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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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“There are no hymns, in this sense, till the fourth century; they were not admitted to the Roman office till the twelfth. No Eastern rite to this day knows this kind of hymn. Indeed, in our Roman rite we still have the archaic offices of the last days of Holy Week and of the Easter octave, which—just because they are archaic—have no hymns.”
— Adrian Fortescue (25 March 1916)

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Day 84 The Challenge of a Whole Day of Peace
published 1 April 2012 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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“Commit thy way unto the Lord.” Roll the whole burden of life upon the Lord. Leave with Jehovah not thy present fretfulness merely, but all thy cares.” (Psalm 37:5)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I had to get up at 5:30 AM to do a phone Sirius radio show that was live on the East Coast. I peacefully got up and had my wake up breakfast without any “churning in the head” about how I have to stop doing things like this at my age, etc. etc. etc. I prayed to give a gentle answer to someone who asked for advice. When the computer server went down I adjusted to the hiatus without getting upset. I see that doing everything slowly including prayer is a great antidote to being stressed. At Church I offered up for two big intentions, the coldness – they don’t put on heat at all in this Southern California area. I resolved to bring my long cotton underwear tomorrow. To avoid the stress of backing into a parking space, I made a detour. I noticed at a women’s charismatic prayer meeting how tongues and childlike songs are peaceful and, therefore, an antidote to irritability.

Your examples:

My prayer: Father God, help me to move gently and peacefully through this last period of my life with one foot in eternity. I renounce the spirit of anger and lay it at your feet, dear Prince of Peace, to take away forever!

Your prayer:

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