I am a business and educational professional with an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University and a Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University.
I am married and the father of one child. I converted to the Catholic Church prior to my marriage in 1985.
~ Walter Adams
Touched deeply by the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and imbued with a filial love for Mary, I set out on a life-long spiritual journey to "seek first" Christ's Kingdom with Thérèse as my guide.
Led to confront my inner most being on that lonely, mystical hill of Calvary, I discovered that Jesus had called another mighty saint to walk with me through that dark and awful night of self-confrontation that leads us in Christ to true freedom. That saint, a spiritual sister to Thérèse, was Joan of Arc.
Un petit peu, perhaps. I am French in spirit if not by birth. My ancestral roots are Frankish (German and French). One of our lines originated in an area close to Rouen where Joan of Arc was burned. Mostly, I am French through the inspiration of St. Joan.
I am traditional in heart and in personal devotion but often compelled to be Novus Order in praxis. I attend the Traditional Latin Mass. I rely on the Catechism of Trent and other similarly traditional catechisms. I am in full communion with the Pope in Rome and the Magisterium of the Church.
St. Joan and St. Thérèse establish in us a Royal Heart. Devotion to the Monarchy, especially the French Catholic Monarchy, is an expression of my spirituality, even more than of my socio-political positions.
Royaume France is an attempt to model my journey with St. Joan and St. Thérèse from its spiritual roots to its philosophical foundations. I prefer not to promote my work aggressively beyond making others aware of its existence. I work solely on a gather or disperse basis.
Louez le Seigneur, tous les peuples ; fêtez-le, tous les pays ! (Psaume 116) (Praise the Lord all peoples; celebrate him all nations!)
My vision for Royaume France is to remain an informal network of contemplatives devoted to "the combined hearts" of St. Joan and St. Thérèse and to the form of Catholic and Royal France in the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary where Jesus Christ reigns in all his glory. There is no formal organization or movement; however, we do form a Jehannian and Thérèsian inspired community living the prayer of the Our Father and praying especially for Our Lady's Catholic and Royal France to come "on earth as it is in Heaven." We carry with us the evangelical boldness of St. Joan powered by the courageous Carmelite spirituality of St. Thérèse.
The key suggestions would be to: 1) consecrate yourself to the Blessed Virgin Mary according to St. Louis de Montfort; 2) pray often in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and 3) read the books (try The Dove and Rose if you do not know where to start, or Royaume France if you feel like diving into the entire devotional model).
I would be delighted to hear your ideas on Royaume France.
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