Beginning with the words "France, outside of Jargeau, the Loire Valley, June 1429," a Kingdom I later would call Royaume France descended in majestic silence from the Heavens on to my notepad in the Fall of 2008. I had no idea at the time what just happened. When I sat down to write, I intended to accomplish only a much more modest and much less dramatic outcome - to write a simple spiritual autobiography of my life. However, unknown to me at the time, I had stirred a celestial relationship that connected my soul to those Heavens. That relationship has consumed my every day on this earth since.
Through those words and the ones immediately following them, "Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, prepares her devoted troops," Royaume France inspired in me a vast spiritual journey. Rather, and more accurately, Joan of Arc, the efficient cause and celestial guide on this journey, inspired in me the revelation that actually, I had been on this spiritual journey my entire life. Through Joan's influence, I made the first observation into this mystery. In the language of the philosopher and saint Edith Stein, I sensed that "there is something over there." Overwhelmed by a Jehannian-driven motivation deep within, I instantaneously made a decisive act of goodwill by subconsciously asking the one question necessary - "What is it?" That observation, combined with that question constitutes what we know as "spirituality." (Edith Stein, Potency and Act)
"There is something over there. What is it?"
Over the course of a decade, I pursued this "What is it" on what I call The Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux, both co-secondary patronesses of France. The more intimately I sensed the approaching "What," the more questions I had, the more resources I consulted, and the more systematic and ordered became the structure through which I recorded it.
Initially, I believed "what" to be a system - religious, philosophical, and socio-political in nature - focusing on Catholic and Royal France as a pedagogical model serving as a "temporal analogy pointing to an eternal reality" (paraphrased Edith Stein). Whereas I do believe this to be true, I now realize that beyond the system, "what" is a novel - a novel manifesting the story of true Heavenly France as accessed empathically (Stein) through the heart of St. Joan of Arc.
Royaume France is not a work of philosophy, theology, or politics. It is a novel of France, of Joan of Arc's France, encompassing all three. When this "what" fell from the Heavens to my notepad, I began, without realizing it, to live out the prayer Our Lord taught us, "Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven." Over the years, my desire grew to bring this beautiful Kingdom representing Mary's love for us down to earth as expressed through the French royal hearts of St. Joan and St. Thérèse
Royaume France, in its totality consisting of six separate books written over ten years, is in reality a story, a novel, on true France that exists as a form in the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is, in my mind, a novel expressed in the genre of 'witness literature,' as one reporting what he heard and what he saw, through his impoverished faculties functioning in very weak and broken vessel.
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In a single moment, a "divine glance," one day in October of 2008, Our Lord and Our Lady imbued my soul with a preeminent and life-long devotion to St. Joan of Arc. It was a thunderous spiritual moment that struck like a lightening bolt and with the same intensity that Joan displayed in her short life on earth. Already established decades before in total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Thérèse of Lisieux, I entered into a spiritual journey with Joan of Arc on what I call The Trail of the Dogmatic Creed to the mystical kingdom of the Blessed Virgin Mary's Catholic and Royal France. My books are testimonies to that journey and that Kingdom. These writings as a whole form a programmatic approach, the development of which serves as a translation of my subjective experience into an objectively-based system that can be followed by anyone of goodwill.
The true France of St. Joan of Arc is a Heavenly form in the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Royal and Catholic France as a Heavenly form was founded spiritually by St. Mary Magdalene on the shores of Provence where she brought the apostolic spirit from the foot of the cross and the tomb of the resurrected Christ to what later would be known as France. This was the Providential design bequeathed to France through St. Mary Magdalene and which later would be defended by St. Joan of Arc and spiritually renewed like roses from Heaven by St. Thérèse.
Royaume France is the the Kingdom Blessed of St. Joan and St. Thérèse; its spirituality is the combined hearts of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Our community consists of those devoted to these two saintly sisters and their royal French hearts. We seek Our Lady's mystical Kingdom of Catholic and Royal France with them and in union with St. Mary Magdalene as our spiritual foundress. May the Father’s Kingdom come, his will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. May the reign of the Immaculate Heart of Mary be quickened through this devotion.
For those who feel called by Our Lady with St. Joan and St. Thérèse to explore and contemplate Royaume France, one might consider a 30 day plan. By following the pages in order and reading through all of the meditations, one will be led through in a step-by-step fashion.
The Prières and Méditations (prayers and meditations) page can be used either partially or in total each of the 30 days to open the heart of goodwill to Our Lady's influence.
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