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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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“One must pray to God not only with theologically precise formulas, but also in a beautiful and dignified way. The Christian community must make an examination of conscience so that the beauty of music and song will return increasingly to the liturgy.”
— Pope Saint John Paul II (26 February 2003)

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Images and Theories
published 1 March 2013 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

A poem by a dear friend that I found in my old journal (she prefers to be anonymous):

“The tabernacle is small but holds all eternity.
I want to shrink to fit in there –
I want to be so small I could be held
In someone’s palm and not be recognized.
I could get lost in the ciborium and tossed onto a paten –
Chosen out of all the other hosts
Not because I was so much more
Delectable but because I was
Utterly undetectable.
An indistinct wafer consumed by love of God.”

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OME PEOPLE think that we don’t need to be personally grateful to God since whatever He does is for everyone, such as Christ dying on the cross. I thought, when someone said this, that it is like a child who would say I don’t have to thank you Mom/Dad for the dinner because you made it for the whole family.

Rabbi Zolli, the famous head rabbi of Rome who converted partly under the influence of Pius XII, in his book about Jesus says that Jesus would have sung his sermons!

I read about a woman who lost in an accident a child, a husband, then later another child, then two other sons, but remained trusting and holy to the end. The story got me thinking of how many people I know seek holiness, openly and sometimes almost desperately. How much easier to feign mediocrity of intent so that the gap between wish and reality would not be so obvious and beckoning of critique! Here I am, Jesus, your failure. But, no matter what, never let me set my sights so low that I cannot fail.

About recent events: someone asked me my opinion of a video of Voris concerning a document out of Poland regarding the so-called homo-lobby in the Church. I don’t buy into the theory that it is behind all dissent since it seems to me that the contraception issue is what pushed many lay people into gradually accepting dissent on all other sexual issues over a few decades. We are promised that “the gates of hell will not prevail.” I think it is “heretical” to even think that our Church itself could be destroyed by anything or that there can ever be a change the moral teaching against any of the sexual sins. My take is that many more dissenting or lukewarm Catholics will drop out gradually and that the remnant of faithful Catholics will build up out of places like Holy Apostles all over the world.