A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land

We're going on a pilgrimage of a lifetime to see the sacred sites of the Holy Land! Okay, okay, so we're not actually traveling to the Holy Land in person, at least not in the immediate future (details, details...). We are, however, virtually following along with The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land, a new television miniseries debuting on EWTN on February 17. We were thrilled to have a sneak preview of the series, and we are now honored to share a bit about it here. With the look … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Papal Drive-By

Pope Francis Installation Mass

If you've been following along, you know my mom is having quite the time in Rome this week. First celebrating a private Mass with Cardinal Dolan, then attending Pope Francis' first Angelus address, and now this ... spending the day with a few hundred thousand of her new best friends to witness the Inauguration Mass of our new Holy Father. Here was her "view from the pew" as Papa Francesco passed by in the open-air Jeep-like popemobile.  And not just one drive-by, but two! … [Read more...]

Sunday Blog Bits


It's not every morning you wake up and find the following pictures in your in-box. Check it --- my mom with Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York, NY, in Rome on Saint Patrick's Day no less. These pictures were taken after my mom and her fellow pilgrims celebrated a private Mass at the Pontifical North American College with Cardinal Dolan presiding. I've preached it time and again here: start saving money and book your pilgrimage to Rome with The Catholic … [Read more...]

Up Close in Rome with Cardinal Dolan

Cardinal Dolan

Okay, not us. But this is why we will only travel on pilgrimage with The Catholic Traveler. Today's all-things Conclave/who's the next pope/Rome/Catholic media craziness must-read of the day ---> how a guy who leads Catholic pilgrimages named Mountain slipped past security with only an iPhone and no press credentials during Cardinal Dolan's last presser before the Conclave. Not only that, Mountain spoke to Cardinal Dolan and asked his Eminence to greet the pilgrims traveling with him. And … [Read more...]

A Virtual Pilgrimage to Holy Hill

Holy Hill Steeples - up shot

Is a domestic pilgrimage in your future? While visiting family in Wisconsin last week, we made a pilgrimage to Holy Hill, a national basilica and shrine that has welcomed pilgrims since the late 1800s. The site welcomes over 500,000 pilgrims a year, making it one of the most popular shrines in the United States. In fact, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the former Archbishop of Milwaukee, celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving there in April. Well, what are we waiting for? Let's get this virtual pilgrimage … [Read more...]

Emilio’s Way


Emilio Estevez cites family, spirituality, and pro-life values as motivators. Read on to learn more and enter to win a copy of The Way now out on DVD/Blu-Ray. Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Emilio Estevez? Brat Pack? The Breakfast Club, Young Guns, or The Mighty Ducks? How about Martin Sheen, acting family, or Hollywood royalty? Think unconventional. Consider that from his very beginning in the film industry, Emilio wanted to make his own way, … [Read more...]

Among Women: Lisa chats it up with Pat Gohn

Among Women Podcast #123 - Practice, Practice Pat Gohn and I recently sat down and chatted about the term "practicing Catholic" and much more. You can hear our conversation on her Among Women podcast. A special thanks to Pat for welcoming me as her guest; I throughly enjoyed our conversation and hope you do, too! Here are the relevant links: Among Women blogpost Direct link to Episode 123: Practice, Practice Also on iTunes Via Among Women website: Among Women 123 features … [Read more...]

2011 In Pictures — 7 Quick Takes Style


2011 has been exciting here at Das Schmidt Haus. Here's my year in review, 7 Quick Takes style. --- 1 --- I started 2011 as a new full-time at-home parent after resigning from what many called the "dream job." Many people didn’t understand my decision to walk away from a job with a very promising career track. Heck, I don’t necessarily understand my decision and am still unpacking it all. I spent months praying about it, and God was clearly calling me to this. The decision was, has been, and … [Read more...]

The Assumption And My Living Sign of Hope

Mary greeted us as we arrived at the sacred space

In 1950 Pope Pius XII officially recognized the assumption of Mary into heaven as part of divine revelation. The Church had believed this for many centuries, but the Pope was led by the Holy Spirit to make it official. Why then? In 1950, the world was beginning to realize that no one had won World War II or any other war. Every nation had lost, some more than others. A terrifying sadness was gripping Europe and beyond. A sign of hope was needed, and Mary assumed into heaven was a sure sign of … [Read more...]