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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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“Iconographic tradition has theologically interpreted the manger and the swaddling cloths in terms of the theology of the Fathers. The child stiffly wrapped in bandages is seen as prefiguring the hour of his death: from the outset, he is the sacrificial victim, as we shall see more closely when we examine the reference to the first-born. The manger, then, was seen as a kind of altar.”
— Pope Benedict XVI (2012)

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The Four Elements
published 29 October 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

A long time ago a spiritual writer, Betsy Caprio, developed an update of the old Greek(?) ideas about the 4 elements being Air, Fire, Earth and Water. She transposed this division into a personality typology. In my opinion such typologies, if they are not elevated into panaceas for all the world’s troubles, are intriguing and helpful.

Here is the gist of the theory. Each of us is primarily air, fire, earth or water. Then we have a second best of them, a third and a fourth. They come in opposite sets such that if you are an

airy person – highly intellectual – or a space cadet in your worst times, you need the balance of earthy people or earthy activities such as gardening.

fiery person – on fire with ideas, goals – or a rage-aholic in your worst times, you need the balance of watery people or activities such as laid-back people who “go with the flow” and swimming or taking lots of showers and baths.

earthy person – practical, loving of the sensory in life – or cloddish in your worst times, you need the balance of transcendent, very spiritual people and things like mountain climbing, flying, or retreats.

watery person – free-flowing one who delights in surprises – or irresponsible drifters in your worst times, you need the balance of highly motivated fiery people or activities where discipline is mandatory.

Why did I think there was some truth in this? Well, I am primarily airy, next, fiery, next earthy, and least watery and I find I just crave being with earthy people and feel a hundred times better whenever I swim, look at rivers and oceans, or even take a shower.

How about you?

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