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Finding God in our lives
is quite simple.
We just have to take
the time to look.

Rising to New Life

I remember standing at the door with my infant daughter as my mother, who had been with me for a week, left to return home. My husband was back at work, and everyone was returning to their normal lives and mine was anything but. I had never been a mother before, and there were no manuals, Instagram feeds, or blog posts to follow. Even if there had been, I’m sure I would never have felt like I could measure up. I had no idea how I was supposed to handle this new life I held in my arms nor what my own life would look like either. I started slowly, carefully, and I gradually realized that I was more capable than I thought. I could take care of her basic needs, enjoy my time with her, and this n

How do we become an Easter people?

At the beginning of Lent, I asked you what your Lenten practices were preparing you for. We have made it through the Last Supper, Jesus’ crucifixion, and the Resurrection of Easter, and today we arrive on Easter Monday. The tomb is empty, the price of sin has been paid, death has been overcome, and Jesus has risen to new life. Have we? I had a couple Lenten practices that went out the window in the first two days of Lent. I was really trying and utterly failing. Something got in the way of my practice every day for three weeks. God was making it clear that He had other plans for me. I had other things to work on. “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.” (Jer 29:11) This Lent I learn

True story

Now, if you were telling the story of your involvement in a major event, you might tell your friends about the things you did wrong or the ways that you misinterpreted what was going on, but you would never share that part of the story as a part of your sales pitch to the rest of the world. However, we often see the disciples of Jesus in an unflattering light. This most significant of moments is no exception. Surprisingly, [on the day of the Resurrection] Mary Magdala is the first one to the tomb, not one of the Apostles. Not only that, she’s a woman who used to have seven demons – not quite the highest level of society in this one. Then, [in John 20:1-9] they admit that Mary of Magdala has

We wait in joyful anticipation...

When I was a child, one of the best parts of Christmas was going to sleep on Christmas Eve. The anticipation of Santa’s arrival was almost more than I could bear. I just knew that in the morning, there would be cookie crumbs on the plate, a half-drunk glass of milk, and presents spilling out from under the tree for my three siblings and me. The waiting was hard, but it was worth it. I would struggle through the excitement to go to sleep because if I didn’t sleep, Santa couldn’t come. As an adult, Holy Saturday holds a similar appeal for me. As we begin in darkness and sorrow, I know that a glorious moment is coming soon. When I have been able to place myself fully in the celebrations of the

Good Friday - Who's running the show?

[As we read the story of Good Friday in John 18:1-19-42], let me remind you that everything today seems to be backwards. Look for these moments and more as you read: Four hundred soldiers come to arrest one person, Jesus. Jesus is innocent of anything, by the way As they ask for Jesus, he answers, “I AM,” and they fall down in fear rather than Jesus being afraid of them. The high priests bring Jesus to Pontius Pilate and say that He needs to be crucified because He is a criminal even though the charges they bring are false. Who are the ones doing the wrong thing here? Pilate tells the crowd that Jesus is innocent, and they react by demanding His crucifixion. Pilate tells Jesus that he is in

Come to the garden with me

Every year [on Holy Thursday], my family and I enter [adoration] and pray for a while after the main service has ended. Sitting with Jesus in His agony is a powerful and emotional moment for all of us. However, this year for the first time, I came back at the end to spend time with Jesus before He left the garden. It is a very different moment from the beginning. At the beginning, Jesus is begging God to take this cup of suffering away. There is fear, sadness, and loss filling the moment. He asks three times, “Please take this cup away from me.” Three times, the answer is “No.” In the end, Jesus answers, “Thy will be done.” He knows that God’s will is for this sacrifice to be seen through to

Is Lent over? Can I drink my coffee again?

Holy Thursday has long been a day of debate in our family. Officially, Lent is over, and we move into what is called the Triduum. At issue is whether chocolate, coffee, Netflix, or whatever else has been given up for the last forty days is available for guilt-free consumption. Some say that Lent is over, so there is no more need to wait. Others in the family say that Lent may be over, but Easter hasn’t arrived, so the waiting should and must continue. Even the priests we ask to help us solve our dilemma step clear of the quagmire and tell us to follow our consciences. I’m sure there will be another round of accusatory glances this year as some in the family trot out their treats before the E

Get your copy now!

