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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 (1997)

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Day 13: The Challenge of Avoiding Boasting to be more Loving in Conversation
published 3 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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“If you have been foolish, exalting yourself … put your hand on your mouth.” (Proverbs 30: 32)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: Boasting, a bad, proud, defect in my character, is only one way of being self-centered in conversation. Another defect can be presuming to speak for others. Another would be making statements as if one is the oracle of all wisdom. I had a faculty meeting today and I found that lowering my voice when expressing my opinion, plus humor, cut through some of the above defects. In another situation where I usually becoming a raging lunatic, through the grace of God, I managed to be calm, soft, and vulnerable. In an important conversation initiating a project I noticed that when I was focusing on the talents of other participants in the project it felt very good but when I began to boast I felt more insecure, not about the project but about my own progress in the “way of love.”

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Prayer: Holy Spirit, I can see how You are trying to help me to see the benefits of loving conversation vs. the defects that I am pin-pointing in myself, but also sharing to give examples for others to look at. Keep me from discouragement. Let me see even one victory of love a day as a step toward the goal.

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