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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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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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