Plato's Academy

The Royal Heart and Rousseau

I love my enemies. Or, at least I try to love my enemies, especially those who are philosophers. Jeanne-Jacques Rousseau is a good example. Reading through the first section of his Social Contract, I see much with which many Americans would agree but much with which I cannot agree. Still, I like what I see… Continue reading The Royal Heart and Rousseau

Plato's Academy

St. Joan of Arc, Plato, and Aristotle (or, St. Joan versus the American and French Revolutions)

We have two warring philosophies in Western society and perhaps in the whole world. These are the Platonic and Aristotelian paradigms (see Arthur Herman, The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization.) Our philosophical views determine how we decide what is true and therefore how we… Continue reading St. Joan of Arc, Plato, and Aristotle (or, St. Joan versus the American and French Revolutions)

Monarchy, Plato's Academy

Monarchy as the Platonic Form of the Divine Order

Monarchy properly understood is a Platonic, ultra-real Form. As Catholics, we recognize the Platonic Forms of natural philosophy as those supernaturally created by and resting eternally in the Mind of God. The Forms exist as Plato postulated, only he had no way in time and space (though we cannot be certain of this) to grasp… Continue reading Monarchy as the Platonic Form of the Divine Order

New Christendom

America is supposed to be Catholic and Royal – its destiny is to be New Christendom

As Catholics in America, we will never fully be Catholic, nor will we ever truly restore the Church, nor will we ever effectively evangelize others for the Church unless we start becoming more truly American, i.e., Catholic and Royal and the land destined to be the New Christendom through the influences of New France and… Continue reading America is supposed to be Catholic and Royal – its destiny is to be New Christendom

New Christendom

The Renaissance of New Christendom – the Real America blessed by God

RoyalHearts celebrates and seeks the restoration of Real America, the land truly blessed by God. Real America is the land pre-destined centuries ago to be "New Christendom," the development of which was the intent and the duty of the old European Catholic Monarchs, notably of France and Spain. The goal of RoyalHearts specifically, being inspired… Continue reading The Renaissance of New Christendom – the Real America blessed by God

Royal Hearts

Meditation on the Royal Heart

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… Continue reading Meditation on the Royal Heart

Royal Hearts

Queen St. Clotilda, the spiritual mother of Royal Hearts

“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… Continue reading Queen St. Clotilda, the spiritual mother of Royal Hearts

Royal Hearts

The life and sacred duty of a Royal Heart

The Royal Heart finds him or herself with the gravest and noblest of duties. That duty is the defense and propagation of an entire Kingdom. And this is not just any kingdom, but it is the Kingdom of God that has been freely given by the Father in the Holy Spirit through the infinite merits… Continue reading The life and sacred duty of a Royal Heart

Monarchy

The Church, The State, and George Weigel

Nothing against George Weigel (which, of course, means I’m about to say something against George Weigel). I know and respect that he is a towering figure in the lay Catholic world who wrote the highly acclaimed biography on St. John Paul II. Still, he never ceases to aggravate me when he talks about faith and… Continue reading The Church, The State, and George Weigel

Monarchy

Totalitarian Democracy vs. the freedom of the Catholic Monarchy

“Athens alone, with a wiser policy and more far-seeing leadership, could have led the way to ordered liberty for all of Hellas; but she did not. After Pericles died in 429 B.C. her democracy produced no leader both competent and trustworthy, so that Athens herself became more and more anarchical even while imposing ever stricter… Continue reading Totalitarian Democracy vs. the freedom of the Catholic Monarchy