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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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“Oh, the happy choir director who is hired to start work on a brand new choir, or who walks into his first rehearsal a total stranger to the existing group—what a fortunate man he is! The new choir director who is a former member of the choir, or a member of the congregation, or the nephew of the alto soloist, or a former altar boy, or otherwise well acquainted with the choir, is in for a few headaches.”
— Paul Hume (1956)

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A different thought about terrorism
published 22 April 2013 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

FELT compelled to watch hours of the TV coverage of the Boston Marathon suspects manhunt, praying all the while. Did any of you catch where afterwards some of the police chiefs thanked the TV viewers for praying for them! In the midst of this, the odd thought came into my head that one might think of St. Paul before his conversion as a terrorist. So he could be the patron saints for praying for terrorists! On more consideration I think that is not exact. He was an arm for the Pharisaic theocracy of the time in initiating terror for the Christians and that is different somewhat from the case of our present-day terrorists. Lord have mercy on the victims, on the terrorists, on every person desperate for psychological and/or political reasons.

Back to 2007:

Fr. Ken said you can either go to Mass full of yourself trying to fit God into yourself or you can come to Mass to go into God. I, personally, think that it is easier to feel pulled into the second way at Masses with chant or classical music.

I am doing a course in the parish on Sprituality of the Emotions. Yesterday a friend came over –(mother of 12! now dealing with the empty nest – and our conversation raised to consciousness a lot of rejection feelings I had from a group of highly scholarly people who don’t understand my “touchy feely” methods. So on the spot we did a phenomenology of feeling rejected by critical people. What emerged the most was that emotional health means that we value our own and God’s approval and worry not at all about the approval of others. Of course if we had rather critical parents we will feel the sting, but we have to bear that sting and then lift it to God and let Him give us love.

A spirituality book I read had this provocative line in it: “Most people prefer to be deemed lovable than to experience love itself.” Is this an explanation for why workaholics like me often choose projects over quiet prayer time?