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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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published 14 August 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I had a beautiful day. In Duarte, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, there is a wonderful order of Carmelites – nuns and friars. Among other apostolates, the nuns run a retirement home called Avila Gardens. Unlike some such homes where there seems to be much emphasis on distraction rather than becoming more holy, this place is redolent of piety and love of God and neighbor. That is their priority! If you are an older person looking for such a place, check it out on the web.

I came to give a talk based on my book Seeking Christ in the Joys and Sufferings of Aging. (you can find it on my web: rondachervin.com). At the end of the talk I told the group that I would be around for more questions. A woman in a wheel-chair with a breathing tube in her nostrils seemed to want to talk to me. I walked over to her table. With a look in her face very unlike affirmation or questioning she exclaimed: “You are blocking my plug!” I leaped out of the way and then smiled. I guess if you can’t breath without a tube you would be more concerned with that than with whether it is relaxing, in old age, not to have to go to PTA meetings any more!

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