I Need Your Advice (please!)

I Need Your Advice (please!)

So, a lot of you have gotten to know me over the years through articles of spirituality and inspiration, and thoughtful advice for living with faith in today’s world.

This short article is a bit different.

I want to pull back the curtain a little and share something more personal. Here goes.

These past few years I’ve been struggling through some midlife self-doubt and life reflection. It has been painful, as it is I’m sure in some way for everyone. The challenges that usher us into the second half of life are never easy.

It isn’t easy to talk about it, because crises are always personal, deeply personal at times.

But for those of you who know me from the books I’ve written, reflecting on what God is doing in my life and sharing it with others has been a very meaningful part of my vocation as a Daughter of St. Paul.

Last year I wrote an article, “Devotion to the Sacred Heart over 50.” I was surprised by the number of you who read that article. I felt that somehow it resonated with you also, as it had for me.

I’ve thought about this for a long time and I think now is the time to do something about it.

Through these past years I’ve developed my ministry of writing in the area of personal growth and spiritual development to include an online one-on-one program called HeartWork. It was clear to me that when people receive that direct accompaniment combined with a deeper immersion in faith and spirituality, miracles happen in their hearts.

But I want to do more, now, around the whole area of midlife, breaking it open in the spirit of Jesus’ own Sacred Heart, the source of strength when our hearts are broken.

And this is where you come in.

I’m really interested to know what would be most helpful to YOU for me to provide.

This is just a small request for help. These three questions will take just a few minutes to respond to, and will help me to provide material for YOU that really responds to your challenges and desires.

I’d like to offer some free midlife support items from a spiritual perspective throughout the coming months. So if you’d like to be a part of the special list that receives these free support items, I invite you to fill out the Midlife Support Survey below.

Click here to tell me what would help you the most.

That’s it for now. I’m off to help prepare for the celebration next Saturday. We have 10 sisters celebrating a almost 500 years of religious consecration and mission in the Lord’s vineyard. As summer gets underway in earnest, may you have blessed leisure time with those you love, and a renewal of mind and spirit.

In the Lord’s love,

Sr. Kathryn J. Hermes, FSP






  • I am sure this will open doors of deliverance - healing for many of us in our daily lives in search of meaning to our faith and struggle to be better human person. It will be nice if such articles can give room for people's feedback and concerns in order for you to learn and provide medium of counselling for us who reads the articles. Thanks Sr.
    6/28/2016 2:52:12 PM Reply
  • Hi Sr Kathryn. Thanks for keeping me in mind. The last time you and SrJean (I believe) prayed to St Joseph for me a true miracle helped me. Sadly I'm a young looking 54 yr old man that seems to be unhireable even to sit at a desk. Due to a 3 year illness which is healing I have lost everything. And I mean a place to live. If you can Please ask StJoseph to intervene and save me. As for you Sr. Kathryn, you have always listened and cared more than any other priest, therapist or church member combined. When I contact you I truly feel at ease. You are truly connected to God and I try to follow your example of believing daily. Thank you Sr. Kathryn. Peter Zinko
    6/27/2016 3:23:43 PM Reply
    • @Peter Zinko: Hello Peter, It is so great to hear from you. I wondered where you were, although I know you are in God's hand. I truly admire your faith to pursue what may be your mission in life: to live the beatitude of the poor in spirit. I hope that you do find that something that will give you more support and stability, and in all things have a gentle trust. In prayer, Sr, Kathryn
      7/16/2016 1:09:38 PM Reply
  • I've read this email several times and still haven't a clue what you're asking. It's extremely vague and general
    6/26/2016 4:40:18 PM Reply
  • Dear Sister Katheryn I am a grandmother and want to share Jesus with my grandchildren with the time that I have left to serve Our Lord and to make my time count each and every day. There are many obstacles in the way sometimes such as unbelief in the family - children who have fallen away from the Church - etc. I would like to have more guidance from the Holy Spirit about how to be a better listener and to hear His still small voice before a situation develops within our family from time to time. Thank you so much for the previous article. It meant so much to me. I loved you comment about seeing God's face and the gaze of Jesus. It is totally true. God Bless you. Thank you for your ministry. Joann
    6/26/2016 12:48:22 PM Reply
  • Dear Sr. Katherine, I had stage II breast cancer and clinical trial chemo that really debilitated me when I was mid-life. Dealing with sickness, disfigurement and being left with little stamina to get through the weeks and months that followed was very difficult. My faith brought me through that time as well as the many prayers received from my family and friends. In spite of the illness, I never forget that i was a wife and mother. My granddaughters were born during that time. They kept me looking forward to the future in hope. I look back on my life and wish I had not gotten cancer, but all has worked out well for me and my family. Life goes on. . Praise Jesus, Way, Truth and Life!
    6/25/2016 11:56:58 PM Reply
  • I so agree with all of Maureen's comments regarding losses and overwhelmed by rapid acceleration of modern life.
    6/25/2016 9:19:06 PM Reply
  • Dear Sr. Kathryn: Thank you for your gift of openness and vulnerability. Waves of loss and grief have been predominating my central consciousness these past two years.. Loss in all forms: death of loved ones , loss of youthful ideals /dreams loss of vitality and health , loss of social connections and the grief of rapid acceleration of modern life and not feeling adequate to task.. I feel the need to connect with midlifers who have navigated these choppy waters and have some wisdom to share.
    6/25/2016 4:17:19 PM Reply
  • Dear Sister Kathryn,As I Am A Newcommer To Your Site,I May Be Requesting Programmes You Have Already Covered Either On Site Or In Your Writings But I Would Love To Undertake Courses With You Dealing In Theological And Philosophical Teaching A Deeper Understanding Of My Faith.I Am An Old Man And In Recent Times Have Developed A Terrible Hunger To Learn More Before I Die,I Want To Teach And Pass On What I Know To My Grandchildren So That They Can Live Their Lives In Faith When I Am Gone.You Dear Sister Asked For Suggestions And This Is Mine,With Love In The Hearts Of Jesus And Mary!!!
    6/25/2016 3:13:03 PM Reply
  • if you had forgotten your enermies suffering you done some years. you have reoncile and have peace before your departure into heaven's gate. make peace and journey along together. 25/06/2016
    6/25/2016 6:37:47 AM Reply
  • Dear St. James, all we need is Jesus. Bring us to the feet of our Savior so we too can wash His feet with our tears. Tears of gratitude and thankfulness. +JMJ
    6/25/2016 3:39:35 AM Reply
  • Anything you write is very inspiring and helpful I am in my 70'sso any words will help
    6/24/2016 11:33:42 PM Reply

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