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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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"Bishops have a duty towards both wise and foolish. They have to rouse the devotion of the carnal people with material ornament, since they are incapable of spiritual things."
— St. Bernard of Clairvaux (†1153)

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Good News
published 14 September 2012 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I learn about so many good things at this “hub of hope” that is Holy Apostles College and Seminary:

A North Vietnamese Bishop came through. He said after the war there was only 1 priest in public – all others underground. Now there are 68 priests above ground and 44 seminarians!

Did you know that in Ghana there are hardly any abortions? Well, the reason is strange but true, says a seminarian from Ghana. In the tribal traditions they think that if a female has an abortion she will die in the process! And the girls and women believe it.

A seminarian here who was a CEO in a huge famous company, and a grandfather, for years was sensing God wanted him to be a priest. He kept hesitating, but finally gave in. He gave everything he owned and all his money away even before finding a seminary to take him. He is usually beaming with joy. His former boss asked him what his daily life was like. He couldn’t believe that this former big shot had to clean toilets a few hours every Saturday! For more about late vocation priests and their stories read our Last Call: 12 Men Who Dared Answer – Last Call

Another type of greed – I realized that wanting closure on all plans in a desperate way is really a form of greed. Mea culpa. I also humorously, just in my head, started Talkaholics Anonymous, inspired by noticing how a bigger stage here at the seminary increases the volume of my garrulousness.

To return to the good news – I am teaching a course in the Spiritual Life in the Classics. Reading St. Augustine and St. Bernard (for the fifth time in my life?) it feels like listening to great pieces of music – so familiar – interweaving with one’s life’s memories. Rereading famous spiritual classics is like listening to favorite old love songs – words through which God woes the soul over and over.

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