He is twenty years old, and he has a few things to say about history, his country, his French culture and his ancient Faith. His name is Louis.
I grew up in Châtelaillon-plage, in Charente-Maritime on the Atlantic coast.
It is a small beach town and my family is a Catholic one.
My education was Catholic, which gives a major place to the religious family life. We put, before and always now, Jesus at the heart of our lives.
After the ‘Concile Vatican II’ traditionalist movements were created in France which considered this council to be a revolution for the Church, a radical changing that pushed the devout away from the root of Faith.
Nowadays, because of the de-Christianization of France and the birth of new societies without God, some people — very often young ones — join those movements because they want to return to a more moral society, putting God at its heart.
In my opinion and in the view of lots of these young people, it is important for Catholicism to have engaged persons who are the future of Church and who are ready to sacrifice themselves for a cause: to restore a more moral society and come back to traditional values that were abandoned after the French Revolution.
The Scouts were really an important experience in my life, allowing me to grow up with other Catholics in contact with nature that is not given in our society.
Scouting permits me to admire my environment and to make a break in my quotidian life, to liberate me from the chains that link us to our modern life.
Scouting was created by Lord Baden Powell — a youth movement based on learning strong values such as charity, mutual assistance and respect. Its purpose is to help the young person to form his character and to build his personality developing his physical skills, and his spiritual life.
Scouting is a major support for French Catholicism because it permits us to learn a different way of life oriented to a more spiritual path. It gives strength to Catholicism; it is a means to reinforce the Church with a youth ready to evangelize.
Today, many people, young or less young, feel the need to leave their routine and to walk in Chartres pilgrimage to live an experience with thousands other people, walking from the Paris cathedral “Notre Dame de Paris” to “Notre Dame de Chartres.”
Throughout the Chartres pilgrimage we have the will to imitate Jesus’ passion in the mortification of the senses.
The march is very hard but there is there a special atmosphere: it is almost possible to feel the union of prayer that links all of us Catholics.
When we see, far away, Chartres cathedral, all the people are filled with joy and we sing the famous “Chartres sonne, Chartres t’appelles” with one voice.
But Chartres is first of all a spiritual meeting with God, a coming back to the Truth.
We come with different reasons but the only purpose is our sanctification.
I am a royalist because although I am young I see my country in a decline which for my ideals is very sad. I am nostalgic for a great France, respected in the world for its values, its traditions, its roots, even for its chivalrous ideal.
Today my France suffers from the republican values imposed at the Revolution, which has made a clean sweep of the past.
For me, a Catholic king will unify my country because he would not be subject to pressure from lobbies or political parties that divide the people.
A Catholic king would learn from birth to love and lead his country. He would learn the notion of “Common Good” and so rule not for the power or money but to achieve the duty he has towards God and his people.
Nowadays, we have a succession of presidents that make and break laws; it would be better to have a king who can lead a policy without always thinking about the end of his term in five years.
In France more and more young people join patriotic or royalist movements because they feel responsible for the future of their country.
PHOTO CREDITS: Joseph Shaw, Teresa Limjoco, Harry Stevens