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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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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

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Day 90: The Challenge of a Quiet Spirit
published 10 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.    [ Click here for 100 STEPS ]

“The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit…is in the sight of God of great price.” (1 Peter 3:3-4)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I tried for a whole day to just talk much less. It feels peaceful and kind of sweet and more like someone of 74 (I presently on leave and mostly teaching Distance Learning where I don’t talk.) As I was waking up I decided not even to bring my silenced cell phone to Church. Let it “rest in silence” for a few hours. I welcomed the idea that cultivating a quiet spirit meant less frenetic planning for the future; more letting things unfold. The parish here in California is very large, full of spiritual helps that the elderly can benefit from. And my daughter’s joyful love for me could also make it possible to be less noisy and more receptive.

Your examples:

My prayer: Sweet Mary, I am consecrated to you. I want to become more like you. That is certainly to have a quiet vs. a bossy spirit. Intercede for me that I may come to love quiet as much as talk.

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