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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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Legitimate and necessary concern for current realities in the concrete lives of people cannot make us forget the true nature of the liturgical actions. It is clear that the Mass is not the time to “celebrate” human dignity or purely terrestrial claims or hopes. It is rather the sacrifice which renders Christ really present in the sacrament.
— Pope Saint John Paul II (20 March 1990)

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Redeemed Ecology a la Pope Benedict
published 12 July 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

There is a pattern revealed in Church history in the past few centuries if not further back. The culture comes up with something crazy seeming like women’s lib and most Catholics totally reject it. But, then, a few decades afterwards the Church comes up with a redeemed Christian version such as Christian Feminism. When I first saw this term in the writings of JPII I thought some translator smuggled it in. No! It was genuine and now is an accepted philosophy of the feminine.

In a similar way, I just learned, the Church is redeeming ecology, often mocked as a label for tree-huggers who don’t care about babies only about the whales, etc. etc. Read this from Benedict XVI:

“What is needed is an effective shift in mentality which can lead to the adoption of new life-styles ‘in which the quest for truth, beauty, goodness and communion with others for the sake of common growth are the factors which determine consumer choices, savings, and investments.’”[1] It is within this quest which is a desire for truth, goodness and beauty that ultimately leads to the foundational principle of an integral human development in relation to God.

Integral human development is closely linked to the obligations which flow from man’s relationship with the natural environment. The environment must be seen as God’s gift to all people, and the use we make of it entails a shared responsibility for all humanity, especially the poor and future generations.[2]

An example he gives is that the forests that are stripped of trees for profit will not be there for future generations. I, for one, never thought of that.

[1] Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, par. 51.

[2] Benedict XVI, Message of His Holiness for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace, 1 January 2010, par. 1.

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