The great merit of devotion to St. Philomena

St. Philomena is our Queen at RoyaumeFrance by virtue of our decision to make her so and by our request to the Mother of God, Queen of all Queens, that we might subject ourselves to her through St. Philomena. Le Royaume, the Kingdom Blessed of St. Joan and St. Thérèse, is our heavenly treasure, and we give this treasure to St. Philomena as our Queen, sister, and patroness.

Why is Philomena such an important part of RoyaumeFrance, and why do we offer her our Kingdom? It is because she is the perfect symbol for our ultra-real philosophical orientation that “believes in order to understand,” as opposed to “seeking to understand in order to believe.” The first orientation is Platonic and grounded in the wisdom of St. Augustine. The latter is Aristotelian, and is an impediment to belief.

Through Holy Mother Church, we have every reason to believe in Philomena’s saintly reality, despite attempts to cast doubt. The Holy Popes from Gregory XVI through St.Pius X, along with the holy Curé of Ars and St. Padre Pio, extolled her virtues and encouraged our devotion to her despite the fact that we have no history of her other than a couple of private revelations. God revealed St. Philomena as a mere set of bones and a vial of dried blood. Miracles abounded after her discovery, leading to holy devotion to her. In the following twentieth century, skeptics decided that she was not who the Church said she was, due to the hypothesis that the stones making up the name on the crypt were disordered purposefully as a sign that the crypt was being reused and the person inside was not the same as the one named. This deduction cast “reason to doubt” (Aristotelian) on the popes and holy saints who previously had declared with faith that we had “reason to believe” (Platonic).

As ultra-realists (Platonic) of the French Catholic Diaspora, we see Philomena’s earthly presentation as the perfect symbol for our cause. Some writers have referred to her as our most powerful intercessor after Mary, which is a very noble honor indeed! How could this be, especially for a saint removed from the Church’s calendar due to an Aristotelian doubt about her origins? In the sense we have described, she is so very powerful. She is a stunning symbol of ultra-realist belief among those of us with goodwill.

For the Catholic Platonic ultra-realists, such as Augustine, we “believe that we might understand,” as opposed to the Aristotelian orientation to “understand before we believe.” With St. Philomena, we have every reason to believe and to seek our understanding from that belief. Our Lord Jesus Christ could not have presented us with a more noble exercise in faith. In this sense, Philomena, through the eyes of faith, is truly “powerful in heaven” as our Queen, sister, and patroness. We obtain great merit by submitting to her Queenship.

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