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Blessing our enemies.... A Good Friday Reflection

Blessing our enemies.... A Good Friday Reflection

A Good Friday Reflection by Sr Kathryn J Hermes, FSPI haven't been writing throughout Lent because of the proliferation of excellent reflection material that is created across the internet during Lent. As we come close to Good Friday, however, I rediscovered this wonderful prayer by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich, a Serbian bishop in the last century who spoke out courageously against Nazism until he was arrested and taken to Dachau. It meant so much to me I thought to share it with y...
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How to Let Go of Thoughts that Create Tempests in Your Spirit

How to Let Go of Thoughts that Create Tempests in Your Spirit

A friend told me recently how many of her colleagues were feeling depressed lately. The 24/7 access to the news that is filling every channel from public news sites to facebook and twitter feeds was somehow robbing them of energy and life. It’s as if in some way the nation has been mysteriously and collectively taken up with a force of superficial, sensationalizing, passion-filled banality. And this in the midst of a most excruciatingly painful global human crisis and the heroic and inspir...
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In the storm, try never to swallow its waters

In the storm, try never to swallow its waters

Thoughts that pull me back to my heart:Since your condition obliges you to roll on the tempestuous sea of this world, try never to swallow its waters, but drink rather those of Divine grace, turning in all your needs with a loving, filial trust to the Source of Mercy. Love above all else, and fear to displease, the God of sovereign goodness who alone can make you happy both here and hereafter.Saint Jane Frances de Chantal
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Forces More Mighty Than We

Forces More Mighty Than We

In these final weeks before the election I thought I’d venture a reflection. My intent is not to offer a meditation on the presidential election itself, but to step back and cast the net wider. To ask the question, “What do we do when we feel that we have no control over the forces of history as they affect our own lives, our families, or even our country."This calls to mind a favorite image I once found on a Google search that shows St Joseph sleeping at night in the Egyptian d...
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The Blessing of Regrets

The Blessing of Regrets

As we navigate the choices and struggles of life, our relationships often provide grist for the mill as we contemplate how happy we are with the life that has been ours. Each of us has his own unique history, her own story; a life checkered with successes and failures, mistakes and sins, things we wish we could have said, would have said, or feel we should have said or done.It only becomes possible to think back with some regret when we've lived long enough to have had dreams that have come ...
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Devotion to the Sacred Heart after 50

Devotion to the Sacred Heart after 50

  Click here to access Devotion to the Sacred Heart After 50I'd love to know where you're from. If you'd like to share that, please comment below. And if you'd like to share something else, I'd love to know what most helps you in your journey through life. Know you're in my prayers and I count on yours.Sr. Kathryn
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Dallas, Nice, Turkey, Baton Rouge: How do we live with all this pain?

Dallas, Nice, Turkey, Baton Rouge: How do we live with all this pain?

It’s been a long day. You see, my brother is a police officer, and I have followed the shooting of the police officers in Baton Rouge this afternoon. I had a brief conversation with my brother on Facebook this afternoon and had a sense that what I am feeling, he is feeling, and maybe a lot of us are feeling. Numb. Bewildered. Tired. Afraid.As a world we’ve suffered a string of tragedies in the past month or so. I’m almost afraid to list them for fear of leaving something out, a...
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To Resist Evil...

To Resist Evil...

The terrible terrorist attack in Nice, France took place on Thursday evening. Just as it was getting underway I happened to be online. I watched and prayed and suffered as the number of those who had been killed grew, as well as those in critical condition.That very morning we had read at Mass this profound selection from Isaiah, and I'd like to share it with you. I highlighted in bold the two most important lines:The way of the just is smooth;the path of the just you make level.Yes, for you...
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The Secret of Midlife (Hint: It isn't

The Secret of Midlife (Hint: It isn't "crisis")

I have been amazed lately at the way life unfolds—so differently for each one of us, yet in some sense always the same. Stretched and blessed, we move from one experience to another becoming someone we never imagined possible. That doesn’t mean that we move from glory to glory, as I once thought life would be. We move through the darkened shades of life as well as the bright pastel colors of happiness, through mountains and through valleys, and each experience in some way deepens us ...
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“She’s talking to herself again…”

“She’s talking to herself again…”

I have two new companions for my journey, probably unknown to most: St. Ephrem the Syrian (well you might have heard of this one) and St. Theophan the Recluse (this unknown guide unexpectedly turned up on my Amazon suggestions and I took the plunge and ordered his book and am ever so glad I did). So today I’ll treat you to a few things my guides have taught me.I met St. Ephrem through the suggestion of a seminarian who was staffing the bookstore at the Hellenic College around the corner fr...
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