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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 much instruction for the faithful, it has nevertheless not seemed expedient to the fathers that it be celebrated everywhere in the vernacular. The holy synod commands pastors and everyone who has the care of souls to explain frequently during the celebration of the Masses, either themselves or through others, some of the things that are read in the Mass, and among other things to expound some mystery of this most Holy Sacrifice, especially on Sundays and feastdays.”
— Council of Trent, XII:8 (1562)

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Changing language; changing thoughts
published 31 July 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Years ago I tried writing a book called Screwtape Comes to the Seminary based on Lewis’ famous Screwtape Letters. In one of the chapters I explained how each of the polarized groups in the Church has it’s own language so that you can tell very a quickly where a person is coming from based on phrases he or she uses often. For example, contrast Mother Mary with the Holy Immaculate Virgin.

Recently the one I am noticing is how in some circles “sin” went from being called “problem” to now being called “issue.” As in she or he has an issue where previously it was called he or she is lazy or rude.

The intent is often to be charitable. To say someone is lazy or rude sounds so blunt and judgmental! God forbid we would use the word “fat.” It is certainly true that some of us, mea culpa, who tend toward harsh judgment will use the worst word possible to describe others we disapprove of, and we need to realize this is not charitable!

So? I suggest that when talking about our own sins we break the euphemism habit by using the real word. It will be a step out of denial as in “I am a chatter-box,” “I am a gloomy party-pooper,” “I am a smotherer micro-manager.”

Then we can enjoy the response which is usually, “Aw, come on Ronda, after all, you also have lots of virtues, otherwise we wouldn’t love you so much.”

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