Podcast 6: Keeping Our Prayer Habits Beyond Lent with guest Katie Patrizio

Katie Patrizio joins Lisa once again. Topics addressed in this episode: How to keep the prayer habits developed this Lent into the Easter season and beyond. Spiritual direction — what is it and do we need it? Strategies for navigating through times of spiritual desolation. Listen Tune in to The Water Jar by clicking the play arrow Read more about Podcast 6: Keeping Our Prayer Habits Beyond Lent with guest Katie Patrizio[…]

A Fiat at the Foot of the Cross

Our Holy Week reflection is courtesy Mary Conway. “Crucify him! Crucify him!” I hate these words. Every year as we stand and read the account of Christ’s Passion on Palm Sunday I choke on these words. I grow weary of repeating them. Just once I want to break free from the script and defend him Read more about A Fiat at the Foot of the Cross[…]

Podcast 4: On Cultivating Silence with guest Kara Storey

Our special guest on Podcast 4 is Kara Storey. In his book The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise by Robert Cardinal Sarah, he states that silence is the chief means that enables a spirit of prayer. “Developing a taste for prayer,” he confides, “is probably the first and foremost battle of our age.” In this digital age, if our interior Read more about Podcast 4: On Cultivating Silence with guest Kara Storey[…]

Embracing Martyrdom

Author’s Bio: Brooke Miller loves words. Right now, she is pondering this quote, “The fatherly and holy conversation between God and man … The child is invited to it; the mystic finds full outlet in it” (Pope Paul VI). She enjoys Saturday morning workouts with her husband Dane, playing football with her young boys, and Read more about Embracing Martyrdom[…]

Podcast 3: Hearing God’s Voice, Prayer Postures and “Counting” Mass

In Episode 3 of The Water Jar, Katie Patrizio joins Lisa Schmidt at The Well once again and they dip into the mailbag and answer questions from 1% Challenge™ participants. Tune in and hear the conversation around these questions: How do you know when God is speaking to you in prayer? What are some helpful Read more about Podcast 3: Hearing God’s Voice, Prayer Postures and “Counting” Mass[…]

Podcast 2: Week 2 of the 1% Challenge™ – Distractions!

In this episode of The Water Jar, Katie Patrizio joins us again as we chat about DISTRACTIONS. Do you find it hard to focus in prayer? Do you find the stuff of life, from the mundane to the monumental, keeps taking your focus away from Jesus? We discuss how to deal with different types of Read more about Podcast 2: Week 2 of the 1% Challenge™ – Distractions![…]

How Learning about Fleas Helped me Reflect on Sin

Editor’s Note: Another area of growth for The Well is our newly organized team of writers who will share monthly contributions here at the blog, providing encouragement and feminine companionship for the spiritual journey. Here’s Cindy’s Lenten reflection. Would this itching ever stop?!? My family loves fostering kittens, but #42 came with fleas and was happy Read more about How Learning about Fleas Helped me Reflect on Sin[…]

Podcast 1: Preparing for Lent and an Introduction to The 1% Challenge

In this episode of The Water Jar, Katie Patrizio joins us as we discuss preparing for Lent, specifically the Scriptural call to pray, fast, and give alms. We dig a bit deeper with prayer and introduce the 1% Challenge™ — a movement encouraging us to spend 1% of our day, or 15 minutes, in God’s presence. Read more about Podcast 1: Preparing for Lent and an Introduction to The 1% Challenge[…]

Take the 1% Challenge with The Well this Lent

Oh the things we can accomplish in fifteen minutes. Take a walk around the block. Boil water and cook noodles. Hit the snooze button and go back to sleep. Twice. Have a great phone conversation with a friend. Browse Twitter and Facebook feeds. Play CandyLand with an eager kid. Read a chapter of good fiction Read more about Take the 1% Challenge with The Well this Lent[…]

Praying with the Samaritan Woman During Lent

Image Credit: Vanderbilt University Library/Sam Chester If you would have asked me a few days ago, I would have told you, “I hate Lent. I dread it.” I have been practicing Lenten observances for a relatively short period of time. I’m a convert to Catholicism, and the other denominations I practiced never made a big deal Read more about Praying with the Samaritan Woman During Lent[…]