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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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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

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Hilarious "Franciscan" Story
published 3 April 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I moved to Connecticut 2 years ago to work at a parish named after St. Francis, with a priest who seemed to combine everything I love: magisterial, charismatic, Marion, heart for the poor, and simplicity of life. I lived a block from the Church and spent the day at the rectory work.

A contradiction began to bother me. There was lots of talk of the small parish being in debt, but we ate off gold rimmed plates and fancy gold cutlery. On the Feast of St. Francis, I thought I got a great “prophetic word,” for the priest.

“Father, St. Francis has given me the answer to the parish debt! He “says” we should sell all the gold in the pantry to pay off the debt. Each fork could bring in hundreds of dollars!”

I thought the priest would be mad, but instead he laughed til the tears came into his eyes. “Ronda, I bought that junk for $25 at Wal-Mart. It’s all fake!

What a lesson in distrusting “fantastic” messages straight from heaven!

Dr. Ronda 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.