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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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A second class of tunes—which can also be said with certainty to fall under the profane—are those which are written in the style of secular songs and which, if heard without the words, would be recognized only as such. In these, as a rule, the devotional gives way to the sentimental, cheerfulness to levity and oftentimes vulgarity, while not even an attempt is made to give a serious or dignified musical expression to the sentiments embodied in the words of the hymn. Not the least objectionable feature of some of these tunes is a jingling piano accompaniment quite unsuited to the church organ.
— Preface to a Roman Catholic Hymnal (1896)

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Day 5: Challenge: Thank God for Creating Yourself
published 25 November 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: “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you… (Jeremiah 1:5)

Dr. Ronda’s Example: I thanked God for creating my innermost self and then for my body: for my good hair, for being short (I like being short because people more easily find me cute), for all the parts of my body, for my long life because of relative healthiness; for being a twin since that gave me a pattern of wanting to be very close to others. I thanked God for being a Jew (of the people of the elect – I converted at 21 and call myself a Hebrew-Catholic), for my national ancestries of Spanish, Russian, and German and all the parts I like coming from those cultures. I thanked God for my talents for speaking, teaching, and writing. For giving me the grace to be a member of His Church.

Your Example of Gratitude for Yourself:

Prayer: God, only You know everything in my make-up that You designed in me with my life on earth and in eternity in mind. Let me never take the good of these elements for granted. Step by step may I praise you as I use these gifts.

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