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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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Day 24: The Challenge of Appreciating Beauty in Music and the other Arts
published 17 December 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

What you will read now is part of a series of 100 spiritual challenges. Each blog can be viewed separately, but for maximum benefit a reader needs to start with the introductory blog of November 18, 2011, and then continue step by step. Day One begins on Sunday, November 20, 2011.
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“And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him.” 1 Samuel 16:23

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I used to love silence so much I stopped listening to music on the radio or with my CD’s. In the last few years, being in a climate that is often grey during the day, I found myself getting depressed. I started listening to a wonderful Montreal Music radio station for classical music. It is called CJPX-Radio-Classique fm Montreal. Because the ads are in French, which I barely understand, I don’t mind the commercials so much. I find that beautiful music lifts the depression. Today, because of this challenge, I listened to a new composers of the 18th century. I also loved the chant at the high Mass in the little Church I attend in NC where the pastor is a former concert organist and trains a choir so it sounds as if we were in the Sistine chapel.

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Prayer: Jesus, may I never let evil spirits bring me down from the joy and hope and can have simply by responding to beauty in music and the other arts. What a wonderful way to do spiritual warfare by letting the way the God-given talents of others praises you through melody and color.

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