One of the key spiritual tools we recommend in pursuing our goal of “la reconquête spiritual de Nouvelle France en Amérique” (“the spiritual reconquest of New France in America”) is devotion to Traditional French Catholicism and the Renaissance of Catholic France.
Why do we do this, and what possible value can it have? Is this not terribly romantic and unrealistic? Why not simply focus on something more practical like our first two spiritual tools: 1) Eucharistic Adoration through True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, and 2) Devotion to St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux? We all can go through Marian consecration, make visits to the Blessed Sacrament, and practice devotions to St. Joan and St. Thérèse – but – what about the “Renaissance of Catholic France”?
To be more specific, our method reads as follows:
“Le Royaume primarily fulfills her purpose 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 purpose secondarily by evangelically advocating God’s love through the beautiful spiritual pedagogy of Traditional French Catholicism and devotion to the Renaissance of Catholic France.”
So, what value does the last statement bring to us?
Among many other benefits, “the beautiful spiritual pedagogy of Traditional French Catholicism and devotion to the Renaissance of Catholic France” gives us a tangible model to reference as we fight through the spiritual and cultural sewage of our contemporary society. Catholics have been significantly secular-ized and Protestant-ized, in practice as well as in spirit, in our America that is itself a Form resulting from the Protestant Revolution and its offspring from Hades, The Enlightenment. We are presented constantly with the images, sounds, and influences of the secular Enlightenment Republic as we walk through each day. We are encouraged at every turn to worship this revolutionary secular religion and to idolize the Founding Fathers. As Charles Coloumbe states so persuasively:
“Indeed, the political application of the principle in most countries has generally resulted in the elevation to power of men like Napoleon, Hitler, and Peron. This has not happened here. Why?
The answer may be found in the creation of a sort of secular religiosity, whose object of worship is the abstract will of the people, and which takes the place of much of the liturgy offered to God which surrounds Christian Monarchy. In place of the Crown Jewels, we have the flag and icons like the Liberty Bell, and originals of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights (of which more presently). These are all considered more or less sacred (all nations have flags, but few if any indulge in the sort of flag-worship we do—hedged about as it is with an elaborate ritual; obviously this fulfills a basic human need).
The Inauguration of the President has come to have all the pomp of a Coronation. The Pilgrim and Founding Fathers are now saints whose opinions are tantamount to holy writ, and the 4th of July and Thanksgiving which honor them are the equivalents of Christmas and Easter for many. Obviously, this was not consciously planned; but it has had the result of supplying to these states the other great bulwark against anarchy and dictatorship.
For the Catholic it does have one major drawback: it is a religion which is not Christian, and smacks of false worship.
But it has been absolutely essential to the growth of a country whose unity has no real spiritual foundation, and has ensured that foreign strongmen have had here merely pale shadows like Andrew Jackson and Franklin Roosevelt. Its decline since the 1960s has been very dangerous to the well-being of the nation as it is presently constituted; from that point of view, President Reagan’s call in his 1988 farewell address for a revival of civic ritual makes perfect sense.” (From Puritan’s Empire by Charles A. Coulombe – Kindle Version)
We need a model that will counter this revolutionary secular religion. Indeed, we need a “counterrevolutionary” model. Catholic and Royal France, the Eldest Daughter of the Church, is a perfect one for us.
Still, is not devotion to the Renaissance of Catholic France a feel-good fantasy, even if it has functional value in being an alternative model to secularism and Protestantism? Is it not romanticism for a bygone era that was plenty imperfect itself? Well, St. Joan of Arc’s voices from Heaven informed her that Jesus Christ is King of France and that Charles VII was His earthly steward. At the command of her Voices, she fought for her King Jesus Christ and His appointed steward, Charles VII, that France’s Heavenly Form would be manifest on earth, however imperfectly, in accord with our Lord’s desire. That does not sound like feel-good fantasy or romanticism to me. It sounds like the prayer of the Our Father, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is Heaven.”
If St. Joan of Arc understood France to be a Heavenly Form where Christ is King and where our duty is to bring this Kingdom “on earth as it is in Heaven,” then should we not follow her and do the same? Should we not pray for and seek Le Royaume’s Vision of:
“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.”