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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 am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden, and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent. Can it be trusted any more about anything else? Won’t it proscribe tomorrow what it prescribes today?"
— Pope Benedict XVI, writing in 1997

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Day 68: Trusting God’s Love with our Fears about the Health and Life of ourselves and Loved Ones.
published 4 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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“What else have I in heaven but you? Apart from you I want nothing on earth. My body and my heart faint for joy; God is my possession forever.” Psalm 73

Dr. Ronda’s examples: Because of the suicide of my son at age 20 many years ago I don’t take anyone’s life for granted. If the phone rings late in the night, my heart pounds with terror until I find out it is not serious. On the other hand, I firmly believe in the immortality of the soul which can be proven by philosophy (see my free book called Weeping with Jesus: On Grieving on my web-site: rondachervin.com). So I ask myself and others, wouldn’t you rather be with Jesus in purgatory or heaven rather than on earth? And wouldn’t you rather your loved ones be with Him? The answer is usually yes and no. We must pray that all of us persevere to the end or repent of our sins at the end. So, with this Day about trust and anxiety about sickness and death, I am putting those fears in the God-box. I am also praying for trust that the chronic problems of bad health I and others may have to endure will purge us of our sins and ready us for union with God.

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Prayer: Mother Mary, in the depth of your soul you knew that Jesus would be resurrected, yet you must have trembled at the thought of losing His presence on earth. Intercede for us whose faith is so much less that we not hurt Jesus by disbelief in the eternal life He died to give to us.

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