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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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Day 37: The Challenge of Little Deeds of Love
published 12 January 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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“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” (Matthew 7:12)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: This is Christmas day and most of the little deeds of love were from family members to others family members in the way of personally delightful gifts. I did lots of dishes. I took out garbage sometimes even though it is a chore of the grandsons. We have a custom I modified from a traditional one: throughout Advent kids put a piece of straw in a box to line the Nativity on Christmas Eve. I adapted this successfully to each night of Advent the kids put a piece of yarn into the crèche when they do something good and then Christmas Eve we braid them into a blanket for baby Jesus. Mostly my little good deeds were biting tongue to avoid being negative about luxurious commercial Christmas and instead affirming everything that was good, such as my daughter’s custom of making cupcakes for Jesus’ birthday and singing Happy Birthday to Him to involve the little kids in something they understand. My son-in-law who doesn’t go to Church and lit more candles around the living room. In the midst of all this came this little miracle. Before the Christmas dinner I was reading Pope Benedict’s beautiful Christmas Eve sermon. It has much reference to seeing beneath the materialism the simplicity of the infant Jesus. I begged my daughter to let me read portions of it at the dinner. Since she doesn’t go to Church any more I was amazed when she said, “Oh, yes. I just read it. The whole sermon was linked to on the first page of Google News!”

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Prayer: Dear St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, you said we should do little things with much love. We try and sometimes it comes out well, and other times we are suddenly shocked to find we have inadvertently hurt someone’s feelings. Please intercede for us that our thoughts, words and deeds be truly loving in intent, wisdom, and effect.

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