Point 3: Le Royaume is Marian, Thérèsian, and Jehannian in spirituality
We joyfully allow St. Joan and St. Thérèse to lead us on our faith journey in the manner that best fulfills our consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This journey unites us with the Sacred Heart of Jesus as per the teachings of St. Louis de Montfort and St. Maximilian Kolbe.
Congruent with the first two points of Le Royaume, we are keenly aware of the mystical union between the Church militant, Church suffering, and Church Victorious. This mystical union, as described in point two, demonstrates the mystery of our devotion brought out in the writings on The Dove and Rose (St. Joan and St. Thérèse). We are contemplative and active; we are at rest on Thérèse’s Mount Carmel while actively engaged with Joan in the spiritual warfare of the Church militant on earth. Conversely, paradoxically, we are as militant as Thérèse and quietly contemplative as Joan. Heaven is on earth through the Church militant, and we, therefore, see the glorious history of Christendom, and notably of the Kingdom of France as the Eldest Daughter of the Church, in light of this mystical union.
Here, St. Joan of Arc profoundly influences us. Her military banner and her responses to her ill-willed inquisitors demonstrated a profoundly clear view of the Church in Heaven united with the Church on earth. To anoint a King in Rheims was to fulfill a Heavenly-ordained mission. To fight for the Kingdom of France on earth was to fight for the Kingdom of God in Heaven, as Joan pointed out so poignantly to Charles VII when she informed him that the Kingdom of France belonged to Jesus Christ as King of Kings. As King of temporal France, Charles was to be the Lord of the Kingdom of France for Jesus Christ.
Our mission is to transform the earth through this mystical union. We always pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” While this Kingdom is primarily in the hearts of men and is not “of this world,” the hearts of men establish temporal social, cultural, and political order “in this world.” Thus, to affect change “not of this world” in the hearts of men is to affect change “in the world” through the social, cultural, and political order.
This transformation must first happen in our hearts if we are to participate in the mission of Le Royaume, the mystical Kingdom of France, through the spiritual influences of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and St. Joan of Arc. Here we see the importance of the Tradition of the Church through the writings and examples of the great saints and Doctors of the Church (of which St. Thérèse is one Doctor) who traveled The Trail of the Dogmatic Creed before us. We attune to them to find true spirituality and to detect and reject outright as deadly and diabolical the false spiritualities and philosophies of the modern world such as Protestantism, New Age, “Spiritual but not Religious,” Secularism, and Scientific Atheism. We seek only The Cross through the doctrines, dogmas, and magisterial guidance of the Holy Catholic Church.
Repentance, contrition for sins, self-knowledge, and a desire to re-order our lives through sanctifying grace are all essential elements in our Marian, Thérèsian, and Jehannian spirituality.
We reject as diabolical the New Age and modern psychotherapeutic nonsense that seeks to affirm every belief and lifestyle while denying sin, judgment, and the reality of Hell. We know we are grave sinners, bringing ourselves low like mere toads and snails, as St. Louis de Montfort refers. Our misuse of free will blackens our created being.
In the light of Le Royaume, Hope transforms this pitiful darkness into glorious sunshine. Through the Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ, and with no help from the New Age heresies of modern spiritualities, Hope embraces the Mercy of Our Savior. By His Mercy, we can love our home, Le Royaume, with the Holy Trinity, the angels, and the saints as God’s intrinsic goodness drives us to do, as mentioned in point two.
Thus, gratitude is an essential spiritual characteristic of our union with the Holy Virgin Mary, St. Joan, and St. Thérèse. We must eliminate our complaints and grievances as these reflect nothing more than our vulgar, self-centered preoccupations. They negatively transform our unconditional love into conditional dependency and spiritual immaturity. Gratitude in all things, be it sickness, poverty, perceived injustices, or imminent death, is foundational to the Kingdom. Ingratitude cannot enter Le Royaume. We are eternally grateful to God in all circumstances simply because He Is Who He Is.