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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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Day 76: Simplifying Prayer to make it more Lovingly Personal
published 17 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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“Thou art called by name, thou art mine … when you walk through the waters, I will be with you.” (Isaiah 43:1-1)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: There was a long period of time when I experienced the presence of God throughout the day and especially when I was at prayer. That was followed by a kind of “grey night of the soul” with much more distraction. I got kind of resigned to this spiritual trial. But, I realized that slowing down verbal prayer for this spiritual marathon brought make much more of a sense of the presence of God, Mary, and the saints. I made it a point to look at the lovely artistic renditions of my celestial friends and to pray as slowly as possible vs. as quickly as possible. I thought of the consecration prayer I say each day that includes asking for the grace to pray as if this was the last day of my life. Lots more peace came with these efforts to make my prayer more a personal act of love.

Your examples : My prayer: St. Teresa, my favorite woman saint, please intercede for me never to pray in that perfunctory way you chided others from doing. My beloved Trinity, Mary, and all the saints I beg you to be present when I pray so that the fire of love may be enkindled.

Your prayer:

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