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[…]

Linger Here and Rest

“In union with the Sacrifice of the Mass and your own personal prayer, may you know more deeply that you amaze the God of the universe.” Lovely thoughts to ponder courtesy Brooke Miller in her latest contribution on The Well’s blog. “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed…” (Matthew 8:10). I read this phrase for Read more about Linger Here and Rest[…]

Breaking Through the Clouds

How did Destiny Welsh end up in a small chapel inside a home in the country of Iceland with six nuns and a priest? (Well, hello … her name is Destiny after all!) She gives us a front row seat into her latest adventure. Read on! I left my hostel at 7:15 AM even though Read more about Breaking Through the Clouds[…]

Be Joyful In Your Littleness

Our June blogpost comes from Julie Nelson. I have lived most of my life constantly striving for self-improvement. As I blew out the birthday candles marking my midlife, I hit a wall, straight on, head first, stop me in my tracks type of wall. I have always been a seeker, a learner. I would hunker Read more about Be Joyful In Your Littleness[…]

Uncovering a Legacy

Our May reflection is courtesy Bonnie Shaw. Sitting on the cork floor of the parish hall during EDGE youth group one Wednesday in March, Scott Froyen’s words during his saint presentation captured my attention. He was speaking of St. Katherine Drexel, a wealthy American heiress who dedicated herself to work among American Indians and African Read more about Uncovering a Legacy[…]

Mothers of Mary: A new group for mothers of children with special needs

Mothers of Mary is a new ministry for mothers of children with special needs. The group meets once a month for support, education, guidance, and fellowship. Mothers of Mary welcomes all mothers of children with special needs regardless of age, diagnosis, or disability. This Catholic, Christian ministry provides moms with an opportunity to socialize with others on this Read more about Mothers of Mary: A new group for mothers of children with special needs[…]

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[…]