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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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Why do we never sing “De Spiritu Sancto” (St. Athenogenes) in our churches? There are a dozen translations in English verse. Where could anyone find a better evening hymn than this, coming right down from the catacombs? Our hymnbooks know nothing of such a treasure as this, and give us pages of poor sentiment in doggerel lines by some tenth-rate modern versifier.
— Rev’d Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Of Gods and Men - about the French Martyr Cisterian monks in Algeria
published 9 April 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Go see this remarkable French movie that won such prizes. There’s an old phrase that France is the eldest daughter of the Church – and the remnants of the old French spirituality are amply manifested in this film about these monks who decided to stay with their Algerian villagers when threatened by terrorists.

In a wonderful way it shows the contrast between the fear of the monks that is redeemed in Christ and the fear in the terrorists, so unredeemed and the consummate forgiveness of the monks for their enemies.

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.