A Taste of Benedictine Hospitality


As the youngest of 11 children, five brothers and five sisters, in a devoutly Catholic farm family, Fr. Guerric Letter learned early on to cook for a crowd and pass rigorous sanitary inspections. On the occasions when his mother and sisters would take a day off, the men still needed to eat. The one instruction he received from him mother and sisters? Don’t leave the kitchen a mess. . . . → Read More: A Taste of Benedictine Hospitality

Food for the Journey


My dear friend Julie Nelson joins our Lenten Soup & Stories series today, sharing a lovely story about the importance of mentoring and supporting one another. Reading Julie’s post reminds me of why I used to feel so energized after my weekly chats with her for Catholic Women Now, a radio show on Iowa Catholic Radio. As Julie writes, ”We women are a kindred spirit that knows no age boundaries.” And she certainly lives that out. Julie has supported me greatly in my vocational walk by listening, offering practical suggestions, and encouraging laughter. Even though she has more years of marriage and parenting experience under her belt, I’ve always appreciated Julie’s . . . → Read More: Food for the Journey

How a Bowl of Soup Helped me Home


Today’s Soup & Stories post is from a great friend and fellow CatholicMom.com contributor Catherine Boucher. Catherine is living proof that Nebraska Cornhusker fans are indeed people, too. (Sorry, this Iowa State alum couldn’t resist!) First, a note from Catherine: This post in no way is intended to reignite the so-called “mommy wars.” I know tremendous mothers who work in and outside of the home. This post is simply about how a warm bowl of soup helped me to realize that God was calling me to be at home. . . . → Read More: How a Bowl of Soup Helped me Home

Albondigas — Mexican Meatball Soup

Albondigas Collage

We proudly welcome the sweet and talented Diana von Glahn to our Soup & Stories series. Diana is the writer and host of the television series The Faithful Traveler, a program that explores Catholic places of pilgrimage around the world. EWTN recently broadcast The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land, a six-episode series that has received rave reviews (we’re fans, too!). And get this, The Faithful Traveler crew is returning to the Holy Land in May during Pope Francis’ travels there, and Diana and crew will film a new program called Preparing for the Pope. What a well-earned and deserving opportunity! In today’s Soup & Stories post, Diana shares her family’s recipe for albondigas, a Mexican soup with hearty chunks of vegetables and small rice-filled meatballs. We’re preparing this recipe for our Sunday meal tomorrow, and our tummies are already growling for a bowl just looking at those photos. Muy bueno! . . . → Read More: Albondigas — Mexican Meatball Soup

7 Quick Takes: Too Much Feasting?

St.Joseph Day Collage

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I received an email early this morning that read, “Blessed Feast of St. Benedict!” Yay. St. Benedict is my man. Party on, Schmidts! Wait, what? I thought his feast day is July 11. So I turn to my favorite monks’ website and learn there are actually two feasts of St. Benedict on the calendar for Benedictines. On March 21, they celebrate the Transitus of St. Benedict, meaning his death or passing from this life to eternal life. This is the day the Church traditionally celebrates saints’ feast days.

As I suspected, St. Benedict’s feast day is on July 11 according to the . . . → Read More: 7 Quick Takes: Too Much Feasting?

The Das Schmidt Haus Baby Name Game


Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. An ancient history professor went to the hospital to be with his wife as she gave birth to their first child. While the baby was born, the professor’s expression never changed. The child was put in the arms of his mother. Still the professor’s countenance never changed. The family moved from the delivery room to the post delivery room. Still the man’s face didn’t change; it remained bland. A nurse noticed this and asked him to go into the hall while they examined the baby. In the hall she asked the professor, thoughtfully, “What name will you give the baby?” He replied, “Theophilus.” . . . → Read More: The Das Schmidt Haus Baby Name Game

Marriage is like Chicken Soup

Engagement Picture, 2004 (image courtesy of Stalzer Photography)

I learned to cook out of necessity. I was 34 when Lisa and I got married, so I would have starved otherwise. I had also found that women were usually impressed by men who could cook. Let’s be honest here. Before we met, I was single in my early 30s with no prospects. Needless to say, I was getting desperate. . . . → Read More: Marriage is like Chicken Soup

Breast Cancer and the Breastplate of St. Patrick

Saint Patrick

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! We’re celebrating here with an Irish-inspired Soup & Stories post from our dear friend Pat Gohn who among her other talents hosts the Among Women Podcast. In today’s post, Pat shares a bit about her Irish heritage, how the Breastplate of St. Patrick prayer comforted her while battling breast cancer, and passes along a recipe for St. Patrick Irish Cheddar soup. Any recipe that calls for Kerrygold Irish Cheddar immediately catches my attention! But back to that prayer for a moment. Most of the stanzas of the prayer begin with the words, “I arise today.” Imagine what it means for someone staring down a potentially life-threatening illness to pray those words. Everybody knows somebody who is battling something. Consider sharing the prayer with that person today. . . . → Read More: Breast Cancer and the Breastplate of St. Patrick

Potato Soup of Thriftiness


Today’s Soup & Stories post comes from the kitchen of Leila Marie Lawler who blogs at Like Mother, Like Daughter, one of the most beautiful and spiritually refreshing blogs I frequent. From home educating, to cooking, to mothering, to living the liturgy, the words Leila and team share over there strengthen and encourage me to live my vocation well. Speaking of living the liturgy, Leila’s new book, The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home co-authored by David Clayton, is now available for preorder here. The thumbnail to the left is the cover of their book. It looks like a terrific resource, and I’ve already ordered mine!

Today Leila shares her . . . → Read More: Potato Soup of Thriftiness

7 Quick Takes: Not Just Soups

Blessing Cup

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Who knew Catholic radio could be so delicious? It’s been a fun week with great opportunities to plug our ongoing Soup & Stories series. Matt Swaim interviewed me for the Son Rise Morning Show on Monday. He’s a smart interviewer, and we had a great chat. Full podcast of Monday’s show is available here.

Today I’m on Around the Table with Jeff Young (The Catholic Foodie) and Monsignor Christopher Nalty. It’s broadcast on Catholic Community Radio for New Orleans/Baton Rouge/Gulf Coast. The program airs at 3:30pm central on 690AM in New Orleans and 1380AM in Baton Rouge. It also streams live at the same time online at http://catholiccommunityradio.org.

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