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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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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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Fresh Thoughts on the Deadly Sin of Pride
published 3 October 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

A wonderful priest gave a sermon the other day on pride. I found it so good I had to go to confession that very day. I am excerpting key images I thought you’all might find challenging:

“Don’t be misled by appearances. The kind of loud and blustering person, drawing attention to himself might not be the prideful person. (Ronda: mea culpa on that description). And the sort of quiet and self-effacing person might not be the humble one. Pride is self-regard… it is simply looking at oneself…a terrrible spiritual poison … We are attentive in a terribly painful way to what others are thinking of us, what impression we are making? How am I doing? Am I up or down? Which of us is the greatest?”

He contrasted this with being caught up in a good conversation where our attention is on truth and insight or the way a child plays, totally caught up in the activity. He quotes an image of another thinker of people on a bus riding through beautiful country with the blinds down and their minds on who got the best seat.

The priest thinks that these are part of the reasons why Jesus says we must become more like little children.

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