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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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“Unfortunately, on the one hand a deadly error in judgment placed the official leadership of this committee into the hands of a man who—though generous and brave—was not very knowledgeable: Cardinal Lercaro. He was utterly incapable of resisting the maneuvers of the mealy-mouthed scoundrel that the Neapolitan Vincentian, Bugnini, a man as bereft of culture as he was of basic honesty, soon revealed himself to be.”
— Fr. Louis Bouyer, an important member of the Consilium

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Day 73: The Challenge of Simplifying Desires for the Future
published 12 March 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.    [ Click here for 100 STEPS ]

“Blessed be the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 5:3)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I prayed about this and remembered that desire for prestige, power over others (even if it is spiritual not worldly power I am craving), popularity or fame – this is not simplicity of life. It is actually a form of fantasy wealth, even if it is not monetary. It is really fear of suffering and desire for ego-gratification. When I brought all this to Jesus at Eucharistic Adoration, He seemed to tell me not to plan ahead so much. I should cherish the peace that could come from not adding more projects. I could wait to add more projects until I truly am settled into my new place without ever having too much to do. After this I got a little peace!

Your examples:

Prayer: My Jesus, may the highpoint of my future days be You, my bridegroom, at Mass and all the time I can be with the Trinity, the angels, the saints. Then may I take in all the gifts and graces you wish for me in the present day leaving the future to the providence of God.

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