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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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That the Mass is the central feature of the Catholic religion hardly needs to be said. During the Reformation (and always) the Mass has been the test. The word of the Reformers—“It is the Mass that matters”—was true. The long persecution of Catholics in England took the practical form of laws chiefly against saying Mass; for centuries the occupant of the English throne was obliged to manifest his Protestantism, not by a general denial of the whole system of Catholic dogma, but by a formal repudiation of the doctrine of Transubstantiation and of the Mass.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Day 55: The Challenge of Loving Patience with brothers and sisters in the Church
published 10 February 2012 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

What you will read now is part of a series of 100 spiritual challenges. Each blog can be viewed separately, but for maximum benefit a reader needs to start with the introductory blog of November 18, 2011, and then continue step by step. Day One begins on Sunday, November 20, 2011.
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“Do not kick against the goad.” (Acts 9:5)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: Each of us can imagine the perfect parish Church we would like to be part of. Moving to a new home and checking out nearby parishes is certainly a challenge in terms of loving patience about whatever might not be either to one’s taste or, worse, one’s convictions. Let me start with what is great about the nearest one to me: it is 7 minutes walking distance in sunny California which means the road will not often have to deal with distracted philosopher Ronda at the wheel! It is a huge Church with 10 Saturday evening and Sunday Masses. At the 7 AM the parking lot was crowded! They have 24 hour adoration. They have no talking before or during or even after the Mass but plenty of coffee and donuts even after daily Mass. On Martin Luther King day one of the two early AM Masses had more than a hundred parishioners for a partly sung Mass and Benediction! They have ample opportunities for pro-life and social justice ministry.

So, what could be wrong? To fulfill the challenge of loving patience with brothers and sisters in the Church I will not itemize these features!

Your examples:

Prayer: Dear Mary, Mother of the Church, whatever is not what your Son would want in His Church you sorrowed over. And now, from heaven, you intercede for any of us who are longing to correct certain things but have not the authority or a way. If we are patient, and there is a way, show us what to do. Meanwhile, keep us from kicking at the goad.

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