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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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Dale uses an Italian name on every possible occasion… […] In Dale, you do not bow to the celebrant, you “proceed to make the customary salutation”; you do not stand, you “retain a standing posture.” Everyone “observes” to do everything: you observe not to kneel, you observe to retain a kneeling posture. The MC does not tell a man to do a thing, he apprizes him that it should he performed. The celebrant “terminates” the creed; he genuflects in conjunction with the sacred ministers—then he observes to assume a standing posture in conjunction with them. The MC goes about apprizing and comporting himself till he observes to perform the customary salutation. The subdeacon imparts the Pax in the same manner as it was communicated to him. Everyone exhibits a grave deportment; Imagine anyone talking like this. Imagine anyone saying that you ought to exhibit a deportment.
— Fr Adrian Fortescue

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The Spiritual Classics
published 7 August 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I am presently working on a course for Holy Apostles, for seminarians and other students, on the Spiritual Classics. Simultaneously with the assignment to prepare this course, I got an ad on e-mail from a business called Professor’s Choice which binds up in pleasant form the anthologies professors put together to replace grunchy looking mish-mashes.

So I am off and running assembling excerpts from the spiritual classics. If any of you want to let me know your favorites I will be happy to consider them. Here is the draft of the table of contents:

St. Augustine’s Confessions
St. Benedict’s Rule
St. Bernard – from Song of Songs
St.Francis – Little Flowers
from St. Bonaventure
St. Gertrude
Blessed Julian(a)
St. Catherine of Siena
Thomas A Kempis
The Cloud of Unknowing
St. Ignatius
St. Teresa of Avila
St. John of the Cross
St. Francis De Sales
Brother Lawrence
St. Therese of Lisieux
Sts. Kolbe, De Montfort, Liguori on Mary
Ven. Conchita
St. Faustina

Also excerpts from
Von Hildebrand
The Way of the Pilgrim
Gabrielle Bossis
Buber Chassidic Tales

Of course when this book comes out I will notify my dear blog readers. Maybe Watershed will be a distributor? No need to wait until then, which might be 2012, to read the classics each day for even 10 minutes. They are wonderful. You can find all these things free on the web.

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