Archive by author: Sr. Kathryn James Hermes, FSPReturn

Sr. Kathryn James has had the joy of being involved in many aspects of the Pauline mission. Her favorite place to share the Gospel with the world is behind a computer and on her knees in the chapel. Her favorite quote from the founder is: "It's all about souls."

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What is impossible for us is possible for God

What is impossible for us is possible for God

Look around you. Do you see Spirit-filled Christians? Do you see Catholics on fire for the Gospel? Men and women totally surrendered to God and living lives marked by the beatitudes: Blessed the poor in spirit, the meek, the pure of heart?  The event of Pentecost as recounted in the Acts of the Apostles gives us a clear indication of why we don’t see the Spirit transforming the earth.  The descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles was part of a long process of transformation for...
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Easter Teaches Us Not to Fear Our Sorrow and Weakness

Easter Teaches Us Not to Fear Our Sorrow and Weakness

As I was living the sacred days of the Paschal Triduum this year, I have been thinking of how overwhelmed people are feeling these days. It seems as if we have been brought to the edge: as a country, as a Church, and even the burning of Notre-Dame de Paris and the bombings in Sri Lanka have been as a kick in the gut.Though we prefer to meditate on Jesus as the kind and gentle Shepherd, the merciful Savior, the consoling Master, Jesus actually brought his disciples into a state of “ove...
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Anna’s Lesson: Fulfill Your Prophetic Vocation Today

Anna’s Lesson: Fulfill Your Prophetic Vocation Today

Have you noticed as the years pass that you identify with different persons in the Gospel than you may have connected with in earlier years? This year, as we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, along with World Day of Consecrated Life (February 2), I find myself feeling surprisingly close to Anna, the woman who, having remained a widow since her youth, "never left the Temple, but worshipped night and day with fasting and prayer" (2:37). She was a woman consecrated to G...
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Are You Enough? Two Saints, One Answer

Are You Enough? Two Saints, One Answer

Do you ever wonder if you are good enough? Good enough to get a promotion? Good enough for your children? Good enough for God?Fear over not being enough is something most of us have felt at least once. We need to prove ourselves to others in every aspect of our life. To sell ourselves. To brand ourselves. To convince others we are good enough for this award, this promotion, this opportunity.The advertising industry makes us worry our bodies aren’t beautiful enough, healthy enough, powerful...
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May it be Jesus who lives in me

May it be Jesus who lives in me

A. Deep. Breath. That was what I needed first to break the power of the day's lingering memories. Another breath and another...I imagined the tension and worry flowing out from my fingers and my toes until I relaxed enough to bring my day to the only One who could show me the way through the struggles to the radiance of surrender. I showed it  all to him and then listened.Like the people who met Jesus in the Gospels. They showed him their leprosy, their fears, their sins, their doubts.....
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Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows: a Prayer

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows: a Prayer

 September 15 is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This woman and mother who was greeted by the Angel Gabriel as “full of grace,” is also the woman and mother who is full of sorrow. At weddings and religious professions and ordinations, I rejoice with the young people beginning their lives with such joy, knowing that one day they will also drink their chalice of sorrow.Life is beautiful that way. It doesn’t allow us to run through the years of our life getting everything w...
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A Week of Anniversaries

A Week of Anniversaries

July and August 1914 were pivotal months for the beginning of what would become the Pauline Family. James Alberione, the thirty-year-old diocesan priest of the Diocese of Alba, made concrete steps toward the plan that he had conceived fourteen years earlier in his prayer during the night between the centuries. As the twentieth century opened he daily studied the society in which he and his followers would work, a society influenced by the spread of masonry, marxist socialism, and moder...
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