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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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“More and more as we grow older, we find that the people we see most of are recent acquaintances; not (perhaps) very congenial to us, but chance has thrown them in our way. Meanwhile, the people we used to know so well—for whom we once entertained such warm feelings—are now remembered by a card at Christmas (if we can succeed in finding the address). How good we are at making friends, when we are young; how bad at keeping them! How eagerly, as we grow older, do we treasure up the friendships that are left to us, like beasts that creep together for warmth!”
— Msgr. Ronald Knox (1888-1957)

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A Yes to Prayer after a Long, Long Time
published 7 April 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

When something very good happens and one of my daughters sees that I am already worrying about something else, she calls out “Take the Joy!”

After my husband died 18 years ago, I have tried 16 different communal ventures. Now I am on to a new one that looks like the best. I found a wonderful widow, a pastoral counselor, who wants to co-found with me a specific kind of Dedicated Widow Community. The apostolate will be to intercede for seminarians, be spiritual “mothers” to them, and volunteer at the seminary.

Lots of people pray for vocations and for priests, but not so many for seminarians. Most of them have to go through a 6 year process before ordination. Many of them leave pleasant homes and/or good jobs, to live in a room about 15×15 and enter into a routine, glorious in some ways, but very hard in others. They miss being around families, women and children. It is good for them to have some friendly women professors, staff, Sisters, around them. I think of us as cheerleaders.

Pray for them and pray for our tiny group of widows trying to become consecrated at a late age!

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.