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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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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

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Day 38: The Challenge of Sacrifice in Prayer
published 14 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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“Offer up the sacrifice of praise” (Hebrews 13:15)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I think I have a mild form of ADD where I have great trouble sitting still. I am always fidgeting with my chap-stick, writing down little reminders on post-its, etc. I decided to see what it would be like if whenever I was at prayer or Mass to take care of little needs beforehand. As a result I did experience greater recollection at Mass and Liturgy of the Hours and quiet prayer.

Your examples:

Prayer: Mary, our great model for praying whole-heartedly, I can’t imagine you interrupting prayer to do little unnecessary things. I picture you with serenity doing many little things with love, but then in prayer focusing your whole mind, heart and soul on God. Would you be my mother in this area of my life?

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