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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Types of Pride I Never Thought Of
published 18 July 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

At the International Institute of Tribunal and Theological Studies, Msgr. Chaffman summarized ideas he found about types of pride. I thought they would interest you.

1. Pride of Timidity – this where from fear of not being perfect we can’t stand being prominent. I can come from being criticized too much as a child, but basically it is pride to think we could be perfect and to feel terrible that we may be shown not to be perfect. Ronda’s comment: my godfather used to say that we should see ourselves as weak little creatures and humbly confess to God during the day “Well, that’s what I’m like. I make mistakes. I have faults. Help me.” The opposite is self-hatred because I am not perfect.

2. Pride of Sensuality – A romantic urge for self-gratification; too much need for affection. Ronda: Maybe what “pride of life” means in Scripture? The pride comes in because we think we merit lots of lots of pleasure and affection vs. having our minds on how to serve others?

3. Pride of Sensitivity – seeing oneself as a victim. Ronda: used to be called 'touchiness.’ Again, it is as if others have to suffer due to original sin, etc., but I should have a charmed life?

4. Pride of Dictatorship – this is obvious and the one we mostly identify as pride. A form of this common nowadays is what is called micro-managing.

Well, that will be enough to provide you and I with matter for Confession!

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