Walter Adams (Pen Name, S.T. Martin) is the author of "Fleur-Darc: A journey toward the Kingdom with St. Thérèse and St. Joan of Arc." Fleur-Darc is a one volume compilation of his previous five books describing his personal journey through the Kingdom that is the Catholic Church using both poetry and prose.
His story can be briefly explained using the following metaphor:
“Take as your guide those who follow the example we set.” (Phil 3:17)
Years ago while lost in some woods, I came across a group of beautiful, graceful, saintly souls journeying happily to a destination I could not then see (Heb 1:14).
A young lady with them called me out of the Dark Forest where I was at that time enslaved and dying in a confusion of anarchic philosophies, religious opinions, and deadly self affirmation. She took my hand, caring not that I was sick, and beckoned me into the sunlight where I met her kindred spiritual sister, a warrior.
Together these two encouraged me to follow their troupe through the valleys, over the mountains, across the bridges (Song of Songs 2:8-10), and toward a Kingdom (Matthew 6:33; John 18:36) ruled by a God-man, Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior of the human race. At His side was Mary, Queen of heaven and earth (Rev 12:1), His mother and therefore the Mother of God (Luke 1:43), Mediatrix of all graces (Gen 3:15; Luke 1:26-55, John 2:1-11), and our mother by adoption, too (Gal 4:4-5; Rev 12:13-17). From a distance as we came to the crest of a mountain, I could see that inside the Kingdom there was a joyful celebration (Rev 7:9-12) as huge gates opened to welcome multitudes of other, fellow travelers nearing the grand land and who were themselves accompanied by heavenly friends.
The saintly soul who called me out of the Dark Forest was St. Therese of Lisieux (Matthew 25:21). Her kindred spiritual sister, the warrior, was St. Joan of Arc. They were sent by the Queen of Heaven to beckon me out of the dark place and to lead me to her that I might rightfully know her, by Divine Order of the Son, as my sovereign Queen and Mother. Together these sisterly souls lovingly guided, protected, and cared for me on our journey (Phil 3:17; Heb 1:14). The narrow but awe inspiring pathway over which we traveled was called the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed (Heb 13:8-9a).
Along the way of the Dogmatic Creed, at a specific moment, all manner of evil left me and chains that had held me bound in the Dark Forest for years fell to the ground, and I was free (Mark 5:1-20; Luke 6:44). The saintly sister who cooperated with the Queen and her Son in freeing me from this bondage was St. Joan of Arc (Luke 9:1-2).
Together, my two saintly sisters and I continue to make our way along the trail with the loving, motherly care of Mary (John 19:26-27). This Kingdom we seek is the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Rev 12:1), its gateway is Calvary (Mark 8:34), and it is through that gateway into her heart that Our Lord sits in His majesty.
My mission is to recount in poetry, prose, or devotional expressions our adventures and how all this came about. It is the story of the Divine Order of the saints who lead us to Mary and Mary who leads us to Jesus Christ. It is this Jesus Christ, and only Him, who can then lead us to the Father. There is no other (Heb 13:8). It is the story of my journey through the dogmas, creeds, and doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.
It is a journey that continues to unfold each day.
David H. Keith
on April 20, 2012 :
Oh, brother. This is the most egregious, self-aggrandizing piece of clap-trap I have had the displeasure to read in a long time. What Martin is doing is nothing less than calling for a Catholic jihad - yet another Crusade and Inquisition. I'm sure the Pope is beside himself with bloody-minded glee.
From his first paragraph, Martin shows his utter ignorance and stilted world-view. "One of the single most profound tragedies...is that one may no longer defend a belief, much less a religion." Oh, really? According to whom? To Martin, and very few others, I'll wager. The whole bloody world is "defending [their] beliefs [and] religion," or has Martin been hiding under a rock the past few decades?
But, wait, it gets better. Martin goes on to condemn his perceived inability to defend his beliefs as "akin to naively, and arrogantly, 'forcing one's personal beliefs' on ohers." He then wastes over 15,000 words trying to do just that, only the beliefs he wants the entire world to have are his.
And so Martin's screed continues. His logic is so skewed as to not resemble any logic system at all. His arguments are either retreads of the Middle Ages or utterly invalid and, indeed, even self-defeating.
This is just what we need in America: another "army" of pseudo-religious fanatic fruitcakes seeking to force the rest of us to believe their poison. What's next, Martin? "Catholic" suicide bombers?
Oh, and make absolutely no mistake, Martin: I am in no way trying to force any beliefs - be they my own or the majority's - onto you. You have the absolute freedom and right to your own beliefs. What you do not have is the right to make me believe them.
If it were possible, I'd give this thing a negative multi-star rating.
David H. Keith
(review of free book)