Rejoice, Again I Say ReJ-O-Yce!

How joyful are you right now? Are your lips saying Jesus is the reason for the season but your body is communicating something entirely different? Take heart, O weary soul, this five-minute reflection is for you.

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Podcast 12: Root and Bloom Forever and The Gift of Advent

This episode welcomes Joanne Kuster and Mary Shell, the mother daughter team who created the fabulous lifestyle blog RootandBloomForever.com. Joanne and Mary both live in the greater Des Moines area and aim to connect busy women with new ideas, amazing stories, and tips to make our lives intentional, meaningful and rewarding.

All Saints, All Souls, and Telling the Family Stories

“Do you have a favorite saint that few people have ever heard of? Perhaps a story of one of the famous ones most people wouldn’t know? I invite you to tell that story! Because when we know the stories of the Saints, the Litany transforms from a monotonous intonation of names into fond remembrance of friends.” Here is Mary Conway’s family story. What’s yours?

Podcast 11: The Dignity of Work, Eye Contact, Music and the Liturgy, an October Playlist, and a Surprise Ending!

Tune in for your monthly dose of faith, friendship, and fun as Heidi Lepper Barrett, Rachel Brown, Emily Schmid, and Molly Myers all join Lisa Schmidt on Episode 11. Heidi ponders the spiritual importance of eye contact, and Emily shares how music can assist us in experiencing liturgy more fully. Rachel stops by with her pithy Drop by Drop wisdom, and Molly shares an October music playlist to accompany our fall days. Finally, Emily has a very special surprise for us. Tune in and hear the *world debut* of her original song Pour On Us based on the woman at the well (John 4:4-42)! 

Episode 10: Our Response in the Face of a Troubled Church

We welcome a new voice to The Water Jar podcast. Sue Smith joins Lisa Schmidt on Episode 10 to discuss our response in the face of a troubled Church. Sue is wife to Patrick, mom to seven (their oldest son Nick is a seminarian for Diocese of Des Moines), and all are parishioners at St. Augustin in Read more about Episode 10: Our Response in the Face of a Troubled Church[…]