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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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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
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Happy Insights and Experiences
published 7 November 2012 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

It has been a time of many wonderful experiences and insights of others to share with you.

Here are some of the experiences:

Listening to the beautiful chant here at Holy Apostles College and Seminary during the Masses, I thought: “I am listening to songs from the homeland.”

I walked into the cafeteria between classes and a one of our young students was practicing Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata on the piano. He didn’t see me watching and listening in the distance. He made great efforts playing certain parts over and over again to get them right. I had such joy at seeing that anyone would expend such effort to get something right. Jesus seemed to say to me: “You try that hard to get life right.”

In my upcoming taping of interviews with late vocation men I will do for EWTN, I chose a hispanic of about 32, recently here from Colombia. His English is not very good, but he was recommended to me as being especially spiritual and sincere. I was rehearsing the interview with him and realized how hard it was for him to consider displaying his defects of English on a future TV show. Just then an old Missionary of the Holy Apostles, the order that founded our seminary, passed by. He had been in the missions in South America for many years. He described how, as a young priest, he was forced under obedience to do a TV interview in Brazil in Portuguese and how he the sweat poured off his forehead from the strain of speaking in a language he hardly knew. How providential that he passed by.

Do you also greatly grieve over the state of our country? Reading a novel by a best-selling Vietnamese author, Le Luu, translated into English, in order to better understand the many Vietnamese at our seminary, I came to a different attitude toward America. The characters in that novel, traced from before Communism, were so suffocated by traditional norms, and then by the totalitarian regime, that I could see that in spite of our horrible culture of death, we are still freer politically and personally than other places. No wonder they still flock to our shores.

A priest in a class of mine on the nature of love gave this anecdote: A man I didn’t know called on the phone to ask for a ride to the parish picnic. He said he was disabled and couldn’t drive himself. I thought that it was risky. Who knows if it was a set-up? No one on the parish staff knew him. I told him I’d call him back. After a few hours I decided to take the risk. It turned out very well. The man really was disabled and very happy to get to the Church for the picnic. I felt very glad I took that risk.

Insights:

A spiritual director here likes to say: “Don’t try to think less of yourself, just think of yourself less often.”

From a Chinese lawyer who converted from traditional spirituality to the Catholic Church, John Wu:

“We can sail safely across the ocean of time and reach the shore of Eternity, because we have welcomed Jesus into our boat.”

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