Meditation on The Royal Heart

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The Royal Heart is one that is born not of earth but of the Heavenly Kingdom. We are unable to explain to others our devotion to the Monarchy without revealing a few of the sacred rooms in the castle of our soul. For, devotion to the Monarchy is much more than a devotion to an earthly socio-political model, it is an outpouring of our love for the true Form of the Kingdom of Heaven with its Divine Order beginning with Jesus Christ as King of all Kings and cascading downward, in a Divine Aristocracy, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary with the rest of the communion of saints.

The Royal Heart seeks this Kingdom along the Divine Trail of the Dogmatic Creed, which is the only path leading to the eternal Kingdom. We seek it with the assistance of our saintly sisters, Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux, who keep us focused on our goal and out of danger as we cross narrow bridges over deep canyons, traipse the steep, dangerous, but truly edifying, rocky paths over the snow packed mountains, and cross slippery, rushing streams running through the pristine meadows leading to the Kingdom of God.

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The Royal Heart eschews and shrinks away from the whispers of the Evil Distractor hiding in the Dark Forest, who seeks to taunt us into abandoning the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed for a wide paved highway where we will have an alleged “freedom” to choose our own way over that given to us by God. The Royal Heart understands instinctively and intuitively that we are truly free to make our way to the Kingdom only by staying obedient to the boundaries of the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed. We are truly free only by following that way by which God instructs us.

“You are free to eat of all the trees in the garden.But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you are not to eat, for, the day you eat of that, you are doomed to die.” ~ Gen 2:16-17.

The Royal Heart, through sanctifying grace, arrives to our destination in a union of spirit with God and the communion of saints by the prayer Our Lord taught us: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” His Kingdom is not of this world, but He desires that we make it present in this world for the salvation of souls. The Monarchy best reflects the order of the Kingdom of Heaven; therefore, the Royal Heart seeks the Monarchy in order to facilitate the coming of His Kingdom.

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The Royal Heart, therefore, is fundamentally religious and spiritual and is imbued throughout the substance of our soul through sanctifying grace. It is a yearning for the Kingdom of God and a desire to manifest that Kingdom on earth for the well-being of society and the salvation of mankind.

The Royal Heart reflects the most beautiful color in the Heavens, which is the combined spirituality of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse, by exposing itself to the sunlight of Christ, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and in the care of these Heavenly sisters. By reflecting this celestial light, we hope to transform the Church and the world for our Queen, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and our King, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed Virgin Mary, with St. Joan of Arc, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and St. Clotilda, the spiritual mother of Christendom and of France, pray for us!

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A Divine Constitutional Monarchy

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When one speaks of Monarchy, the question inevitably comes up, “What type of Monarchy? Absolute? Constitutional?” The question cannot readily be answered until we clarify the definitions.

If we say that an absolute Monarch is one who answers to no one, not even God through the moral authority of the Church given her by her Divine constitution, then we cannot assent to the absolute Monarch. This would be a totalitarian dictatorship akin to the dictatorship of The People we see in the constitutional Republics that glory in “separation of Church and State.” In such Republics, The Will of the People usurps The Will of God, as known through both Natural Law and the Divine constitution of the Church. The People define for themselves what is right and what is wrong, as opposed to God who gave us immense freedoms (“You are free to eat of all the trees in the garden.” ~ Gen 2:16) so long as He alone defines what is right and what is wrong (“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you are not to eat…” ~ Gen 2:17a). The Will of the People is a corrupt will. So is the will of a King or Queen. A King or Queen who ignores the Will of God is practicing “separation of Church and State” as much as any Republic. Thus, we cannot agree to an absolute Monarch by this definition.

So, must we then turn to a “Constitutional Monarchy” whereby the royal family must obey the constitutional decrees formulated by The People? If this type of Monarchy sees the royal family as being ultimately subject to “The People” (supposedly as a means to keep the Monarchy in line), then we have progressed no further than the constitutional Republic. We have a faux Monarchy where the corrupted People are still dictating what is right and what is wrong. This is a Republic with a Monarchist veneer. Here, we have The People on the prowl again, eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, a practice by which God warns, “for, the day you eat of that, you are doomed to die.” ~ Gen 2:17b

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Therefore, neither the absolute nor commonly referred to constitutional Monarchy resolves the issue at hand in governing society – that we must not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

However, the way we might be able to make authentic progress in this matter, and therefore to make authentic progress in society and culture in general, is to subject both the royal family and The People to that tree of the knowledge of good and evil through subjection to the Holy Catholic Church. The Catholic Church alone has the Divine constitution, one given her by Jesus Christ from the moment He formed the apostles, made Peter its head, and gifted her with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. All authority in Heaven and on earth belongs to Jesus Christ (this includes, by the way, non-Christian societies, for Christ is Master of all, not just of Christian societies), and by His ordination, all authority on earth in matters of faith and morals belongs to the Church He founded, and over which He is the Head. The Church is the Bride of Christ and the seed of the Kingdom of God on earth.

Thus, a society that is under a “Divine Constitutional” Monarchy by subjecting itself to the Church is one which is truly “free.” The society ruled by the Catholic Monarchy is “free to eat of all the trees in the garden” quite simply because it does not attempt to “eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” The King and Queen rule by “divine right,” which means not that they rule as if they were divine, but that their right to rule comes from God. The Monarch must serve his or her people; however, the Monarch must answer to God.

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In the end, the a priori argument favors the Catholic Monarchy; though, the a posteriori argument based on a good review of history likely leads us to a very lively discussion. The history of Catholic Monarchies over the centuries is certainly not pristine; yet, neither is that of the constitutional Republics with their “Will of the People” and their “separation of Church and State.”

One thing is certain, however. Any solution that demands we eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil cannot be one by which to live. The Catholic Monarchy, as pale as its history might be at times, at least has the a priori Form proper to a truly free society.

That means it is a model toward which we should reach.