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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 am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden, and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent. Can it be trusted any more about anything else? Won’t it proscribe tomorrow what it prescribes today?"
— Pope Benedict XVI, writing in 1997

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How much can we Expect from Others?
published 17 April 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

A favorite line from a novel whose name and author slips my mind was enunciated by a bachelor to answer the question of why he had never married: “With women, everything is either not enough or too much!” I laughed and laughed when I read this. It explained a lot to me about my general state of dissatisfaction fluctuating with feeling overwhelmed.

In heaven nothing will be not enough or too much. On earth, maybe that is a universal plight. Because we are made for God who is infinite perfection, we can’t help wishing for paradise now. That is good in that it keeps us trying to improve things, relationships, creative work, the Church. On the other hand, the restlessness of our hearts has to be balanced by gratitude for everything wonderful, especially gratitude for what others are trying to do for us. How wretched it is to see, for instance, a spouse, trying and trying to please the beloved and meeting only with captious criticism! But then, also, how wretched it is when someone can easily meet the need of another but is simply too selfish to even try!

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass again us.”

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