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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 such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

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Our Lady of Lavang
published 8 November 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Last week at the seminary where I teach we had the ordination of 2 Vietnamese Cistercian monks by a Vietnamese Canadian Bishop who, himself, was one of the famous boat people escaping from Vietnam after the Communists took over the whole country. All the older attendees who lived during that awful war had tears in their eyes thinking that North Vietnamese monks would be in our country becoming priests!

During the glorious ceremony attended by 350 local Vietnamese including women in beautiful long silk dresses we heard about Our Lady of Lavang. She appears to the Vietnamese in 1798 after all the Churches and seminaries had been destroyed and intense persecution began by the government. Some Catholic sought refuge in the deep forest of Lavang. Many died of starvation. At night they gathered in small groups to pray the rosary.

One night they saw an apparition of a beautiful lady in a long cape, holding a child in her arms with angels on either side. They recognized Mary and she comforted them telling them that their prayers would be heard and answered. A small chapel was erected in her honor. and people went on pilgrimages to pray to Our Lady of Lavang throughout the time of persecution. They still come to visit her and her beautiful image is also with the Vietnamese who have migrated to the United States.

Dear beautiful Mary, come into each of our hearts with comfort as we read about your Son.

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