Lent Week 5: Peace and Perfectionism

Finding peace when struggling to make decisions, embracing our nothingness, seeking joy in the “hidden years,” and the connection between gratitude and peace. All that and more as we continue The Well’s Lenten series on Searching for and Maintaining Peace.

Lent Week 4: This One’s For Those Who Don’t Like the “Little Pink Book”

If you’re struggling with the “little pink book,” the gals recorded this episode for you. Also, we cover a peaceful March Madness tournament, the link between making a good confession and maintaining peace, how our expectations can often rob us of experiencing peace, and praying with the Litany of Humility.

We are reading and discussing chapters 11-15, pages 50-69 on this episode. And please note, even if you aren’t reading the book with us, please know there are plenty of nuggets that stand on their own and applicable to all. And if you are reading the book but doing so at a different pace, these Lenten episodes will not expire and will remain available on our podcast feed when you are ready to listen or re-listen.

Wherever you are in your journey, please come, join, and follow along.

Protecting Life in Every Age and Stage, Part 3

New blog post at The Well: Cindy Clefisch shares Part 3 in her series Protecting Life in Every Age and Stage.

“There have been many times I’ve been glad that our Catholic faith includes so many visual images. We see Christ in his suffering on the cross, Mary as she is assumed into Heaven, the saints and their sacrifice, even how God is like a shepherd and we are his flock of sheep. What is a life worth? How does one decide that? I literally looked at the crucifix. There Jesus was giving everything He had the power to give for our salvation. One life. HIS life. His sacrifice. And that’s when I had this realization. What kind of sacrifice is my son’s life worth? EVERYTHING!”

Searching for and Maintaining Peace, Lent Week 3: Abandon yourself anyway!

Tons of wisdom from the podcast team in this episode covering chapters 5-10 in Searching for and Maintaining Peace. The ladies share on a variety of topics from opening “dirty laundry rooms” for Jesus, allowing the Good Shepherd to lead us to restful waters, how to journey with loved ones who are suffering, and rendering our hearts at the foot of the cross. Come, listen and join in the conversation by sharing your takeaways.

I’m Enough

The woman at the well Gospel reading is recommended on the third Sunday of Lent each year when celebrating the Scrutinies of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Scrutinies are special rites celebrated on the middle three Sundays of Lent at liturgies where the Elect, those preparing for Baptism, are present. The Church calls us all to examine (scrutinize) the areas of our lives where we are tempted, or seriously sin – in what we do and what we fail to do. Inspired by the woman at the well, now is a prime time to reflect on the “noonday wells” in our lives. Can you imagine Jesus meeting you there? Emily Schmid does just that in the reflection and original song shared in this blogpost.

Wellie NCAA Bracket Challenge

Come join the fun! Our now annual Wellie NCAA Tournament Challenge Bracket is ready for you to join. Pick by mascot, pick by school colors, pick the higher seed. You can even have ESPN autofill your bracket. Have no fear; stats shows those who don’t know much about basketball tend to perform better in their picks than the national sports talking heads. We got this, friends!

On Thorns and Crowns

“Our suffering is not unknown but precious to the one who would unite it to His own, if we would only take it willingly from his hand. Then we could wear this suffering as a crown, and carry it for the Lord all that kingly way to Calvary.” Mary Conway shares a most thought-provoking post today at the blog. What is your thorn – that thing that just won’t give no matter how many things you try? And what is the Lord asking you to do with this thorn? Read on.

Searching for and Maintaining Peace – Week 2: Delicacies of Love, Regaining Confidence in God

The Well is reading, reflecting on, and discussing the book Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Fr. Jacques Philippe throughout the 2019 Lenten season. Come, join and follow along with The Well this Lent. More information about the study can be found here: http://www.thewelldesmoines.com/2019-lent-at-the-well/2019-lenten-book-study/

In this second week of Lent, we are reading and discussing pages 23-36 covering chapters 1-4. Humans have lost confidence in God, trying to find happiness on our own and consequently becoming unhappy in the process. We must regain our lost confidence by believing in Divine Providence. In his book, Fr. Jacques brings to light two principal obstacles preventing us from regaining confidence. The podcast team discusses these two obstacles in this episode.