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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 44: The Challenge of being Polite and Helpful
published 25 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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“How good and pleasant it is for brethren to be together.” Psalm 133:1

Dr. Ronda’s examples: Someone said, since it is hard to change the worst things that can happen in life, we ought to be as good as possible about the little things. Politeness is surely one of these. I said good morning and a few words even to people who are too sleepy in the morning to initiate greetings or sometimes to respond. I tried doing helpful things – one boomeranged. I decided to bring in a huge trash bin from the road to its place near the house to help a grandson whose chore that is. On the way I fell and scrapped a knee – there is also a large bruise on my hand. Well, I can offer it up and not do those kind of helpful things again! I identified rudeness in an incident where a friend asked me which diner I wanted to go to for lunch. She started listing the advantages of a few. I barked back rudely “heh, I want to talk to you I don’t want to waste time fussing over which restaurant we go to.” She looked hurt and said, “I just wanted you to have a treat.” Mea culpa. At Mass I thought that to be polite to the Lord is to say prayers reverently not just to say them.

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Prayer: Oh, dear Lord, once I get concrete about becoming more loving step by step, I realize so many areas of unlovingness on my part. A lot come from blurting things out without thinking of their effect on another. May the Holy Spirit of love make me as loving in small things as our Blessed Mother must have been.

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