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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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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

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Day 6: Gratitude for Crosses
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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“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” (Psalm 50:23)

Dr. Ronda’s Examples: Out of having an unusual background of atheist parents, not married, came a great witness of the miracles of my conversion; out of not fitting in at school very well came, as a teacher, the desire to make my class work easy to understand; out of not being a perfect wife and mother came clinging to Jesus in daily Mass and in prayer; out of not fitting in with certain Catholic groups came many graces from other movements in the Church; out of crosses on some jobs came lots of graces and benefits to students at other places. Out of the suicide of my son came trust in God’s mercy and more empathy for the sufferings of all people. Out of being a widow came becoming a dedicated widow of the Church.

Dear Jesus, many time in the past I felt crushed by crosses. I find that You brought good out of each of these real sufferings. Some of these goods I only realized decades later. Help me to accept my present crosses with real trust that Your plans are for the good even if the crosses are heavy. Let me walk hand in hand with you one step at a time into the future.

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