Jennifer Fulwiler is a writer, a speaker, and the host of The Jennifer Fulwiler Show on SiriusXM channel 129. Her bestselling memoir,
than God, was a finalist in the “Best Memoir and Biography” category in the Goodreads Choice Awards, and her ebook collection of humor essays,
Like Living Among Scorpions was a #1 bestseller in its genre on Amazon. She’s been a guest on variety of national television shows, and was the subject of the reality show
Minor Revisions. She lives with her husband and six young children in Austin, Texas. You can connect with her at JenniferFulwiler.com.
“Be who you are and be that well"
Be who you are: Who are you? This is not something we discover on our own. Ultimately we discover it in prayer, with the God who created us and knows us better than we know ourselves (Psalm 139). We know who we are in the light of who God is and how he created us. We also discover who we are in relationships with others – as we interact, grow, encounter people who are “other” than us.
Be that well: The first part of this quote, “be who you are”, is not a call to mediocrity – “Well, this is just the way I am”, but to grow in virtue, allow the Lord to heal our wounds, to conquer our fears, to live in the freedom of a child of God. It is invitation to excellence – to growing, learning, forgiving, praying, working, and living deliberately. Not simply letting life happen to us, but in seeking to be the person God created us to be and to serve him in specific ways.
What keeps us from being authentic daughters of God? What holds us back from embracing who God made us to be? What misconceptions do we have as Catholics about what it means to be fully alive? How do we live out our womanhood as the person God created us to be? Does it look the same for everyone? How do we live it specifically in our circumstances – single, married, or religious – through our personality and through our experiences and gifts? How do we lead and serve as women?
Michael Gormley (aka “Gomer”) has been leading evangelization and ministry efforts for the past 10 years, both as a full time parish staff member and as a speaker and consultant for parishes, dioceses, and Catholic campus ministries. He is the Coordinator of
Evangelization at St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in The Woodlands. Michael is also the founder and creative director of LayEvangelist.com, the home of an ongoing Catholic young adult podcast Catching Foxes, which stands at the collision of Faith and Culture. Michael is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, and they have about 1,000 children and get about 3 hours of sleep a night.
What keeps us from being authentic Christian men? What holds us back from embracing who God made us to be? What misconceptions do we have as Catholics about what it means to be a “man of God”? How do we live out our masculinity as the person God created us to be? Does it look the same for everyone? How do we live it specifically in our circumstances – single, married, or religious – through our personality and through our experiences and gifts? How do we lead and serve as men?