My conversion to Monarchism evolved around the Fall of 2008 when I first began writing. Always from that time, I felt St. Joan of Arc inspiring me to take all of my firmly held beliefs, which are the Dogmas of the Holy Catholic Church, and bring them to their logical conclusion. Concurrent with this, a growing sense of angst enveloped my heart. That angst was what I perceived as a conflict between these Dogmas and different, Protestant and secular dogmas which had been fundamental to my early spiritual development. These latter non-divine dogmas were “Separation of Church and State” and the notion that we should be governed only by “the Will of the People.”
My angst grew. How can a corrupted people effectively make up their own rules for society? Is this not what Adam and Eve did in the Garden, that is, take from God the prerogative to determine right from wrong (eating from the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil)? On the other hand, did not God give Adam and Eve all the freedoms they would ever need or desire (you may eat of any of the trees in the Garden, except…) if only they would obey the Divine Prerogative? Instead, they took things into their own hands; they exerted their own will in deciding right from wrong.
Separation of Church and State and governing by the Will of the People began to look an awful lot like the sin of Adam and Eve rather than a divinely ordained right.
I wanted to stop before reaching the inevitable conclusion. When I was growing up, my teachers and community taught me the alleged divine ordination of Constitutional Republicanism, Separation of Church and State, and The Will of the People, with all the dogmatic fervor by which the Church teaches the resurrection of Christ and Transubstantiation. Ancient Monarchies were enslaving, and God wanted to free us! He would do so first by freeing us spiritually through something called a “Protestant Reformation” which would counter the evil errors of the Church. Then through the freedom of the individual by this so-called Reformation, in union with another phenomenon called an “Enlightenment” which intellectually and culturally freed mankind after centuries of Monarchical, Church and State totalitarianism, God would rescue us through Revolutions to a new freedom in the Constitutional Republic. This was the essence of the dogmatic teachings of the Protestant, Constitutional Republicans who taught me as a youth. And I bought it hook, line and sinker. I might be forgiven in that, at the time, I was nominally, and by birth, a Protestant.
However, much later, in 2008, I was many years a Catholic. The angst continued. St. Joan of Arc continued to inspire me not to stop until I had reached the logical outcome of my beliefs.
I then began studying the history of Western Civilization from the time of the fall of the pagan Roman Empire through the Middle Ages up to this alleged “Protestant Reformation.” I drew wildly different conclusions from those dogmatically impressed on me by the Protestant Constitutional Republicans when I was growing up. Conversely, I concluded that this “Reformation” was nothing more than a “Revolution” against the Divine Order as established by Jesus Christ through the Dogmas of His Holy Catholic Church. It was not hard to see that much of what I was taught in my youth about the Church and State prior to this ill-fated Revolution had been misguided at best or overtly false at worst. I began to see that the Catholic Church and the Monarchies that worked hand in hand with her actually built Western Civilization and that the post-Protestant Revolutionary Republics had been, for the last five centuries, tearing it down.
At that point, I had to finish what began in me. I eschewed the old dogmas of Constitutional Republicanism and accepted the Catholic Monarchy as the foundation for my political, social, and cultural orientation, such that I felt a complete sense of integrity and wholeness in my beliefs. The Monarchies, with all of their human faults and disappointments, seemed the closest manifestations to, and most helpful in the facilitation of, the bringing of the Father’s Kingdom “on earth as it is in Heaven.” All that I believed religiously, politically, culturally, and socially fell into place like one beautiful stained-glass mosaic.
Note that whereas I always felt the inspiration of St. Joan of Arc, the conclusion was mine. I do not make claims for the saints or declare that I know what they think. I simply brought all my beliefs to one, integrated rule of life by her inspiration.
Now, only a few months ago, I was sitting in Mass and praying to St. Clotilda, the wife of King Clovis, and she whom we can rightly consider the Mother of Christendom for her role in bringing about Clovis’ baptism to the true Faith, making him the first Catholic King of the Franks. The inspiration for The Royal Hearts came to me. I wondered why we would not use the concept of “adopting” with regard to the Royal families who represent the last vestiges of ancient Christendom. Why not “adopt a royal family” to ask for God’s grace in restoring the Christian Monarchies and Christian cultures that built an edifying civilization, one that Protestantism with it’s devilish companions, the “Enlightenment” and the Constitutional “Separation” Republic, have torn asunder?
Royal Hearts was born.
One might ask, given all that is stated above, how can we have a union of Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox praying for these royal families? Are there not some contradictions in all of us praying for all the Christian Monarchies? Are not Protestantism and Catholicism anathema one to the other?
Yes, I think there are difficulties; however, we leave that to Our Lord, Jesus Christ. These Monarchies represent the baptized and the ancient roots of Christian culture. It might be a broad ecumenical effort, but it certainly is one that also might be rightly placed. The outcomes, we leave to Jesus, Who is the King of all Kings.