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! . . . → Read More: A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

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. Here was her “view from the pew” as Papa Francesco passed by in the popemobile at his Inauguration Mass. . . . → Read More: Wordless Wednesday: Papal Drive-By

Sunday Blog Bits


Today’s blog bits include some great photos of my mom with Timothy Cardinal Dolan over in Rome. Meanwhile back in Des Moines, we experienced a most festive and celebratory proclamation at Mass for our new Holy Father Pope Francis. How about you? What did you hear or see at Mass regarding the selection of our new Holy Father? . . . → Read More: Sunday Blog Bits

Up Close in Rome with Cardinal Dolan

Cardinal Dolan

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 the good cardinal did just that. And this is why we will only travel on pilgrimage with The Catholic Traveler! . . . → Read More: Up Close in Rome with Cardinal Dolan

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 started! Click on any picture to expand view. Once expanded, if viewing on a device with a keyboard, move through the slide show using the arrows on your keyboard.

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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, keeping his given name rather than adopting the stage name of his famous father, Martin Sheen. Sure, he has often worked with other members of the famed . . . → Read More: Emilio’s Way

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 ideas about being a practicing Catholic . . . and to get that done I “interview” St. Margaret Mary, and converse with The Practicing Catholic blogger herself, Lisa Schmidt. Together we talk about the joys of . . . → Read More: Among Women: Lisa chats it up with Pat Gohn

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.

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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 is the right one for our family. Yes, there has been financial stress in moving to one . . . → Read More: 2011 In Pictures — 7 Quick Takes Style

Wordless Wednesday: THISCLOSE to Pope Benedict XVI

Photos courtesy my sister Sarah Underhill who recently traveled on pilgrimage with The Catholic Traveler.

Pope Benedict XVI arriving for the papal Mass on October 23, 2011

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Pope Benedict XVI approaching the altar during Mass

The Assumption And My Living Sign of Hope

Mary greeted us as we arrived at the sacred space

I’ve been holding close to my heart a story about how our Blessed Mother gave me hope, how she wrapped her arms around me and gave me a sense of peace like I’ve never felt. It’s hard to put into words because the emotions are still so real, raw, and very personal. . . . → Read More: The Assumption And My Living Sign of Hope