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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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“Indeed, we may not hope for real Latin poetry any more, because Latin is now a dead language to all of us. However well a man may read, write, or even speak Latin now, it is always a foreign language to him, acquired artificially. It is no one's mother tongue. Does a man ever write real poetry in an acquired language?”
— Rev’d Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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New thoughts about non-religious holidays
published 22 May 2013 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I tend to belittle non-religious holidays, but this year I had a few surprises. Going around to bring the Holy Eucharist to the homebound, some of whom were mothers and grandmothers, I had to see that for them flowers and cards, especially if their children and grandchildren don’t live near enough to visit, was something heart-warming and deeply moving. Picture a woman of 85 in a wheelchair with Alzheimer’s, in and out of coherency. She is fingering a large mother’s day card with signatures of all her grandchildren from one of her children’s families with a beatific smile on her face.

At the parish, the priest when mentioning praying for mothers included this time step-mothers and godmothers. I thought that was a loving gesture. My twin-sister, who never conceived though she would have liked to, always calls on mother’s day to thank me for the family my husband and I brought forth that she enjoys as aunt.

On a different note, the husband of a wife who died in her forties of melanoma wrote me, “I feel no anger, but I’m kind of jealous of God now.”

Some of you write to me to see if I am okay when there is a hiatus in blogs. This can be for many reasons. This time it is the beginning of my summer Distance Learning classes with lots of tech problems. So this one is short.