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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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Day 23: The Challenge of Finding Beauty in Strangers
published 15 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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“The alien who resides with you shall be to you as a citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:34)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: For purposes of finding beauty in strangers, I stretched the above Scripture to let it refer to simply delighting in things about strangers different from myself. Since I was traveling most of these examples were from the airport. Since sometimes at the airport I entertain myself by mild ridicule in my head of weird things like women walking in 4 inch high slender heels, etc., it was refreshing, instead, in the Way of Love, to look for beauty instead: the beauty of the swirling black hair of a woman, a wonderful poet-like gaunt face of a man, a fur hat that looked great even though it was fake fur, a tall, lean red-headed man with such an eager face; the noble face of a Hispanic priest; an intense look of love of a mother for her teen-daughter; the demeanor the woman at the ticket counter, full of kind interest in solving my little problems. Bright pink shoes and lots more pink (I don’t usually like pink but I tried to see into why the people wearing it might love the bright flashiness of it. Afro braids; a dull looking man in a plain gray suit but with bright plaid tie. I took the family out to a Japanese restaurant to celebrate my arrival. Usually the waiters and waitresses are Asian, but here was a very round waitress with a thick Southern accent, but with a manner so full of interest in making us happy with our stay that we affirmed her greatly by words and tip.

Your examples:

Prayer: Father God, how You love variety, as evidenced in Your creation of many colored peoples and of the colors we can use to adorn our garb. Take away my grumbling critical spirit that wants sameness – i.e. everyone should be a clone of me in my tastes – so that I can have more joy in daily life.

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