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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 such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

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Day 10: Having Loving Conversations with Family and/or Friends
published 29 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:” Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 29:20)

Dr. Ronda’s Examples: With three friends I was much lighter than usual and therefore could take in more of the loving expressions in their eyes when they were talking to me. I did express lots of hostility in talking about a friend I was mad at to someone else. Even though this mentor didn’t know this person at all, I could feel how unforgiving I was from the tone of my voice. With another friend I was about to talk through a conflict because I was less pushy and more vulnerable about it.

Your examples?

Prayer: Sweet Mother Mary, I don’t believe you would ever have spoken with personal hostility even if you were speaking prophetically about them speaking in general about the fall of the mighty. Please be my friend and intercessory to keep me from hasty harsh talk. Help me to see that light fun is so much better! Another friend who wanted my advice about serious problems, I think that because I pray for her so much I was able to be of help.

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