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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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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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Signs of the New Springtime in the Church
published 15 April 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Sometimes Church news is so grim we think we are in the Dark Ages. But soon to be Blessed John Paul the Great predicted a new springtime for the Church.

I thought of this tonight hearing good news from Michael Cumbie. Michael is a late vocation seminarian at Holy Apostles where I teach. He has a fascinating background. He was a Southern Baptist, then a Pentecostal preacher, then an Episcopalian priest. He converted to the Catholic faith and hopes to become a Roman Catholic priest.

Michael is helping support his family and his seminary studies by doing Missions. Here is how he described a recent mission. It was to a small Catholic Church that had left behind lots of doctrine and practice. Now under a magisterial priest, Cumbie was invited to stir the people up to renewed fervor. The congregation was so delighted with Cumbie’s conversion that they became wide open to what he said on subsequent nights about the glory of the perennial Church with its traditions and art and music. After 4 nights of this they were ready to renew their Church.

The new springtime of the Church!!!!! Check out Cumbie’s web-site where you can order terrific videos and audios of his spectacular conversion.

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