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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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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

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Day 41: The Challenge of Suffering with Trust
published 19 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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“God is for us a refuge and strength, a helper close at hand, in time of distress.” Psalm 46

Ronda’s examples: Working on this challenge in the Way of Love: Step by Step I asked myself what my present sufferings were. Mostly they involve insecurity about the future and whether the plans I have made will work or not. I realized that trust is a sacrifice. How so? It is a sacrifice of some morbid pleasure we get in being pessimistic or in obsessing over possible future negatives. In trust I sacrifice the false idea that by obsessing over things out of my control I can make them better. Instead I gently give them to God whose providence means that whatever the outcome He can bring good out of it. After pondering these ideas I did a long prayer on my mercy chaplet of just praying over and over again “Jesus, I trust in you.”

Your examples:

Prayer: Father God, You have taken care of me for 74 years now. You have brought me through much greater sufferings than I now have to bear. I bring to you my fears for the future and ask You to give me the trust You deserve.

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