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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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“It would be a grave error to imagine that the principle orientation of the sacrificial action is towards the community. If the priest celebrates «VERSUS POPULUM», which is legitimate and often advisable, his spiritual attitude ought always to be «VERSUS DEUM PER JESUM CHRISTUM», as representative of the entire Church.”
— Official Vatican Statement (25 September 2000)

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Happenings Funny and Deep
published 24 May 2013 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

WE HAVE in our parish a very serious group of mostly over 60 years old men and women who go through the Catechism together. Unexpectedly the Program Director of the parish, a beautiful, spiritual, young woman of about 30 years old, came to our meeting. She asked us if we wanted to plan as a group something social for fun.

You should have seen the look on our faces! Like grim wariness!

“You know,” she explained, “like taking a bus trip together to some Catholic place?”

I met her the next day and said “That was so funny. I think you don’t understand. This is a group of old ultra-serious egg-heads who hate social occasions. We love sitting in a room pouring over the Catechism.”

Another funny incident: My daughter here in California loves the yearly Renaissance Fair. Without asking me she bought a cheap nun costume for me to wear to beguile me into joining her and her friends for this jaunt. I spent hours trying to figure out if I could evangelize in this way the bawdy crowd that goes to such events. Finally I decided that it could seem like mocking nuns and I wasn’t going to go for love or money. Still, instead of berating these happy middle-aged women for their spree on the basis that the money for the costumes could have fed the starving, as I usually would, I just enjoyed their fun in trying them on and making themselves up, etc. etc. Some of them live with very heavy crosses and could benefit from a jolly day.

On a more serious note – 40 years ago a group of Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima women brought the Pilgrim Virgin statue to my house. I was in a hurry and not at all delighted when they opened up a large prayer book for us to go through together as a welcome to Mary’s week’s visit to our house, but, of course, I acquiesced. So, that made it much more amazing that when we came to a line about “Mary exchange your heart in me for my heart” I was flooded with graces of visions, locutions, and, even for 2 whole years, of peace! Now 40 years later our Legion group brought the Pilgrim Statue to a homebound woman. It was so moving to me to see her joy and say those prayers once more.

If you never had this experience, look into it.