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“I have called you by name: you are mine,” Isaiah 43:1-2

Dr. Ronda Chervin |
February 10, 2010 No Comments

Special Edition of Deep in Scripture – “Verse(s) I never saw…” Series

Marcus welcomes Dr. Ronda Chervin, Ph.D. in philosophy, to discuss the Scripture “verse she never saw” as a former atheistic Jew. Ronda discusses her despair as an atheist and how the Salvation of Jesus Christ changed her life. She also discusses what it means to be widow, options for Catholic widows, and what it means to be a Christian wife. She also gives advice regarding how to reach out to people who are suffering and share Christ’s love.

Scripture verse: Isaiah 43: 1-2

Resources mentioned:

Face Prayer by Jim Pinto, Jr.
Heavenly Father, I embrace your grace this day,
So that I might not: 
Think of another, 
Speak to another or
Touch another,
without first looking for
Your Face in the other. 
I ask all this through 
Jesus Christ:
God Incarnate, 
God with Skin, 
God made Poor, 
God with a Face. Amen!

Dr. Ronda Chervin

Ronda was raised atheist. Her family was Jewish but she was not told this with she was a child. She began to study Philosophy to find the meaning of life. She found herself drawn to Catholic art, specifically Salvador Dali’s “Christ” and “Last Supper,” even though she did not think that they were attractive as art. Once, while visiting Chartres Cathedral, she thought: How could something so beautiful be based on something that was non-sense? Her conversion to Christ began when she had a mystical dream in which she heard someone tell her, in Hebrew which she did not understand, to say this prayer: “God, if there is a God, save my soul, if I have a soul.”

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 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. Dr. Ronda is currently teaching philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. You can contact her via e-mail by visiting her website You can also read her new blog at

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