St. Clotilda’s Royal Hearts of the French Catholic Diaspora

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“France was won for the faith, primarily because of Clotilda.” ~ Warren H. Carroll, The Building of Christendom

St. Clotilda, the spiritual mother and Queen of Royal France, was a Burgundian princess when she married Clovis, the King of the Franks in 493 AD. Though her father followed the heretical Arian “Christian” sect, her mother was a devoutly Catholic Burgundian who raised her daughter with a faithful Catholic heart.

“Of all the invading barbarian peoples, only the Burgundians had been marked by consistent fidelity to their promise of service to Rome. They had occupied east central Gaul and what is now western Switzerland, with their capitals at Lyons, Vienne, and Geneva. In 474 the senior of their three kings, Chilperic, received the title of General from one of the last shadow – emperors of the Roman West, and made it meaningful by fighting for Rome against the Visigoths during the last days of the Western Empire. Chilperic was an Arian; but his wife Caretena, whose praises were sung by two contemporary writers in Gaul, was a devout and orthodox Catholic. They had a daughter named Clotilda. Raised at Lyons by such a mother as Carotena, Clotilda would have learned early and well the glorious tale of the martyrs of that city in 177, especially the radiant Blandina; received the blessing of the great St. Avitus, Bishop of Vienne, when he came to court; and been inspired by the example of Lyons’ Bishop Patiens, famous for his charity.” ~ Warren H. Carroll, The Building of Christendom

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What kind of a heart, then, did Caretena give to her young princess, for this is the very heart that St. Clotilda gives to us as the French Catholic Diaspora. Though tragically unseen in her lifetime, St. Clotilda imbued the Frankish people and the land of the Franks, what would become France and Germany centuries later, with the spirit of true Christianity in the fullness of the Catholic faith. It is this heart for which we must pray and which we must seek. It is St. Clotilda’s royal, orthodox, Catholic heart with which we must unite our own in order to fulfill our destiny in the French Catholic Diaspora with St. Mary Magdalene, Ste. Jehanne d’Arc, and Ste. Thérèse de Lisieux in the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary where Jesus Christ reigns in all of His glory.

“All about Clotilda, as she grew from infancy to girlhood, the old world was crashing down; she, a barbarian princess, belonged to the new one, whatever it might be. Yet the faith that burned in her was the faith of Perpetua, of Cecilia, of Jerome’s Paula – all from the greatest families of Rome, who would have recognized Clotilda instantly as their sister in spirit.” ~ Warren H. Carroll, The Building of Christendom

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This is the faith of the saints and the early Christian martyrs. We must understand our own royal hearts to be first and foremost hearts grounded in sanctifying grace through a dogmatic confession of Catholic faith. Royalty is not a mere earthly political construct. True royalty and a genuine royal heart is born of the Holy Spirit through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The royal heart seeks to fulfill Our Lord’s prayer handed down to us in Scripture that our Father’s will be done, His Kingdom come “on earth as it is in Heaven.” The royal hearts of the French Catholic Diaspora have an innate sense of the Social Kingship of Christ and Jesus Christ as King of Kings. The royal hearts of the French Catholic Diaspora have an innate sense of the mystical relationship between the Kingdom of France and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Heaven and earth. The royal hearts of the French Catholic Diaspora reverberate with Ste. Jehanne d’Arc’s mission to restore “true France” where Jesus Christ is King and the earthly Monarch is Christ’s lieutenant.

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To fulfill the mission completely, the royal heart must suffer against all odds in a newly developing barbaric, vulgar, and blasphemous world, just as did Queen St. Clotilda. After her glorious years with newly baptized King Clovis, she would suffer a terrible dark night of the soul as her children betrayed her motherly instruction. While strictly enforcing orthodox Catholicism in letter, the immediate heirs to the Frankish throne cared little for the spirit. St. Clotilda lived out her remaining widowed years at the shrine of St. Martin in Tours, praying for her family, her people, and her country.

