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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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“Iconographic tradition has theologically interpreted the manger and the swaddling cloths in terms of the theology of the Fathers. The child stiffly wrapped in bandages is seen as prefiguring the hour of his death: from the outset, he is the sacrificial victim, as we shall see more closely when we examine the reference to the first-born. The manger, then, was seen as a kind of altar.”
— Pope Benedict XVI (2012)

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Shifting Paradigms
published 16 March 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I was giving a talk at a parish in a small city in Connecticut. The town is about 13 square miles and has 13 Catholic Churches in it! Thought the talk was highly advertised in all those Churches only the people from the parish I was talking in actually came. The pastor remarked that typically parishioners only go to events in their own Church.

I was reminded of a funny joke about aging: First you don’t want to leave your country; next you don’t want to leave your state; then you don’t want to leave our city; then you don’t want to leave your block, then you don’t want to leave your house, and finally you don’t want to leave your bed.

How different this is from the jet set mentality where people go for weekends to Paris and some couples see each other only on holidays since each works in a state 1,000 miles distant from where the other one works!

In medieval times there was a phenomena called “circle cities.” The aging devout moved into huts surrounding the Churches or monasteries. This way they could go to daily Mass in their “celestial living room.” I love that paradigm. A priest I know has been planning a monastery/refuge for all vocations in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. I wrote a novel with him under a pseudonym describing what this dream would be like. If you are interested e-mail me at rondaview@ccwatershed.org and I will attach it. Of course it could also be built in a place near you? If you build it I might come!

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