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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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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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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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