Is It The Big One?

The Big One

I am not really much of a worrier. And I would say I am much more optimist than pessimist. But as can happen during the short month of February and when I get a tired from the long days at work, I wear down and my attitude changes. Little problems become BIG problems and little doubts turn to worries. So yesterday’s readings spoke directly to the direction my thoughts have been going this past week. “Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life span?" (Matthew 6: 27). Under … [Read more...]

Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 6)

Best Place To Raise a Family

~ 1 ~ Several years ago I attempted to vote early at a satellite voting location, and I was surprised at how easy it was to receive a ballot simply by stating my name. I asked the poll worker if she needed to see my ID, and she rather quickly dismissed my offer. My quick reaction: “Well how do you know I am who I say I am?” Then she got angry, and I think I walked away without voting because I was afraid she would secretly tear up my ballot. Amongst all the other political battles occurring … [Read more...]

To Hell With It!

Flannery Quote on Cup 1

You never know what to expect when a visiting priest arrives at your parish with a handful of spiritual talks prepared, folded in his back pocket, and ready to present in a four-night long parish mission. So I am quite happy to report the recent mission at my home parish, Saint Francis of Assisi, was spiritually edifying and equally challenging all at the same time. The visiting Vincentian missionary priest, Father Ron Hoye, took us on a journey with Christ, encouraging us to grow in … [Read more...]

Life Isn’t Fair


We’ve all told someone at sometime: “Life isn’t fair.” And then when adversity strikes in our own life, that’s exactly what we seek — fairness. Why is it that we want and seek fairness for ourselves, yet when our children, a friend or family member complains to us that “life isn’t fair” it is easy to see just that. . .that we all must bear more than our fair share sometimes. I read this week that I must bear my OWN crosses, that they are “shaped” for me. While we can help our friends and … [Read more...]

My Favorite Backyardigan

My Favorite Backyardigan

A radiant red cardinal has been hanging out in our backyard for several weeks now. I’ve seen him; he’s fat and beautiful—sometimes he is perched atop our Bradford Pear tree. Other days he’s hopping along our fence, one picket at a time. One morning we almost achieved eye contact when he landed on our deck while I was looking out the patio door. Most days, however, I don’t see him. He lets me know he’s hanging around though, with the rhythmic tune he’s singing that I hear from most rooms of … [Read more...]

All About L-O-V-E

It’s all about L-O-V-E. Our love for each other, but more importantly about God’s love for us. Both loves are the same—in one, Christ died for us. In the other, we must die for each other because that is what love is all about: the giving, about being selfless, and about serving our spouses, our families, and our community. At our couples of faith date night we shared the song Lead Me by Sanctus Real in which a wife asks her husband to help lead her to Christ AND the husband asks for help to … [Read more...]

Seven Quick Takes Friday (vol. 4)

7 Quick Takes

~1~ We are staring down a busy weekend at Das Schmidt Haus.First up is another deacon formation weekend at Conception Seminary that may shape up to be a defining moment for Joel’s continued diaconate discernment. Last month he was given a large assignment: to develop a ministry for a group of people in need. After much prayer, research, and conversation over the last month, Joel and I have sketched out initial ideas for a new ministry and will present the plan this weekend. Out of respect to … [Read more...]

The St. Francis Mission Among the Lakota

St. Francis Mission

Ministry Spotlight Editor's Note: A couple weeks ago we were introduced to Corrie with the St. Francis Mission in St. Francis, South Dakota. My curiosity about the Mission was initially perked because our parish's youth group spent a week volunteering in this area last summer, and after taking some time to explore their website, blog, and Facebook page, I am very impressed with the work this ministry is accomplishing and want to spread that good news with you here. ~ Lisa Schmidt *  *  * The … [Read more...]

God’s Super Bowl

Celebrating the Super Bowl Win

What would happen to the world if we celebrated God in the same way as we celebrated the Super Bowl? What if we had the same excitement, the same anticipation, the same parties that we had yesterday during the Super Bowl, when we came out of church on Sunday morning? Or even if we had as many people at church as we had watching the Super Bowl—all with one purpose and one goal? Or what if our marriages had the same good natured arguments as two friends cheering, one for the Packers and one … [Read more...]