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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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“We know that originally the offertories of the repertoire included a series of verses, just like the introit and the communion, but generally more ornate. Many of these are musical compositions of great beauty. They quickly fell into disuse, and we find them only in the most ancient manuscripts. The only remaining trace of this older arrangement in our present-day liturgy is that of the offertory of the Requiem Mass.”
— Dom Joseph Gajard (1956)

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Day 82: The Challenge of Loving, Gentle Speech
published 28 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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”Learn of me because I am meek and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I wrote a note to a man instead of trying to whisper loudly during Adoration. I asked someone about a potential conflict in such a soft voice that it didn’t sound like a criticism. I very gently mentioned to someone that I thought something proposed was not such a good idea instead of loudly defending my point of view. I wrote a gentle e-mail to someone under great pressure. I found that being gentle to others made me feel peaceful at heart.

Your examples:

My prayer: Mother Mary, there is a beautiful song about your gentleness that we sing. Why would I want to be anything but gentle? I seem to hear you telling me that gentleness comes with trust and trust comes with faith, and faith is a gift. It is a gift Jesus wants for me, so I beg you, Jesus, swath my jittery little soul with faith, trust, and gentleness.

Your prayer:

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