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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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Day 39: The Challenge of Bending to the Way of Others
published 16 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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“Love is not arrogant…” (1 Corinthians 13:4)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: A relative asked if she could tell me the one thing that makes me hard to live with? Of course, since I am working on the Way of Love: Step by Step, I absolutely had to say she could. She said that I act kind of like a VIP who others should drop what they are doing to help. I would have used the older term “prima donna.” She said it is not because I am arrogant exactly, but because I am so workaholic I am crazy for closure and so think everyone should help me finish my great works right away. Well, that is kind of arrogant because it presupposes that what others are doing isn’t as important! So I spent the day trying to ask for favors in a more open-ended way such as “Whenever you have a moment to spare, could you possibly help me with “x.” That was a sacrifice, as it turned out since it is now 2 days that one relative didn’t find a minute to help me with something I was going to do for this blog! I made other small sacrifices such as cleaning a tub in the guest-bathroom that seemed just stained irrevocably but did yield slightly to brillo and what my generation called “elbow grease.”

Prayer: Jesus, help me to accept that sacrifice is necessary in all human situations. I will never be exempt until I reach heaven. And it is because of Your sacrifice that I hope someday for that freedom from small and big suffering. Help me this week where I am visiting family to eagerly make small sacrifices for the good of family fun and fellowship, the way of love: step by step.

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