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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 should not like to be too harsh on this commission’s labors. It numbered a certain number of genuine scholars and more than one experienced and judicious pastor. Under different circumstances, they might have accomplished excellent work. Unfortunately, on the one hand, a deadly error in judgment placed the official leadership of this committee in the hands of a man who—though generous and brave—was not very knowledgeable: Cardinal Larcaro. He was utterly incapable of resisting the maneuvers of the mealy-mouthed scoundrel that the Neapolitan Vincentian, Annibale, a man as bereft of culture as he was of basic honesty, soon revealed himself to be.”
— Fr. Bouyer, a liturgical expert appointed by Pope Paul VI

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published 18 September 2012 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I have several weighty subjects today, but I want to start with one that I found hilarious. You might not. A woman has a rage-aholic husband. For years she cowered when he shouted about every frustration in life. She found a solution. She got ear-plugs and just carries a bag of them around from room to room and inserts them into her ears whenever he starts in! Not to say that marriage counseling wouldn’t be better, but this is not a man who would consider such a thing. He illustrated my little description of why people don’t look into anger-management. It is because they think “I’m angry because everyone else is obnoxious, so it’s not my problem.”

Some of my friends and I are doing radio-blogs talking about a different old Newman sermon each week. (See my web designed for “seekers” : spiritualityrunningtogod.com – go to Open Door and listen to the last set if you are interested.) One of the sermons concerned the way in which the way we think of death – “he is in peace at last” – causes us not to pray for the dying as we should if we REALLY took hell seriously. As I read the sermon I thought how the Tridentine funeral liturgy was so strong on this. I am thinking of putting in my Last Will a request for the Tridentine funeral Mass. Simultaneously I read about a nobleman in medieval times who expressed his contrition of his sins of violence in battle by giving up everything he owned, becoming a Franciscan friar, and using his last money to fund 10,000 Masses to be said for his soul after his death!!!!

For various personal reasons I have been thinking about how women like to lean on strong men, and how we shudder when some strong leader either shows clay feet or is “brought down” by enemy forces, such as the media. I think when this happens we need to immediately bring our sorrow and anxiety to Jesus. He is our strong man to lean on, not to avoid crosses, but to give us hope in the midst of them.

I have been reading a novel of Gouzenko. If you are my age, 75, you probably remember the incident if not his name. He was a Soviet spy working in Canada who defected, was given asylum, and revealed to the world the strategy of communist spies all over the world. He defected because the Soviet government wanted him to return to the U.S.S.R., but after being in a free country, he couldn’t bear to go back to totalitarianism. He wrote an autobiographical novel which became a best-seller: The Fall of the Titan. You might look for it. I was particularly moved by the depiction in it of the idealism of the original communists and how hard it was for them to see that their plans led not to utopia but to unbearable horror. The final page of the book has one of these former idealists conclude as he was dying “one simple human being is worth more than any abstract ideal.”

In class last night, a student reading C.S. Lewis’ concept of true patriotism vs. the false jingoistic type, said that he thought it was terrible when people now begin to hate our country because of awful things going on. We should come against those things but still love our country for all the good since our founding. Food for thought.

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