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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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The soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

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An Amazing Grace for an Atheist
published 5 April 2013 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

NE OF THE REASONS for my trip back East was to meet the plane where Diana’s daughter and son-in-law were coming back from Malawi where they were for 2 ½ years in the peace corps. While there in a rain forest village my grandson-in-law, brought up as an atheist, was befriended by a native Jehovah’s Witness leader who insisted that he read the Bible and pray. In the course of this, my grandson-in-law realized that Christ was real and divine because he was trying to be a good person in the peace corps to save Malawians, but he found that he had no peace because of his non-forgiveness issues. But when he prayed to Jesus all the hate and anger went away! Isn’t that glorious? Since he didn’t like the fundamentalist ways of the Witnesses he thought he should be a Catholic instead.

He came to Easter Mass with me in New Jersey where the whole family was renting a house to celebrate. It happened the priest in the walking distance parish was an Afro-American charismatic who danced from foot to foot anointing the people with holy water and whooped it up with joy. Sean said that he had thought a Catholic Mass would be more solemn and supernatural! I told him to find an extraordinary form Mass in Nashville where he will be next visiting his mother. He came to the Easter Monday Mass and liked that better. He insists that I push him into the Church and instruct him and tell him what to do.

Please pray for him, especially when we get to the part about the moral teachings of the Church. He has heard about these from me for years but he may think my ideas are optional, especially if he winds up in an RCIA run by dissenters.

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