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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As pointed out in a previous post, we note the historical analogy of our modern era with that of the barbarian invasions into the Roman Empire in the 5th and 6th centuries. In that day, God raised up the Hun from the netherworld of the Far East to drive the Goths, Franks, Burgundians, and Vandals through the gates of the Empire from the Eastern realm of modern day Europe. Similarly to the situation today, refugees poured into the Eastern Empire and Europe, semi-civilized barbarian refugees who were subsequently scorned, abused, and discriminated against by their hosts. In time the Goths would rise up to defend themselves and stake their claim permanently in the realm of the old empire, thus initiating the foundation of a new order as continual waves of new peoples poured into Europe, inspired by the sword of the Hun behind them.

This new order was the seed of what would become Middle Ages Christendom. It would take the Franks in Gaul to bring about the beginnings of the temporal Christian order in the late 5th and early 6th centuries by Our Lord and Our Lady’s blessings through the Burgundian Princess Clotilda, who would marry and inspire the pagan Frankish King Clovis to receive baptism. The Goths had made a half-step toward full Christianization by converting from barbarism to Arianism. However, it was the Franks, through St. Clotilda and Clovis, who converted from paganism directly to orthodox Catholicism, and, despite the weakness of the ensuing Merovingian rulers of their realm, the Franks would fight to keep a beachhead of orthodoxy on the mainland. This beachhead, combined with the spiritual sons and daughters of St. Patrick in Ireland and of St. Benedict in Italy, would culminate under the mighty Pontificate of Gregory the Great in 590 AD to lay the foundation of a new, Catholic Christian order over the ruins of the old pagan Roman Empire.

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The people at that time, the average Catholic, endured much confusion theologically and much uncertainty culturally, just as we do today. While the Goths, Franks, Burgundians, and Vandals were pouring into the old society, the average Catholic also faced a Church at war with itself. On the heels of the Arian crisis in the 4th century came the Monophysite controversy of the 5th. As barbarians, mostly Arian, poured in, the Church was torn over the natures of Christ and just Who Christ was as a person. Orthodoxy was ever-present; however, the tendency toward heresy was all around.

Migration of nations; new peoples pouring into an old, morally bankrupt empire; confused theologies; a seemingly divided Church – this must all sound strikingly familiar to us living roughly 15 centuries later. There is an old saying, “History repeats itself.” Yet, in ancient times, as now, Our Lord and Our Lady needed faithful Catholics who were willing to walk in truth for the cause of Catholicism and Christian temporal order, even if they had no practical hope of seeing any results in their lifetime. Imagine the situation of the faithful Catholic in the 5th century, whose life spanned no more than 50-60 years, who saw nothing for his or her faith except more barbarians at the gate and more heresy in the ranks of the Church hierarchy. Yet, like Abraham who walked in faith not knowing, Moses who never entered the promised land, and Jesus Who was rejected in the end, even by His closest friends, Our Lord united the faithful sufferings of His people to His own in order to prepare the graces necessary for the flourishing of a lasting, edifying Christendom centuries later.

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The Royal Hearts of St. Clotilda is a group that sees itself playing this same role in the modern era. Just as God, Our Lord Jesus Christ, would seem to be making a parallel play in the modern world to that of the barbarian invasions of the 5th and 6th centuries, we would hope that we could play the parallel role of the faithful Catholic who labors in Faith, Hope, and Love with no practical expectation of a reward during our earthly lifetime. We labor for the Father’s Kingdom “on earth as it is in Heaven” while neither expecting nor even desiring an earthly reward.

The Royal Hearts can be found on Facebook with the following description. We hope all peoples of good will join us. We are open to Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox Christians.

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Royal Hearts is a group committed to supporting the Christian Monarchies (Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox) through prayer, penance, and evangelization. We pray and evangelize both for the existing, active Monarchies as well as the non-governing princely lines with their royal families. Our aim is to increase devotion to, strengthen public support for, and spiritually  enrich the royal families that they might be strong in faith, effective in governing, and inspiring in leading sanctified local Christian cultures that bless the world.

The way we do this is to “adopt a Royal Family” (ARF).  In doing so we:

– Pray and do penance for our ARF, seeking that they will always aim to be worthy Monarchs.

– Evangelize for their rightful honor and for the royal cause in general.

– Seek to awaken in others their own royal hearts filled with devotion to the divine order and the hierarchy of good in a culturally enriched, edifying society.

We encourage members of this group to do the following for their adopted family (or families):

– Educate us on them and their history

– Share current events

– Post pictures

– Share interesting related websites

– Share what we have in this group with their friends

Royal Hearts is under the patronage of St. Clotilda, wife of King Clovis, Queen and mother of Christendom.

House rules; respectful discussion about the legitimacy or not of the royal families, while being of secondary concern, is neither encouraged nor discouraged; while angry, invective filled condemnations are unacceptable. We are unlike other royal groups in that we seek spiritual benefits and greater popular support for the royals over settling dynastic disputes.

St. Clotilda, Queen and mother of Christendom, pray for us!

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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.