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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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"Goupil deserves the name of martyr not only because he has been murdered by the enemies of God and His Church while laboring in ardent charity for his neighbor, but most of all because he was killed for being at prayer and notably for making the Sign of the Cross."
— St. Isaac Jogues (after the martyrdom of Saint René Goupil)

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How God Brings Good Even Out of Our Faults
published 22 March 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

God could have created 500 immaculately conceived leaders for each generation to rule flawlessly like Plato’s philosopher kings. We don’t know why He didn’t do that, but we do know that God used improbable people to lead his flock generation after generation in the Old and New Testament times. Why pick a stammerer as the greatest leader of the Chosen People besides David, an adulterer? Why Peter, the denier, as the first Pope?

Many sermons have been given emphasizing the humor in this strange strategy of God. How can we apply these lessons to ourselves? The question came to me in prayer this morning when I was noticing my manic tendency even at 73 years old to pile up project upon project (I call it project-itis). It seemed to me that the Holy Spirit was telling me that given His personnel shortage if He wants to launch a venture, He often has to use high energy slightly unbalanced types to do it. Your serene and laid-back fun-living type is harder to motivate. That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t want to help me pace myself better with more time for quiet prayer. He does. But , perhaps, since He knows I will resist, He bring good out of this bad but using my projects amply.

How does God use your faults while also trying to lead you to greater virtue?

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