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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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"Beauty is Truth" —Keats
published 3 March 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

More than 50 years ago I, a militant atheist, stood in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, in awe of its beauty. The words of Keat’s famous poem came to me “Beauty is truth; truth beauty, that is all ye need to know on earth…” This was one of the highlights in my conversion to the Catholic faith. (If you are interested in a quick rendition of my whole conversion story go to www.rondachervin.com click on books and, then, free e-books and leaflets to the leaflet “Saved.”)

This morning the line came to mind in relation to the way beauty check-mates heavy sadness. This long, snowy, dark winter in Connecticut after years of living in Los Angeles, Texas, Arkansas, and North Carolina, really got to me. Now, with Spring almost here, the joy in just seeing the sun is almost ecstatic.

Of course listening to beautiful music is also a check-mate for depressed spirits.

When you feel down, how about reaching out for a beauty-fix in the form of music, art, or seeking out something beautiful in nature?

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