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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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“More and more as we grow older, we find that the people we see most of are recent acquaintances; not (perhaps) very congenial to us, but chance has thrown them in our way. Meanwhile, the people we used to know so well—for whom we once entertained such warm feelings—are now remembered by a card at Christmas (if we can succeed in finding the address). How good we are at making friends, when we are young; how bad at keeping them! How eagerly, as we grow older, do we treasure up the friendships that are left to us, like beasts that creep together for warmth!”
— Msgr. Ronald Knox (1888-1957)

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Day 53: The Challenge of Approaching Work Goals Patiently
published 8 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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“By your steadfastness and patient endurance you shall win the true life of your souls.” Luke 21: 19

Dr. Ronda’s examples: These examples are all about the “work” of moving. I do everything very systematically months in advance but that is not the style of my daughter and her family. So it requires patience to deal with all kinds of last minute glitches. I am reminded of some statistics that say people rate as the worst: death, after that speaking in public, and next moving. At the moment my daughter has computer work to do, so we have to interrupt the marathon shove everything into boxes moving plans. I will just work on other things patiently instead of trying to hasten things. This morning involves putting everything into U-Haul that didn’t get into the Pods. I realized that humor is good for patience. I felt a little sting that someone barked at me over a trivial remark, but then he got humorous and it was fine. I should copy that. Actually, I think, that is typical of men in “work” situations – they bark. They wouldn’t offer profound apologizes but crack jokes to show that you are not in their bad books. I enjoy seeing that my son-in-law, grandson, and his weight-lifter friend, can do a move 10 times faster than women can.

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Prayer: Father God, creator of super-abundance. After the Fall we have to live with the paradox that we want many things but having many things means multifarious complications in how to organize, tend, clean, and deal with these realities. Help me to be patient n my desire for a heaven without such complications. Thank you for sending Jesus to assure us of that hope. May we be purged of the sin that impedes the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

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