“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…
Fine. 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.
We 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).
At 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.
Eventually, 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).
From 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.
I 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.
It 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).
I 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.
I 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.
And 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!