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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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“Catholics in America have been the heirs of a sentimental and subjective hymn tradition that, for some reason or other, has taken a deep and fast hold on the fancy of the average person.”
— Fr. Francis Brunner (1953)

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Day 63: The Challenge of being not Tight but Lovingly Generous all Day
published 23 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.
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“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: My grand-kids are experts at filling dishwashers since some of them are obliged to hand wash whatever doesn’t get in. But I think that a pan on top of a dish could cause the dish and not the pan to be cleaned so I splay out the dishes in an orderly fashion. Instead of doing a second dishwasher I did some big pots and pans by hand out of “generosity.” A category that came up today was generosity of judgment. Harsh and hasty judgments on my part are a kind of “tightness of heart.” I gave away one of my books to someone who could use it. She offered to pay but I said no, no, especially since she gave me a ride.

Your examples:

Prayer: Father God, what could be more opposite to being in Your image and likeness than being “petty?” And what more like You than being lavish? Way of Love: Step by Step … how many steps will it take for me to be more generous? I hear You reply: “It’s all right. You are trying. Keep trying and never forget to ask Me to walk with you.”

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