I Will Not Be Silent {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.

The One Thing {5-Minute Reflection}

You can listen by clicking the arrow below or subscribe to “The Water Jar” podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher. If you’d rather read the reflection, keep scrolling for the full transcript. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with a friend who told me about an initiative she competed last year called Plan Your Read more about The One Thing {5-Minute Reflection}[…]

Let us be Baptized in the Holy Spirit {5-Minute Reflection}

(Please excuse the erroneous email delivered on Thursday. This one is the real deal!)

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. 

Epiphany, Irish “Women’s Christmas,” and Spiritual Friendships

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.

Love Never Fails: A Christmas Version

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.

Rejoice, Again I Say ReJ-O-Yce!

How joyful are you right now? Are your lips saying Jesus is the reason for the season but your body is communicating something entirely different? Take heart, O weary soul, this five-minute reflection is for you.

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Podcast 11: The Dignity of Work, Eye Contact, Music and the Liturgy, an October Playlist, and a Surprise Ending!

Tune in for your monthly dose of faith, friendship, and fun as Heidi Lepper Barrett, Rachel Brown, Emily Schmid, and Molly Myers all join Lisa Schmidt on Episode 11. Heidi ponders the spiritual importance of eye contact, and Emily shares how music can assist us in experiencing liturgy more fully. Rachel stops by with her pithy Drop by Drop wisdom, and Molly shares an October music playlist to accompany our fall days. Finally, Emily has a very special surprise for us. Tune in and hear the *world debut* of her original song Pour On Us based on the woman at the well (John 4:4-42)! 

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[…]