Given we re-enter Ordinary Time tomorrow, Monday, January 14, I guess I haven’t quite missed the boat on sending you Christmas greetings from Das Schmidt Haus. So let’s get it all out in the open now. Merry Christmas, Happy 2019, a blessed Epiphany, and a spirited Baptism of the Lord to you! I pray your … [Read more…]
Do you have a favorite place where your heart just sings while there? I have a couple — Napa Valley, California and Conception Abbey in Missouri. A strange combination, yes. But oh, how I love both! Joel and I recently participated in a spiritual retreat for deacons and their wives at one of those locations … [Read more…]
In Sonja Corbitt’s fantastic book Fearless: Conquer Your Demons and Love with Abandon (go get it!) she writes, “I’m no prophet but I have learned through discerning patterns that, when I see or hear something two or more times, I can be sure God is at work somehow. I know to pay attention to what happens next … [Read more…]
It’s been almost two years since Joel or I have shared any new content on this site. Wow, two years? I really didn’t think it had been that long. It’s not like we set about to intentionally take a break. It just organically happened. In hindsight, necessarily happened. As Jesus says in the Gospel of Mark 6:31: Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.
My smile is presently bigger as October ushers in many events and celebrations that simply make me happy. But it’s also a bittersweet time of year for me given my father suddenly passed away on September 30, 2009. I now am annually flooded with memories of that fateful day just about the same time the … [Read more…]