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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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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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