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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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No discounts on getting to heaven?
published 21 February 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

One of the greatest mentors I have ever had was a fascinating Jewish convert lay contemplative, Charles Rich. He lived in a Jesuit residence for most of the 20th century, praying all day and counseling priests and lay people.

Here is one of his delightful stories: A man notices a beautiful suit in a store window. But it is $100. He saves his money and finally walks into the store to buy the suit. It is as wonderful as he thought. But then he thinks, if I buy a suit, I ought to also have a new shirt, and a new tie. But I can’t afford them. So, he winds up getting a cheaper suit that isn’t very good so that he can also get the shirt and the tie.

Here is the comparison. We realize that being a saint in the sense of only doing God’s will and getting to heaven is the only thing that really counts. But, then, we think – I would also like to have the comforts of a good life, a little success, etc. etc. And so we don’t go for heaven really but, instead, compromise. Why go to purgatory if we could get to heaven?

You can find a link to Charles Rich’s biography by me and numerous of his pithy sayings on my web — go to rondachervin.com and look for the link to him.

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