“It was Clotilda’s cross to witness the first thirty-four years of that degradation. That was the span of her widowhood, and most of it was the span of her suffering. As the wife of Clovis in his triumphant years, haloed with the radiance of his conversion and all it meant to the world, which she had done so much to bring about, she had known happiness, fulfillment, and glory such as few ever experience; now her suffering matched her time of joy in magnitude, and exceeded it in length. For her adopted people were still barbarians, culturally akin to that Theodoric who had hewn his Christian enemy in two in cold blood with his own hand; and so, as she had to learn in wrenching agony, were her three sons, now grown. Her careful instruction all through their childhood and early youth had gone for naught. They were faithless, brutal murders, hardly more Christian than they were civilized men.” ~ Warren H. Carroll, The Building of Christendom

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Yet, St. Clotilda’s holiness in suffering would echo down the decades and centuries as a perpetual fount of inspiration. A later Frankish princess, Ingunthis, carried herself forward under this powerful influence.

“She had most certainly heard of Clotilda and what she had done some ninety years before; very likely Bishop Phronimius reminded her of that holy example, and that she now had the same opportunity as her sainted ancestor, and urged her to pray for Clotilda’s intercession and help.” ~ Warren H. Carroll, The Building of Christendom

Queen St. Clotilda’s heart, both in victory and agonizing defeat, must be our own, the royal heart of the French Catholic Diaspora. Ours is a heart that seeks the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the friendship and sisterly care of Ste. Jehanne and Ste. Thérèse with St. Clotilda’s maternal care. They are our spiritual ancestors.

The royal hearts of the French Catholic Diaspora were planted on the shores of Gaul in the Apostolic era by St. Mary Magdalene, germinated four centuries later by St. Clotilda, pruned by Ste. Jehanne d’Arc almost one thousand years after that, and nurtured like a field of flowers in our contemporary age  by Ste. Thérèse de l’Enfant Jesus.

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It is now our calling, our vocation, and our destiny to be stewards for, and beautify through suffering in union with Christ, that field of flowers known as the Virgin Mary’s Mystical Kingdom of Catholic France. This is the duty of the royal heart of the French Catholic Diaspora.

Queen St. Clotilda, as did Princess Ingunthis and many others centuries before us, we ask for your intercession and that you help us to persevere to the end as the royal hearts of the French Catholic Diaspora.

 

“The migration of nations!” Queen St. Clotilda, the spiritual mother of the counterrevolution

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“The migration of nations! – What a medley of images this word calls up in our mind. It carries us back to the sunset of the old civilization; we rest for a while in the twilight, then grope about in the night, and emerge at last into the dawn – grey, indistinct, undefined – of a new social order.” ~ Fr. John Laux, Church History

Certainly, the above quote seems poignant for our times; though, it refers to the barbarian invasions of the 5th and 6th centuries roughly one thousand five hundred years ago. Just as the old Roman Empire crumbled exteriorly after years of internal moral decay, so is our empire called Western Civilization crumbling after an astonishing collapse in morality. The contemporary spiritual, social, and cultural situation in America and the West is not significantly different from that of post-barbarian Europe.

“When the last wave of the barbarian invasion had spend its force, the face of Europe had been transformed. Independent Germanic kingdoms had been established on the ruins of the Roman Empire, and there was everywhere a bewildering mixture of races, institutions, and religions.” ~ Fr. John Laux, Church History

The situation for true Christianity, the fullness of which resides in the only institution founded personally and authoritatively by Jesus Christ before His passion, crucifixion, and resurrection – the Catholic Church – is as perilous now as it was then. Just as in modern America, “Christian” rulers are often Protestant, Evangelical, or otherwise “spiritual but not religious,” the Goths, Vandals, Burgundians, and Lombards rolling over Europe were mostly either pagan or heretical Arian Christians rather than true Christian and Catholic. The saving grace for Christianity in temporal affairs and the seed of what eventually would become Christendom was the conversion to Catholicism of the still pagan Franks through the baptism of King Clovis in 496 AD. Our Lord and Our Lady accomplished this work of Divine Providence through Queen Saint Clotilda, the graceful wife of Clovis. Through her influence, Clovis converted  to Catholicism and with him all of the Frankish kingdom. True Catholic Christianity now held a beachhead on mainland Europe through the Franks and by the prayers and example their saintly Queen.

