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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 modem: 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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Wordless Prayer
published 5 September 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

This blog will be a little paradoxical because, of course, I am using words to tell you about not using words… well, at least sometimes.

I am recalling that when I was a young new Catholic convert I simply assumed that the best way to pray was always the liturgical prayers of the Church, period! Of course, they are sublime and always should be prayed in Church. What I didn’t know for decades was that the mystical saints teach that after years of word prayers said during quiet prayer times alone, we get tired of words. We can imagine it is just because we are distracted miserable creatures. But, really, this is because God wants to move us into prayer of the heart – wordless groans, sighs, and eventually peace.

This isn’t just one stage but can reoccur at different times in our lives. Even if we think we are doing nothing that is okay because we are making space for God to fill our hearts wordlessly.

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