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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 still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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Day 52: The Challenge of Overcoming Feelings of Impatience when Frustrated
published 7 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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“Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.” (Romans 5:3)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I was dying to see the new house my daughter in LA is renting and also the Church that I prayed would be in walking distance. A mile is walking distance but for an oldie like me, maybe not, so I wanted to see how far it really seemed. We went to see the house, prior to moving in, but it was not deemed that there was time to pass the Church. I felt crest-fallen and very impatient, but I held it in and offered it up and that way prevented making the day ugly for the others on the trip. Then I got an upset stomach from something I ate – usual for me. Since I wanted to help packing I didn’t want to be running to the toilet all afternoon. My daughter gave me a prescription medicine she had around. It had the funny effect of making me go into some kind of minor amnesia for 12 hours (including sleeping throughout the night.) I felt frightened. It turned out all right, but I was impatient that we couldn’t quite figure it out and it messed up all my packing goals. I am having to PATIENTLY await the return of normal energy since I feel groggy today, a crucial last minute packing day. I don’t have much choice, but the choice is, with God’s grace, to curb the impatient reaction in favor of humble resignation. Not knowing if all the cars would be needed for the move so I couldn’t get to Mass. Here in LA it would take $100 to get back and forth to Mass even though it’s 3 miles away.

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Prayer: Jesus, how slow life on earth most have been to you after the eternal/infinite/all togetherness of heaven! You chose to embrace this our slow frustrating state of being. Help us value sweet resignation over efficiency.

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