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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 vividly remember going to church with him in Bournemouth. He was a devout Roman Catholic and it was soon after the Church had changed the liturgy (from Latin to English). My grandfather obviously didn't agree with this and made all the responses very loudly in Latin while the rest of the congregation answered in English. I found the whole experience quite excruciating, but my grandfather was oblivious. He simply had to do what he believed to be right.”
— Simon Tolkien (2003)

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Meeting Watershed People Face to Face Live
published 10 July 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

It was years of watching Mother Angelica on EWTN before I met her in person. On the screen she seemed funny, smart, and deep. When I had the joy of being interviewed by her, first about my conversion, I couldn’t believe how warm she was with her large compassionate eyes seeming to want to pour love into my frenetic little heart.

“TV is a cold medium” I was told. This means that somehow it doesn’t pick up on warmth of character.

I am having the same experience this weekend meeting with Watershed people I only saw on the web, such as some of the composers and singers, including Jeff Ostrowski (I met him once briefly years ago but not so as to remember him well). On the web, several of these musicians seemed to me like a formidable, very formal, imposing characters, perhaps a little austere. One in particular. I doubted he would like me since I am very informal. Meeting him now face to face he is a vibrant warm person, overflowing with joy. No way on the web does Jeff’s warm enfolding demeanor come out either.

An analogy – we read about Jesus in the Bible. We picture him through art and films, but what will it really be like when all that totally supernatural love of Jesus will be known face to face in heaven? “Eye has not seen…what God has prepared for those to love Him.”

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