My author’s reading plan page describes a couple of approaches to my publications. For those interested in how to go about reading these books, those reading plans might be helpful.
However, the phased program here is another way to follow along and is more true to the actual chronology of the model’s development than are the plans. Using my books as a guide, the reader walks through the “phases” of the Le Royaume model and the journey on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan and St. Thérèse. For those interested in a more pedagogical learning program, the following might be helpful. Each page discusses the associated phase and shows the reader the appropriate book(s) for that phase.
Le Royaume, the Kingdom Blessed of St. Joan and St. Thérèse, is my single point of reference in life. This Kingdom is my final form, purpose, and meaning in life. From her, I relate to the world, and through her, I interpret the world. She is the gift of life from God, Our Father in Heaven.
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 second phase is a deep relationship and union of hearts with St. Joan of Arc by the divine will and through the heart of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. This union of hearts means that we seek to understand as Joan understood and to reinterpret our understanding of the world through her lens and through the manner in which God’s grace worked in her.
The third phase is a walk along the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan and St. Thérèse over the majestic mountain peaks in a union of heart, will, and desire for the Kingdom of God. Here they prepare us for the grandeur of what will follow in the next. It is about joy, heavenly desire, and love of God with his angels and saints.
The fourth phase of Le Royaume is symbolic theology. We move further into the mysteries of our faith. Our journey through the heart in phase three moves us toward the unknowable, toward the dark light of faith in phase four. We have no way to understand the kingdom toward which St. Joan and St. Thérèse are leading us other than through an analogous relationship with the sensible world we do know. Symbolic theology starts with a literal understanding of the sensible and goes forth beyond it to demonstrate a reality we could never know on our own. It reveals something to us about God. It’s purpose is to draw us closer to God.
The fifth phase of the Le Royaume Program is understanding and the reintegration of our intellect with our newly created heart. To engage our intellect in Le Royaume is to direct it philosophically in accord with the movement of the Dove and Rose heart as inspired by St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse. Ours is not a skeptical, progressive synthesis. Ours is a re-integration, a re-ordering of mind and heart according the Divine Order.
RoyaumeFrance is a comprehensive, one-volume collection of Phases 3-5
Also by Walter Adams