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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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“I grew up listening to Lessons & Carols from Cambridge and that was Advent-Christmas for me. Then I moved to Rome and discovered Rorate Masses, the Novena of the Immaculate Conception with the Tota Pulchra, the Christmas Novena, the O Antiphons, the Aspiciens, the Rorate Coeli, the Alma Redemptoris Mater: that's Advent for me now. I am glad to see seminarians all over the United States doing Lessons & Carols, but are they learning our ancient Roman traditions alongside a 20th-century Anglican one?”
— Rev. Christopher Smith

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Day 61 The Generosity of Hospitality of Heart
published 21 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 ]

“One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.”
(Proverbs 11:24)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I remember going to a lecture of the great psychologist Viktor Frankl, who had been in a concentration camp in Germany. Perhaps because of the sufferings of that time, he said that he told all his patients that they could call him any time of the night. I was so impressed that I always say the same to anyone who is in crisis. I practiced hospitality of the heart today by calling old friends even when I was tired. The daughter I am living with presently talks about feeling so much into the pain of others that it is almost too much sometimes. That kind of empathy is surely a form of generous hospitality of the heart. By contrast, a form of warding off others I have noticed is people who show by body language or tone of voice that they don’t have time for you.

Your examples:

Prayer: Sacred Heart of Jesus, make our hearts like Yours! In the apparitions of the Sacred Heart You show us that Your heart is always open to us and that You feel rejected when we fail to turn to You in our sorrows. May I always hide in Your heart and may others feel that my heart is wide open to them as a conduit of Your love.

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