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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 was a riveting adventure to move by degrees into the mysterious world of the Liturgy which was being enacted before us and for us there on the altar. It was becoming more and more clear to me that here I was encountering a reality that no one had simply thought up, a reality that no official authority or great individual had created. […] Not everything was logical. Things sometimes got complicated and it was not always easy to find one’s way. But precisely this is what made the whole edifice wonderful, like one’s own home.”
— Josef Cardinal Ratzinger (“Milestones” pp. 19-20) 1997

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Day 26: The Challenge of Appreciating the Beauty of Animals
published 20 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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“All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord.” Daniel 3

Dr. Ronda example: By chance this day coincided with the tiny Australian shepherd pet of my family having a broken leg and needing to be in a child’s play pen or the lap of one of us to prevent him from putting any weight on the leg. I held him for awhile and greatly admired his sad large brown eyes, bewildered by his condition, and his wonderful tan and shaggy black coat. I praised God for the joy to us of the fur of pets. The cat, who usually occupies himself playing with the now penned in doggy, chose to spend the night on my bed. He is a marmalade cat with long, glorious white and orange fur. I noticed that his eye color and expression were quite different from that my grey and white cat, recently given away. On the drive to Church I thought of all my favorite larger animals and praised God for their creation.

P.S. Some of us think there is no Christmas any more in the public square, but here in a town in NC the public school choirs gave a concert in public full of truly beautiful un-watered down Christmas music.

Your examples:

Prayer: Creator God, I marvel and rejoice in the variety of Your works in the animal kingdom. Please help those who stop cruel forms of animal experimentation and also those who vent anger at their pets. Let me take the time to enjoy petting and watching animals around me as an antidote to tendencies to workaholism.

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