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.
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: https://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.
The Well is reading, reflecting on, and discussing the book “Searching for and Maintaining Peace” by Fr. Jacques Philippe throughout the 2019 Lenten season. This first week of Lent, we are reading and discussing pages 3-20. The podcast team of Julie Nelson, Bonnie Shaw, Becca Bahl, Christine Hilbert, and Lisa Schmidt discuss the central themes of these pages during this episode. Tune in and join the discussion over at www.thewelldesmoines.com
Last week I used the well-known and often quoted “Parable of Tom Brady” to make a point about cultivating a healthy heart. No terrible parable this week; just some helpful thoughts on how to guard our hearts. 🙂
Jesus taught in parables. So let’s use a football analogy to make a spiritual point as we near Super Bowl Sunday. Your heart is a well; neglect the well and your heart will run dry. How do we, as King Solomon instructs in the Book of Proverbs, guard our hearts above all else? That’s the topic of this week’s 5-minute reflection.
“For Zion’s Sake I will not be silent. For Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet.” – Isaiah 62:1
The Gospel is to be proclaimed and celebrated. It will not always be accepted, but it must be told. The good news is the same breath that filled John the Baptist with the Holy Spirit in his mother’s womb, breathes in us, too.
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With the Baptism of the Lord this Sunday we will hear St. John the Baptist proclaim, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Baptism in the Spirit is one of the few themes written about in all four Gospels. But what does it mean to be baptized in the Holy Spirit? To get to the heart of that question, let’s pose a different question first. How is it possible for a person who has received the sacraments to not be living a dynamic life of faith? This 5-Minute Reflection explores both questions.
A lot of what we know about the wise men is from the gifts they brought. In this sense, the wise men’s story can be ours, too. One of the best gifts we can give, to not only Jesus but others, is the gift of our own heart. And when we think of giving hearts fully and freely, we can think of authentic spiritual friendships.
The holidays can create unique pressures on us. There are a dizzying array of demands and decisions to make: travel plans, family preparations, finances, shopping, cooking and cleaning to name just a few. It’s no wonder uninvited guests called stress and depression can find their way into our hearts and homes during the holidays. Today’s five-minute reflection gets to the heart of it all.