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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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A hymn verse need not be a complete sentence, but it must have completed sense as a recognisable part of the complete sentence, and at each major pause there would be at least a “sense-pause.” Saint Ambrose and the early writers and centonists always kept to this rule. This indicates one of the differences between a poem and a hymn, and by this standard most of the modern hymns and the revisions of old hymns in the Breviary stand condemned.
— Fr. Joseph Connelly

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Let's not be pessimistic about our Church
published 22 July 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I am giving talks at a Church in Hollywood. By 8 AM there are countless homeless people on line waiting to get vouchers for a Mac Donald’s breakfast. They also come in during the Mass to the vestibule to use the restrooms to clean up. It felt so wonderful that while the Mass was being celebrated I could see these woe-begone people finding help from our Church.

Another inspiring sight was the consecration performed by an elderly priest whose arms are limp from some disease – so he has to grasp the Eucharist with both hands as best he can! He so obviously is praying that he won’t be retired because of this. Here he is pastor and he can do lots of things that are very important that he couldn’t do if he became only a helper priest at another parish. For example, he hosts young people in an old building who are discerning vocations. They volunteer at the parish while thinking about the future. It is wonderful to see some 5 young men praying their hearts out in deep silence before the Mass. Oh, these are hi-tech young men who do liturgy of the hours off nooks or kindles, or iPhones!

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