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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 my capacity as the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, I continue to remind all that the celebration toward the East (versus orientem) is authorized by the rubrics of the missal, which specify the moments when the celebrant must turn toward the people. A particular authorization is, therefore, not needed to celebrate Mass facing the Lord.”
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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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