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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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The representative Protestant collection, entitled “Hymns, Ancient and Modern”—in substance a compromise between the various sections of conflicting religious thought in the Establishment—is a typical instance. That collection is indebted to Catholic writers for a large fractional part of its contents. If the hymns be estimated which are taken from Catholic sources, directly or imitatively, the greater and more valuable part of its contents owes its origin to the Church.
— Orby Shipley (1884)

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Day 87: The Challenge of Offering Help in Daily Circumstances
published 6 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 ]

“You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick, or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost.” (Ezechial 34:4)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I decided at a luncheon that I didn’t need to “strut my stuff,” but instead draw out the other guests. Drawing out other people is a kind of helpfulness vs. seizing the stage for myself. Asking questions worked very well so that the guest of honor got plenty of time to display her great sense of humor and depth so we got to know her better. Bringing back the strays, as in the above Scripture, fits with Legion of Mary door to door finding lapsed Catholics, which I spent time doing today with a woman from our legion who had lots of experience I could learn from. I rejoiced in the wonderful help of my son-in-law with my ailing computer. He worked hours on it. I offered to pay but he refused since I am family. I helped with dishes after the luncheon. Your examples:

My prayer: St. Francis de Sales, great teacher and great conversationalists, you moved in many circles and managed to bring those less devout into a deeper place through your geniality. Help me not to be so serious at the wrong times, and to be more serious at the right times. St. Jane of Chantal, brought up as a noble woman, in the order you founded with St. Francis de Sales you occupied yourself outside of the Mass and prayer with menial work. Help me to love to help in these small gracious ways.

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