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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 Jesus is present when we Suffer
published 5 April 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Tonight I did my radio blog with Bob and Evelyn Olson, lay evangelists. We are talking together about themes in my upcoming book: The Way of Love. Or you can hear these conversations posted on spiritualityrunningtogod.com under the title The Open Door.

Our topic was meeting Jesus in extreme sufferings. Both of the Olsons told about healing prayers during which Jesus told them in their hearts how He was there when they suffered childhood sexual abuse. I told about a woman I knew who had been raped at knife point on a kitchen table by her father when still a toddler. This was confirmed by an older sister. Decades afterwards on a retreat she got comfort from meditating long hours on the moment when Jesus was stripped of His clothing.

Horrible memories are not to be filling us with dread and bitterness. Instead we must run to Jesus and let Him find us analogies in His life. For example, He was not rejected by a wife, but He certainly knew rejection, including the rejection we sometimes give Him by fleeing into addictions vs. running to Him.

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.