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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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“We must say it plainly: the Roman rite as we knew it exists no more. It has gone. Some walls of the structure have fallen, others have been altered—we can look at it as a ruin or as the partial foundation of a new building. Think back, if you remember it, to the Latin sung High Mass with Gregorian chant. Compare it with the modern post-Vatican II Mass. It is not only the words, but also the tunes and even certain actions that are different. In fact it is a different liturgy of the Mass.”
— Fr. Joseph Gelineau (1978)

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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.