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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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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

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Day 58: The Challenge of Giving Money
published 15 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 ]

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD,
and he will repay him for his deed.”

Dr. Ronda’s examples: It is my joy to give to the starving. Maybe because I am always so hungry from a diabetic condition, I hate to think of anyone hungry who could be helped by me or others I could inspire to do the same. I don’t feel especially called to feed strangers myself but, as in the teaching, I look for charities that I trust. Today, after making sure all my necessities that came with my move were taken care of I was able to send good sums to the Missionaries of Charity, pro-life, and an American priest with a parish of some 30,000 villagers of the area where his Church is a source of lunches for the kids of working mothers. It is a drug area where the priest is in danger of his life every day.

Your examples:

Prayer: Father God, thank you for the gift of abundance of resources I have always enjoyed in the United States and for work that I love. Thank you also for the gift of such joy in wisdom, mostly free to have, that I do not need as much of physical goods as others may really do.

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