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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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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

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Our 21st Century Synthesis
published 13 June 2013 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

OTS OF HOUSE GUESTS, so I have been delayed in writing blogs. My apologies to those of you who follow these blogs and if you don’t see one for a while, write me and ask if I am ill or dead!

I have been editing a book that will be called Catholic Realism: A 21st Century Synthesis. It will be chapters from those who teach and study at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Connecticut in the face to face or distance learning programs in philosophy and theology.

At the parish where I have been in California we have a group studying the Catechism each week. We read paragraphs and talk about them. When this great Catechism came out many years ago, I read it cover to cover in a week, with delight because it had the potential to put an end to controversies about whether the Church really teaches this or that in areas where people in the Church dispute about whether a teaching is out-dated or not.

Now reading it slowly years after its publication, I see that it is, in effect, this very synthesis I am always longing for. The inspiration of the Holy Spirit to bring God’s personal love for each of us in the context of experiencing and building the kingdom of God through the truths of the faith, is beautifully displayed in the texts and the quotations.

In the parish group, because I am a professor, it is easy for me to show the others, zealous Catholics with a little less formal education, how every sentence in the Catechism is a nuanced reflection of the balance in our teachings from errors on many sides of each topic.

I urge you all to reread this book if you have not opened it in a while or start a similar group in your parish.