“Le Royaume” (St. Joan and St. Thérèse) Point 3: Le Royaume is Marian, Thérèsian, and Jehannian in spirituality

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Point 3: Le Royaume is Marian, Thérèsian, and Jehannian in spirituality

We joyfully allow St. Joan and St. Thérèse to lead us on our journey of faith and in the manner that best fulfills our consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary, all in order to be united to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as per the teachings of St. Louis de Montfort and St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Congruent with the first two points of Le Royaume, we are keenly aware of the mystical union between the Church militant, Church suffering, and Church Victorious. This mystical union, as described in point two, demonstrates well the mystery of our devotion which is specifically brought out in the writings on The Dove and Rose (St. Joan and St. Thérèse). There we find that we are both contemplative and active; we are at rest on Thérèse’s Mount Carmel while actively engaged with Joan in the spiritual warfare of the Church militant on earth. Conversely, and somewhat paradoxically, we are as militant as Thérèse and as quietly contemplative as Joan. Heaven is on earth through the Church militant, and we therefore see the magnificent history of Christendom, and notably of the Kingdom of France as the Eldest Daughter of the Church, in light of this mystical union.

Here, we are deeply influenced by St. Joan of Arc whose military banner, along with her responses to her nefarious and ill-willed inquisitors, demonstrated a profoundly clear view of the Church in Heaven united to the Church on earth. To anoint a King in Rheims was to fulfill a Heavenly ordained mission. To fight for the Kingdom of France on earth was to fight for the Kingdom of God in Heaven as Joan pointed out so poignantly to Charles VII when she informed him that the Kingdom of France belonged to Jesus Christ as King of Kings. Charles, as King of temporal France, was to be the steward of the Kingdom of France for Jesus Christ.

Our mission on earth is to transform the earth through this very mystical union. We pray always that “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” While this Kingdom is primarily in the hearts of men and is not “of this world,” it is nevertheless through the hearts of men that the temporal social, cultural, and political order “in this world” is established. Thus, to affect change “not of this world” in the hearts of men is to congruently affect change “in the world” through the social, cultural, and political order.

This transformation must first happen in our own hearts if we are to participate in the mission of Le Royaume, the mystical Kingdom of France, through the spiritual influences of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and St. Joan of Arc. Here we see the importance of the Tradition of the Church through the writings and examples of the great saints and Doctors of the Church (of which St. Thérèse is one Doctor) who traveled The Trail of the Dogmatic Creed before us. We are attuned to them in order to find true spirituality and to detect and reject outright as deadly and diabolical the false spiritualities and philosophies of the modern world such as Protestantism, New Age, “Spiritual but not Religious,” Secularism, and Scientific Atheism. We seek only The Cross through the doctrines, dogmas, and magisterial guidance of the Holy Catholic Church.

Repentance, contrition for sins (of which ours are too numerable to count and too horrible to contemplate), self-knowledge acquired through the guidance of the Holy Spirit flowing from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a desire to re-order our lives through sanctifying grace flowing from the infinite merits of Jesus Christ’s life, passion, death, and resurrection, and a holy fear of God born of our unconditional love referenced in point two of Le Royaume, are all essential elements in our Marian, Thérèsian, and Jehannian spirituality.

We reject as diabolical the New Age and modern psycho-therapeutic nonsense that seeks to affirm every belief and lifestyle while denying sin, judgment, and the reality of Hell. We know that we are grave sinners, bringing ourselves low like mere toads and snails as St. Louis de Montfort refers. The goodness of our created being is blackened through our own fault and through the misuse of our free-will.

In the light of Le Royaume, this pitiful darkness is transformed into magnificent light through Hope. Through the Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ alone, and with no help from the psycho-therapeutic, New Age heresies of modern spiritualities, we are raised up through Hope to embrace the Mercy of Our Savior. By His Mercy we are able to love our home, Le Royaume, with the Holy Trinity, the angels, and the saints as God’s intrinsic goodness drives us to do and as mentioned in point two.

Thus, gratitude is an essential spiritual characteristic of our union with the Holy Virgin Mary, St. Joan, and St. Thérèse. We must eliminate our complaints and grievances as these reflect nothing more than our vulgar, self-centered pre-occupations. They negatively transform our unconditional love into conditional dependency and spiritual immaturity.

Gratitude in all things, be they sickness, poverty, perceived injustices, or even imminent death, is foundational to the Kingdom. Ingratitude cannot enter Le Royaume. We are eternally grateful to God in all circumstances of life simply because He Is Who He Is.

StM

About S.T. Martin

S.T. Martin is my nom de plume which stands for "Ste. Thérèse Martin." Martin was Ste. Thérèse's surname before entering Carmel. Professionally, I am an educator and experienced business executive. Academically, I hold an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University and a Masters Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University. Raised as a Methodist, I joined the Catholic Church on Easter of 1985, just prior to marrying my wife of nearly 30 years. My works are personal testimonials to the sublime benefits of True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin as formulated by St. Louis de Montfort as well as to "Le Royaume," the kingdom blessed of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Le Royaume is the mystical Kingdom of France belonging to Jesus Christ as King of Kings, to the Virgin Mary as our heavenly Queen who holds the Fleur-de-lis dear to her heart, and to Sts. Joan and Thérèse, who are the secondary co-patronesses of France. "To Jesus through Mary in the friendship and sisterly care of Sts. Joan and Thérèse!"
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