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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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“In 1854 John Mason Neale co-founded an order of women dedicated to nursing the sick. Many Anglicans in his day, however, were very suspicious of anything suggestive of Roman Catholicism. Only nine years earlier, John Henry Newman had encouraged Catholic practices in Anglican churches and had ended up becoming a Roman Catholic. This encouraged the suspicion that anyone such as Neale was an agent of the Vatican, assigned to destroy Anglicanism by subverting it from within. Once, Neale was attacked and mauled at a funeral of one of the Sisters. From time to time unruly crowds threatened to stone him or to burn his house.”
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Day 46: The Challenge of a Loving Touch
published 29 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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Dr. Ronda’s examples: I recalled that bumper sticker “how many hugs did you give your kid today?” Since I am with family right now, that part is easy, but I noticed doing it that I feel good hugging them even if they don’t return the gesture. I was with an old friend I hadn’t seen in years. It felt good that we patted each other during very emotional sharings. The same with members of her family I hadn’t seen in a long time. Some of the widows in the Church here are still having a once a month lunch with prayer and conversation. I was part of the start of it years ago. Because of this challenge I was even more outgoing than usual even though I generally prefer structured activities to the small talk the others in this love to engage in.

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Prayer: Mother Mary, I believe that you were the warmest motherly woman that ever lived. My speculation is that people loved to touch you. Help us to be so truly chaste that no one will misjudge us if we reach out, especially to those who are lonely.

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