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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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“Although the mass contains great instruction for the faithful people, nevertheless, it has not seemed expedient to the Fathers, that it should be every where celebrated in the vulgar tongue. Wherefore, the ancient usage of each church, and the rite approved of by the holy Roman Church, the mother and mistress of all churches, being in each place retained; and, that the sheep of Christ may not suffer hunger, nor the little ones ask for bread, and there be none to break it unto them, the holy Synod charges pastors, and all who have the cure of souls, that they frequently, during the celebration of mass, expound either by themselves, or others, some portion of those things which are read at mass, and that, amongst the rest, they explain some mystery of this most holy sacrifice, especially on the Lord's days and festivals.”
— Council of Trent (17 September 1562)

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Security or Jesus?
published 28 July 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I was running through fantasies about secure futures for myself in my older, old age with a priest-friend. After awhile it just became apparent that the problem wasn’t which one would be better but that the desperate search for security in the future is a symptom of lack of trust in God. Not, of course, that we shouldn’t plan and look into things, but the enterprise of dangling 5 possible options with A-Z on each one has to be foolish if not also an offense to God.

I heard the Holy Spirit ask me: “So if you had a choice between security or Jesus, what would you pick?” Of course, Jesus. The priest remarked: “there is a simpler word for this: faith!”

Later, in Confession, another priest gave me Ven. Charles de Foucauld’s Prayer of Abandonment which includes these wonderful lines: “Father…do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you.”

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