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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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“Worse, composers are now setting the introits of the missal [instead of the Graduale] to music, even to chant, though these texts were explicitly for spoken recitation only.”
— Dr. William Mahrt (Fall, 2015)

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Many Ideas Worth Pondering
published 25 February 2013 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

N MY PREVIOUS journals, still on the question of my attempts to find a perfect place to be as a widow: In prayer it seemed Jesus was telling me that it is natural to long for perfect places to live since we are destined for a perfect place, called heaven. But it is almost a slur on that gift to try to conceive of finding that on earth. What makes heaven perfect is the full presence of God. No humanly devised place can give us that happiness.

I read this fascinating paragraph about the masculine psyche in a novel by Anthony Trollope: “The blow to him was very heavy. Men but seldom tell the truth of what is in them, even to their dearest friends; they are ashamed of having feelings, or rather of showing that they are troubled by any intensity of feeling. It is the practice of the time to treat all pursuits as though they were only half important to us, as though in what we desire we were only half in earnest. To be visibly eager seems childish, and is always bad policy; and men, therefore, nowadays, though they strive as hard as ever in the service of ambition –harder than ever in that of mammon—usually do so with a pleasant smile on, as though after all they were but amusing themselves in the little matter in hand.”

Back in 2002 I was describing a heroic seminarian with cancer of the tongue who left for long tortuous treatments. No use asking why You allow such sufferings, Jesus. Glimpses of the reasons come from time to time, especially when it is ourselves who bear the greatest pain, but still Your allowing such pain always be shrouded in mystery. My godfather used to teach that if you put all the suffering and joy of life on earth in the balances, no one would have hope. It is Jesus on the Cross that tips the balance for us.

I have some friends who make their born-again Church the center of their lives. They were visiting and to my surprise mentioned that their 4 year old is not having candy for 40 days since they are all trying in their Church to do something to commemorate the 40 Days of Jesus in the desert! I think, probably, they have some ex-Catholics who remember Lent! I was wondering how the Holy Spirit might be using this type of cross-over for eventual reconciliation of the Churches. For example, some of these Churches have some kind of “communion service” more often in these times than previously.