The Philosophical Foundations of Le Royaume
Phase 5 – Beyond the Counterrevolution with St. Joan of Arc
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The fifth phase of the Le Royaume Program is understanding and reintegrating our intellect with our newly created hearts. To engage our mind in Le Royaume is to direct it philosophically in accord with the movement of the Dove and Rose heart as inspired by St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse. Ours is not a skeptical, progressive synthesis. Ours is reintegration, a re-ordering of mind and heart according to the Divine Order.
“We might say that our values, and we with them, are re-”in”-tegrated after being “dis”- integrated in the spiritual wastelands where we had been living. Our good earthly values in time and space fall into proper place in the eternal schema of the Divine Order in the Kingdom. That order, threaded together in the Holy Spirit, edifies and brings life to the whole through unity in the one Divine Principle End, Who is God.”
~ From my book, The Dove and Rose: Personal reflections on devotion to St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
To do this, we must understand the questions that now need answering. Our Dove and Rose hearts seek a kingdom with St. Joan of Arc as our celestial leader, the conquering of which requires a new perspective. This new perspective evokes further questions. From this, we now know that our heart, our understanding, precedes our rationality.
“The certainty of being is an unreflective certainty, and it precedes all our rational knowledge.”
~ Edith Stein. Potency and Act (The Collected Works of Edith Stein) (Kindle Location 484). Kindle Edition.
Thus, we must reflect anew on our meaning and purpose. We must go deeper than merely understanding Joan of Arc’s reasoning. We must explore the very ground by which it is constituted. The question is not “what she believed” but “why did she believe it.” Understanding “what” is academic and will not bring us to an act of the will; understanding “why” will clear the pathway and free us to make that act an action necessary for our sanctification and salvation.