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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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A second class of tunes—which can also be said with certainty to fall under the profane—are those which are written in the style of secular songs and which, if heard without the words, would be recognized only as such. In these, as a rule, the devotional gives way to the sentimental, cheerfulness to levity and oftentimes vulgarity, while not even an attempt is made to give a serious or dignified musical expression to the sentiments embodied in the words of the hymn. Not the least objectionable feature of some of these tunes is a jingling piano accompaniment quite unsuited to the church organ.
— Preface to a Roman Catholic Hymnal (1896)

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Day 75: The Challenge of Simplifying the Mind
published 15 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 ]

“Behold the lilies of the field, how they grow. They labor not, neither spin. And yet for all that I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his royalty, was not arrayed as these.” (Matthew 6:1)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: Expanding the metaphor of spinning in the above Scripture, I notice that my head is always spinning with ideas. I realized I need to simplify my mind. So, today, I forced myself not to make notes about other things in the middle of activities that need focus. I think that constantly interrupting one thing to do another or make notes to do another is kind of OCD. Another way to put it could be that multi-tasking has its place but not every minute of the day! I noticed how many of my thoughts are related to micro-managing others! I was alarmed at how hard it was for me to focus – worse than I even thought, as in wanting to leap up from writing this paragraph to turn off the spot-heater. Couldn’t that wait 5 minutes? When I forced myself to stay on track it felt painful but less in bondage.

Your examples:

My prayer: Oh, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I can’t picture your heads spinning! No, never. Not that you didn’t mull over problems, Mary and Joseph, but not in a frenetic way. The opposite of a cluttered head would be the simplicity of trust. Help me to pray when my head is spinning a few aspirations such as: Give me trust that whatever I am supposed to do will get done in Your time.

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