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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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“Unfortunately, on the one hand a deadly error in judgment placed the official leadership of this committee into the hands of a man who—though generous and brave—was not very knowledgeable: Cardinal Lercaro. He was utterly incapable of resisting the maneuvers of the mealy-mouthed scoundrel that the Neapolitan Vincentian, Bugnini, a man as bereft of culture as he was of basic honesty, soon revealed himself to be.”
— Fr. Louis Bouyer, an important member of the Consilium

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Day 65 The Challenge of Loving Trust in Jesus in your area of Greatest Anxiety
published 28 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 ]

“Jesus made calm on the lake” (Mark 4:41)

Dr. Ronda’s example: My greatest fear is of being alone and abandoned. When I recognized this fear, I started praying “God alone is enough” over ad over again during my prayer time but also between things. It happened that the Gospel reading was about Jesus calming the storm when the disciples thought they would all drown. The Pastor quoted a spiritual writer as thinking that instead of begging Jesus to save them, they could have expressed more trust by asking Jesus to give them His peace that enabled Him not to be afraid even in a storm. Do we try to drag Jesus into our turmoil to take it away, or shouldn’t we, instead, beg Him to give us the peace to withstand turmoil? the priest asked us. As a result of pondering this message and saying God alone is enough often, I felt much more peace.

Your example:

Prayer: Providential God, I bring to you now my worst fear. (Reader: put in the prayer your worst fear) Please quiet my soul as You calmed the storm for Jesus and the disciples. Let me not only experience surcease of anxiety, but deep peace.

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