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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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“I grew up listening to Lessons & Carols from Cambridge and that was Advent-Christmas for me. Then I moved to Rome and discovered Rorate Masses, the Novena of the Immaculate Conception with the Tota Pulchra, the Christmas Novena, the O Antiphons, the Aspiciens, the Rorate Coeli, the Alma Redemptoris Mater: that's Advent for me now. I am glad to see seminarians all over the United States doing Lessons & Carols, but are they learning our ancient Roman traditions alongside a 20th-century Anglican one?”
— Rev. Christopher Smith

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Spiritual Struggles
published 6 August 2012 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I was groaning over a seemingly unsolvable dilemma in the middle of the night. I woke up suddenly with the words in my heart “Only God can untie the knot of your being.”

I knew this was a sentence I had heard before but was unsure where it came from. It was a prayer of Kierkegaard – “Oh, God only You can untie the knot of my being.”

Pondering the image I thought about how if only God an untie the knot of my being, sure I can’t untie the knot of the being of others whom I love but can’t directly help as I wish I could.

What are some examples of such knots: longing for greater silence but using the times when I could be silent to chat with others? Praying for trust but falling into anxiety every day just the same?

What might be your knot?

Oh God, I lift up my troubled heart to You. Untie those knots.

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