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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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The Four Temperaments
published 29 March 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Going all the way back to the ancient Greeks is the theory that we are divided into predominant and opposing temperaments. The Greeks thought these were physically caused, but contemporary psychologists, if interested in this, think of them more as simply emotional tendencies.

You might be choleric (angry, energetic) or more phlegmatic (laid-back)

You might be sanguine (hopeful) or more melancholic (pessimistic)

Each one has pluses and minuses. Choleric people are full of energy so we usually accomplish a lot. On the negative side, though, we are easily frustrated, angry, and driven. Spiritual psychologists recommend quiet peaceful prayer time for good planning and less anger.

Phlegmatic people are usually fairly peaceful but not always willing to go that extra mile to get things done. You can thank God for not being rushed but also pray that the Holy Spirit would fill you with energy for doing what is right and good, moment by moment.

Sanguine people are hopeful and this helps them not to give up easily. Thank God for giving you hope. On the other hand, you can pray for realism so that you don’t chase really impossible dreams.

Melancholics are known for being serious and foreseeing problems. On the other hand, we need to pray for hope lest we sink the ship.

Of course some people hate all typologies in favor of seeing what is individual in self and others. But if the shoe fits…..!

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