An Abundance of Prayers for Jennifer Fulwiler

01/03/2013 Comments (102)


Yesterday, Jennifer was admitted to the hospital for pulmonary embolisms in both of her lungs. Because of her pregnancy, they are holding off on surgery, but watching her very closely. Her unborn son is doing well. But please keep an abundance of prayers coming for her healing, the safety of her child and peace for her husband and children. We’ll keep you updated.  And, obviously for now, she won’t be blogging.

In a blog post this morning, Simcha Fischer asked for the intercession of St. Michael the Archangel for Jenn, as the great protector is Jennifer’s patron saint for 2013. Let’s join in that prayer. 

St. Michael the Archangel, defend the Fulwilers in battle!


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I love New Year's resolutions. I relish putting together long lists of ambitious goals every December 31st, and waking up on January 1, ready for my new, perfect, problem-free life! Needless to say, I never have quite found the resolution list that actually accomplishes all of that; in fact, I usually end up forgetting half of my New Year's goals, and only partially hitting the others.

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12/17/2012 Comments (11)

Yesterday was one of those days when it's hard to pray. I was fighting a mild case of food poisoning, exhausted from pregnancy, and the house was a mess. Our Advent calendar and wreath were buried under mountains of clutter that seemed to have appeared out of nowhere. And, of course, there was the horrific news out of Connecticut, so crushing that I fell into a sort of mental and spiritual paralysis any time it came to mind.

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12/05/2012 Comments (14)

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About Jennifer Fulwiler

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Jennifer Fulwiler is a writer and speaker who converted to Catholicism after a life of atheism. She's a contributor to the books The Church and New Media and Atheist to Catholic: 11 Stories of Conversion, and is writing a book based on her personal blog, She and her husband live in Austin, TX with their five young children, and were featured in the nationally televised reality show Minor Revisions. You can follow her on Twitter at @conversiondiary.