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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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Leave Taking
published 4 October 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I was telling a beloved friend that I was departing for a time. He looked at me with love and said, “our hearts go with you, and they will be ready for you when you return.”

I thought, “what a loving reaction. How different from the possible look for shock, resentment, and distancing that sometimes comes with such announcements.”

It reminded me of how my godfather, Dr. Balduin Schwarz, used to say, “The only remedy for leave-taking is gratitude.” Of course, the pain of separation is directly related to the love between.

So, my prayer is this: I thank you, Lord, for all the people who disappointed me when they left me for reasons having nothing to do with our friendship. Heal me of any bitterness. Let gratitude and the knowledge that all human love is a foretaste of heaven help me to remember them with hope.

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