Introduction to Royaume France

Our living reality along the lighted pathway in union with St. Joan and St. Thérèse

Author’s Preface

Wisdom is the refulgence of eternal light, the spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of his goodness. And she, who is one, can do all things, and renews everything while herself perduring; And passing into holy souls from age to age, she produces friends of God and prophets.

Wisdom 7: 26-27

Royaume France is a Jehannian-Thérèsian inspired profession of faith in imitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the phenomenology of a story emerging, a story of how St. Mary Magdalene established a royal line for France in the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the shores of Provence. Through her contemplative life on the shores of modern-day France, Mary Magdalene established a royal diaspora through time and space devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to the form of France that is a Magdalene lily of Mary’s heart.

Royaume France is not the story itself but the phenomenology of the story in my own life-experience. It is a phenomenological reflection on the impact of St. Joan of Arc, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and St. Mary Magdalene on my life.

In this sense it is my fairy tale revealing the appearance of the story appearing as related through personal testimony and devotional expressions. This phenomenology emerged through an existential encounter, a “divine glance,” into the combined hearts of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux as a result of total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through this author’s writings, the reader will encounter this phenomenology of my life; however, the story that emerges in the heart and mind of the reader remains to be written. The reader’s own existential encounter with Our Lady’s Catholic and Royal France through the hearts of St. Joan and St. Thérèse awaits its phenomenological revelation.

St. Mary Magdalene in contemplation

A Phenomenology of the French Royal Hearts of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Royaume France is an embrace of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is a fairy tale imagined as a painting, a poem, and a song revealed in its eidetic purity as a phenomenological expression of truth, beauty, and goodness. Fairy tales are truths proclaimed through the medium of “story.” Phenomenology is a creative process of casting light on the essence and meaning of the story to understand the truths inherent. Royaume France is the phenomenological expression, the “emergence,” of a fairy tale we have never been told. Like a painting, Royaume France is the “appearance of the story appearing” as lived experience described in words. Through the phenomenology of lived experience, our being transforms as the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness of that emerging story-never-told in us. 

Lived experience

Royaume France is an account of lived experience in union with the French royal hearts of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. It was intuited and then modeled through the phenomena of the life of St. Joan of Arc, Thérèsian Carmelite spirituality, the golden legend of St. Mary Magdalene in France, and the philosophical lens of St. Edith Stein. Its aim is Faith, Hope, and Love “on earth as it is in Heaven” through the majesty of Jehannian-Thérèsian Catholic spirituality and True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Royaume France began with a phenomenology of devotion to St. Joan of Arc through the Jehannian hermeneutics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. This developed into a devotional theory of the “combined hearts” of these two saintly sisters. The resulting phenomenological possibilities formed a more expansive theory of the Kingdom of France in the City of God based on the golden legend of St. Mary Magdalene. Contemplative intuition based on the model’s ontology led to a phenomenological methodology through the inspiration of St. Edith Stein.

St. Mary Magdalene in contemplation

The Royaume France model developed through three diachronic movements.

The first from 2008 to 2010 is the descriptive devotional expression to the combined hearts of St. Joan and St. Thérèse.

The second from 2010 to 2017 is the phenomenological expression based on the devotional movement demonstrating the possibility of a structuralist theory of the Kingdom of France as the Lily and at the center of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart. This is performed by setting aside the natural attitude toward our historical interpretation of France in the City of Man. This movement founds France in the City of God through the royal household of St. Mary Magdalene who lived out her last years in the grotto of Provence.

The third movement from 2017 to 2021 is the development of the phenomenological method under the luminous guidance of St. Edith Stein. The initial phenomenon of the “divine glance” of St. Joan of Arc through the Jehannian hermeneutics of St. Thérèse revealed “Catholic and Royal France” as a form of in the center of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.

The publication of Royaume France is her proclamation of hope through the combined hearts of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. This model is for those seeking a journey of lived experience to mystical France in the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in union with the combined hearts of these saintly, celestial sisters. Royaume France also can serve as a template for a more general model of meaningful lived experience in the presence of God through the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.