The French Catholic Diaspora

The Royal Line of France through St. Mary Magdalene

St. Mary Magdalene contemplating in her cave in what we know today as southern France

“Jesus Christ bequeathed his Mother to Jerusalem, St. Peter to Rome, St. John to Asia — to whom will he have bequeathed Mary Magdalene?

We know already, it is France who received from the hands of God this part of the Testament of His Son… Tradition, history, the monuments tell it to us clearly, and Providence has taken care to give to their testimony an invincible clarity.  One cannot bring one’s feet down on the soil of Provence without encountering at each step the memory of St.  Mary Magdalene.

It is there that St.  Mary Magdalene ended her pilgrimage; it is there that St.  Maximin buried her in an alabaster sepulchre, in memory of that other alabaster where the saint had twice enclosed the ointment with which she anointed the Savior; it is there that St. Maximin himself wanted his mortal remains to be deposited, beside those other remains so dear to his heart, to Jesus Christ, to the angels, and to mankind and where they came in quest of it — a veneration that will soon be twenty centuries old.

Bethany is no more, but Jesus Christ has given to Magdalene the house she lost, and the one and the other, the Master and the Disciple, the God who was loved and the woman who loved, live together at St. Maximin, as in other times they lived on the sides of the Mount of Olives.  Marseilles is the Jerusalem of this new Bethany, and France is the greater and more faithful Judea.

I say France; because it was she that inherited Provence, and with her St.  Magdalene.

Here, perhaps, at the close of our work, one asks oneself why the divine Master of Souls has chosen as the one to love Him more than anyone else a poor sinner, and bequeathed her to us as the most moving example of holiness.  The reason is not difficult to discover:  innocence is a drop of water in the world, repentance is the ocean that envelops it and saves it. “

~ Life of Mary Magdalene by Henri Dominique Lacordaire, OP

St. Mary Magdalene on the shores of what we know today as southern France

 “Le Royaume is the spiritual inheritance of St. Mary Magdalene, whom we honor and with whom we unite ourselves in contemplative prayer through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. With her brother Lazarus, she first brought the contemplative spirit of the apostolic age to what would become France. Therefore, St. Mary Magdalene is the prototype of Le Royaume’s contemplative spirit. We honor her as foundress and her through whose prayers and sacrifices the Lord and Our Lady surely blessed what was later to become the Virgin Mary’s Catholic France.”

A subtle but profound relationship exists between the spiritual diaspora of the Kingdom of Catholic France and St. Mary Magdalene. As so eloquently described by Lacordaire above, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bequeathed France’s future to her. It was she who brought the contemplative apostolic spirit as the seed to what would become France. France is a royal Kingdom that exists both in Heaven and on earth. Mary Magdalene, now as the spouse and bride of the King of Kings in Heaven (just as Ste. Thérèse and Ste. Jehanne d’Arc with all the Heavenly saints are spouses of Christ) blessed France with a royal inheritance.

We are that royal inheritance as the spiritual children of Ste. Jehanne and Ste. Thérèse’s Catholic France. As the spiritual diaspora of the Kingdom of Catholic France, we are, like Ste. Jehanne and Ste. Thérèse, of the royal line of St. Mary Magdalene, whose royalty was bestowed on her in grace through her repentant, dogmatic faith in Jesus Christ.

A repentant, dogmatic confession of Catholic faith through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the sisterly care of Ste. Jehanne and Ste. Thérèse, imbued in the noble pedagogy of Traditional French Catholicism, is the foundation of Le Royaume. St. Mary Magdalene is our royal inheritance and our foundress in this matter through the spiritual consequences of her repentant, dogmatic love for Jesus Christ and her historical role in founding Catholic France.

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