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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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“Except the psalms or canonical Scriptures of the new and old Testaments, nothing composed poetically shall be sung in church, as the holy canons command.”
— Council of Braga, 563AD

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"Put out into the Deep Waters and Lower your Nets for the Catch." (Luke 5:4)
published 1 April 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I have been teaching philosophy and spirituality for some 40 years. A lot of what I say I have said many times over. Something this is good because it represents years of experience in how to convey a particular concept, but sometimes it doesn’t feel good. This is usually because I need to go deeper.

At a prayer meeting the leader was teaching us a method of lectio divina using the Scripture “put out into deep waters and lower your nets for the catch.” While pondering the application of this famous passage to my teaching in the present that I should let the Holy Spirit tap deeper ares of me, directed to deeper areas of my students or audiences (at talks).

Jesus tells his disciples not to be afraid of the deep waters. For me, the fear is of the femininely vulnerable in me and in others, male or female; that as they reject the feminine in themselves they will have to reject me also.

But when I take the risk of letting the Holy Spirit lead me into the deeper waters, my students and audiences are moved. The truth can get in better because they have become more emotionally open. (Male teachers and speakers do this when they go further than conveying truths by adding witness stories of how they got there. In this way the heart joins the head.)

Try it. The fish could be more tasty!

Dr. Ronda has many free e-books and audios on her website rondachervin.com. If you go to her website and read or listen and then want to correspond with her she will be available. Her schedule does not permit, however, responding to comments on the Blog, though she enjoys reading them. Dr. Ronda’s newest project is spiritualityrunningtogod.com.