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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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Day : 86 The Challenge of Checking Inappropriate Stances of Superiority or Authority
published 4 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 ]

“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God, so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’” (John 13:3-8)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I watched different people in positions of authority. In some cases they seemed to bend over backwards to show that they were there to serve vs. acting superior. In others there was a tone of treating those being served as inferior because of the more powerful role of the one in authority. I noticed that when I talk more softly I feel less bossy! I saw that complaining in my head about how cold it is in Church during daily Mass is a little form of “entitlement.” Going door to door with Legion of Mary, the pro who has being doing this for years said that we don’t want to inundate them with arguments to refute their assertions of why they left the Church but rather show love and hand out a minimum of literature. I realized that refuting people in some situations is kind of bossy, even though it is appropriate in philosophy classrooms.

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My prayer: Jesus, Lord but Servant, I see that even though we are all here to serve it is not right to demand service. It would have been odd if Peter had insisted that You wash His feet. Oh, help me to get it right; to be humble enough to ask for needed help but without the slightest touch of “entitlement” where I am not entitled!”

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