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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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That the Mass is the central feature of the Catholic religion hardly needs to be said. During the Reformation (and always) the Mass has been the test. The word of the Reformers—“It is the Mass that matters”—was true. The long persecution of Catholics in England took the practical form of laws chiefly against saying Mass; for centuries the occupant of the English throne was obliged to manifest his Protestantism, not by a general denial of the whole system of Catholic dogma, but by a formal repudiation of the doctrine of Transubstantiation and of the Mass.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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No one is Perfect
published 29 October 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

As a corollary to a previous blog about being upset when things aren’t perfect I got another insight into one of my forms of this problem. Typically, in my experience, the teddy bear men are wonderfully warm but not inspiring in terms of ascetical heroism – as in some of them eat too much (duh! That’s why they look like teddy bears!); some of them are not very neat; some of them … you fill in the blanks. So I love them dearly but don’t find them as inspiring as…

The thin, gaunt, heroic ascetical types who are amazingly sacrificial and whose eyes are luminous with the graces of their God alone spirituality. But they are usually not as warm as I would like them to be.

So, after all, who do I know who is warm and also heroically virtuous and luminous? Guess who? Jesus, my Lord, Savior, and 2nd Bridegroom. As a dedicated widow for whom Jesus is my Second Bridegroom, He ought to be enough.

Of course, some man friend is looking at me and thinking well she’s very warm but not very sacrificial or luminous and my other friend “X” is luminous and angelic but not so warm… And who is warm and luminous? Mother Mary. Isn’t she enough?

Well, let’s be thankful for all the warm people in our lives and all the luminous people in our lives and if you know any other than Jesus and Mary who are both warm and luminous, praise the Lord!

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