Le Royaume is the outcome of a decade’s work. It represents a window into my soul, which itself reflects the transformation of my being through Catholicism, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and devotion to Sts. Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux, the latter to whom I refer as The Dove and Rose.
“I could not have been raised in a more distant land, culture, or political belief system from that which is stated in the topic of this essay. Even my religious beliefs of youth, though still Christian, were quite different from what they are now. I hope to outline in this essay, for any who might be interested, just how it has come about that I would be Catholic, be strongly attached to Sts. Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux, and be a Monarchist.” (Introduction to The Dove and Rose)
The Dove and Rose – My devotion to St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux
It all began in the Fall of 2008 when I read a poem by St. Thérèse in honor of St. Joan of Arc. In that moment, my life was altered irrevocably. I was put on a new trajectory that continues to this day, one that I hope and pray leads me to the Kingdom of Heaven. The Foundation of this supernatural life-change was the first of three specific devotions conceived in my heart, The Dove and Rose in honor of Sts. Joan and Thérèse. This devotion is so important, primary, and foundational that it has its own separate site. Through the influence of St. Joan of Arc, I began to write.
“Under the influence of St. Joan of Arc, I began to write. It was she who gave me the courage to march forward in such a bold fashion. No one can shake this conviction from me, unless the grace of God is removed from me.”
Le Royaume – my devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Kingdom of Catholic France
As I continued my writing, I felt a challenge before me to connect the dots of my reflections with my own life. Through prayer, Eucharistic adoration, and writing, a theme emerged which I knew to be the image of who I was in the mind of God and where in the Kingdom my destiny lay.
“This daughter of God has had a most profound influence on me. I can say with certainty that through St. Joan, I became more medieval in my mindset with regard to politics, culture, and religion. Initially I thought that this might be simply due to her historical context. I was to learn otherwise. This mindset transcended time and space. It had not so much to do with “medieval” versus “modern” as it did, the “Kingdom of God” versus the “Kingdom of Satan.” St. Joan was not instructing me on how things were back in her time. She was instructing me on how to view things in my own time.”
The second of my devotions burst forth in my soul like sunlight on the morning horizon. That devotion was to the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Kingdom of Catholic and Royal France. Le Royaume was conceived, and I developed it over several years.
Royal Hearts – my devotion to Monarchy as a Form of the Kingdom of God
Through Le Royaume, not only did my love for the Kingdom of France flower, but I developed through St. Joan’s heart a loving devotion for the Monarchy in general. I came to see the Monarchy as not simply a socio-political model of government but a spiritually blessed Form reflecting the Kingdom of Heaven itself. Devotion to the Monarchy became an intrinsic element of my devotion to Le Royaume and to Sts. Joan and Thérèse. It represents a key movement in my soul reflecting the manifestation of my True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin and through her to Jesus Christ our only Savior and Lord. My third devotion came forth, the Royal Hearts.
“I had been given an entirely new stool, or more properly, an entirely new worldview. Religiously, spiritually, socially, economically, politically, and even physically, I had become something new.”
Spiritual autobiographies and poetry
In time, I decided to write a cliff-note version of my story and how I came to be devoted to Sts. Joan and Thérèse. This is a short booklet called My Life with St. Joan and St. Thérèse.
In addition, I wrote a humble book of poetry called Little Flowers and Fiery Towers in honor of Sts. Joan and Thérèse. There are times when one truly can express what is in the heart only through poetry.
All of the above are rooted in the first two books I wrote over the winter of 2008-2009. These books are on the story of my conversion to the Catholic faith. At the time I wrote them through the inspiration of St. Joan and St. Thérèse, I thought these represented all I felt needed to be said. However, I was so very wrong. These books were the seed for something much more significant. From these two books grew the flowering tree that is The Dove and Rose, Le Royaume, and Royal Hearts.