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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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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)

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Day 21: The Challenge of asking Forgiveness from those I have Hurt
published 13 December 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

What you will read now is part of a series of 100 spiritual challenges. Each blog can be viewed separately, but for maximum benefit a reader needs to start with the introductory blog of November 18, 2011, and then continue step by step. Day One begins on Sunday, November 20, 2011.
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“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5

My examples: I asked forgiveness from my sister who I hurt by retaliation, for religious classmates I ridiculed before my conversion (I asked this in prayer since I could never find them again), for a boyfriend I rejected because he was too good and made me feel inferior, for harsh judgments of my husband and children. I asked forgiveness for harsh judgments of mentors and friends for their weaknesses. I asked forgiveness in prayer for harsh judgments of confused dissenting Catholic colleagues and priests.

Your examples:

Prayer: Holy Spirit, I am always accusing others of denial but I am often in denial of my harsh unforgiveness. Help me to feel so comforted by Your love that I will have tears of compassion for others in their failings instead of wanting to demand that they be perfect to fit my needs.

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