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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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That the Mass is the central feature of the Catholic religion hardly needs to be said. During the Reformation (and always) the Mass has been the test. The word of the Reformers—“It is the Mass that matters”—was true. The long persecution of Catholics in England took the practical form of laws chiefly against saying Mass; for centuries the occupant of the English throne was obliged to manifest his Protestantism, not by a general denial of the whole system of Catholic dogma, but by a formal repudiation of the doctrine of Transubstantiation and of the Mass.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Fear in our Church - the Sadness of It
published 29 June 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

A thing that makes me so sad is to see parishioners walk into the Mass and not sure where to sit when they are a group of 3 and there are only two empty places showing this look of fear of sitting, say, up in front where there are more seats because they might make a mistake in their participation in the liturgy, etc.

The good side is reverence leading to not wanting to distract others from prayer by fussily stepping over their legs. We don’t want the other extreme of people slouched in the pew chatting away. But I wish, wish, wish that we felt so loved in our parish Church that we couldn’t imagine feeling fear just getting into empty seat!

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