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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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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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"Peace is the Tranquillity of Order." St. Augustine
published 26 February 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

In time of conflict and stress I sometimes wake up in the morning with a feeling of hopelessness. I mutter the prayers of the rosary and a tiny little sense of peace begins to quietly trickle through the knots of the turmoil caused by outer and inner disorder.

Pope Paul VI proclaimed that there can be no peace without justice. Of course, everything disordered in the world, in the Church, and in our own souls causes peacelessness. John Paul II augmented his predecessor’s words to proclaim that there is no justice without transparency. The vicious circle is cover-up of injustice, and the resulting peaceless fears.

How do we get out of the vicious circle? Our Savior – “the Prince of Peace” – tells us that the way out is up and then from the overflow of His love to begin the process of slowly unraveling the disordered knots.

Since we cannot control others, we have to start with our own disorders. Sometimes just removing dust that covers up the wood of my desk brings a little bit of peace. You might pray, after reading these large chunks of wisdom: “Our Lady of Knots”* what tiny thing can I do today that will bring greater transparency, greater justice…hence a little more tranquillity to my soul.”

*You can find Our Lady of Knots on the web. The image shows her unravelling knotted yarn. There are prayers to go with the image.

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