“Le Royaume” (St. Joan and St. Thérèse) Point 1: Le Royaume is Traditionally-minded Catholicism in union with our Holy Father the Pope and the Magisterium of the Church

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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 well spring for all the other points to follow. Just as the infinite merits of Jesus Christ are the well spring from which all grace flows, and as the Holy Roman Catholic Church is His Body and His Bride, so it is that obedience to that Church secures for us 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,” (hereafter designated simply as “Fils”) 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 is the wheel, the greater the difficulty in keeping the carriage on the designated path. As soon as the wheel is left to its own way, without an immediate, opposing, and correcting force, the entire carriage is wrecked. This journey to Le Royaume is on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. This is the Trail through the great castle walls of Roman Catholicism that leads into the magnificent Kingdom of God which is spiritually the Immaculate Heart of Mary where Jesus Christ is enthroned in all of His glory. We hope to find our particular fiefdom, Le Royaume, in this Kingdom, and we cannot do so with a bent wheel, that is, through our own whims, opinions, feelings, and our constant demands for satisfying our prideful, disordered desires. We cannot do so without the saintly and sisterly guidance of Joan and Thérèse who demand of us strict adherence to the Dogmas, Doctrines, Creeds, and Magisterial teachings of the Holy Catholic Church, notably with a hermeneutic of continuity that binds the past with Vatican II while simultaneously holding Vatican II to its ancient foundation. Our first point is critical, then, for beginning our journey.

It is only through this traditionally-minded Catholicism, that of strict adherence to the Dogmas, Doctrines, Creeds, and Magisterial teachings of the Holy Catholic Church in a hermeneutic of continuity, that we will find Le Royaume, for in order to reach our noble destination we must make authentic progress. Authentic progress is that which actually has an end  of authentic value in mind and which then follows a true course that brings one safely to that authentically valuable end. A carriage speeding forward through both space and time is making material “progress” as narrowly measured by mere space and time; however, if that so-called “progress” (which based on the limiting values of space and time simply represents “movement forward” but to what end?) leads the carriage over a cliff, then that progress is not authentic. True progress, therefore, is not measured by mere chronology (e.g., the present is superior to the Middle Ages, simply because the Middle Ages were a long time ago), but is determined by having both an authentically valuable end point and a Trail leading true to that end point. It takes both an authentically valuable end point and an authentic Trail to establish that our journey through space and time will result in true progress and not simply be a journey over a cliff.

Here is the crux of the matter and the deeper 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 in Himself and in His substance, the true end. 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 any authentic progress, and certainly in relation to 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.

This point cannot be overemphasized. 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 fundamental of all divergences and encompasses the entire of humanity. It is the divergence between those whose driving orientation is toward God and obedience to Him (through cooperation in sanctifying grace which comes from that correction by Jesus Christ), and those whose driving orientation is toward their own selves and their own hearts 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 its own 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 mankind which was restored only by the life, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This Revolution is never absent from the on-going drama of mankind’s journey through time and space and will never be absent to its end in Jesus Christ at His Second Coming at which time He will judge the living and the dead. It is the on-going 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. This disordered disobedience can be found in every nook and cranny of mankind’s activities including those of the Church. How many clergy, religious, and lay people sadly walk the path of the Revolution in the Church! How many of those who are closest to Christ through baptism betray Him through the revolutionary seeking of their own heart, their own orientation, their own views and opinions, wherein lies everything that can defile!

Conversely, we call the first, or former, orientation The Counter-Revolution and its adherents Counter-Revolutionaries. It is the noble reaction against the ignoble Revolution and can only be found in a man or woman through sanctifying grace. After The Fall, all were Revolutionaries; yet, after the Resurrection, mankind was given the grace to be restored to proper order, to proper obedience to God. Jesus Christ was the Ultimate Counter-Revolutionary, and the Father of all Counter-Revolutionaries who seek to return to God and to resist the evil Revolutionary actions in the world, even, and particularly, those defiling the Church.

It is because of this driving Counter-Revolutionary orientation that we tend to prefer the Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) over the Novus Ordo, though we obediently accept the validity of the latter as per the authority of our Holy Father the Pope and the Magisterium of the Church. Though both forms bring the one Crucifixion of Jesus Christ in space and time to our respective altars that we might participate in that very same Crucifixion, though in an un-bloody manner, and as such both forms are ultimately demonstrations of the most powerful counter-revolutionary act in the Heavens or on the earth, 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 bigger than the Counter-Revolution. The Church, though being the single most formidable Counter-Revolutionary force on earth, is far more than the Counter-Revolution itself. Thus, we are seeking Le Royaume, which, as we will point out below, is good in itself. We are fundamentally for something as opposed to being fundamentally opposed to something. Yet, the Fils du Royaume, like any wise traveler, must always keep a material and 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, but at the same time, the Fils is alert to dangers lurking nearby in the Dark Forest of the Revolution with its spiritually intoxicating and carcinogenic philosophies, cultural norms, illicit syncretisms, false ecumenisms, and overall intrinsically disordered orientations designed, ultimately, to destroy the Church. Le Royaume is about proper order, the Divine Order, and is intrinsically good. This intrinsic goodness will be the subject of our next essay.

StM

About S.T. Martin

S.T. Martin is my nom de plume which stands for "Ste. Thérèse Martin." Martin was Ste. Thérèse's surname before entering Carmel. Professionally, I am an educator and experienced business executive. Academically, I hold an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University and a Masters Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University. Raised as a Methodist, I joined the Catholic Church on Easter of 1985, just prior to marrying my wife of nearly 30 years. My Catholic spirituality is grounded in the sacraments, Eucharistic adoration, and True Devotion to Mary. I am influenced more specifically by the combined spirituality of Ste. Jehanne d'Arc and Ste. Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus. I interpret Jehanne d'Arc through the spirituality of Thérèse, notably as represented through her plays and poetry about Jehanne. My ardent devotion to Ste. Jehanne d'Arc inspires me to seek her world view for my own. In order to do that I desire an authentic interpretation of the enigmatic saint. I believe Ste. Thérèse to be the most authentic interpreter of Ste. Jehanne's soul. My mission is to facilitate the coming of the Father’s Kingdom “on earth as it is in Heaven” by inspiring others to “seek first the Kingdom” through exemplary Catholic ideals. Ste. Jehanne d'Arc and Ste. Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus are representative, in my humble view, of some of the highest and most noble of those ideals.
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