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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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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

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Day 77 The Challenge of a whole day of Freedom of Spirit and Lightness
published 19 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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“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I have friends who insist on keeping Sunday as a day of rest. But, foolish I resists! As I understand it the commandment of the Sabbath is interpreted in Catholic practice as avoiding manual labor and work for pay and even that rule can be dispensed for reasons of economic necessity. Just the same, it is very good for me to drop the intellectual work and spend Sunday after Mass in quiet, pleasant, friendly activities. This day I did drop the work and spent time with 2 new friends including my first trip to the Pacific Ocean. The ocean is my favorite created being. Seeing it always expands my soul. God seemed to second the motion of my day of freedom of spirit and lightness by the sight of the orb of the sun changing into what looks like a huge Eucharistic host with brilliant pink clouds around it, as is often seen at the alleged apparition at Medjugorje. My friend, who had never been to Medjugorje, also saw the same vision.

Your examples: (If this day doesn’t fall on a Sunday, pick the next possible relatively free day to complete this exercise).

My prayer: Jesus, as I finish this week of my spiritual marathon, step by step, I renounce the spirit of clutter of possessions, of schemes, of distractions and busyness and lay it at Your feet, dear Jesus. Give me, instead, a true spirit of simplicity so that more of me may be open to love.

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