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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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— Fr. Valentine Young, OFM (2007)

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Negativity on E-Mails
published 8 October 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Recently I wrote a family member an e-mail that included a little joke making a comparison of rules in one part of the family vs. those that pertain in another.

She shot back a furious response excoriating me for insensitivity! I was flabbergasted.

After much loving reconciling phone conversation, she said that really she was pontificating about a tendency often found in our e-mail culture. She suggested that before putting anything even mildly negative in any e-mail we read it over and over and show it to another person to see if it could be hurtful.

I think she is right. Pondering it, I added this observation: when we see people face to face, the virtues we love in them, shine through in a way they can’t through e-mail. The love in their faces counterbalances words that can be taken in many senses.

A challenge from the Holy Spirit?

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