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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 the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

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Look at Everyone with Mary's Merciful Eyes!
published 24 May 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Back in the 50’s there was a TV ad for floor cleaner that showed a cowed housewife accosted by the judging eyes of a woman guest. The voice over was a man’s voice saying: “Eyes are on your floors.”

Not much for house-cleaning myself, when I occasionally have guests who are better housewives than myself, I remember that judgmental line and scurry around cleaning the floors.

Just to amuse you some old book about making life as a housewife easier suggested that if you clean only your kitchen counter and offer the guests a drink immediately no one will notice the rest of the mess!

Here is the spiritual analogy. When I went to confession about my harsh judgments about conventional retirement homes (you may remember this from a blog last week) – Fr. Martin Jones, my friend-priest, suggested as a penance that I try looking at everyone with Mary’s merciful eyes. It’s a great image. Can you imagine Mary looking at anyone with harsh judgment about small things of daily life?

A related concept I heard a few days ago was this: the sins of others require our forgiveness, but the faults and defects should be overlooked. Not, of course, if you are in authority as a parent or boss, but in other situations.

If asked, do you think that those you encounter would vote you in as having the most merciful eyes they ever saw?

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