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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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“As the subject of the language of worship was discussed in the Council hall over the course of several days, I followed the process with great attention, as well as later the various wordings of the Liturgy Constitution until the final vote. I still remember very well how after several radical proposals a Sicilian bishop rose and implored the fathers to allow caution and reason to reign on this point, because otherwise there would be the danger that the entire Mass might be held in the language of the people-whereupon the entire hall burst into uproarious laughter.”
— Alfons Cardinal Stickler, peritus of Vatican II

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Day 25: The Challenge of Showing Appreciation of Beauty in Lesser Forms of Beauty
published 19 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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“Finally, brothers, whatever is …whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I love neatness and order but I am less good at cleanliness of person or house. I wear drab denim jumpers that cost $5 at the thrift shop to have more money to give to the poor – this is part of my Dedicated Widow lifestyle (see www.rondachervin.com click on Widows) But today in line with this challenge I wore a nice shiny blue scarf to brighten things up. I am coming from my cell-like austere room, with mostly pictures of Jesus, Mary and the Saints on the wall, to one daughter’s log home in NC that has, maybe, a million colorful objects in it. I realize that décor is related to ones values. Both my daughter and her husband love sensory things – lots of art, some by them or the grandkids. They also run the informal family “family museum” including a cedar chest from the 19th century belonging to my grandmother originally. So that would be 5 generations of use! This visit, instead of considering this house as being cluttered, I appreciated the colorful beauty of the objects on display. For good measure though, with the help of the other visiting grandmother, I ordered all the bookshelves.

Your examples:

Prayer: Dear Mary, you were certainly austere in your life in Nazareth, but in your apparitions you are beautifully arrayed. Help me not to detract from the joy of other peoples’ days by sloppiness unrelated to my special dedicated dress. Help me to enjoy cleaning as a form of appreciating the beauty of the wood of furnishings, etc.

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