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

Fall in love for Lent this year

“I just want you to fall in love again.” This quote is from a print that I gave away as part of a Lenten package on Instagram, and I think it’s a great way to approach our Lenten practices this year. We can give up chocolate, coffee (your family asked me to tell you, “Please don’t!”), social media, our phones, or even warm showers (I'm not that strong.) The list is endless and each one is a worthy sacrifice. Or our sacrifice can be an empty practice of discipline that does nothing more than help us get rid of a habit we don't like. It's more about us than it is ever going to be about God. Our Lenten practices are most effective when we are purposeful in the point of what we do. When I fasted

Lent is coming! Are you ready?

What are you doing for Lent? Is it going to help you get ready for Easter? In my travels to the Holy Land, I realized in a new way that the story of salvation has many layers that build and support each other in incredible ways. The story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is compelling and meaningful in its own right. Old Testament stories and events bring a new level of meaning and depth the everything Jesus did and said. Standing where Jesus taught, was imprisoned, died, and rose again adds another layer of understanding. The story of Jesus is like a pool with varying depth – shallow enough to wade in and deep enough for an elephant to swim. How deep do you want to go? In my book Wal

Join me on the journey

Sharing my photos with my family from two weeks in Israel, I knew I had to fly through to keep their attention. I have hundreds of photos, but not even my family wants to go into my adventures in that level of detail. Today, I will spare you the hundreds and offer you a few photos and hopefully some insights that will help you to experience at least a little of the wonderful journey I made while I was there. After landing in Tel Aviv, we made a beeline for the Sea of Galilee and spent the first week on the shores of where Jesus grew up and taught on a daily basis. So many of the stories in the Bible are from this area at the top of the Sea. We walked in Capernaum, Nazareth, and in the countr

Coming down from the mountaintop

“It is good that we are here.” Standing on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, these words echoed in my heart much as they had been spoken by Peter after witnessing Jesus’ transfiguration on the mountaintop. “It is good that we are here.” It is good that I am here. Just as Peter witnessed Jesus in His glory speaking to Elijah and Moses, I was walking the ground where Jesus walked, witnessing the story on the ground level, and I was moved and amazed. I sat where Jesus preached about the Beatitudes, and where He fed the 5,000. I stood in the Garden of Gethsemane overlooking the Temple mount, thinking of how Jesus prayed with His destiny clearly in view. I sat on the Southern Steps of the Temple

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Karen May

Inspirational Catholic Writer and Speaker

based in Austin, Texas