I am an insignificant Catholic layman sharing the story of my journey on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
My personal vision
My Vision is a worldwide society of sanctified souls living out their repentant, dogmatic confession of Catholic faith through total consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
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 personal mission
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.
Le Royaume is one manifestation of my mission and promotes the exemplary ideals of traditional French Catholicism through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the combined spirituality of Ste. Jehanne d’Arc and Ste. Thérèse de l’Enfant Jésus.
Note that my mission is not to be a teacher of the Faith. I have no authoritative position in the Church and am not a theologian. I do, however, seek to pass on to others the inspiration and life-giving grace I have received by sharing my journey in the Faith.
I do not make my living by promoting the Faith or my own testimony. I have no ties with any publisher or media agent. I have no Church sponsored ministry. I neither ask for nor accept money. The only financial profit I receive is from the sales of my books. However, I am willing, and would be delighted, to speak to your parish or organization for no fee. My only caveat to the above statement is that assistance with travel expenses would be appreciated.
My sites represent my personal inspirations and views. My first two books (Journey to Christendom and Seek First the Kingdom) have received Permission to Publish from the Archdiocese of Chicago with official declarations of ecclesiastical authority that the material is free from doctrinal and moral error (the other books have not yet been submitted – perhaps one day). However, I do not wish to imply here, or on any other site under my administration, that I am working in an official ministerial capacity. My sites and books are for inspiration, not teaching.
I desire many to join me, none to follow me. We follow Ste. Jehanne d’Arc and Ste. Thérèse de Lisieux on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed of Roman Catholicism.
More specifically on Le Royaume des Ste. Jehanne et Ste. Thérèse
Le Royaume reflects the outcome of my own personal spiritual journey out of the Dark Forest of Despair with the spiritually carcinogenic smoke of its secular, atheistic, Protestant, New Age, and “Spiritual but not Religious” philosophies and into the sunlight and fresh air along the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with Sts. Joan and Thérèse toward the vision of:
…the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Kingdom of Catholic France on earth as it is in Heaven, bathed in the mystically beautiful light of the combined spirituality of Sts. Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux. This Kingdom is not limited to the earthly boundaries of France but is a spiritual, worldwide society of sanctified souls living out their repentant, dogmatic confession of Catholic faith through total consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and in evangelical devotion to Traditional French Catholicism.”
This vision is all about consecrating ourselves through French Catholic spirituality to our most saintly sisters, Jeanne and Thérèse, in order to most completely consecrate ourselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary and unite ourselves with the Sacred Heart of Jesus through her. The views expressed on my sites are presented joyfully as my own inspired impulses as I attempt, however imperfectly, to live out my consecration to the Virgin Mary under the guidance, patronage, and sisterly care of Jeanne and Thérèse.
At Le Royaume, in order to fulfill the vision above, I dream of building an oasis, a refuge, for Catholics imbued in the French School of Spirituality who want their religion, their way of life, their Queen, and their King. We desire to see the temporal Kingdom of France restored as the “Eldest Daughter of the Church” protecting and building up the Church militant with the Pope in Rome. Ultimately, I would like to form supportive, sharing communities in regions around our country and world. These oases would be “Royal Outposts” obedient to the Church and Jesus Christ her capstone, her head, and her bridegroom despite being surrounded by a hostile culture, in much the same way that royal outposts such as Vaucouleurs or Mont Saint-Michel remained loyal to Charles VII during St. Joan of Arc’s time despite being surrounded by hostile Burgundians and English.
Our unifying and driving force would be reflected in a phrase from one of my poems, “I have loved what you loved,” referring to our devotion to our dynamic saintly duo, Joan and Thérèse. We love them, study their lives and spirituality, seek their sisterly patronage, and allow them to guide us in the deepest sense to our True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin according to St. Louis de Montfort. That is really the substance of this Kingdom Blessed of St. Joan and St. Thérèse; that is, it is a reflection of the most powerful and all-to-infrequently tapped Marian devotion in Church history. It is the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in the center of Mary’s Immaculate Heart. That is where we want to live.
That “we love what they loved” might mean, subjectively, something different to each person. I compare St. Joan and St. Thérèse to rare jewels that when exposed to the light of the Dogmas, Traditions, and Scriptures of our religion, explode in a variety of magnificent colors. That “we love what they loved” means objectively speaking, of course, that we all are obedient to our Holy Father the Pope and the magisterium of the Church.
For me, “loving what they loved” has transformed me into a “Fils du Royaume de France Mystique,” or, a son of the Mystical Kingdom of France. I am devoted to St. Joan and St. Thérèse, to the Queen of France the Virgin Mary, to the King of France Jesus Christ, and to the temporal extension of that royal supremacy in the form of the French Monarchy now in exile under the Republic. I also like to use the French language when I can. Though my French is poor, I use it from time to time simply because it is the language of St. Joan and St. Thérèse, of “La France Mystique,” and is one way for me to offer them my heartfelt honor of dulia.
Will the above be your experience? Who knows. If you have read this far and are interested, then you might want to read the the Ten Points of the Le Royaume.
God bless you, and may the Virgin Mary with Ste. Jehanne and Ste. Thérèse pray for you always!