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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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“We must say it plainly: the Roman rite as we knew it exists no more. It has gone. Some walls of the structure have fallen, others have been altered—we can look at it as a ruin or as the partial foundation of a new building. Think back, if you remember it, to the Latin sung High Mass with Gregorian chant. Compare it with the modern post-Vatican II Mass. It is not only the words, but also the tunes and even certain actions that are different. In fact it is a different liturgy of the Mass.”
— Fr. Joseph Gelineau (1978)

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Day 27: The Challenge of Appreciating the Beauty of the Soul in the Faces of Others
published 21 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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“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16

Dr. Ronda’s examples: “The eyes are the windows of the soul,” wrote one poet. One of my daughters, also a poet, once wrote: “No one can know what it cost a person to earn his or her face.” When I think of the beauty of faces I think primarily about the expression in the eyes. At Church today I looked at people’s eyes who were in nearby pews. In one I found a very focused, intent, look; in another softness and sweetness. Another’s eyes were especially observant. The priest’s large eyes shine with sagacity and amused shrewdness. People seem to like my friendly grin.

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Prayer: Holy Spirit, please focus me on this beauty of creation in faces and eyes, radiating the souls of others. Why isn’t this beauty more important than their passing words to which I sometimes over-react defensively?

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