Once upon a time in colonial America there was something called a “lying in” period. This was the time, typically a month or so, following childbirth when a community would rally in support of a new mother. She would rest, regain her strength, and bond with her baby while the community kept up the household. Many of her attendants would be relatives, none of whom were paid, and the favor was returned following their own deliveries. My how times have changed! Maybe we are just a wee bit sensitive given that Lisa is just four weeks postpartum and what she wouldn’t give for a couple of extra hands just a few hours per week. Even so, we have reflected on how this postpartum experience, Lisa’s third, is significantly different from the first two. . . . → Read More: The Churching of Women: Postpartum Support, Catholic Style
Joel helps us prepare for this Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word with a reflection on the Mass readings. . . . → Read More: Mass Forward: A Reflection on Sunday’s Mass Readings
A day of holy distractions for us here at Das Schmidt Haus! Meet the newest edition to our family, Lydia Ann, and head on over to CatholicStand.com to read our latest post titled Holy Distraction: The Case for Sacred Art & Architecture. . . . → Read More: A Day of Holy Distractions
“Open your hearts to life!” has become a recurring theme in Pope Francis’s pontificate. It’s also the theme for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2013-14 Respect Life Campaign that kicked off in parishes across the nation on Respect Life Sunday. The phrase “Open your hearts to life” can be a difficult one for many couples who are quite open to life yet find their hearts overflowing with grief due to pregnancy/infant loss or infertility. This is one area that seems to be a bit off the radar screen and weighs heavily enough on our hearts to call us to action. . . . → Read More: Helping Heal Hearts Wounded by Miscarriage
Lino Rulli is just plain funny. So funny, in fact, that he almost runs the risk of not being taken seriously. However, in his latest book of humorous anecdotes and thoughtful reflections, he engages and entertains, yet enlightens and evangelizes. I recently welcomed the opportunity to interview Lino about Saint, and he didn’t disappoint. Following the interview, learn how to win a free copy of the book. . . . → Read More: Take 5 with Lino Rulli (and Win a Copy of His New Book)
The Parable of the Dishonest Steward has much to teach us about judgment and mercy, but it can be a difficult one to understand. The steward, who is being fired for his dishonesty, seems to use further dishonesty to secure his future and get commended by the master who is firing him. What on earth is Jesus talking about here? To help extract some of the lessons from it, let’s take a look at a modern-day corollary: the Parable of George, the Creative Insurance Adjuster. . . . → Read More: Sunday Morning Rewind: Looking in the Mirror Through God’s Eyes
August 12, 2013, marked the third anniversary of this blog. We’ve grown up a lot in three years time. Well, we’re three years older, anyway, and hopefully a bit wiser. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest followers and formally introduce ourselves. Feel free to introduce yourself; we look forward to hearing from you. . . . → Read More: Just who are these Practicing Catholics anyway?
By now, you’ve most likely heard the story of the “Mystery Priest” from the car accident scene in Eastern Missouri. Interestingly, we were at Conception Abbey in Missouri last week for deacon formation. As you might imagine, this was a hot topic of discussion with both the deacon candidates and the monks. One of our professors indicated he might have a clue about the identity of the mystery priest. He believes it may be Servant of God, Father Lukas Etlin, O.S.B., a monk of Conception Abbey, who died in a car accident in 1927. . . . → Read More: Could Fr. Lukas Etlin be the Missouri “Mystery Priest”?
We are practicing Catholics, not perfect ones. That label “practicing” is a constant reminder of our great need of repentance and conversion. In our latest post at Catholic Stand, we openly share about an area in our marriage where our repentance and ongoing conversion was and still is needed. . . . → Read More: Why Didn’t Someone Share the Truth With Us?
What better time to spotlight the work of these good Benedictine monks and brew masters than today, August 2, International Beer Day? . . . → Read More: Celebrating International Beer Day, Catholic Monk Style