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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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Tournemire could be charming or he could bite your head off. One day I could not replace him at St. Clotilde because I had a wedding to play at another church. Tournemire played on Sunday, period—that was all. He did not play weddings and so forth. (He put all that on my back.) So I went to Tournemire’s house to tell him, “Master, I am sorry but, for once, I cannot replace you. I have another obligation to fulfill.” He said, “Get out of here!” I left for good.
— Testimony of Maurice Duruflé

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published 24 February 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I am teaching St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross at Holy Apostles College and Seminary this semester. They both endlessly admonished against chatter. Since I am a chatter-box – and this for 73 years – I was alarmed. What? I can never, never, be united to God unless I get rid of this habit!

I asked a wise mentor and he said this, “Don’t try to talk less. Try, instead, to love silence more!” And what the Holy Spirit told me was to watch my outer and also interior conversations to be more silent.

Today is a beautiful day to start over again on this attempt to follow the Holy Spirit and beg for the grace to love silence more. It happens that yesterday was full of stress of all kinds and that stress is following me today. My tendency under stress is to vent it through chatter with one person after another. Typing this blog in silence instead of calling up one more audience for my woes is a step toward greater silence.

So, this morning my prayer is this: Our Lady of Solitude, help me to give all the problems that cause stress to you. Let me now rest my head on your lap and not lift my head until I feel more peaceful.”

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