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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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“How can we enter into this interior disposition except by turning physically—all together, priest and faithful—toward the Lord who comes, toward the East symbolized by the apse where the cross is enthroned? The outward orientation leads us to the interior orientation that it symbolizes. Since apostolic times, Christians have been familiar with this way of praying. It is not a matter of celebrating with one’s back to the people or facing them, but toward the East, «ad Dominum», toward the Lord.”
— Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship (October 2016)

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Day 54: The Challenge of Exercising Loving Patience in the Family
published 9 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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“We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy.” Colossians 1: 11

Dr. Ronda’s examples: Since usually, as a dedicated widow, I live alone and very simply, I had forgotten what it’s like to have a whole big family moving house! The set-backs are a proof that this spiritual marathon “Way of Love: Step by Step” is not a luxury but a necessity. Without the Holy Spirit reminding me every minute of the 3 days of packing, moving, and unpacking, that love is more important than any conflicts, I think I would have lost it. And I was but a minor player as the helping grandma. For me, the biggest part is not thinking that when everyone is at their worst what they do and say represents their “real” selves. Anyhow, the easiest part, as it turned out, was setting up the computers, so the possible week long hiatus in these blogs will not happen, after all.

Your examples:

Prayer: Jesus, if you thought of our worst selves as our real selves, you would have kept Noah’s flood going until the end of the universe! Help us to forgive and forget whatever goes on under extreme stress and be happy for better days of “normal life” when our faults are a little less vivid.

Read more blog entries by Dr. Ronda Chervin by visiting RondaView. Dr. Ronda Chervin has many free e-books and audios on her website, rondachervin.com. If you go to her website and read or listen and then want to correspond with her she will be available. Her schedule does not permit, however, responding to comments on the Blog, though she enjoys reading them. Dr. Ronda’s newest project is spiritualityrunningtogod.com.

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