Holy Week has begun, and if you haven’t gotten it yet, download your copy of my Stations of the Cross reflections here. This is an eventful and emotional week as we journey with Jesus to the Cross and beyond. Easter is coming soon!

Holy Week begins on Sunday. Are you ready?

On a normal Sunday, my family and I arrive a few minutes (or sometimes a few seconds) early for Mass. As we sit in our seats, each one of us has our own way to prepare for Mass. Whether with a prayer, saying hello to friends around us, looking over the readings for the day, or looking at the song sheet to see if we recognize or like the music, we all get settled in so we can be present for the next hour or so. The music signals the beginning of the Mass, and we stand. As we arrive on Palm Sunday, however, it is clear that this Mass is different. Visually, the somber purple of Lent has been replaced with red. Red on the vestments of the priest, red in the flowers, and maybe even red draped on

Tune in today!

Don't forget to tune in to the Jennifer Fulwiler Show at 2PM Central Time on SiriusXM Channel 129. I'll be talking about my book, "Walking Through Holy Week," all things Lent, and just about anything else. You never know with Jen Fulwiler​!

Is God present in our darkest times?

In these two weeks, I will be highlighting some of my favorite reflections from the Stations of the Cross. Click here to receive the full download of my Stations of the Cross reflections as found in my book "Walking Through Holy Week." John 19:39-42 Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about one hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom. Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation

I'm on the air!

I am excited to share a few interviews with you this week. I'm featured on Dr. Paul's Family Talk on Impact Radio today through Friday (see below for schedule) and will be on the Jennifer Fulwiler show this Thursday at 2:00pm Central Time on Sirius XM, Channel 129. Listen in as I talk about Holy Week, faith, family, and ways the story of Jesus can change our lives. Dr. Paul's Family Talk: (click here to listen) Part 1: Monday - 10am, 4pm, 7pm, 10pm, Tuesday - 1am, 4am, 10am, 4pm, 7pm, 10pm, Wednesday - 1am, 4am, 12pm Part 2: Wednesday - 10am (live), 4pm, 7pm, 10pm, Thursday - 1am, 4am, 10am, 4pm, 7pm, 10pm Friday - 1am, 4am, 12pm All times listed are CDT

How do we go on?

In these two weeks, I will be highlighting some of my favorite reflections from the Stations of the Cross. Click here to receive the full download of my Stations of the Cross reflections as found in my book 'Walking Through Holy Week'. Psalm 37:23-24 The valiant one whose steps are guided by the LORD, who will delight in his way, May stumble, but he will never fall, for the LORD holds his hand. When Jesus falls this third time, He is probably within sight of the hill where He is to die. As Jesus continues to stumble with His cross, He knows what He has to do, and He is willing to do it, but He is weak and just can’t go one more step. Then He looks up at the people He loves, looks at the reas

Called to serve - are you willing?

In these two weeks, I will be highlighting some of my favorite reflections from the Stations of the Cross. Click here to receive the full download of my Stations of the Cross reflections as found in my book Walking Through Holy Week. Mark 15:21 They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. When we are given crosses to bear, they can be small or they can be quite large. It can be hard when we try to carry them on our own. In this station, we are given witness to the power of our community. This man Simon wasn’t some random stranger. In his Gospel, Mark tells his readers that this was Simon,

When your presence is present enough

For these two weeks, I will be highlighting some of my favorite reflections from the Stations of the Cross. Click here to receive the full download of my Stations of the Cross reflections as found in my book Walking Through Holy Week. John 19:25-27 Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. From the cross, Jesus exclaims, “My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?” I wonder as we come to the place

Ever wonder who is in control? This station makes it perfectly clear.

The next two weeks, I will be highlighting some of my favorite reflections from the Stations of the Cross. Click here to receive the full download of my Stations of the Cross reflections as found in my book Walking Through Holy Week. Matthew 27:22-26 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” But he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” They only shouted the louder, “Let him be crucified!” When Pilate saw that he was not succeeding at all, but that a riot was breaking out instead, he took water and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. Look to it yourselves.” And the whole peopl

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Karen May

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