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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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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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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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