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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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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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