In the introduction to my first book, Journey to Christendom - The Freedom Dance, I described what was coming in the rest:
"It is like this analogy: when you travel together with another person, you both travel the same road, objectively speaking, even though you may each describe the trip differently from your own subjective experience. You may describe different scenes or highlight different events, but it is the same road."
This was the seed of philosophical thought that later would blossom. From the very beginning, I was grasping for a way to communicate objective truth, such as the Dogmas and Doctrines of the Holy Catholic Church, through a subjective experiential lens. The mystery of objectivity as experienced subjectively mystified me for over a decade.
However, help eventually arrived through the writings and legacy of Edith Stein, known by her religious name as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. She was a noted phenomenologist whose mentor, Edmund Husserl, was the father of modern day phenomenology. After Stein's conversion to the Church, she essentially Catholicized Phenomenology in the same way Thomas Aquinas "baptized" Aristotle. Edith Stein reconciled her phenomenological background with medieval scholasticism. This proved to be critically important to me in my quest for clarity about what I was experiencing as I developed Royaume France.
Just as one must read Aristotle in order to better understand Thomas' Summa, one must read Edmund Husserl in order to better understand Stein's writings. Husserl liked to "begin from below" in the subjective and spent his life building the bridge from below to the objective Platonic forms (we might call them 'Augustinian Platonic Forms.') on high. His conclusion was that the bridge between the subjective experience of the individual and the world of objective truth was - logic. That one word was the missing piece of the puzzle in my own dilemma. We subjectively "describe different scenes or highlight different events" while objectively traveling "the same road" as demonstrated by philosophical logic imbued with grace (only through grace can our intellect be efficacious).
This was the key, finally uncovered. What Royaume France did for me subjectively can be objectively systematized by accepting new premises given to us through grace by our saintly sister Joan of Arc, and then with the assistance of grace drawing logical conclusions from them. New premises honestly pursed to their logical ends require a phenomenological "bracketing" of presuppositions in order to consider these premises as they truly are and not as we have formerly judged them. That was Royaume France, and I knew it.
I call the Royaume France methodology "Walking the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan and St. Thérèse" in the spirit of Edith Stein's synthesis of phenomenology and scholasticism. The method is to "walk" with Joan and Thérèse and to follow in their footsteps experientially and intuitively that they might present us with new premises from which to draw those logical conclusions. "Walking the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed" was precisely the method St. Joan and St. Thérèse used with me. Through this logical progression, Joan and Thérèse "draw us upward" from our subjective experience to objective heavenly realities.
The link below leads to the philosophical discussions describing just how they did that.
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