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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 sternly urge adherence to the established norms by those who raise an uproar or a challenge in the name of a misunderstood creative freedom, and thus inflict so much harm on the Church with their rash innovations, so vulgar, so frivolous—and sometimes even lamentably profane. Otherwise the essence of dogma and obviously of ecclesiastical discipline will be weakened, in line with the famous axiom: "lex orandi, lex credendi." We therefore call for absolute loyalty so that the rule of faith may remain safe.
— Pope Paul VI (27 June 1977)

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Beautiful Music is from Heaven
published 19 February 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

One of my favorite quotations from Newman is that “music is so beautiful, it can not have come from us but has escaped from heaven.”

My husband, an eventual convert to the Catholic Church, was brought up on the Lower East Side to orthodox Jewish parents. Uneducated and poor, they did not understand classical music. My husband fell in love with it as a child, but since the rest of the family “didn’t get it” he could only listen to it by hiding in the clothing closet with a little radio on low volume. When he became a Catholic, his favorite form of prayer at home was to lift his soul to God by listening to sacred music and other classics each evening,on huge speakers.

Another quotation about the beauty of music that I love is from the famous English novelist, Rebecca West. A concert pianist gives up her career to raise her children, but teaches them to play the piano, violin, and cello. When the first child becomes an adult and is leaving the home, she earnestly admonishes her:

“Never, never, never think that life is not as extraordinary as music says it is.”


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