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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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Legitimate and necessary concern for current realities in the concrete lives of people cannot make us forget the true nature of the liturgical actions. It is clear that the Mass is not the time to “celebrate” human dignity or purely terrestrial claims or hopes. It is rather the sacrifice which renders Christ really present in the sacrament.
— Pope Saint John Paul II (20 March 1990)

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Day 56: The Challenge of 24 hours of Loving Patience
published 13 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.    [ Click here for 100 STEPS ]

“The gifts of the spirit are…and self-control.” – Galatians 5:23

Dr. Ronda’s examples: Lots of impatience with the cold. I am planning to buy a spot heater since everyone around me likes it colder than I do, but I keep postponing it dreaming that from walking to Church, for instance, my circulation will improve. Someone told me not to make noise. I was impatient since I thought my noise was inevitable and the request of the other was whimsical. I don’t like waiting for the walk sign at traffic intersections. I have to wait for the pastor of my new Church to get back from retreat before talking to him about my future ministries in his Church. The internet goes on and off because of my new location. All of these trivial difficulties made me impatient but, because of this exercise in the Way of Love: Step by Step, I checked the reaction and offered everything up for heavy prayer intentions.

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Prayer: Father God, as I leave the theme of patience to go onto other themes, I pray that You will send the Holy Spirit to remind me of how ugly impatience really is and how beautiful and loving patience is. Help!

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