We continue to bring together the Royal Hearts of RoyaumeFrance with one of its key inspirations, Légitimité. A succinct working definition of either is challenging. Légitimité in general stands for organizing society according to the hierarchy of objective Truth as opposed to the amorphous premises and first philosophies of the egalitarian, revolutionary political Left – Right spectrum. Légitimité refuses to allow the revolutionary republican left and right “wings” to dictate the terms or to establish the premises of the socio-political debate. For the Légitimiste, Truth leads to a free society, not the other way around. The modern era’s moral license, called “freedom” by progressive revolutionaries, leads to oppression precisely because the revolutionary order ignores Truth as the primary principle. Therefore, Truth precedes freedom, not the other way around, and all are subject to the Truth, even a Monarch. It holds that all, no matter one’s religion, culture, country of origin, net worth, or social status are subject to the universal, objective and immutable natural laws of moral conduct established by our Creator as a form of Moral Realism.
The only “légitimate” authority is that which observes, presupposes, and subjects itself to the Natural Law, and protects the rights of all under its authority to live in peace and freedom by that same Law. From this first degree of Légitimité, the Natural Law, which anyone may assimilate, we have two more ascending upward and encompassing the religious-minded in general followed by the Catholic Christian in particular who acknowledges Christ as King and our final authority over all by virtue of all things being created through him.
The Royal Heart embraces these same authoritarian concepts yet expresses them from a spiritual standpoint. For the Royal Heart, the Légitimite Monarchy is more than a socio-political institution; it is a spiritual vocation.
“The Royal Heart is one that is born not of earth but of the Heavenly Kingdom. We are unable to explain to others our devotion to the Monarchy without revealing a few of the sacred rooms in the castle of our soul. For, devotion to the Monarchy is much more than a devotion to an earthly socio-political model, it is an outpouring of our love for the true Form of the Kingdom of Heaven with its Divine Order beginning with Jesus Christ as King of all Kings and cascading downward, in a Divine Aristocracy, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary with the rest of the communion of saints.” ~ Beyond the Counterrevolution, Walter Adams
Thus, there is a natural synchronicity between the two. They tend to evolve together as like two vines winding up a post. The spiritual Royal Heart points to the institutional Légitimité, and vice-versa. Both are spiritual and institutional with each speaking to a particular aspect of the Form that we believe to be heavenly.
How, then, do we develop and bring forth what we will now call The Royal Légitimiste Heart? Our model at RoyaumeFrance combined with Légitimité suggests the following ascension, or ladder.
- Holy Realism – What is objectively true and outside ourselves in the mind of God should form the foundation of our understanding of the world. The context for understanding through observation and scientific inquiry must be the ultra-real heavenly universals. This would be as opposed to forming an understanding of the world solely through scientific inquiry and demanding that the heavenly universals “prove” themselves before being believed. The former was the basis for Catholic Faith through the first half of Christian history.
- Empathic Devotion – We seek to see the world as St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse see it. Their understanding becomes our understanding; their viewpoint becomes our viewpoint.
- Goodwill – Through Empathic Devotion, we accept the truths of our Holy Realism with a heart of goodwill. We must seek to unite ourselves to them and to sacrifice all that prevents us from doing so. This heart of goodwill opens the heavenly floodgates of Catholic Hope, which is the desire to obtain these heavenly truths. It makes our empathy with the saints almost primordial since we share God, who is all in all. We see this unity with heaven as a pathway through unity with the hearts of the saints (dulia), the Blessed Virgin Mary (hyper-dulia), and to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (latria).
- Intellect – Our desire for unity of hearts with the saints should direct our intellectual ideation and conceptual framework. We perceive and model what is “true” on earth by understanding what is “true” in heaven. This is the intellectual activity of the City of God, as oppose to that of the City of Man, whereby what is “true” on earth dictates what must be “true” in heaven. Goodwill directs the intellect by pointing to that which it desires and knows to be true, and the intellect then informs the will that we might “seek first the Kingdom.” Through the acts of our will, we bring the Kingdom of God “on earth as is in heaven” rather than “in heaven as on earth” which is the path to perdition.
- Ontology – We are now on the path of true “being.” We are becoming who we truly are in the mind of God as the result of being made new in mind, body, and spirit. We remain on a path of potency and act followed by new potency and new act; however, we are becoming who we truly are and will be in eternity.
A biblical model representing the ascending ladder above would be that of the Old Testament heroine Judith. Faced with approaching defeat, her city elders presented a challenge for God, that they would wait five days, and if no heavenly help came, they would surrender. To this she replied, giving us an astonishing formula for Holy Realism, Goodwill, and Intellect that must be that of the Royal Légitimist Heart.
“Listen to me, rulers of the people of Beth”uli’a! What you have said to the people today is not right; you have even sworn and pronounced this oath between God and you, promising to surrender the city to our enemies unless the Lord turns and helps us within so many days. Who are you, that have put God to the test this day, and are setting yourselves up in the place of m God among the sons of men? You are putting the Lord Almighty to the test—but you will never know anything! You cannot plumb the depths of the human heart, nor find out what a man is thinking; how do you expect to search out God, who made all these things, and find out his mind or comprehend his thought? No, my brethren, do not provoke the Lord our God to anger. For if he does not choose to help us within these five days, he has power to protect us within any time he pleases, or even to destroy us in the presence of our enemies. Do not try to bind the purposes of the Lord our God; for God is not like man, to be threatened, nor like a human being, to be won over by pleading. Therefore, while we wait for his deliverance, let us call upon him to help us, and he will hear our voice, if it pleases him.“
“Now therefore, brethren, let us set an example to our brethren, for their lives depend upon us, and the sanctuary and the temple and the altar rest upon us. In spite of everything let us give thanks to the Lord our God, who is putting us to the test as he did our forefathers. Remember what he did with Abraham, and how he tested Isaac, and what happened to Jacob in Mesopota’mia in Syria, while he was keeping the sheep of La’ban, his mother’s brother. For he has not tried us with fire, as he did them, to search their hearts, nor has he taken revenge upon us; but the Lord scourges those who draw near to him, in order to admonish them.”
~ Judith, Chapter 8, Ignatius Press; Midwest Theological Forum. The Didache Bible: with Commentaries Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle Locations 24390-24399 and 24409-24413). Ignatius Press. Kindle Edition.