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?

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[…]