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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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“The Catholic Church holds it better for the sun and moon to drop from heaven, for the earth to fail, and for all the many millions on it to die of starvation in extremest agony, as far as temporal affliction goes, than that one soul, I will not say, should be lost, but should commit one single venial sin, should tell one willful untruth, or should steal one poor farthing without excuse.”
— Saint John Henry Newman (1865)

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published 26 April 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

When I was 60 I wrote a book called Meeting Christ in the Joys and Sufferings of Aging. I thought it would be hard to find joys but asking around I came up with lots. Senior discounts rated high. One of them I never thought of was that because we are less busy, even though busier than we thought we’d be, we have more time for musing. Something in the present, triggers some delicious memory of the past, and now we have time to savor it.

Reading Jeff Ostrowski’s blog about piano vs. organ triggered this fantastic memory. I was around 12 years old strolling along Riverside Drive in NYC when, even though I was brought up atheist, I suddenly got this impulse to walk into Riverside Church. I had never been inside a Church. It was during the week. No one was inside this grand edifice but cascading down from the choir loft was Bach’s Toccata and Fugue! I was transfixed not only by the beauty but by the power of it. I think it was the very first time God reached out to me through beauty, and perhaps paved the way for another graced moment when a college boyfriend, a non-practicing Episcopalian, played Bach’s Wachet Auf on a tiny tape recorder. Mind you, I didn’t have the faintest idea who Jesus even was, but the music carried Him to me.

After you read this, take a little trip “down memory lane” to when the BEAUTY of Christ came into you for the first time.

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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.