Point 1: Le Royaume is traditionally-minded Catholicism in union with our Holy Father the Pope in Rome and the Magisterium of the Church.
This point is the foundation and wellspring for all the others to follow. The infinite merits of Jesus Christ are the wellspring from which all grace flows, and the Holy Roman Catholic Church is His Body and His Bride. Hence, obedience to that Church secures us in the life-giving waters of grace flowing from His life, passion, death, and resurrection.
Without first being established in traditionally-minded Catholicism through both the intellect and the will, we, as “fils ou filles du Royaume,” that is, “sons or daughters of the Kingdom,” are unable to fully appreciate and integrate into the substance of our being the rest of the points. Without this point firmly embedded in our souls, we will continually run awry on our journey. It will be like having a bent, out-of-balance wheel on our spiritual carriage. The more out-of-balance the wheel is, the greater the difficulty keeping the carriage on the designated path. We wreck the carriage as soon as we leave the wheel to its way without an immediate, opposing, and correcting force.
This journey to Le Royaume is on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. This Trail runs through the great castle walls of Roman Catholicism that leads into the magnificent Kingdom of God, which is spiritually the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We hope to find our particular fiefdom, Le Royaume, in this Kingdom. We cannot do so with a bent wheel, that is, through our whims, opinions, feelings, and constant demands to satisfy our prideful, disordered desires. We cannot do so without the saintly and sisterly guidance of Joan and Thérèse, who demand strict adherence to the Dogmas, Doctrines, Creeds, and Magisterial teachings of the Holy Catholic Church. Our first point is critical, then, for beginning our journey.
Only through this traditionally-minded Catholicism will we find Le Royaume, for to reach our noble destination, we must make authentic progress. Authentic progress is that which actually has an end of genuine value in mind and which then follows a proper course that brings one safely to that authentically valuable end. A carriage speeding forward through space and time makes material “progress” narrowly measured by mere space and time; however, if that so-called “progress” leads the carriage over a cliff, then that progress is not authentic. Mere chronology does not define progress. Progress is determined by having an authentically valuable endpoint and a Trail leading true to that endpoint. Otherwise, we will journey over a cliff.
Here is the crux of the matter and the more profound reason that we must be traditionally-minded Catholics in obedience to our Holy Father, the Pope in Rome, and the Magisterium of the Church. Jesus Christ alone, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, is the true end in Himself and His substance. He alone represents authenticity. He is the Alpha and the Omega. Therefore, strict adherence to His Body and Bride on earth, the Holy Catholic Church, is required to make authentic progress concerning Le Royaume. The Trail of the Dogmatic Creed to Le Royaume with St. Joan and St. Thérèse is a metaphor for this faithful obedience to the Church with all of her Dogmas, Doctrines, and Creeds under the saintly patronage of our heavenly sisters.
We must emphasize this point. There is a fundamental divergence that influences all people on this earth. Originating with the Fall of Man and corrected through Jesus Christ, it is the most primordial and essential of all divergences and encompasses the entirety of humanity. It is the divergence between those whose driving orientation is toward God and obedience to Him through cooperation in sanctifying grace and those whose driving orientation is toward themselves separate from God through a rebellion against that sanctifying grace. The first seeks to do anything, even if incomprehensible, if only God commands it, for God is substantively Good in Himself and deserving of obedience simply for Who He Is (“I Am”), making this obedience necessarily unconditional:
“Thus saith the Lord to me: Go, and get thee a linen girdle, and thou shalt put it about thy loins, and shalt not put it into water. And I got a girdle according to the word of the Lord, and put it about my loins. And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying: Take the girdle which thou hast got, which is about thy loins, and arise, go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock. And I went, and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord had commanded me. And it came to pass after many days, that the Lord said to me: Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from thence the girdle, which I commanded thee to hide there. And I went to the Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle out of the place where I had hid it…” (Jer 13: 1-6) (Douay Rheims)
The second diverging orientation seeks to do its own will, to satisfy its own heart and inward desires, even in defiance of God:
“Well do you make void the commandment of God that you may keep your own tradition. For Moses said: Honor thy father and thy mother; and He that shall curse father or mother; dying let him die. But you say: If a man shall say to his father or mother, Corban (which is a gift,) whatsoever is from me shall profit thee. And further you suffer him not to do anything for his father or mother. Making void the word of God by your own tradition, which you have given forth. And many other such like things you do.”
“Hear ye all and understand. There is nothing from without a man that entering into him, can defile him. But the things which come from a man, those are they that defile a man. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mk 7: 9-13; 14b-16) (Douay Rheims)
“For from within out of the heart of men proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and defile a man.” (Mk 7: 21-23) (Douay Rheims)
We call this latter orientation The Revolution and its adherents Revolutionaries. It reflects the primordial Revolution against God by Satan that began before the foundations of the world and which Revolution captured the hearts of Adam and Eve, leading to The Fall of humanity, which the life, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ restored. This Revolution is never absent from the ongoing drama of humanity’s journey through time and space and will never be absent to its end in Jesus Christ at His Second Coming when He will judge the living and the dead. It is the ongoing drama of the two, and only two, Apocalyptic players in the Heavens and the earth, Christ and anti-Christ. This Revolution seeks only disorder and disobedience to God. Every nook and cranny of humanity’s activities manifest this disordered disobedience, including those of the Church. How many clergies, religious, and lay people sadly walk the path of the Revolution in the Church! How many of those closest to Christ through baptism betray Him through the revolutionary seeking of their own heart, orientation, views, and opinions, wherein lies everything that can defile!
Conversely, we call the first, or former, orientation The Counterrevolution and its adherents Counterrevolutionaries. It is the noble reaction against the ignoble Revolution and can be found only in a man or woman through sanctifying grace. After The Fall, all were Revolutionaries, yet, God gave us the grace to restore proper obedience to God after the resurrection. Jesus Christ is the Ultimate Counterrevolutionary and the Father of all Counterrevolutionaries who seek to return to God and to resist the evil Revolutionary actions in the world, even, and particularly, those defiling the Church.
Because of this Counterrevolutionary driving orientation, we tend to prefer the Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) over the Novus Ordo, though we obediently accept the latter’s validity as per the authority of our Holy Father, the Pope and the Magisterium of the Church. Though both forms bring the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ to our respective altars, we see more vividly in the liturgical rubrics of the Traditional Latin Mass that obedient orientation to God. In all, the Kingdom of God, and Le Royaume, which is that part of the Kingdom of God to which St. Joan and St. Thérèse are leading us, is far more significant than the Counterrevolution. The Church is far more than the Counterrevolution itself though being the single most formidable Counterrevolutionary force on earth. Thus, we are seeking Le Royaume, which is good in its very nature. We are fundamentally for something as opposed to being fundamentally opposed to something. Yet, like any wise traveler, the Fils du Royaume must always keep a spiritual eye and ear alert for signs of the deadly Revolution. The Fils is moving joyfully toward Le Royaume with St. Joan and St. Thérèse on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed. Still, at the same time, the Fils is alert to dangers lurking nearby in the Dark Forest of the Revolution. Le Royaume is about proper order, the Divine Order, and is intrinsically good. This intrinsic goodness will be the subject of point two.