Phenomenological Devotion to St. Joan and St. Thérèse
We call this walking the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan and St. Thérèse.
What is Phenomenological Devotion?
Phenomenology makes understanding more accessible to our consciousness by constructing meaningful relationships among the phenomena in our lived experiences. It helps us make logical inferences about how our lived experience correlates to what we comprehend through gestalt constructions of insight. Phenomenology harmonizes the principles governing these emerging self-evident truths in our lives and guides us as we attempt to make sense of our experiences. Phenomenological Devotion more specifically focuses on the appearance of self-evident truths revealed to us by Divine Providence in our contemplative lives and harmonizes their governing principles in a hermeneutic that clarifies their meaning and purpose. It helps us make sense of the truths revealed to us. Phenomenological devotion begins with a divinely received embodied point of inquiry. That point of inquiry given to The Dove and Rose is Joan of Arc as revealed to us through the heart and Jehannian hermeneutic of St. Thérèse. Thérèse is necessary to receive Joan of Arc in this expression. We receive Joan most profoundly through Thérèse’s presentation.
How does Phenomenological Devotion work?
Applying phenomenology to our religious devotions is a cooperation with grace that we might intuitively understand the meaning of the lived experience of our spirituality. We develop meaningful relationships which lead to higher categories of thought. Through a hermeneutical process of continually adapting our understanding with new insights, we constitute the intuited gift revealed by the movement of the Holy Spirit. Phenomenological devotion brings clarity to our thinking as we contemplate the mysteries of the faith. Our contemplative categories imbue us with agility of thought by which we cooperate with grace through the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, notably, wisdom, knowledge, counsel, and understanding.
What is Phenomenological Devotion to St. Joan and St. Thérèse?
Phenomenological devotion to St. Joan and St. Thérèse is the application of the principles of phenomenology to our celestial relationship with our saintly sisters, Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux. Joan becomes our embodied point of inquiry, of our intentionality, through the heart of St. Thérèse. Together they guide us to self-evident truths that when harmonized make radical changes in our conscious understanding of the world. Joan and Thérèse guide us to a Heavenly understanding of who we are in the Kingdom of God. In this way, phenomenological devotion to St. Joan and St. Thérèse leads to the meaningful fulfillment in our lived experience of the Our Father. His Kingdom come, His will be done, "on earth as it is in Heaven."
How does Phenomenological Devotion to St. Joan and St. Thérèse work?
Through disciplined prayer, contemplation, and study founded on a life of sanctifying grace, we follow in the footsteps of St. Joan and St. Thérèse with intentionality; we seek the truths evident in their life-stories and come to understand through them the self-evident truths in our own life-stories. We then expand on those Jehannian-Thérèsian meanings through the hermeneutics of experiential insight. We receive, record, interpret, assert, and articulate what these saints give us. Applying phenomenological methods to our spiritual and religious devotion to St. Joan and St. Thérèse gives us clarity of mind, agility of thought, and pureness of heart through wisdom that together leads us in an enlightened manner to the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We call this walking the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan and St. Thérèse.
What is the goal of phenomenological devotion to St. Joan and St. Thérèse?
The goal of phenomenological devotion to St. Joan and St. Thérèse is to clarify the meaning and purpose of our lives through our relationship with our saintly sisters. It is to aid in our sanctification through grace in union with the Holy Catholic Church and in full assent to all that she teaches. Phenomenological devotion is neither a substitute for traditional Catholic spirituality nor doctrinal teaching. It is an intuitive methodology for making sense of how our lived, contemplative experience of the heart correlates to the world of traditional metaphysical understanding as we do follow traditional Catholic spirituality. Its goal is our sanctification through the obedience of faith in the Holy Catholic Church.