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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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"Goupil deserves the name of martyr not only because he has been murdered by the enemies of God and His Church while laboring in ardent charity for his neighbor, but most of all because he was killed for being at prayer and notably for making the Sign of the Cross."
— St. Isaac Jogues (after the martyrdom of Saint René Goupil)

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Day 69: The Challenge of Trusting in God for the Church
published 6 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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“You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church, and the Gates of Hell will not prevail against it.” (Matthew: 16:16-19.)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: When I came into the Church at age 21 I was told, in answer to questions about evils of the past in the Church that when we say the creed we never say “I believe in Father X and Sister Y.” Just the same I understand how those who have been directly victimized in some scandalous episode can feel shaken in their faith. They may think, “If Father X who says the Mass daily, didn’t make it, why even try?” How sad. We don’t say we will abandon the Bill of Rights because, in betrayal of these rights, we once had slavery in our country and, now, abortion! Today, in the light of this day’s challenge, I lifted up to Jesus all the reasons people doubt the Church founded and graced by Him. Jesus seemed to tell me that instead of just feeling miserable, I need suffer for all betrayals within the Church with Him, in His Heart.

Your examples:

Prayer: St. Peter, you betrayed Jesus, but then repented in tears. Stop me from any final judgments on anyone in the Church today who has loved you but betrayed you. Intercede for me that when I betray the Lord in any way I may rush into His merciful heart. May all who feel tempted to leave the Church or who have already left the Church remain or come back to the sacraments where Jesus is pouring out His love.

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