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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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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.