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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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That the Mass is the central feature of the Catholic religion hardly needs to be said. During the Reformation (and always) the Mass has been the test. The word of the Reformers—“It is the Mass that matters”—was true. The long persecution of Catholics in England took the practical form of laws chiefly against saying Mass; for centuries the occupant of the English throne was obliged to manifest his Protestantism, not by a general denial of the whole system of Catholic dogma, but by a formal repudiation of the doctrine of Transubstantiation and of the Mass.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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To bear more fruit stay closer to Jesus
published 29 March 2013 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

From my old journals, 2006:

A priest in Hickory, N.C. said in a sermon that we should never go out to our ministries as if it is just “I am going” but always “we (Jesus and I) are going.”
At New Jersey talks for priests making this workshop-retreat, Scott Hahn interprets Jesus saying that “greater works than this will you do,” and “what is harder to forgive sins or say get up and walk” as about Eucharist and Reconciliation!
I am thinking of Brecht(?) who had a poem that was something like
When I was young I hated everybody.
Then when I was older I liked good people.
Now I am old and I respect everyone just because they are human beings in pain.
A little prose-poem of mine:
Frantic cat
Wanting home
Stretched to the max
Across the screen door
Claws holding you fast

Turn around
And see your master
Close behind,
Ready to carry you inside!

Frantic human
Wanting home
Stretched to the max
Across the earth
Hands holding you fast

Turn around
And see your Lord
Close behind,
Ready to carry you to eternity!

I was feeling doubt about words in my heart from Jesus thinking I am just projecting this and I got this thought presumably from Jesus: Which pathos is greater: out of love for Love to believe I am loved or out of fear of being fatuous to reject even Love?