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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 72 The Challenge of Simplifying Possessions to Make More Room for Love
published 9 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 ]

“Is not this the fast that I choose…Is it not to share your bread with the hungry?” ( Isaiah 58:7)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: Since, as a dedicated widow living in my daughter’s house and at the seminary, all my possessions now fit in one room, this is not much of a challenge for me but, still….? I find it loving to give away some of the books I wrote when I give talks. I have to pay for those books minus a small discount. I spy the look on someone’s face who seems to wish she or he could buy the book but is hesitating probably because of the expense. And the joy when I just say, “if you want it, take it.” I got this from an experience many years ago. Sabina Wurmbrand was the wife of Richard Wurmbrand, the famous Lutheran prison of the Communists who got out and gave talks all over the world. This wife was handling the book table at a talk in a Church. I came up and was fingering the book she wrote about her life. She just looked at me and said, “take it!” I was shocked. It gave me the impetus to do the same. If you have lots more possessions than you need maybe you couldthink of the joy of those who buy at second hand shops when they get, say, someone’s second set of china for a pittance.

Your examples:

Prayer: Holy Spirit, thank you for showering ideas for books on me. Thank you for inspiring publishers to get them out there. May I never hold back on giving what was given free to me by You out of a desire for a few more dollars in my purse.

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