Gestalten Devotion to St. Philomena

As the Holy Expression and Gestalt of France, St. Philomena is the embodiment of France in the center of Immaculate Heart of Mary. She is imbued in the monochromatic colors of the combined hearts of St. Joan and St. Thérèse. The glory of God shines through this holy martyr, filled with purity, wisdom, and knowledge.

St. Thérèse is our inspiration in the “Gestalten” devotion to St. Philomena. Thérèse discovered what she called, “a new way,” a “little way.” This way was “new” but not novel. Thérèse discovered a “science” to our faith that had been always at the core of our teachings. However, she discovered the lines of insight. She brought a meaningful model out of the confusion of possibilities in a manner that made it demonstrable and repeatable for all of us. Discovery does not mean novelty. Discovery means bringing up from the depths of our faith a demonstrable meaning modeled along a line of insight.

When united with Philomena in our hearts, she becomes the foreground bathed in the glory of God’s love. She is arrayed in all of the possibilities of our life across our internal horizon. In the brightness of the glory of the crucified Jesus with his Holy Mother Mary, these possibilities fade from view behind Philomena’s figure.  They now are hidden for her alone to transfigure. We focus only on love. Behind that bright light, we leave it to her to transfigure our lives out of the confusion of these possibilities according to her meaning. We allow Philomena to express her meaning through a line of insight. She is our Queen under the universal Queenship of Mary. We fulfill our True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin through the Queenship of Philomena.

As our Gestalten, St. Philomena transfigures the now hidden possibilities of expression in our lives according to her desires which are united so intimately with those of Jesus and Mary. This is the principle of abandonment to Divine Providence.