“In 493 the Frankish king Clovis married Clotilda, a Burgundian princess, who, though of Arian parentage, was herself a devout Catholic. It was mainly due to her example, her admonitions and her prayers that Clovis embraced Christianity in spite of various attempts made by his Arian neighbors to win him over to their heresy. With three thousand of his warriors he was baptized on Christmas day in the year 496 by St. Remigius, bishop of Rheims. The bulk of the nation followed the example of their leader.” ~ Fr. John Laux, Church History

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Similarly, Christian civilization finds itself in the 21st century facing the same threat and needing the same remedy as it did in the 5th and 6th centuries. Our modern barbarian invasion began in the 16th century with the Protestant Revolution which brought a new, heretical form of Christianity to the fore of cultural and political power. Mutated forms of this heresy have led to our bewildering array of barbaric contemporary beliefs and institutions, as witnessed by their progress through the Satanic French Revolution, the equally Satanic Bolshevik Revolution, and the  equally Satanic Sixties Hippie Revolution. Having been torn asunder and weakened spiritually and culturally by the initial waves, we are now threatened with complete desolation by the ever-ready ancient battering ram, the most insidious barbaric religious and political mutation of all, Islam, with like effect as ancient Europe was threatened by the terrible Lombards in 568.

“The invasion of the Lombards (568) was the last, but in many respects also the most tremendous, scourge with which the fair provinces of Italy were visited. It was the most terrible, as Newman remarks, because it was the last; because the Visigoth and the Hun and the Vandal and the Herulian and the Ostrogoth and the Byzantine had devastated the land before him, the Lombard could in so short a time make the desolation so complete.” ~ Fr. John Laux, Church History

We are so threatened with complete desolation today by the Muslim because the revolutionary Protestant, the spiritually carcinogenic “spiritual but not religious,” and the totalitarian secular atheist have devastated the land before him. The Muslim is now able to draw the sword for the final blow. Just as ancient Europe was weakened by heretical Arianism under the false pretense of “Christian,” we are weakened by heretical Protestantism, Evangelicalism, and “spiritual but not religious” heresies. True Christianity – the Catholic Church – needs a beachhead today in our society, culture, and political structure just as it needed that Catholic, Frankish beachhead centuries ago.

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The Counterrevolutionary and Royal Army of America aims to be one part of that beachhead, even if it is a very small part. Our spiritual mother, foundress, and patroness is St. Clotilda. Our Lord initiated France’s mission and vocation as “The Eldest Daughter of the Church” through her saintly piety. Though her father was Arian, St. Clotilda’s Catholic mother instilled in her daughter a faithful Christian spirit as a barbarian Burgundian Princess at a time when the old was passing away, and no one knew what was ahead.  Later, as the Queen of the Franks, St. Clotilda brought an entire people to the true faith.

“All about Clotilda, as she grew from infancy to girlhood, the old world was crashing down; she, a barbarian princess, belonged to the new one, whatever it might be. Yet the faith that burned in her was the faith of Perpetua, of Cecilia, of Jerome’s Paula – all from the greatest families of Rome, who would have recognized Clotilda instantly as their sister in spirit.” ~ Warren H. Carroll, The Building of Christendom

St. Clotilda suffered much for many years after the death of King Clovis. Her children, the heirs to the new Catholic Kingdom, brought her only misery. Short of a personal divine revelation (of which there is no record or indication), she would have had no way to know during the thirty-four years she carried her cross as a widow that God would use her as the seed of what would become Christendom. Like Queen St. Clotilda, we must suffer with royal hearts in an age of vulgar, secular, egalitarian republicanism knowing that Our Lord Jesus Christ is the King of Kings, the Master of history, and He through Whom all things were created. We might never see the fruits of our efforts, but like St. Clotilda, we will offer our crosses to the most Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary and through her to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the Kingdom of God “on earth as it is in Heaven.” If St. Clotilda gave birth to Catholic France, then surely, by the grace of God, she will give spiritual birth to the renaissance of Catholic France. Queen St. Clotilda will watch over us with motherly concern.

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Through her powerful intercession and royal, paternal care, we will defend the Catholic Church, as did her husband King Clovis. As did the Franks for Christendom over the centuries, we will form the seed for the resurrection of the coming, newly energized Catholic civilization. We seek the Renaissance of the Kingdom of Catholic France, the restoration of the French Catholic Monarchy, the restoration of Catholic Monarchies in general, and even the establishment of a Catholic Monarchy in the United States.

Queen St. Clotilda, with Ste. Jehanne d’Arc, Ste. Thérèse de Lisieux, and the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven and earth, pray for us!

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