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.

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.

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: 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.

Searching for and Maintaining Peace – Week 1: Goodwill, A Necessary Condition for Peace

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

We are reading, reflecting on, and discussing Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart by Fr. Jacques Philippe throughout the 2019 Lenten season.

On Saturday, March 2, nearly two hundred women attended Lent at The Well where our speakers all touched on the topic of peace. The talks from that gathering are posted below and can be listened to right from this page.

A study guide for the book can be downloaded here. It is published by RCSpirituality.org and is designed to assist both small book study groups and individuals.

The book is divided into a preface and three chapters. The study guide follows that structure, presenting material into four sessions. Please note: we’ve divided the material into even smaller segments to accommodate a six-week Lenten study.

Suggested reading schedule

  • March 6 – March 12: Read Preface and all of Part 1: Interior Peace, The Road to Saintliness, pages 3-20
  • March 13-19: Read Part 2 – Chapters 1-4, pages 23-36
  • March 20-26: Read Part 2 – Chapters 5-10, pages 37-50
  • March 27-April 2: Read Part 2 – Chapters 11-15, pages 50-69
  • April 3 – April 9: Read Part 2 – Chapters 16-18, pages 69-82
  • April 10 – April 16: Read Part 3: What the Saints Tell Us, pages 85-110


Weekly episodes of The Water Jar podcast will feature a team of women reflecting on the themes of the weekly readings. The first episode in this series will be released on Ash Wednesday, March 6, with a new episode to follow over the next six Wednesdays throughout Lent.

How to listen: You can subscribe to The Water Jar podcast via iTunes (for iPhone) and/or Stitcher (Android devices) available on your mobile device. Download the app and search for “The Water Jar.” If you’d rather follow along via an Internet browser, simply stop back here where we’ll post new episodes as they are released or visit and “like” our Facebook page where new content and audio will also be posted each Wednesday.

Week One: Goodwill, A Necessary Condition for Peace

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Week Two: Delicacies of Love, Regaining Confidence in God

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Week Three: Abandon yourself anyway!

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

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Week Five: Peace and Perfectionism 

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An Invitation

We are looking for stories and testimonies from your experience journeying with searching for and maintaining peace of heart. We invite you to share with us. Contact us via email at: [email protected], leave a private message below, or reach out to us on our Facebook page.

Save the date

In celebration of a fruitful Lenten season, make plans to join us for our first Encounter at The Well on Thursday, May 9 from 7:00-9:00 PM at St. Augustin Church in Des Moines. The evening will include Adoration, music, and witness. Details to come.

Talks from the 2019 Lent at The Well Gathering



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Lent at The Well: Tickets on sale Saturday, January 19

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Given the projected winter weather headed our way Friday night, Saturday morning will be a great time to stay in and purchase a ticket to our pre-Lenten gathering! Tickets are on sale beginning at 6:00AM. Details follow.

Tickets now on sale for our 2019 Lent at The Well gathering. Click here to be redirected to EventBrite where you can purchase the tickets. 

The Well 2019 Pre-Lenten Gathering

Theme: Searching for and Maintaining Peace

Saturday, March 2

8:00 AM – Noon

The day will begin with 8:00 AM Mass at St. Ambrose Cathedral celebrated by Fr. Andrew Windschitl, pastor from St. Mary-Holy Cross Parish, Elkhart. The Cathedral is located at 607 High Street, Des Moines – adjacent to the Pastoral Center. Immediately following Mass, we will walk across the street to the Pastoral Center, located at 601 Grand Avenue, Des MoinesDoors open at 8:30 AM with a hot breakfast and coffee/tea service catered by Palmer’s; pastries prepared by Katie Wallin. Emily Schmid will lead us in praise & worship music; Stacy Halbach will serve as our emcee. Sara Huegerich opens our discussion on “Searching for and Maintaining Peace” sharing a personal witness, and Katie Patrizio is our keynote speaker. The morning will also include time for fellowship, quiet prayer, and reflection.

Join The Wellie Volunteer Team:

If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please visit our Sign-Up Genius here.

Registration Process:

Tickets are on sale through EventBrite. There are two ticket categories. The $30 level includes Fr. Philippe’s book Searching for and Maintaining Peace at a reduced rate. Thank you, Divine Treasures, for providing the discount! The $25 level does not include the book.

Included with both levels:

  • Mass
  • Breakfast – coffee/tea service available all morning, pastries available until they’re gone
  • Praise & worship music
  • Inspirational, encouraging witnesses by local women
  • Nationally esteemed keynote speaker
  • Handcrafted take-home gift
  • Prayer and reflection time
  • Fellowship
  • And, of course, The Well likes to throw in some fun surprises!

***Guests must register by February 10, 2019 in order to receive a discounted book with registration fees. If you do not need or want to purchase the book, the registration deadline without the book is February 22, unless the event is already sold out.***

About the book …  It’s one of those highly recommended books all Christians ought to read and have in their home libraries. Thankfully, Divine Treasures is offering a discount to The Well. If you’re looking for something to journey with throughout Lent, we are here to spiritually walk with you. Searching for and Maintaining Peace is a short book (could probably fit in your back pocket), readable, and most appropriate for the Lenten season. Throughout the six weeks of Lent, weekly podcasts will be shared on The Water Jar Podcast featuring a team of local women offering insights and encouragement on the suggested weekly reading. A reading guide will be provided to all women who wish to join.

We look forward to spending time with you in faith, fellowship, and fun on Saturday, March 2!


Is there an age requirement?

Women of all ages are welcome. For moms wondering if teenage daughters can attend, we ask you to prayerfully make that decision. Please take a look at the agenda and discern if our theme and schedule might be beneficial to your daughter’s spiritual growth. Nursing babies under one are welcome.

Is this just for Des Moines women?

We’ve already heard of friends traveling from Nebraska. We also anticipate that the finest women in Des Moines will be there – a great chance to meet more women who see life the way you do!

Is this just for Catholic women?

Not at all! Any woman wishing to deepen her friendship with Jesus is welcome. We believe the theme of the morning is relevant for all women of faith. Actually, we would be tickled pink to see an ecumenical group of women gathered together at The Well on March 2.

How should we dress?

This event is business casual. You may want to bring a sweater to accommodate for fluctuating temperatures. 

What’s on the menu?

Palmer’s is catering an egg quiche along with fruit and beverage service. Katie Wallin is preparing an array of pastries. A gluten-free and vegetarian quiche will be available.

What should I bring?

Nothing is mandatory for you to bring. If you have a journal, feel free to bring it along. And maybe a friend, too!

What are my parking options?

The Diocese of Des Moines has provided parking information and a map. Click here to view and print.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope! We’ll be ready for you to simply share your name at the check-in table.

What’s the refund policy?

Tickets are non-refundable but absolutely transferable. If you’d like to transfer your ticket, email the name of the woman who is attending in your place to [email protected]. The Well cannot be responsible for the exchange of funds between individuals.

Can I volunteer at this event?

You bet! Please visit our Sign-Up Genius here. “The Wellies” welcome new energy into our team. This is a standing invitation.

How can I contact the organizer with questions?

Contact Lisa Schmidt at [email protected].

Save the Date! The Well (pre) Lenten Gathering

You are invited to save the date for Saturday, March 2 and join us as we spiritually prepare to enter into the Lenten season. Based on the work of Fr. Jacques Philippe, we will begin a conversation on how to achieve and maintain peace of heart, especially when we find ourselves confronted with circumstances provoking anxiety and restlessness.