Also, join me on my website, RoyaumeFrance.us. There you will find a more comprehensive and systematic description of the phenomenological “model.”
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Royaume France is my attempt to make sense of a single phenomenon. It is as if my entire life up to that day in October of 2008 was leading to it, and every day after has been an attempt to understand it. The phenomenon was a powerful instant whereby St. Joan of Arc permanently entered my life story through the Jehannian hermeneutics of St. Thérèse’s plays and poetry. I refer to it, using the terminology of St. Edith Stein, as a “divine glance” and an encounter with the combined hearts of St. Joan and St. Thérèse. For the next decade or more, this encounter transformed my life.
Royaume France is an attempt to explain this transformation. It is not about St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux as much as it is about their influence on me and on the meaning of that encounter. This journey led me through religion to philosophy and phenomenology and back again. Royaume France is a record of this intellectual and spiritual journey through the influence of the combined hearts of Joan and Thérèse.
Despite the very philosophical language the reader encounters along this way, the work remains highly devotional in nature. There is philosophy and phenomenology but no attempt to make this “divine glance” a purely philosophical affair. The astonishing moment imbuing my soul with a lifelong devotion to St. Joan of Arc is supernatural in nature and a grace from Our Lord Jesus Christ through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I have done my best in Royaume France to explain its meaning to me which I hope will be a catalyst for a similarly powerful devotion to St. Joan and St. Thérèse in others.
“The sovereign establishment on earth as it is in Heaven of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Kingdom of France bathed in the mystically beautiful light of the combined spirituality of Sts. Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux.”
Le Royaume’s mission is to inspire souls through Truth, Beauty, and Goodness to seek the subjective application of the objective fruits of Christ’s Redemption in sanctifying grace by a repentant, dogmatic confession of Catholic faith and to develop a spiritual Vision that will open their hearts to efficacious actual graces that will aid them in growing and persevering in that sanctifying grace and in developing a Catholic worldview in social, cultural, and political affairs.
Le Royaume primarily fulfills her mission by inspiring souls to engage in a contemplative Eucharistic journey in total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary and through the holy, beautiful combined spirituality of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Through the influence of the primary means, Le Royaume fulfills her mission secondarily by evangelically advocating God’s love through the beautiful spiritual pedagogy of Traditional French Catholicism and devotion to the Renaissance of Catholic France.
In short, “To Jesus through Mary in the friendship and sisterly care of Sts. Joan and Thérèse!”
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Walter Emerson holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University and a master's degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University. He is married and the father of one child. He is a former Methodist who converted to the Catholic Church prior to his marriage in 1985.
Professionally, Mr. Adams has been a strategic executive consultant with two well-known international consulting firms and was the President for an internationally recognized foodservice equipment brand.
Though his professional business career has taken him extensively around the globe, his most important and very personal focus in life has been on a mystical journey out of the chaos of the anarchic philosophies wrecking the modern world and through the wonder-filled, life-giving spiritual lands of Roman Catholicism.
These writings reflect the story of his decades-long spiritual journey through the Catholic Church to the clean air and highlands of the joyful kingdom of Christendom.