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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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“The following few hints on the selection of voices may be useful: (1) Reject all boys who speak roughly, or sing coarsely; (2) Choose bright, intelligent-looking boys, provided they have a good ear; they will much more readily respond to the choirmaster’s efforts than boys who possess a voice and nothing more; therefore, (3) Reject dull, sulky, or scatter-brained boys, since it is hard to say which of the three has the most demoralizing effect on his more willing companions.”
— Sir Richard Runciman Terry (1912)

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Fresh Beauty
published 27 February 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

My son-in-law, and English poet, put together a new website for me with beautiful graphics. I will tell you more about this web outreach to “seekers” when the web goes up. When I saw the nature photos on the draft of the web tears came into my mind. I was reminded of how I forgive everything about any of my family members if they create something beautiful in the realm of music or art or poetry.

I have a little teaching on types of work in the Church. I divide us into motherly/fatherly, prophetic works, creative works and contemplative contributions. Of course we have bits of all four, but generally there is one we are especially called to. Briefly, motherly/fatherly types will do anything to fill any need from ushering to ironing altar clothes to pro-life telephone ministry, and catechetics. Prophetic people are more interested in removing evils by working with such groups as operation rescue, writing letters to the editor, campaigns. In the parish church prophetic types like to make things better through the parish council or bugging the priest. Contemplative types you will find before daily Mass praying the rosary, at adoration, just sitting in the church when it is empty, loving to just be with the Lord. I make it a point to try to affirm the gifts and help of all these types of builders of our mini-kingdoms of God.

Often least appreciated are the creative types such as composers, decorators, artists, writers. We love the result but have little idea of how much goes into these works, so we may gaily request the choir director who has volunteered umpteen hours a week if he or she wouldn’t like to also bake cookies for the kiddies for after Mass, or spend Saturday morning sorting items from the rummage sale.

I presume that many of you who come to Corpus Christi Watershed are these creative types. Hail, fresh beauty!

Dr. Ronda has many free e-books and audios on her website rondachervin.com. If you go to her website and read or listen and then want to correspond with her she will be available. Her schedule does not permit, however, responding to comments on the Blog, though she enjoys reading them.