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Devotions and Spirituality Collection (4 vols.)

by Hermes, Kathryn J., Bransfield, J. Brian, Sofie, J. Francis, Jr.

Pauline Books & Media 2009–2012

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Devotions and Spirituality Collection (4 vols.)
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Overview

Walk with Christ and follow his ways with the Devotions and Spirituality Collection. These four volumes provide daily devotional readings, give advice on prayer, and explore Christ’s teachings in the beatitudes and his call to follow him to Calvary.

Cherished by the Lord is a reassuring book when trouble is near, providing 100 different encouraging meditations and stories. Go further in your journey with Christ as you learn to live out his beatitudes with Living the Beatitudes. Follow Jesus’ path up Calvary Hill as you read Walk with Me the Way of the Cross. And add contemplative prayer to your devotional as, in Beginning Contemplative Prayer, you discover the prayer practices of such spiritual giants as Teresa of Ávila, Brother Lawrence, and John of the Cross.

Whether you’re a religious leader or a layperson, this collection will enhance and expand your daily journey with Christ. All Scripture passages link to your favorite Bible translation in your library, and you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference.

Key Features

  • Provides spiritual tools for growing deeper with God
  • Gives a variety of responses to Jesus’ invitation to Christian life
  • Helps Christians in all walks build their prayer life

Individual Titles

Beginning Contemplative Prayer: Out of Chaos into Quiet

  • Author: Kathryn J. Hermes
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 169

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Many of us have a desire to pray more deeply, but feel that the profound prayer of contemplation is beyond our possibilities and capabilities. Sister Kathryn Hermes wants you to believe your heart when it asks for this deeper, more profound experience of prayer.

In this practical guide, bestselling author Kathryn J. Hermes, FSP, demonstrates how to begin a life of contemplative prayer. You don’t have to be a mystic to learn this type of prayer, just a person who is seeking a deeper communion with God. Sister Kathryn has helped thousands of people through difficult times. Now let her guide you in this timeless form of meditative prayer.

Beginning Contemplative Prayer is a practical guide to contemplation. It invites the reader to “try on” various prayer practices, exploring the methods of Brother Lawrence, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Ignatius of Loyola, Julian of Norwich, and others.

Prayer exercises are offered throughout, and individual and group prayer guides are also included.

[Beginning Contemplative Prayer] offers suggestions about how to deal with distractions, confusion, fear, and other emotions that may surface. She also encourages the reader to learn from the experiences of the mystics how to live fully and consciously the present moment, for it is in the NOW that God is found. To all who are perhaps intimidated by this venture, she offers the reassurance that God is a gentle and loving God who desires only our good, and who calls us into deeper and deeper intimacy.

—Helene Cote, spiritual and retreat director, Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, Biddeford, Maine

[Hermes’] tone throughout is warm and encouraging; her content is solidly rooted in the Catholic spiritual tradition. Readers will discover that beginning contemplative prayer is indeed possible. I warmly recommend this book.

—Timothy Gallagher, author, Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignatian Guide to Prayer with Scripture

A very helpful introduction to prayer—practical, down-to-earth and enlightening. . . . [It] takes the reader on a tour of some of the great teachers of prayer in the Christian tradition and helps to make their teachings concrete and applicable to daily life in our world. She provides exercises in every chapter and a study guide that will help readers to help one another. I recommend the book highly.

—William A. Barry, author, Finding God in All Things

Kathryn J. Hermes is a member of the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Paul. She works in the acquisitions office for Pauline Books & Media Centers, and is the author of numerous bestselling Pauline Books & Media titles. She has an MTS from Weston Jesuit School of Theology.

Cherished by the Lord: 100 Meditations

  • Author: Kathryn J. Hermes
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 221

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Immerse yourself in a relationship with God through the Scriptures. In the meditations of Cherished by the Lord: 100 Meditations, meet Jesus as you are right now, with whatever concerns you. Let him show you his love—let him reveal his longing for intimacy with you and his desire to cherish you forever.

Whether you are struggling with a failed relationship, lacking job prospects, suffering from an illness, finding yourself consumed by prejudice and insecurity, or simply wanting to deepen your relationship with God, this series of condensed meditations on a variety of biblical passages allows for insightful thought and spiritual growth.

Each meditation in this inspiring book includes a Scripture passage, a reflection, and a prayer, to meet the opportunities, challenges, and sufferings of each day with a greater trust in God’s presence and action.

Kathryn J. Hermes is a member of the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Paul. She works in the acquisitions office for Pauline Books & Media Centers, and is the author of numerous bestselling Pauline Books & Media titles. She has an MTS from Weston Jesuit School of Theology.

Living the Beatitudes: A Journey to Life in Christ

  • Author: J. Brian Bransfield
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 245

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Rediscover the beauty of the Beatitudes and encounter Christ in a new way. In the Beatitudes, Jesus describes how we can live as his followers and enjoy God's blessings in this life and in the next. In Living the Beatitudes, Bransfield breaks open the richness of the Beatitudes and gently guides us into the journey of growing into the person God called us to be. He explains the admirable qualities that we see in Jesus and desire for ourselves: gentleness, fidelity, purity of heart, mercy, poverty of spirit, justice, peace, and perseverance in time of persecution.

Bransfield opens up for us the Lord’s invitation to an intimate, eternal relationship, and the reader will find in these pages a gentle but sure guide for responding to that invitation.

—Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle

To read Living the Beatitudes: A Journey to Life in Christ is to set out on a journey which holds the promise of an encounter with the Lord, Jesus Christ. To take up this book is to be given a map which leads to the discovery of the mystery of oneself.

—Agnes Donovan, SV, superior general, Sisters of Life, Yonkers, NY

J. Brian Bransfield is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He currently serves as the Associate General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Fr. Bransfield received his doctorate in moral theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Prior to his current appointment, he served as professor of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He is the author of the bestselling book The Human Person: According to John Paul II.

Walk with Me the Way of the Cross

  • Author: J. Francis Sofie, Jr.
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 32

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Walk with Me the Way of the Cross includes the Stations of the Cross in a traditional format, with the addition of Jesus and/or God the Father speaking directly to the reader. This personal approach provides for a more personalized spiritual experience of praying the stations. Breathe new life into this timeless devotional practice!

John Francis Sofie, Jr. is a priest in Auburn, Alabama.

Product Details

  • Title: Devotions and Spirituality Collection
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 667