It’s Ordination Day! Praying for Vocations


“Behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or to the consecrated life there is always the strong and intense prayer of someone: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community … Vocations are born in prayer and from prayer; and only through prayer can they persevere and bear fruit.” — Pope Francis’ […]

A Wannabe Runner, a Half Marathon and the Finish Line | 13.1 Random Thoughts

A Wannabe Runner, a Half Marathon and

Did you know the first Wednesday in June is also known as National Running Day? Yeah, me neither. But Twitter told me, so I guess it’s a bona fide thing. If I had my act together, I would have written this post 24-hours earlier, giving me a chance to capitalize on the #NationalRunningDay social media chatter. […]

My Conversation with The Catholic Foodie

Lisa-Schmidt Catholic Foodie Podcast

I recently chatted with Jeff Young for his radio program, The Catholic Foodie Show on Real Life Radio. The podcast is now available should you be interested in listening. Ways to Listen: Podcasts are radio shows to listen to at your convenience. You don’t need an iPod or smart phone to listen. Listen right here at the blog. Scroll down and listen via the SoundCloud […]

Weekend Reads: Resources for Pregnancy and Infant Loss


In an ongoing effort to include more resources about pregnancy and infant loss here on the blog, this 7 Quick Takes post is a round-up of articles to ponder and websites to explore on that very subject. — 1 — From perhaps an unlikely source, here’s a post by Katherine Hobson over at NPR — People […]

In honor of Our Lady of Fatima, a Wordless Wednesday

Our Lady of Fatima - Post

Okay, not quite wordless, but it’s a short one! About this time last year, Joel arranged for me to have an individual retreat at New Melleray Abbey near Dubuque, Iowa (you may have heard of them, the monks who handcraft the Trappist caskets). The retreat was a much-needed opportunity for respite and renewal. Reflecting back, my favorite memories involved […]

Let’s Chat about Mentoring Relationships for Moms

Motherhood Mentors

During a recent visit to the Omaha Zoo, I spotted this info board outside the gorilla exhibit and couldn’t help but make the connection to human motherhood as well. Indeed, my motherhood has been shaped and informed by watching seasoned (human!) mothers care for their young. I feel blessed to be friends with moms who’ve birthed several kids across a […]