not an aping evangelization led by Neo-Caths and their upside down hermeneutic.

This is what I refer to when I state that Le Royaume aims to be a “counterrevolutionary hermeneutic of continuity.” This is an interpretation that will accept Vatican II but based on continuity with Sacred Tradition, not the other way around as the Neo-Caths would have it.

Jehanne and Therese Dec 20 contemplateAnd it is the Radtrad hermeneutic that stands solidly against the revolutionary maelstrom ensnaring our Neo-Cath brothers and sisters who think that the universe spins around Vatican II and the post-conciliar Popes, rather than Vatican II spinning around the universal Truth of Catholic Dogma and its organically developed doctrine.

Probably most importantly, the Radtrad hermeneutic is the safest one to follow for the average person in the pew who is concerned not so much with big words like “hermeneutic” but more simply with getting to Heaven.

StM

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