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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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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Sought for by a Persistent God

Sought for by a Persistent God

 If I could give God another name, I’d call him Persistent. In 1976, I was thirteen years old. That year was outstanding not only for the celebration of the 200th birthday of the country, but also for the 41st International Eucharistic Congress which was held in Philadelphia. I remember travelling with my family before dawn from Washington DC to Philadelphia to celebrate one day of this amazing event. Renowned people, a future pope, and future saints were at the Congress—Ka...
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Alberione's Secret for Becoming a Great Saint Revealed!

Alberione's Secret for Becoming a Great Saint Revealed!

Okay. That’s one of those titles you see in Google Ads whose purpose is to gain click-throughs (and money). Usually you’re disappointed with the “revelation.” But in this case, it is true. Blessed James Alberione did, in fact, reveal his secret in 1919. First, let me tell you how it happened.Can you imagine someone coming up to you when you were fourteen or fifteen years old and telling you that you must become a saint? And not just any saint…but a great saint...
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Piety Doesn’t Always Start on One’s Knees

Piety Doesn’t Always Start on One’s Knees

Every religious institute has a “take” on prayer, apostolate, vows, community and so on. As Paulines we call it having the Pauline “color.” Our Founder urged us always to take on this Pauline mentality and mode of living, praying, and working. It is clear then, that when you put a Benedictine next to a Carmelite you see clear distinctions between them, although they both love prayer, carry out a mission, take vows and live in community. A Franciscan doesn’t quite lo...
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How Can We Together Conquer Evil with Good?

How Can We Together Conquer Evil with Good?

On important feasts of the Church or the congregation, our Mother General Sr. Anna Maria Parenzan writes a letter to all the sisters and I wanted to share this one with you all. This letter was written for the feast of St. Bernard August 20th, which is the Anniversary of the Foundation of the Pauline Family. It was on this day that the Society of St. Paul was founded (priests and brothers), with the Daughters of St. Paul being founded a year later in 1915. The other institutes of the Pauline Fam...
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Discover a Pauline Way to Find Hope in the News

Discover a Pauline Way to Find Hope in the News

I was always impressed as a young sister that Blessed James Alberione was a great student of history. If I remember correctly, as a seminary professor he set himself to the task of reading a 20 volume history of the world. Even as a founder of a religious congregation the time he spent reading the newspaper was sacred.Lately I have become a fan of Flipboard, an app that collates articles by topic, source, or author through social sharing. As a user you have a fantastically rich and organized col...
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Pokemon Go a Spiritual Teacher?

Pokemon Go a Spiritual Teacher?

With all this excitement about Pokémon Go, I decided I had to investigate myself. The novices had already done “due diligence” and checked out our retreat house where they are cooking this week to see if there were any wild Pokémon there. The Blessed Mother statue in the front of the retreat house is a Poké Stop. My first thought was to check out our Motherhouse grounds to see if we should be expecting extra visitors playing Pokémon Go, hold...
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