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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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“I prefer to say nothing, or very little, about the new calendar, the handiwork of a trio of maniacs who suppressed—with no good reason—Septuagesima and the Octave of Pentecost and who scattered three quarters of the Saints higgledy-piddledy, all based on notions of their own devising!”
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Day 12: The Challenge of Avoiding Rude Modes of Conversation
published 2 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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Scripture: “The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.”(James 3:6).

not listening, interrupting, talking when others are too busy, not including others rude And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness.

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I wanted to avoid the rudeness of interrupting others. I did well part of the time, but then got excited about an issue in my class at the school and did interrupt, but because I didn’t raise my voice rudely it came out less strident. I avoided rudeness of talking at table only to the ones I wanted to and ignoring a more quiet person. A person called. I said I was too busy to talk but he kept on talking. I politely insisted that I had to get off the phone. I saw how it feels to others when they say they are busy but I persist in one last few sentences. It registers as my time counts and yours doesn’t?

Your examples:

Prayer: Dear Holy Spirit, I challenge you to help me the rest of this week, and the rest of my life, to douse my fiery tongue so that it is a messenger of love, not of self-assertiveness.

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