The Philosophical Foundations of Le Royaume
Making the Journey with St. Joan and St. Thérèse
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We have developed the general and detailed models for Le Royaume and discussed the steps for and phenomenology of devotion to St. Joan of Arc inherent in these models. We wish to guide this journey on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed to the mystical Kingdom of the Blessed Virgin Mary's Catholic and Royal France. In doing this, we are developing the steps to be taken by anyone called by Jesus Christ and Our Lady the Virgin Mary to devotion to the combined hearts of St. Joan and St. Thérèse. We will follow the models as we do so.
The Foundation for the Journey on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan and St. Thérèse
Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus
Our devotion is to the combined hearts of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux (also called The Dove and Rose). In this sense, "extra Ecclesiam nulla salus," "outside the Church there is no salvation," is an objective truth and necessity. The journey on the Trail to the Kingdom with our saintly sisters relies entirely on and without exception on Catholic teaching for the mind, Catholic prayer for the heart, and most importantly, Catholic liturgy, preferably the Traditional Latin Mass, with the sacraments for the bread of life to nourish us on our way. Therefore, we take it as true that "outside the Church, there is no salvation," which means that outside the Church, we will lose our way on this journey and never arrive at the Kingdom. We will let the theologians debate the doctrinal interpretations. We understand through our journey and see, as logically deduced from the very words of Christ Himself and from His work in us, that we cannot be saved outside the Church.
There is no freedom of religion; for God has revealed how He desires to be adored and worshipped. Perhaps if He had not done so, we might be free to worship God based on our understanding of Him. However, that is not the case, objectively and historically. There is only a sinful license to disobey God by misusing our free will. Jesus did not set us "free" to worship as we please. He set us free through the "obedience of faith."
Finally, all that we integrate from outside the walls of the Catholic Church, such as Greek philosophy, we do so in accord with the Church Fathers, the saints, and the magisterial teaching of the Church. We are open-minded about everything and see all things new, but only as they are revealed through the lens of Catholicism.
St. Thérèse is "our little mother, queen and saint." She is our model for prayer.
This journey with our saintly sisters is substantively actualized through Catholic prayer in a state of sanctifying grace and nurtured through the sacraments, notably Confession and the Mass. Le Royaume relies on vocal prayer, mental prayer, and prayers of the heart. These prayers are the substance of The Dove and Rose devotion to St. Joan and St. Thérèse, which itself has vocal prayers and meditative reflections intended to inflame one's heart with love for our two saints, for the Blessed Virgin Mary, and ultimately for the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy Trinity.
Importantly, our journey through prayer is living out the Our Father that "thy Kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven."
The Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin Mary
Le Royaume is the outcome of total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Eucharistic adoration, "to Jesus through Mary." There can be no exception to this. The path to the Kingdom with Joan and Therèse journeys through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Any other course is a diabolical obfuscation of the truth. We go to Jesus through Mary.