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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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“Indeed, we may not hope for real Latin poetry any more, because Latin is now a dead language to all of us. However well a man may read, write, or even speak Latin now, it is always a foreign language to him, acquired artificially. It is no one's mother tongue. Does a man ever write real poetry in an acquired language?”
— Rev’d Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Day 40: The Challenge of keeping Promises in a Loving, Timely Way
published 17 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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“If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth”. Numbers 30:2

Dr. Ronda’s examples: One of my pet peeves is people who make promises and then get angry if I remind them. Instead of doing what she or he promises, which would involve a small sacrifice, such people blame me for being a nag. It seems so unfair. For example, a husband promises to get his wife’s car fixed … fails to do so and then it breaks down on the road, or a wife promises to clean up the house but postpones this irksome task until the house looks like a pig-sty. Generally I am good at keeping promises but when I started working on this day of the Way of Love: Step by Step, the Holy Spirit seemed to smile at me and say, “how about the promises you make to God such as prayers you mean to say daily or an hour a day minimum of quiet prayer in His presence? … Does God get furious if you don’t do it or does He find gentle ways to urge you to keep those promises such as when you get cranky and miserable because you are too little in His presence, He draws You into prayer?” As a result of this gentle admonition to me about prayer, I thought for at least this day I should find gentle, humorous ways to remind others of their promises vs. nagging or grumbling, even in my head.

Your examples:

Prayer: Oh, dear Jesus, you beg us to forgive. Sometimes I can forgive big things better than tiny things if these immediately impact my agenda. Please help me to forgive such littler things and give me wisdom to see if I can improve them without rancor.

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