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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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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

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Day 28: The Challenge of Appreciating Beauty in Jesus, Mary, and the Saints
published 22 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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“A great sign appeared in Heaven, a woman clothed with the sun and the moon at her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars and she was with child…” (Revelation 12-13)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: Religious art had a big part in my conversion to the Catholic faith (See www.rondachervin.com, Free e-books for the leaflet called Saved: the Story of Ronda’s conversion) This happened in spite of generally disliking Classical art. My favorite paintings of Jesus are Rembrandt’s Head of Christ (very Jewish – which is part of my own background) and El Greco’s image in his Veronica’s veil so starkly tragic of expression. I love the Cimabue old lined face of St. Francis, and Donatello’s statue of a gaunt penitential Mary Magdalene. Of Mary my favorite apparition image is Our Lady of Guadalupe, but I also love the “creativity” if you will, of how she appears in the way visionaries of different nationalities would love to imagine her. Our Lady of Lourdes is relatively simple, but graceful and very feminine. Our Lady of Fatima more gilded. She turns up unexpectedly in different churches I visit in my travels.

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Prayer: Our Lady of all the Apparitions, thank you to bending down to us to give us hope in this valley of tears. Thank you, Holy Spirit for inspiring artists and sculptors to give a glimpse of the heavenly beauty of our Savior, or the beauty of His love manifested on the Crucifix.

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