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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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“As the subject of the language of worship was discussed in the Council hall over the course of several days, I followed the process with great attention, as well as later the various wordings of the Liturgy Constitution until the final vote. I still remember very well how after several radical proposals a Sicilian bishop rose and implored the fathers to allow caution and reason to reign on this point, because otherwise there would be the danger that the entire Mass might be held in the language of the people-whereupon the entire hall burst into uproarious laughter.”
— Alfons Cardinal Stickler, peritus of Vatican II

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Detachment and Peace
published 13 December 2012 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I am reading more of John of the Cross for my course on Spiritual Classics. I have read him so many times and taught him a few times, but I am seeing more this time.

Of course, John of the Cross stresses the need for total detachment. So I was talking about this with my priest spiritual director. The immediate cause of upset for me was fear of Hurricane Sandy talking out our power. Even though this is relatively minor, compared to what others feared and experienced, I hate cold, dark, and no way to reach other people because of phones being out.

He was talking about how surrender to God’s will brings liberation and peace. I happened to look into his eyes at that moment and I absolutely saw in his eyes that he had this peace because of total surrender to God’s will.

It was a stunning moment. Between John of the Cross in my head from the readings, and this luminous peace pouring out of the eyes of this priest, I felt trapped. I can’t pretend it can’t be done with God’s grace. I need to keep surrendering and begging God to give me this grace of peace.

Afterwards I realized that there are quite a few people at our holy seminary who have precisely this serene peace because they are totally surrendered to God’s will.

Maybe you are like this, or maybe you know Catholics who are. Be inspired!

Well, the first step to change is seeing the beauty of the ideal! “There is no peace without surrender” used to proclaimed by another mentor of mine.

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