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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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“Philip the presbyter and legate of the Apostolic See said: There is no doubt, and in fact it has been known in all ages, that the holy and most blessed Peter, prince and head of the apostles, pillar of the faith, and foundation of the Catholic Church, received the keys of the kingdom from our Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the human race, and that to him was given the power of loosing and binding sins: who down even to today and forever both lives and judges in his successors. The holy and most blessed pope Celestine, according to due order, is his successor and holds his place, and us he sent to supply his place in this holy synod.”
— Council of Ephesus (A.D. 431)

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First Blog from Visit to Corpus Christi at a Watershed Home
published 1 July 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

It is many, many years since I was in the living room of the Ridley family, part of the founding team of Watershed. They are among my closest friends. I met them when teaching at Our Lady of Corpus Christi in the early 21st century. They illustrate my favorite Watershed combination: magisterial, deeply spiritual, free-spirited and creative. One of the children is my god-child, John Ridley.

After welcome hugs and a prayer of gratitude in their driveway came ebullient sharings followed by a long bedtime praying together of the luminous mysteries with the youngest, Philip, tucked under Claire’s armpit and Anne and Margaret with colorful books of the mysteries. John, my godchild, was alternately serious and then with droll eyes examined this godmother he has heard of for years but not met since his baptism. Claire prays, even amongst the children, like a contemplative nun – absorbed and focused. This has always impressed me because I can’t sit still for 5 minutes. Jim, the father starts on his knees.

The scene so delighted me that I got distracted and made mistakes when it was my turn to lead a decade.

Whereas any children I have ever seen praying the rosary can’t wait for it to be over, these add favorite Latin hymns ending with some kiddie ones as “dessert.”

I blurted out one of my favorite sentences of Dietrich Von Hildebrand: “The children are the love of the parents made visible.”

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