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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 should not like to be too harsh on this commission’s labors. It numbered a certain number of genuine scholars and more than one experienced and judicious pastor. Under different circumstances, they might have accomplished excellent work. Unfortunately, on the one hand, a deadly error in judgment placed the official leadership of this committee in the hands of a man who—though generous and brave—was not very knowledgeable: Cardinal Larcaro. He was utterly incapable of resisting the maneuvers of the mealy-mouthed scoundrel that the Neapolitan Vincentian, Annibale, a man as bereft of culture as he was of basic honesty, soon revealed himself to be.”
— Fr. Bouyer, a liturgical expert appointed by Pope Paul VI

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Day 9: The Way of Love: The Challenge of Having Loving Conversations Outside the Home and at Work
published 28 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: “And the passersby say not God bless you.” (Psalm 129:8)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I like to say “God bless you,” often even though sometimes people criticize me thinking I am acting as if a laywoman is trying to give priestly blessings! The above Scripture shows that saying God bless you is something good to do for anyone. Today I noticed that asking questions of holy people is better than “strutting my stuff.” I got a lot of good advice by asking questions at work. Since I eat meals with my colleagues and students here at Holy Apostles College and Seminary I learned a lot at meals today just by talking less and listening more. But I also slipped into anecdotes with good endings but with plenty of gossipy things before the end that weren’t necessary to get to the good ending. I called a co-worker and apologized for getting so edgy when he was trying to teach me a tech thing. He said it was okay because he is learning patience with non-techy people from dealing with me!

Your examples:

Prayer: Father God, you made my tongue to speak good. I am grateful for even the slips because they are teaching me how much I need to grow in the Way of Love in the realm of conversation. Please help me with the rest of this week to do better and better with Your grace.

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