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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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“Our Christian people regard with great joy everything that contributes to the splendor of the ceremonies. Jesus—who was poor in His private life—received ointment on His feet. See Thomas Aquinas (Prima Secundae, q. 102, art. 5, ad 10) and the holy Curé of Ars. The Church has always loved beautiful churches, and so forth. We must preserve our sacred patrimony and make sure sacred objects do not become secular possessions.”
— Abbot & Council Father denouncing “noble simplicity” during Vatican II

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Themes in the Spiritual Classics
published 8 August 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I thought I would convey to readers of this Watershed blog what is coming through to me as I work on my anthology of excerpts from the spiritual classics.

I start with Augustine’s Confessions. The aspect that always hits me first when I teach this great book is how personal it is. It is the first autobiography in the history of Western Civilization. It fits well with my favorite Old Testament Scripture passage: “You are called by name.”

This conviction is the opposite of some sort of vague image of being some sort of employee of God, one of many coming off a kind of cookie-cutter to do a certain work in the history of the universe, judged only by merits, not cherished as an individual daughter or son of God.

The second aspect of the Confessions I love the most is how when this great philosopher gets stuck he just calls upon the God of truth and begs Him to resolve the problem. Since Augustine didn’t report audible answers, we must presume that what he writes next after asking the question, he attributed to the Holy Spirit. Although one cannot judge such answers to be infallible due to the ambiguity about messages from on high, it is certainly possible that Augustine’s wisdom was mostly from on high since he is a Doctor of the Church.

When we are stuck on a theological or philosophical problem, why wouldn’t we run to the God of truth?

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