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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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“As the subject of the language of worship was discussed in the Council hall over the course of several days, I followed the process with great attention, as well as later the various wordings of the Liturgy Constitution until the final vote. I still remember very well how after several radical proposals a Sicilian bishop rose and implored the fathers to allow caution and reason to reign on this point, because otherwise there would be the danger that the entire Mass might be held in the language of the people-whereupon the entire hall burst into uproarious laughter.”
— Alfons Cardinal Stickler, peritus of Vatican II

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Lebensraum
published 16 May 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Lebensraum is an intriguing reality crystallized in this word which literally translates as Living Room, but not in the sense of a living room. Rather it means the “room” a person takes in social situations. It is a derogatory expression referring to those who walk into a room and take over. The vehemence of such a one’s personality crowds others into the margins of the “room.” I “strut my stuff” oblivious to the need others might have to express themselves.

Mea culpa! Excuse? Well, if I don’t talk, we have to sit around in silence. I forget that I might break the silence by asking questions of others so that they can share and shine!

If you know me, or plan to see me in the future, be sure to kick me under the table if I start to do this. Whisper “lebensraum,” and you will shut me up fast.

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