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July 28, 2008 (This locution followed a conversation with someone involved in a religious community of women with different emphases than my Dedicated Widows of the Holy Family.)
Following Jesus Holy Spirit:
You become perturbed when your ideas of how to follow Jesus clash with the ideas of others. You seek justification for your ideas through Scripture and Tradition. In this way you try to make what is a way of life into something as absolute as dogma and doctrine.
There is strength in common rules and practice but what is maybe more needed in your times now is a way of the heart in response to the reality of Jesus. Your Jesus wants to permeate the world with faith, hope and love. Different types of community can grow around this experience. You can learn from what you try. Do you see the wisdom of the Church in looking not for rules and plans but rather for signs of good Christian living together in one form or another? Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. When you encounter those with inspired plans look not so much at the plan; that can be nothing but a fantasy. Look instead as the hearts of those involved and cherish the fruits of their works of love.
Let Us show you what We want of you in relationship to the ways of life you encounter: sometimes affirmation, sometimes that you are there to make suggestions; sometimes joining in. You cannot know which response is right in advance. Sense Our guidance in the encounter.
Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. She is a dedicated widow, mother, and grandmother. Ronda converted to the Catholic Faith from a Jewish, though atheistic, background and has been a Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Loyola Marymount University, the Seminary of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and Franciscan University of Steubenville. She is an international speaker and author of some fifty books about Catholic thought, practice and spirituality. One of her latest is LAST CALL, published by Goodbooks Media. Dr. Ronda is currently teaching philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. You can contact her via e-mail by clicking here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org directly. Visit her websites: here and here.