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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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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

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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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