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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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On leaving the Vatican after his abdication: “I was deeply moved. The cordiality of the farewell, also the tears of my collaborators. [His voice breaks with emotion.] On the roof of the Casa Bonus Pastor there was written in huge letters «Dio gliene renda merito» [“May God reward you”]. (The Pope weeps) I was really deeply moved. In any case, while I hovered overhead and began to hear the bells of Rome tolling, I knew that I could be thankful and my state of mind on the most profound level was gratitude.”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (23 May 2016)

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Day 60: Working Lovingly in a Generous, Cheerful Manner
published 20 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 ]

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I decided to do something to help another, but then I didn’t want to drive there because it was raining and I am a poor driver and do not yet know my way around. I kind of forced myself to do it, offering it up for the goal of the help and it came out wonderfully. I cleaned up after a gathering. I see it as my job to clean and God gave me the love to do it cheerfully. I sorted out files from the move and felt peaceful instead of grumpy because of this step in the Way of Love. Part of my work (ministry) is running a group called Recovery, International (not 12 step). I undertook to do this by phone since I left the group for my sabbatical. I found a lot of joy in being with these old friends even though I generally don’t like speaking on the phone. This was my first time here going door to door for Legion of Mary evangelization. It required some sacrifice because I like to be near food and bathrooms all the time. It felt good making the sacrifice since we met one man who was really glad to see us because he goes to the Catholic Church but his wife doesn’t and we set up to see his wife sometime. He remarked honestly that since they have marital problems she would not be open to him but might be to us! A sign of how good door to door is. I was impatient with a tech person concerning new ways to do things. I apologized and made sure the phone call ended cheerfully.

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Prayer: Dear Jesus, compared to being in heaven we can hardly think that your work as a carpenter was always delightful, but we cannot picture you ever grumbling about such sacrifices! Help us to truly follow Mother Teresa in being willing to do small things with great love.

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