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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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“Oh, the happy choir director who is hired to start work on a brand new choir, or who walks into his first rehearsal a total stranger to the existing group—what a fortunate man he is! The new choir director who is a former member of the choir, or a member of the congregation, or the nephew of the alto soloist, or a former altar boy, or otherwise well acquainted with the choir, is in for a few headaches.”
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Life is more like a Story than a Syllogism.
published 30 March 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

A dear friend of mine, long deceased, Robert Hupka, used to say:” I hate to wait!” Kierkegaard wrote, with greater eloquence, that all sins are forms of impatience. How so? Well, we might tell lies to get what we want quicker; of substitute the immediate satisfactions of lust rather than wait for true love.

Another angle to impatience involves a subtle form of pride. If life were a syllogism you could go immediately from the truth that, say, it is good to eat only healthy foods, to I will cease to eat unhealthy foods today and never indulge in unhealthy foods ever again! It would be that quick from maxim to practice.

But, no, life is more like a story. In the story we get an insight and then we try to infuse it into daily life, but it’s a slow, uphill, wearisome battle to actually become full of an admired virtue. Our pride revolts. “If I can’t overcome my flaw immediately, why even bother?” Humility, by contrast, tries, and fails, repents and tries again.

Is it because the goal is not to succeed in some abstract self-redemptive project of improvement, but to bond with Jesus as He bears our crosses with us chapter by chapter of our lives. Since the goal is union with God in heaven, what good to succeed by one’s own powers? To be god-like without God was the goal of, guess who? Satan.

Surrender?

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