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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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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modem: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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Daring to be Vulnerable
published 1 March 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I have an adorable cat, Felix, who is a mouser. My sleep was interrupted by Felix bringing in a mouse, then losing the mouse, then trying to dislodge the mouse from an open bin with heavy pots blocking the cat’s entry to the bin. Lots of fight and flight. I opened the door to the freezing wind and took out the pots, hoping the mouse would dash to safety. No luck because the mouse had the piece of a ball of yarn wound around his neck like a lasso. The cat tore off the yarn but the mouse escaped into the top of the closet. Presently, the mouse is totally hidden and the cat won’t go out because he smells the mouse.

Sleeplessly I was trying to create a parable about the only somewhat amusing incident. I thought of “fight and flight.” I once wrote a piece about the crucifixion in a book now on my web under free e-books called Mary, Teach us How to Live (rondachervin.com) The idea was that instead of fright or flight, Jesus chose total vulnerability.

Later, at Mass, I was bemoaning how I can’t deal with computers. The present misery was my adobe flash getting lost when my computer crashed last week so I couldn’t test the audios on my new web site. After the usual fantasy about fleeing to some beautiful desert monastery to be a hermitess, I just vulnerably begged God to help me. This led to an unexpected fix by a genial seminarian.

So, instead of fleeing to the desert, I will proudly announce to you my new web. This is a spirituality web designed to reach new-agers and weak Christians. It will have lots of Catholic spirituality in it, but not in the title. If you have people you want to reach of this description go to the new web I did with friends called www.spiritualityrunningtogod.com — Sorry I am not computer literate enough to get a capital on God in this context but the new-agers won’t mind!

Visit Dr. Ronda’s new website: spiritualityrunningtogod.com

Dr. Ronda has many free e-books and audios on her website rondachervin.com. If you go to her website and read or listen and then want to correspond with her she will be available. Her schedule does not permit, however, responding to comments on the Blog, though she enjoys reading them.