Jeanne d’Arc me conduit
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 instance of meaning that struck like a lightning 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 an experiential 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. My sites organize that content into a programmatic approach, the development of which serves as a translation of my lived experience into an apparent 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 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 acquainted with 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.
Catholics are seeking a meaningful lived experience of the presence of God through the devotional life. We desire an intimate relationship with Our Lord, the Blessed Virgin, the angels, and the saints. More specifically there are those of us who feel called by God to walk daily in a meaningful lived “presence” with St. Joan of Arc and her sister in Heaven, St. Thérèse of Lisieux. We are drawn to them and sense that God desires that we be led to Heaven by them. We yearn to be transformed in that story-never-told fairy tale in our lives through phenomenological truth, beauty, and goodness in union with St. Joan and St. Thérèse in a way that is consistent with our Holy Catholic faith and obedient to her teaching authority.
One day in October of 2008, I had a life-altering embodied perception of the presence of St. Joan of Arc. This happened through the Jehannian hermeneutics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux’ poetry and plays. It was as if St. Joan somehow touched my soul through the voice of St. Thérèse. My life since that “divine glance,” as phrased in Edith Stein’s language, has been the pursuit of its meaning. The pathway of experiential understanding on which St. Joan and St. Thérèse have led me, to which I refer as “The Trail of the Dogmatic Creed,” has been a unique interplay of grace through Carmelite contemplative prayer and phenomenological insight inspired by Edith Stein quite unlike anything else I have ever experienced. The purpose of Royaume France is to make this model accessible to others. In doing this I further hope to introduce the methodology as a more general model of meaningful Catholic spirituality.
The underlying context to this Thérèsian phenomenological exploration is the primordial intuition of the true and substantial Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist deriving a universal, eidetic principle of obedience to the teaching authority of the Holy Catholic Church. The goal is the sanctification and salvation of souls through devotion to the French Catholic spirituality of St. Joan and St. Thérèse in the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Our Mission is the sanctification of souls through devotion to St. Joan of Arc, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and the renaissance in our hearts of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Catholic and Royal France.
The sovereign establishment on earth as it is in Heaven of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Kingdom of Catholic and Royal France bathed in the mystically beautiful light of the combined spirituality of Sts. Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux.
Through a perceived intuitive “divine glance” in October of 2008, St. Joan of Arc became the life-long object of my intentionality through the Jehannian hermeneutics and mysticism of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. This act of grace transformed my simple devotion to Thérèse into a dynamic lived experience with the “combined hearts” of both saints who have a sisterly bond in Heaven as the secondary co-patronesses of France. That sisterly bond transfigured my own heart. Pursuing what I believed to be grace-inspired intuition, I followed in their footsteps “from grounds to conclusions” using the natural pedagogy of their French Catholic spirituality. This transformed my perceived meaning of life to an embodied presence of total consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary through what I call “la France mystique.”
With Joan of Arc as my guide and “point of inquiry,” I passively and systematically followed the lighted pathway representing the movement of my living reality with her. Through grace her guiding principles harmonized into a Holy Expression – a gestalt construction – of unity of hearts with St. Joan and St. Thérèse in a spirit of French Catholic Holy Realism grounded in True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin.
The theoretical framework of this method by necessity is the French Catholic Carmelite mysticism of St. Thérèse and the philosophical influence of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, known familiarly as Edith Stein.
This phenomenon of meaningful, experiential union of hearts is not perceived through natural insight but through St. Joan and St. Thérèse who reveal it to us from Heaven.
Royaume France focuses on a transcendental phenomenological “presence” with St. Joan of Arc through the heart and Jehannian hermeneutics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. It is a relationship with the Combined Hearts of St. Joan and St. Thérèse leading along a line of meaning to a discovery of Holy Expression. Those who sense the call to these two “saintly sisters” through an “unreflective certainty” will benefit foremost. However, I believe that there are broad implications for the general Catholic devotional life. The interplay of grace with phenomenology ennobles our soul with a sense of mystical, contemplative meaning as we pursue “the appearance of something appearing” like an artist bringing the transcendent to life on a canvas. This pursuit is imbued with the Faith, Hope, and Love of our Catholicism and becomes our method of “spiritual artistry” through lived experience. Perhaps its most profound significance is the demonstration of our Holy Catholic faith as far more than an abstract concept of dogmas and ideologies. Our faith is a life-changing lived experience imbued by sanctifying grace grounded in the sacraments and the real and substantial presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.