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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 vividly remember going to church with him in Bournemouth. He was a devout Roman Catholic and it was soon after the Church had changed the liturgy (from Latin to English). My grandfather obviously didn't agree with this and made all the responses very loudly in Latin while the rest of the congregation answered in English. I found the whole experience quite excruciating, but my grandfather was oblivious. He simply had to do what he believed to be right.”
— Simon Tolkien (2003)

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Ministry to the Homebound
published 21 January 2013 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

HEN I JOINED the Legion of Mary again here in California, I thought I would love best to go door to door because I have such a zeal for evangelization. For lots of reasons that isn’t such a good choice: physically, it is hard for me to stand outside talking to people vs. being seated; but psychologically, I tend to argue when I meet someone who doesn’t accept Catholic teaching. I noticed that my Legion partners gently flow with love toward the ignorant in a way that seems better.

So, when it turned out there was a need for another person to help with Eucharistic ministry to the homebound, I thought I would try. Especially I wanted to try because I am always hope, hope, hoping that if I am ever home-bound daily communicants at the Church would bring my Savior to me more than once a week.

What I found this Sunday doing Eucharistic ministry to the home-bound is that I can almost “feel” the grace coming out of the pix (the golden or silver holder) into my hands. Then I see how lamb-like the home-bound are! In one respect or another they might have been arrogant or feisty at former times of their lives, but now they are just trapped by the ailments of their bodies with eyes full of gratitude that we come to them to visit and that we bring them their source of hope for eternity.

My partner, a former businessman, does this ministry in his elderly years to make up for years in the past of a rather luxurious life-style. When he retired, he got the grace to want to come to daily Mass and, then, asked Jesus to use him in service to the Church. He jumped into Legion of Mary with both feet.

After a few hours of home visits with Jesus I thought, maybe this is not just for them, but for me, because this way I get more out of my head into my heart.