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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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“How can we enter into this interior disposition except by turning physically—all together, priest and faithful—toward the Lord who comes, toward the East symbolized by the apse where the cross is enthroned? The outward orientation leads us to the interior orientation that it symbolizes. Since apostolic times, Christians have been familiar with this way of praying. It is not a matter of celebrating with one’s back to the people or facing them, but toward the East, «ad Dominum», toward the Lord.”
— Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship (October 2016)

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Inter-cultural Breakthroughs
published 5 June 2012 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Most people drive to our large church in Southern California where I am visiting my daughter. But a few hardy souls, poorer citizens, or oldies, who can’t drive any more, walk to Mass. From most nearby streets it is sidewalks most of the way until we get pretty close to the Church where, evidently, some residents refused to have a public sidewalk in front of their lawns. So we have about 2 minutes on the grassy, sometimes muddy, road, unless we choose the bike path, wide enough for one pedestrian at a time.

All this detail is significant because of this delightful incident. I was leaving Mass, and almost up to the road part of my trip, when I saw coming rapidly toward me the figure of someone pumping his/her? arms a mile a minute. A walking exercise? I decided it would be nice of me to get into the bike path so that he/she wouldn’t have to break the pace while we fussily tried to decide who would walk on the bike path and who on dusty road.

Just as we were about to pass each other, she (I could now see it was a woman) stopped. She looked Vietnamese. She pointed to the Church. I said “Yes, I’m coming from the Church.” Then she grabbed the large crucifix around my neck and kissed Him twice and continued on her way.

Tears of joy came to my eyes. And, of course, many thoughts. I thought of how often when speaking of those from other countries I talk about what is different about them that I don’t understand. But here was this woman who probably doesn’t speak English at all, overcoming the cultural barrier by a gesture full of solidarity! And such a sign of the Mystical Body of Christ!

Oh, thank you Jesus for being the one to unite all peoples, heart to heart, soul to soul! If this felt so good, what will heaven feel like?

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