“Le Royaume” (St. Joan and St. Thérèse) Point 2: Le Royaume is intrinsically good, being the mystical Kingdom of France belonging to the Virgin Mary, St. Joan of Arc, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux


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Point 2: Le Royaume is intrinsically good, being the mystical Kingdom of France belonging to the Virgin Mary, St. Joan of Arc, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux.

“In the language of images Jeanne has thus (with her banner) depicted the Church in heaven as pure adoration of God, the Church on earth as the reception of God in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and sinful humanity, gathered in this Church around the cross along with the priests and soldiers, redeemed and repentant. Yet it is the same Church that is on earth and in heaven.”

– (The Spiritual Way of St. Jeanne d’Arc by George Tavard)

Question: Do you not believe that you owe submission to God’s Church on earth, that is to our lord the pope, to the cardinals, archbishops, bishops, and other prelates of the Church?

Joan: Yes, our Sire being first served.

Question: Have you commandment from your voices not to submit yourself to the Church militant which is on earth, nor to its judgment?

Joan: I shall not answer otherwise than I take into my head, but what I answer is by the commandment of my voices; they do not command that I obey not the Church, God first served.

– (Joan of Arc, By Herself and Her Witnesses, Pernoud, p. 195)

Jehanne Domrémy

This Kingdom of Sts. Joan and Thérèse is “La France Mystique,” the mystical Kingdom of France, which Kingdom, through the consecration of France to the Virgin Mary in 1638 by King Louis XIII and by the later decrees of Popes Pius XI (for St. Joan of Arc) and Pius XII (for St. Thérèse), belongs to the Virgin Mary with our saintly sisters as secondary co-patronesses. It uniquely emanates with what we can only describe as “the most beautiful color in the heavens,” that is, the combined spirituality of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux as they guide us in their saintly and sisterly care on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed to the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary where Jesus Christ is enthroned in all of His glory. For these reasons Le Royaume is intrinsically good.

Le Royaume’s intrinsic goodness means that we seek it for its own sake, being a manifestation of the Kingdom of God where there are many Kingdoms and where Jesus Christ is King of all Kings. As such, our love for Le Royaume, which is really our love for the Trinitarian God revealed through the doctrines and dogmas of the Catholic Church, is unconditional. We neither ask nor expect anything as a condition of our love or of our desire to be sons and daughters of this Kingdom. In fact, not only do we ask nothing, we offer everything, including our very lives. Our greatest desire is to lose all for the sake of the Kingdom as a testimony to the inherent and intrinsic goodness of Le Royaume. The greater the goodness, the more one is willing to sacrifice. In Le Royaume we see a manifestation of the Kingdom of God and desire that this Kingdom be glorified “on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Our unconditional love for Le Royaume means that while we dutifully seek God’s temporal blessings as is fitting to our state in life such as parent, priest, widow, single, or consecrated religious, we are satisfied and grateful for whatever conditions Our Lord and King of Kings so wills to bestow on us. Whereas it is fitting in our respective states in life to ask Our Lord and the intercession of the saints for healing, sufficient resources, and enough success that we might bring Him glory, we abhor the idea that these temporal goods and earthly measures are a necessary condition on our faith, our hope, or our love. Should Our Lord choose to let us suffer, even to die, for God’s glory as He did to His closest friends on earth, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, we are eternally grateful to be counted in that company and for that grace to demonstrate our love. For, the Holy Trinity and the Kingdom of God, of which Le Royaume is a part, are intrinsically good and no condition can be placed on our love for them.

In imitation of our most glorious saintly sisters, Joan and Thérèse, and indeed of all the saints throughout history, we find that we are not even satisfied with a mere enduring of our sufferings. We eagerly seek to be crucified with Our Lord so as to love Him, relatively speaking to our lowliness and sinfulness, as unconditionally as He loves us. Like St. Thérèse and St. Joan, we desire to suffer all for Jesus Christ, as we are compelled in this manner by virtue of His intrinsic goodness and that of Le Royaume which we seek. Intrinsic goodness demands sacrifice. Divine Intrinsic Goodness demands the ultimate sacrifice of love. In essence we realize upon seeing and sensing Le Royaume through the most caring assistance of St. Joan and St. Thérèse in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and only as like in that cloudy mirror to which St. Paul refers, that to attain it means to lose all, and to lose all means to gain everything.

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To Be means goodness, as God found His creation to be good, while our sinfulness is anti-being. Being and anti-being cannot co-exist. Le Royaume means Being and Life, while our sinfulness means anti-being and death. With our sinfulness crucified in union with Jesus Christ and through His merits and sanctifying grace, we are left with glorified being in Heaven. Such is the land of Le Royaume and such are the saints who have gone before us. We must never place a condition on our faith, our hope, or our love for God, His angels, His saints, or Le Royaume even if it means sickness, poverty, and death.

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We abhor the twisted notion that God must, or necessarily will, do what pleases us in order to justify a so-called love for Him, that He must heal us, provide us with wealth, good fortune, or any other earthly good lest we abandon Him for more comfortable and self-affirming spiritualities of idolatry which diabolically promise us “all the kingdoms of the earth” if we only worship the father of all lies and the murderer. We ask as is fitting, but we our most pleased, even joyful, to be denied all if that is for the greater glory of God, for in this manner we are blessed to be able to demonstrate our love.

“Set your hearts on his Kingdom first, and on God’s saving justice, and all these other things will be given you as well” (Mt. 6:33).