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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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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

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"I have Called you by Name." (Isaiah 43:1)
published 19 March 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

One of my all time favorite Scriptures is “I have called you by name, you are mine.” This passage got linked up in a surprising way with the much more enigmatic one in Revelations (2:17) about finding a new name on a white stone.

I was visiting the Sisters of the Cross in Mexico. This is an order founded by the great grandmother saint, Conchita, who will, one day, we hope, be a doctor of the Church. She wrote more than 100 books and founded more than 4 communities in the first half of the 20th century. If you don’t know her, check her out under her longer name Concepcion Cabrera de Armida.

Anyhow, I watched a relay of nuns coming into the chapel for Adoration. Once at the Adoration prie-dieu they never moved an inch so rapt were they in contemplative prayer. I went into envious grief. “Dear Jesus, I moaned, look at those saints. You must be so disgusted with me, this awful, fidgetty, loud-mouthed, swinish woman who pretends to be spiritual and can’t sit still for 10 minutes even.” (Of course, all my directors have been after me not for being jumpy but for self-flagellation!)

Jesus spoke in my heart in this consoling manner. “In the Church your name is not silence and serenity but, in the image of your Jewish ancestors, your name is YEARNING!”

I was so consoled that decided that I was called by name into the Church as Ronda, but that my new name on the white stone was “yearning.”

As a result, at spirituality workshops, I like to tell this anecdote to the participants, and then ask them to pray until they can “hear” what is their own new name on the white stone. When they think they know, they put it up on the blackboard for others to see.

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