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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 still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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Short Spiritual Images
published 18 August 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Two images given my spiritual directors many years ago came to mind. I still find them insightful and compelling.

The first is that we would like to think of our spiritual journey as running straight up a road to the top of the mountain. More realistic is that we run a few steps, get caught in the brambles of our sins and defects. Jesus comes down the mountain and extricates us from the thorns and we start again and move up until we fall into another bramble-bush.

The second is again that we want to run straight up a road to the top of the mountain but, instead the road spirals around to the top. When we come to same vista we think we have made no progress but really we are seeing the same thing from a higher part of the mountain. That is, we come to the same conflict scenario and we feel discouraged but we are approaching that problem from a place of higher insight.

The last insight I recalled yesterday in conversation was not an image. At times in our lives when we have seemingly endless interruptions we think that we are being thwarted in our true vocation, but eventually, sometimes, we realize the Holy Spirit is telling us: “Your interruptions are your vocation!” That is, helping people in small ways could be more important in our growth in love than finishing our projects.

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