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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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“Then, when the later great Germans arrived, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven—all secular composers—and tried their hands at sacred music, they set Roman Catholic words to music which in form and spirit is Protestant.”
— Sir Richard Runciman Terry (1912)

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Day 74: The Challenge of Simplifying a Cluttered Life-style so there is more Room for Unexpected Loving Encounters and Deeds
published 13 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.    
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“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10: 42)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I like to have a clear desk, but often there is a pile of things to be done on it. Today I enjoyed a new prayer meeting that went longer than I anticipated. I enjoyed a lunch with a new friend instead of feeling pressured to get back to my desk. I relaxed more during the radio blog I do with Bob and Evelyn Olson. I opened my heart to calls and e-mails from a dear friend whose spouse died suddenly. As per the message to my heart I got yesterday, I avoided taking on new projects a friend suggested. Each time I looked at the pile on the desk, I prayed with deep sighs but didn’t try to diminish the pile before doing, instead, other things that are more obligatory.

Your examples:

My prayer: St. Martha, you became a saint in spite of the tendency to choose the active over the contemplative side of life. Teach me how you followed the admonition of Jesus. Teach me more balance so that Jesus might not be disappointed that pursuing project after project I have so little time to just sit at His feet.

Your prayer: (Note to reader: as I am preparing these blogs for use by those who watch my EWTN LIVE show about the Way of Love: Step by Step, I am adding this new part to each one. You could either pray without writing, or insert your prayer into the space.)

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