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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 vividly remember going to church with him in Bournemouth. He was a devout Roman Catholic and it was soon after the Church had changed the liturgy (from Latin to English). My grandfather obviously didn't agree with this and made all the responses very loudly in Latin while the rest of the congregation answered in English. I found the whole experience quite excruciating, but my grandfather was oblivious. He simply had to do what he believed to be right.”
— Simon Tolkien (2003)
Eternity
published 23 April 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Did you know there are two different meanings of the word “eternity”?

One is everlasting. It means time going on forever and ever as in most Biblical uses such as “the eternal hills.” The other is timelessness as in God has neither past or future in Him but is a timeless Now.

So, does the phrase “eternal life” mean foreverness or timelessness? I wrote an article about this once and found that most Catholic philosophers and theologians think we experience both. Thomas Aquinas thinks that we participate in the Beatific Vision in the timelessness of God, but on the other hand, since we grow from glory to glory we are still temporal in the sense of forever and ever!

My contemplative Jewish convert mentor Charles Rich recounts the following story. When he came into the Church under Jesuit mentorship he asked a holy Jesuit priest who he should be friends with in order to safeguard his conversion. The priest replied: “If you are talking to someone and that person doesn’t mention the word “eternity” 3 times, stay away!!!

When I turned 35, figuring I would never live past 70, I went around boasting that I was “half way to eternity.” Now I will turn 74 tomorrow, first time April 24th fell on an Easter Sunday, so I am going to go around saying I have “one foot in eternity.”

You could say a little prayer for me when you read this that I may actually someday be seized out of my time on earth into eternal life to be with the Holy Trinity and all those who I have loved and have loved me who have gone before.

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.