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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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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

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Unusually Terrific Sermon I Heard Today
published 18 April 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

A deacon almost priest seminarian today gave such a great sermon I have to share it with you. He started with saying how if you were in Jerusalem this week and didn’t know this story had a glorious ending, wouldn’t you think that the life of Jesus was totally out of control? His disciple is stealing the money; the Jewish leaders are plotting to kill Him…doesn’t He seem helpless and hopeless? But he really was in control.

And how about our lives? Some of us at the seminary, he went on to say, feel out of control. Finals, papers, even maybe a crisis about your vocation? Do we really believe that Jesus in in control?

The sermon reminded me of a chapter in a book of mine that is out of print but now a free e-book called Mary, Teach us how to Live. This book goes through the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary relating themes to every day life. For the Sorrowful Mysteries the theme I chose was “Fight, Flight, or….stand under the Cross and suffer.” Many times when we are overwhelmed by conflicts or just exhausted from the basic struggle of daily life, we can feel tempted to fight in vengeful ways or to flee. Sometimes those choices are good. But sometimes we can’t win and we can’t flee because of our commitments. Then we have to imitate Our Lady and just stand under our own crosses and suffer until God chooses to bring us something better.

Going into Holy Week what is the cross you need to stand under?

You can find my Mary book at rondachervin.com — click on free e-books for Mary, Teach us how to Live!

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