Holy Realism

Holy Realism – How devotion to Mary’s Catholic and Royal France can evangelize the world

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We can evangelize the world most effectively through the Old Evangelization, the one through which the Church built Christendom in Europe, followed by the New Christendom in the Americas, while evangelizing the far corners of the world in between in the model of St. Francis Xavier. Holy Realism drove the Old Evangelizers, and, in particular, inspired them through the burning fire of the Holy Spirit, Who kept before their eyes the the form of the supernatural truth that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church.[1]

In the modern age where Christendom seems dead and the notion of Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus an empty paleoconservative throwback to a bygone era, one might be excused for wondering just how devotion to Christendom, the Catholic Monarchy, and more precisely to the Renaissance of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Catholic and Royal France could have any practical impact on a society that more and more perceives a Catholic Church that no longer believes such things. Yet, this return to the Old Evangelization, to Holy Realism, and to that fire of the Holy Spirit previously mentioned is, in this writer’s mind, the most effective way to carry out Our Lord’s command to make disciples of all the nations, to baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and to teach them to obey all that He commanded us (Matthew 28:19-20). Trying to soft-peddle and make ourselves “relevant” to the modern secular atheistic culture simply will not get the job done. To this end, we will review Le Royaume’s mission and how we hope to evangelize for Our Lord Jesus Christ through it.

Below are the Mission and Vision statements for Le Royaume.

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 objective 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 efficacious actual graces that will aid them in growing and persevering in that sanctifying grace and in developing a Catholic worldview in social, cultural, and political affairs. 

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!”

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.” (Matthew 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.”

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The Vision statements are clearly ultra-real forms that we know through our Faith exist in the perfection of God’s Mind and in the Heavens He created. The over-arching Vision is an ultra-real directive from Our Lord Himself, while the particular Vision regarding France is an ultra-real directive from St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret to St. Joan of Arc.

The Redemption in the Mission is an act of eternal significance based on the ultra-realism of God’s saving plan. The need to make a dogmatic confession of Catholic Faith in order to subjectively apply the objective fruits of that Redemption to be saved also reflects the Holy Realism of the necessity of the Catholic Church and that outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation.

The Holy Realism built into all of this commands us through the “obedience to the Faith” (Romans 1:5) to submit our intellect to the truths revealed to us by God. Faith, the teachings of the Church, and the commands of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:20) form our intellects (Good Will before the Intellect). They become the premises upon which we build our logic and rationality. They are the premises upon which we decide what is true in the world and what is false. We “believe so that we may understand” (St. Anselm of Canterbury). We do not first see if we can understand before accepting the revelation of God in Christ and through the Catholic Church He founded (The Intellect before Good Will). [2]

The success of Le Royaume’s mission, and we might argue of that of all the Church, hinges on this point. Those who follow the path of Holy Realism will find God and within them a spirit of counterrevolution against the prevailing winds of modern culture. Those who reject Holy Realism and seek to conform the commands and teachings of Christ to their own limited and skewed understanding first, likely are doomed to a life of revolutionary rejection of God and willing cooperation with the modern culture and the spirit of this world. This Holy Realism and the acceptance of the Church as the Body and Bride of Christ and the only institution on the face of this earth founded by Him as the sole means to salvation are essential points of evangelization and for winning souls for Christ.

Alice Havers But Mary Kept All these things and pondered them in her heart seek first with site and phrase

Through Le Royaume’s mission grounded in Holy Realism, the Holy Spirit molds us in will and intellect through the latria of Eucharistic Adoration, the hyper-dulia of True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the dulia of devotion to St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. We are led into truth as opposed to defining truth for ourselves and then attempting to fit the Church into our limited and finite schemata.

How, then, do we marry the ultra-real to our day-to-day living so as to “develop a spiritual Vision that will open their hearts to efficacious actual graces that will aid them in growing and persevering in that sanctifying grace and in developing a Catholic worldview in social, cultural, and political affairs”? Here Le Royaume applies a bit of paleoconservatism grounded in tradition and history. Because of our great love for and devotion to Sts. Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux, we find our hearts drawn fervently to  France as the Eldest Daughter of the Church. We observe how France historically, though however imperfectly, drew its life from the ultra-real vision given to her by St. Joan. We observe how this ultra-real vision formed their customs, their celebrations, and their political attitudes, particularly toward their devotion to the Catholic Monarchy. Through a paleoconservative lens, we see a model for our own lives here in the material world. This is the power in devotion to the Renaissance of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Catholic France. This is why we refer to it as a pedagogy. This devotion becomes a path, a guiding light, by which we ascend St. John of the Cross’ Mt. Carmel to the center of St. Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle, to which Le Royaume refers as the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary where Christ reigns in all his glory.

In no way do we accept criticism that we are mere Romantics who hold a naive view of Medieval France. We are well aware of the shortcomings in Christendom. However, the criticism misses a crucial point. Whereas Christendom was far from perfect, it did have the true ultra-real form as its goal. Christendom lives despite our having killed its manifestation on earth. Because Christendom is a true ultra-real form, she will resurrect. It is our duty to fight the spiritual battle for that resurrection. Conversely to Christendom, our modern culture and political process boast of nothing but revolutionary forms inspired by Hell. Their end is perdition.

Thus, we are far from Romanticism. We are grounded in the ultra-real forms given to us by Christ and through His only Church. Our paleoconservative pedagogical model in the existing material order is “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.”

This devotional method can work on a universal basis, in ways not at all related to Catholic and Royal France (from Le Royaume’s same Vision and Mission statement):

“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.”

Let those of us with a French Catholic and Royal Heart go forward then to evangelize the world through our Traditional French Catholic spirituality.

“Using the historically, traditionally established mystical relationship between the Kingdom of France and the Immaculate Heart of Mary as its model and foundation, Le Royaume seeks to restore the preeminence of the Roman Catholic Church in the hearts of men and women and through the renewal of hearts, to further that preeminence in government, culture, and society at large.”

[1] Desire and Deception. Coulombe, Charles. 3rd Ed., ebook, Tumbler House, 2009


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