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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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More Insights from Old and New Journals
published 21 February 2013 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

FEW DAYS ago I was talking to an old friend who used to be a charismatic covenant community leader. Gabriel Meyer, asked about a problem replied, “Don’t try to find Jesus above and transcendent of the problem, as if to escape to Him from the problem. Instead you will find him in the problem.” I guess is a matter of willingness to bear the pain underlying the problem with and in the heart of Jesus, vs. using prayer as a way to escape. The latter is also legitimate, of course, but when I come down, the problem and the pain is still there. But when I leap into the heart of Jesus in the problem, then I feel a sense that He is more important than the problem and will bring graces of healing for me in that same problem. How? Because I will give less weight to the various possible solutions to the problem and more to just His love?

The pastor of our Church here in California, with regard to the line in the Our Father prayer, “lead us not into temptation” said that the Fathers of Church wrote that the greatest temptation is not to believe God loves you. If you don’t believe that, then you despair and stop working for the kingdom.

A beautiful quotation from St. Augustine from the Office of Readings: From the Office of Readings during Passion Week Sermons on 1 John: “We shall be like Him for we shall see Him as he is” – The entire life of a good Christian is in fact an exercise of holy desire. You do not see what you long for, but that very act of desiring prepares you, so that when he comes you may see and be utterly satisfied.

“Suppose you are going to fill some holder or container, and you know you will be given a large amount. Then you set about stretching your sack or wineskin or whatever it is. Why? Because you know the quantity you will have to put in it, and your eyes tell you there is not enough room. By stretching it, therefore, you increase the capacity of the sack, and this is how God deals with us. Simply by making us wait, he increases our desire, which in turn enlarges the capacity of our soul, making it able to receive what is given to us.

“So, my brethren, let us continue to desire, for we shall be filled (like St. Paul) ‘forgetting what is behind and stretching forward to what lies ahead, I press on to the prize to which I am caned in the life above.’”

And this interesting quote: “Reb Nachmann says that people only hate when they are sad. Imagine there is someone in the world I can’t stand the most, I hate that person, and every day I hate that person more. Now imagine that you are at your children’s wedding, dancing, the happiest day of my life, and that person comes to the door. What will happen? I will interrupt the dancing and run to the door and embrace and kiss my arch-enemy and I will say my precious friend and I will not be lying…”

Something else still relevant from an old journal:
I went to a healing workshop. I think this message is very important for all of us.
“Do you control your feelings or do your feelings control you? ... First you have to accept the feelings that you have. Let your feelings be as big as they are. Unless you can do this you will end up stuffing, shoving, and storing them to be triggered uncontrollably at another time.”