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.
Talking Points are the highlights and notes from my Kindle which identify key themes drawn from the text. The highlighted words are followed by reflections. Forward Yellow highlight | Kindle Location: 145 St. Joan of Arc pray for us! Note: Spirituality has to do with heroism for the truth. Living the truth implies defending the… Continue reading Talking points – Journey to Christendom – The Forward
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… 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… Continue reading Saint Joan and Saint Thérèse, together they are the most beautiful color in the heavens.
“St. Joan and St. Thérèse” together, in that very special kindred spirituality of theirs, have been defined by Our Lord and Our Lady as absolutely essential for me on my journey through the majestic, mystical world of the Catholic Church. St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux are to my own spirituality… Continue reading St. Joan and St. Thérèse are to my own spirituality what wet is to water
In this series I will relate the story of my journey on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux through the lens of the Carmelite spirituality of St. John of the Cross. As St. John of the Cross’ writings are far too rich and deep and… Continue reading My Journey with St. Joan and St. Thérèse – Overview
Credo ut intelligam – “I believe so that I may understand.” (St. Anselm of Canterbury) Continuing with this theme of the Extreme Realist ”new world view” I received through the guidance of St. Joan of Arc by the Divine Will and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we press forward on the March of Hope… Continue reading Holy Realism – My journey with St. Joan of Arc began with “I believe so that I may understand”