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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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They were not ashamed to lay their hands on Sedulius, on Prudentius, on St. Ambrose himself. Only in one or two cases does some sense of shame seem to have stopped their nefarious work. They left “Ave maris stella,” “Jam lucis orto sidere,” and St. Thomas Aquinas’s hymns alone (they would have made pretty work of “Sacris solemniis”). In 1629 their mangled remnants were published.
— Rev’d Adrian Knottesford Fortescue (25 March 1916)

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Day 45: The Challenge of Smiling Lovingly
published 26 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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“A glad heart makes a cheerful face.” Proverbs 15:13

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I am known for my smile, but I realized working on this challenge that it is sporadic, especially if I am in a low mood. So I had to pay attention today to smiling at people I met in Church mainly. I could see that strangers seemed pleased and surprised that I smiled at them. I also practiced smiling at myself in my thoughts and at Jesus, Mary and Joseph. I saw that, in some cases, smiling was related to not bearing grudges or blaming others in a situation where I wished that some others would do something they don’t usually do in a work situation. I gave a talk at a place I used to do ministry in and I could see that people who came appreciated my previous friendliness to them. I purposely smiled a lot at some who I didn’t know too well.

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Prayer: Oh my Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I have a picture I drew of you three smiling at me. I think of Christians I have known with many heavy crosses, who yet smiled often in a touching way to show their love for me and others. May I never consider that depressed feelings are more real than love.

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