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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 70: The Challenge of a Whole Day of Trusting in God
published 7 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 you who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: This day I came to see how anxiety and impatience are related. I went to a meeting hoping that someone would implement a plan of mine. Because I was so impatient to succeed I was especially anxious that I would fail. In my head, if not my actions, I was thinking as if I was the heroine of the drama of life, so that all must revolve around me. I realized how this example fit into how if we try to control things that we can’t control, we lose the serenity that comes from truth in God. In fact, within that same 24 hours someone from that meeting bumped into me in another context and was thrilled to figure out how to work with me. I had already given up out of impatience! After that, I prayed “Jesus, I trust in you over and over.” I also thought about not giving so much importance to outcomes of relatively minor matters. I recalled the charismatic adage “Walk out the door that is closing and walk in the door that is opening.”

Your examples:

Prayer: I renounce the spirit of anxiety and lay it at Your feet, dear Jesus, to take away and never to return. Jesus, I trust not in me or circumstances or other people, but in You with abandonment to Your permissive will.

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