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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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“Our Christian people regard with great joy everything that contributes to the splendor of the ceremonies. Jesus—who was poor in His private life—received ointment on His feet. See Thomas Aquinas (Prima Secundae, q. 102, art. 5, ad 10) and the holy Curé of Ars. The Church has always loved beautiful churches, and so forth. We must preserve our sacred patrimony and make sure sacred objects do not become secular possessions.”
— Abbot & Council Father denouncing “noble simplicity” during Vatican II

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Day 31: The Challenge of Giving Loving Advice at Work
published 28 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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“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman…who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15) (Note: The scripture has a different context but it fits our theme just the same.)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: In trying to work better with two different groups of people, instead of giving my advice, I prayed first and asked the kind of questions that would help them to make good decisions. In another work situation I wrote a polite, non-pressuring letter to the boss of a project asking him how he wanted me to handle a sticky issue. He wrote back right away saying it was fine and I would be taken care of. This was better than writing a 2 page single spaced explanation about my side of the story ending with giving him advice about how he should handle the other party.

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Prayer: Holy Spirit, help me to give advice and instructions with a holy spirit instead of with an “edge.” Help me care more about loving relationships than getting things done my way.

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