Over the years, Le Royaume, the Kingdom blessed of St. Joan and St. Thérèse, the Kingdom of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Catholic and Royal France, has blossomed in my heart and soul. At times I was not sure what to do with it. The key, of course, was to rely always on the guidance of Holy Mother Church, her doctrines, dogmas, and creeds as the guideposts on my journey. Importantly, I have had the remarkable blessing of having the friendship, patronage, and celestial sisterly care of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux, who are my guides on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed leading to this Kingdom.
In reading and meditating on Le Royaume, one might be tempted to dismiss it as mere romanticism, a looking back with rose-colored glasses on an imaginary time when Catholic Kingdoms brought glory to God and Our Lady in perfect harmony and peace. Or, one might be tempted to dismiss it as a dangerous Christian utopianism, a looking forward to a divinely appointed earthly kingdom, such as many of the Jewish followers of Jesus looked forward to with an earthly restoration of their kingdom.
Hopefully, in contemplating Le Royaume, one will quickly ascertain that this Kingdom is neither of the two but rather a true Form in the Immaculate Heart of Mary and therefore in the Kingdom of God. Le Royaume must be contemplated through the philosophical lens neither of romanticism (looking naively backward) nor of utopianism (looking idealistically forward to an earthly kingdom) but of Platonic ultra-realism (as understood by St. Augustine and St. Anselm along with essentially all the Church Fathers) which holds the divinely conformed eternal Form in the mind of God in Heaven as the model toward which we journey in the bosom of the Church (see Charles Coulombe, Desire and Deception, How Catholics Stopped Believing). We will never know perfection here, which statement is a denial of both romanticism and utopianism, but only in Heaven where this true Form exists, which statement is a confirmation of the Catholic ultra-real foundations of our faith.
Le Royaume is that toward which we are drawn as one of the families of divinely appointed nations in the world to come, a nation and family hidden from the world under the existing, fabricated man-made nations of the City of Man but revealed by the light of Christ to those who believe in Him. We are one of many tabernacles of Heavenly familial relations in the eternal Feast of Tabernacles in the world to come (see Solange Hertz, Beyond Politics)
“Man’s pursuit of happiness here below consists in discovering the order which his Creator laid down for him and in conforming himself to it as closely as he can. Pius XII did not hesitate to say that on the conformation given to society hung both the welfare and the ruin of souls.” (Hertz)
Le Royaume is precisely that order, that Divine society, an example of the true nation and family predestined for us by God, by which we must be conformed if we are to save our souls. Our true allegiance is to our Divine nation, hidden from the world but revealed to those who believe in Jesus Christ and know His Catholic Church to be the only means of salvation. What we see here is imperfect (I Corinthians13:12); however, we are drawn through the sinful realities of this world to the Cross of our redemption, through which, and only through which, we may journey forward in faith, hope, and love. We are led on our way through the combined hearts and spirituality of St. Joan and St. Thérèse.
May Our Lady the Blessed Virgin Mary who holds the fleur-de-lys close to her heart, with St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, pray for us always!
~ Walter Adams