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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 am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden, and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent. Can it be trusted any more about anything else? Won’t it proscribe tomorrow what it prescribes today?"
— Pope Benedict XVI, writing in 1997

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Days 93 through 100: The Challenge of Spiritual Warfare to Overcome your Worst Defect for the sake of Love
published 19 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 ]

Theme 14: The Challenge of Spiritual Warfare to Overcome your Worst Defect for the Sake of Love

Here’s your last challenge. Do you have enough trust in the Holy Spirit who brought you this far on our 100 Day Marathon to spend a week trying to overcome something that still remains as a barrier to love? Not alone, of course, with the Trinity, Mary, the angels and saints to help you?

This barrier might be something you want to work on more specifically that was already a theme but it might be something not touched on such as laziness, meanness, temptations of lust … you name it.

Or, this is even more challenging. Ask family, close friends, your spiritual director, counselor, or members of a prayer group these questions:

1. Tell me 3 loving traits you think I have.
2. What is one characteristic you wish I could improve upon through insight and focused prayer?

(Note from Dr. Ronda: I asked the daughter I am living with these questions and in answer to #2 she said humorously but to the point: “I wish you wouldn’t try to get other people to undertake spiritual challenges that could be harmful since you’re not a professional counselor!” I saw her point and so regarding this challenge I advise that if you feel threatened by the step of asking others to tell you what they wish you would change, just pass over this week. You could just pray that gentle Jesus would let you know what loving traits He has helped you develop and what He would like to help you change in the future.)

Once you decide what your challenge is for this week, you will follow the same format as the other 13 weeks. You will find the Scripture. You will write a teaching. You will write the name of the challenge you think will help you for each of the seven days. You will write your examples and your prayer.

________________________(Title of your Challenge) Scripture: (You can easily find Scriptures by google search the name of the bad trait and its opposite as in searching for Lying in Scripture. You will find many and then you can arrange them according to which one fits best the aspect of your bad trait you want to work on.)

Day 93: Observing ____________in yourself and others
Scripture:
My examples:
My prayer: (For the following days, entitle each day with a challenge related to one or another aspect of the flaw and its opposite.)

Day 94: ________________________________________________
Scripture:
My examples:
My prayer:

Day 95:____________________________________________
Scripture:
My examples:
My prayer:

Day 96:____________________________________________
Scripture:
My examples:
My prayer:

Day 97:___________________________________________
Scripture:
My examples:
My prayer:

Day 98:______________________________________
Scripture:
My examples:
My prayer:

Day 99:________________________________________
Scripture:
My examples:
My prayer: (Write your prayer and end with) I renounce the spirit of __________ and lay it at Your feet Jesus to take away.

Day 100: Celebrate the Victory of the Lord in you on The Way of Love: Step by Step

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the believers, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:14-20)

Your spiritual marathon is over. You won! Even if you only got one mile ahead of where you were before you started because of running this marathon, that was a victory of grace.

Dr. Ronda’s Resolutions: To prayer for greater focus before Mass and prayers. To sing and listen to joyful music more often. To make more acts of surrender.To live each day more slowly, talking less.

Your Resolutions:

My prayer: Jesus, Mary and Joseph, help me never to stray from the Way of Love, that step by step your love may overflow from me to all those who need it.

Your prayer:

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