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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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Salvation in the Worst of Times: Ash Wednesday
published 9 March 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Just before going to bed, I clicked on the headlines on my computer only to read about more bad in the Church in the United States. Heavy of heart, I prayed through the night. I thought, perhaps a dark blank page would be the only blog I could write.

I awoke instead with the old adage running through my mind “Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” I remembered that in the worst times in my life such as the death of my son, the death of my husband, my own worst sins, what helped most was exactly what we are given as the source of our hope: Jesus, The Word made Flesh, in the Mass, Mary, our Mother, Absolution in Confession.

A daily communicant for more than 50 years, still those phrases are so comforting: the words of the liturgy…Kyrie Eleison…I confess to Almighty God, and you, my brothers and sisters…Lord, I am not worthy…but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

My godfather, Balduin Schwarz, disciple of Von Hildebrand, and my teacher of philosophy of time, used to say – look how metaphysical the words of the rosary are! The past is gone, the future is not here. The moments we need prayer for are the “Now” and “the Hour of our Death.” Someone saint said that since we beg every day that Mary pray for us at the hour of our death, why wouldn’t we expect her to be with us at that hour!

When the darkness gets darker, let us run to our only sure salvation.

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