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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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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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Day 83: The Challenge of Praying for Peaceful Solutions to Conflicts
published 29 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 ]

“Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing. (Proverbs 12:18)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I decided that after a whole week or working on peace vs. anger, I might ask for the grace to resolve a long term thorny problem. In bringing up the issue again I put it in the context of my faults only. This gave me more hope. I realized that being “right” is not as important as saving relationships. In the case of a possible conflict that doesn’t have to be resolved right away I decided to employ the 12 Step principle that we don’t have to solve all our problems today. Shouldn’t the need to closure yield to common sense vs. frantic attempts to solve things the elements of which don’t even yet exist sometimes? Your examples:

My prayer: Holy Spirit, You are called both the spirit of counsel and the spirit of love. You show me that wisdom is better than swift but hasty, often stupid, decisions. Help me to believe that delay is not giving-up. Your prayer:

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