Our discussion of the Journey on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux requires an added dimension. Thus far, we have emphasized the Kingdom in the distance toward which we are traveling with our saintly sisters. This Kingdom is the center of the Immaculate Heart of… Continue reading My Journey with St. Joan and St. Thérèse – Our relationship with God and the Saints
This St. Teresa Benedicta moment is critical in my understanding of the Journey on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. This trail is a very Carmelite path. It is a journey through a land so beyond human nature that it is darkness to the intellect.… Continue reading My Journey with St. Joan and St. Thérèse – departure, path, and goal
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… Continue reading The Royal Line of France through St. Mary Magdalene
My initial experience with Carmelite spirituality was similar to St. Teresa Benedicta’s. “Picking up a book at random, Edith began to read. It was St. Teresa of Avila’s The Book of Her Life. Edith was so taken by this Spanish marvel of God’s grace that she read through the book, it seems, without a break.… Continue reading My Journey with St. Joan and St. Thérèse – St. John of the Cross’ Mt. Carmel
We are the spiritual diaspora of the Kingdom of Catholic France. That declaration is the natural extension of our devotion to Traditional French Catholicism and the Renaissance of Catholic France. It is such a natural extension based on the model for the mystical Kingdom of Catholic France given to us by Ste. Jehanne d'Arc. “In the… Continue reading We are the spiritual diaspora of the Kingdom of Catholic France.
The Desert of St. Thérèse A quiet desert landscape fills my heart In solitude the stillness clears my view I long for nothing save our God out here The land of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux This place is real though being sight unseen An emptiness aglow with beauty quaint Out here desire for Jesus grows… Continue reading The Desert of St. Thérèse
1977 – Normandy, France I stood staring at the modestly sized statue of a young looking, medieval warrior perched outside the chapel. A small group of us who recently graduated from high school in Guymon, Ok were making a visit to the island fortress of Mont Saint-Michel just off the coast of northwestern France. We… Continue reading How I met St. Joan of Arc
Shuffling down a narrow Lonely, dirt path Into a wide Open field I am a pilgrim A journeyman One who rests Only for a time In mystical Quaint villages I am refreshed And stronger now Because of each Enchanting land Now, slowly Onto a plain Where I have come Upon a crossroad Not knowing Where… Continue reading The Pilgrim Dance (St. Joan and St. Thérèse)
While idly traipsing through the woods one day With nothing much in mind to do but play I heard a rustle opposite a brook And found three angels, puzzled, by their looks So fair in countenance with heads in crowns They bowed to me in need for one renowned “Dear Sir, please help in our… Continue reading While idly traipsing through the woods one day (Joan of Arc)
Saint Joan and Saint Thérèse, together they are the most beautiful color in the heavens. This is a motto of mine that describes my feelings about both of these saints individually as well as in their blended spiritual kinship. I love and propagate devotion both to St. Joan and St. Thérèse as well as to… Continue reading Saint Joan and Saint Thérèse, together they are the most beautiful color in the heavens.