The Le Royaume Program

The Le Royaume Program – Phase 1 – Journey to Christendom


The first phase begins with the first grace of conversion through the congruous hearts of Our Lady and St. Thérèse and concludes with a “divine glance” leading to the second phase, The March of Hope with St. Joan of Arc.

The first phase of Le Royaume, the Journey on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan and St. Thérèse, is a life-changing act of grace by Our Lord Jesus Christ through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is a nuanced position. As opposed to explaining how to make a life change, we start with those who already have had one. Only God can initiate such an act, which we call with St. Thomas Aquinas the first grace. According to Thomas no one can merit condignly the first grace for themselves or another; one may only merit it for another congruously.

“Hence it is manifest that no one can merit for himself the first grace.” 

“And therefore it is clear that no one can merit condignly for another his first grace, save Christ alone…”

“But one may merit the first grace for another congruously; because a man in grace fulfills God’s will, and it is congruous and in harmony with friendship that God should fulfill man’s desire for the salvation of another…”

~ Aquinas, Thomas. Summa Theologica (Complete & Unabridged) (Part I-II, Q 114, p. 556). Coyote Canyon Press. Kindle Edition.

One may deduce, then, that the Le Royaume Program can begin only by God’s initiative, even if congruously merited by another. Therefore, we assume in Le Royaume that first grace and previous dogmatic conversion to the Catholic Faith. In my case, as explained in my first book, Journey to Christendom – The Freedom Dance, that dogmatic conversion happened in an instant and through the congruous participation of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. I call this moment The Great Event.

“It was the first Monday in October of 1984. The day of the Great Event arrived though I was completely unaware that something big would happen….

Recall the story of my birth, where I refer to a nun who saved my life even though she died over sixty years earlier. Her name is St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and her Feast Day in 1984 was the first Monday of October, the day of the Great Event…

In about one second after the meaning of apostolic succession descended upon me, a number of key claims made by the Church splashed in living color onto the canvas of my mind, and, as if the splashing colors gave life itself to the picture, the entire Church opened up to me as a colorful, living, breathing entity.”

~ Adams, Walter. Journey to Christendom: The Freedom Dance . Joan and Thérèse Publications. Kindle Edition.

Through Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart, this event altered the course of my life first through the heart, as referenced in the Preface, then through the intellect. I intellectually experienced and accepted the objective truths of Catholicism in the manner they presented themselves, then afterward attempted to bring new life from them in the manner I was trained to present truths. Therein was the issue for the next twenty years as I wandered in the Dark Forest while still having received the first grace of conversion. The first grace was an act of St. Thérèse’s congruous participation with God to bring about in me a dogmatic conversion to the faith. This was the first part of my coming-to-see. The second part would come much later after my experience with St. Joan of Arc and her new point of view.

“And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the village; and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands upon him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” And he looked up and said, “I see men; but they look like trees, walking.” Then again he laid his hands upon his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and saw everything clearly.

~ Mark 8: 23-25

The incongruity between my mode of understanding and the Holy Spirit’s mode of bringing us to understand created years of painful missteps. I could see but not the way things really were. “Men looked like trees, walking.” Only through Joan of Arc later in my life did the Lord again lay his hands upon my eyes, and my sight was restored. Joan gave me a new world view, God’s point of view. From that juncture the rivers of grace cascaded downward over my soul through the hearts of St. Joan and St. Thérèse. I wrote a poem about this flow of grace through St. Thérèse’s heart.

St. Thérèse. My little mother, queen, and saint.

My little mother, queen, and saint
A little flower I found one day
Thérèse, whose fragrance none can hide
Sweet, from above, where she abides

My little mother, queen, and saint
Whose petals hold the dew and rain
Of grace from God that falls up there
That makes its fields so pure and fair

My little mother, queen, and saint
Who lets me drink that I’ll not faint
Each time my lips are moist, refreshed
It seems that more of me is fetched

’till nothing’s left, is what I pray
But that which falls Thérèse’s way
And somehow changes beautifully
Me, that is, where I can see

I wish that I could run right now
All through those fields, I see, and how
I’d not come back, but stay to thank
My little mother, queen, and saint

~ Adams, Walter. Little Flowers and Fiery Towers: Poems and poetic prose in honor of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and St. Joan of Arc (p. 23). Joan and Thérèse Publications. Kindle Edition.

I wrote Journey to Christendom after my regeneration in sanctifying grace through Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart and the intercession of St. Joan of Arc. In so doing, I was reflecting back on my two decades of confusion and trying to put into words the new world view given to me by St. Joan. What later I would be able to express more cogently, I could express here only through the analogy of concentric circles acting as walls with an ever deepening understanding of truth as one breaks through each wall from the outside in. This is the way most all of us are trained to seek understanding. We start on the outside and attempt to reason step by step, or through each wall one by one, until we find truth. My experience of understanding through Mary’s Immaculate Heart was just the opposite.

“I did not see for many years how this set of concentric walls worked in my life. The walls were in the same pattern, but Our Lady employed a different method of going through. Her method, using the same imagery of the concentric circles, is interesting because of this; I started on the inside circle. Through my immediate conversion experience on the Feast of St. Thérèse in 1984, Our Lady brought me straight to the center, to the core belief that the fullness of God’s revelation is found in the authoritative teaching of the Catholic Church who holds the treasury of Apostolic Tradition.”

~ Adams, Walter. Journey to Christendom: The Freedom Dance . Joan and Thérèse Publications. Kindle Edition.

Filled with joy, I made my way along the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan and St. Thérèse to the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary where Jesus Christ reigns in all his glory. The first phase that begins with the first grace of a radical conversion to the dogmatic truths of the Catholic faith, concludes with a “divine glance” as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) phrases it, and one that will lead us to phase two, the March of Hope with St. Joan of Arc. Phase two is the call from St. Joan and will be the subject of our next chapter.

“I ran down that mountainside as the old city, the City of Man, disappeared from view. Warm sunlight blanketed the fields as we made our way toward a place I just began to sense and see in the distance.

It was a radiant city, filled with light and joy. It was the City of God, the true Christendom, the land where God’s love rules and governs all. It is a place of goodness, virtue, and honor, characteristics I never knew in the old City of Man. Filled with delight, I walked and danced with my happy troupe toward that glorious place just coming into full view. Then, I saw something truly magnificent. Those who approached the Great City appeared so drawn to its beauty that they broke from their stride to run toward it, leaving their saintly friends behind them. The gates opened, and a throng of joyous souls greeted them. There was a joyous celebration festival inside.”

~ Ibid.

Jehanne and shields

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