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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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Far from dreading an encounter with the Iroquois, Fr. Garnier often told us he would be quite content to fall into their hands and remain their prisoner if—while they were torturing him—he at least had a chance of instructing them as long as his torments lasted. If they allowed him to live, it would afford him a golden opportunity to work for their conversion, which was now impossible, since the gateway to their country was closed as long as they were our enemies.
— Father Ragueneau (Jesuit Relations)

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Day 49: The Challenge of being Friendly all Day Long
published 1 February 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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“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart…” (Proverbs 15:30)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: Tomorrow I leave this part of my family in North Carolina to go to another part of my family. Sometimes near to leave-taking I go into a kind of sour-grapes mode – i.e. if I don’t think you guys are so wonderful I won’t hate to leave so much. Because of this challenge of the Way of Love, I will come against this tendency and shower this part of my family will the love and gratitude for them that is truly in my heart.

Your examples:

Prayer: Thank you, Father God, for the gift of my life. Thank you for the wonderful traits of the members of my family, my husband and children passed on and here on earth, for our Pastor, and for my friends here in this part of the country. May the way I show friendliness to each of them shine forth as more than conventional patter, but real love as step by step I leave them for now.

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