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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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“Some of our younger parish clergy read their sermons. This should not be done except for some very special reason. The priest who is not capable of preparing and delivering a brief, clear instruction on Catholic teaching to his people is not fit to be in parish work. The people as a rule do not want to listen to a sermon reader.”
— Archbishop of Baltimore (9 July 1929)

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"God Alone" Reflections
published 12 April 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

In the year 2008, having written more than 60 books, the Holy Spirit seemed to lead me away from my own insights into a different space where words much better than my own thoughts could penetrate my soul. Each night I wrote these down, under the title of “God Alone!” God alone is part of the famous words of St. Teresa of Avila: “Let nothing disturb you, God alone is enough.”

Every now and then I run out of insights. I pull out my print out of God Alone, and let these seemingly uninventable higher thoughts bathe my soul. Tonight, when I realized I didn’t have any insight to share with the readers of this blog, I decided I would share with you, instead, some of those lines from God Alone. If you indicate that you “liked” these two excerpts, I will give you more of them.

“To prepare for eternity We (I interpret this plural as the Holy Spirit speaking for the Trinity in some mysterious sense) want you to appreciate the beauty of creation and life even more, but also to relax your grip on it. Let yourself be wafted a little bit above everything, as if you were levitating.”

“Pace and Openness: Imagine a sight-seeing procession. Ideally it is timed for the right amount of contact with what is to be viewed. The tourists are not jostled quickly past the most important sites.

Rural life was paced by nature: dawn, midday sun, twilight, nightfall, seasons. There was ample time to absorb the nature of trees and animals and weather in the midst of the work cycle. Think of cooking (as an example of absorbing the nature of each food). Think also of the pace of monastic hours of prayer.

In your era, you think instead of spirituality as leaping out of time, out of nature, into the eternal. You think of being saved from the realities you have made, into our eternal now.

More Catholic is it open to Us in prayer. We fill you and then send you back into your world to be open to it and transform it. The pace is liturgical, not rushed.”

Dr. Ronda Chervin 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.