Author Lisa Schmidt

Lisa Schmidt writes at with her husband Joel. A proud Iowan, the Schmidts reside in Des Moines where Lisa is a full-time at-home mom. She also supports her husband in his deacon ministries for the Diocese of Des Moines. At The Practicing Catholic, Lisa enjoys writing about the things that bring her great joy: the Catholic faith, her family, fine arts, and good food.

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1 Saint Ananias … Saint Who?!

While reading the daily Mass readings on the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, Lisa Schmidt was struck not so much by Saul’s dramatic conversion rather by Ananias’ faithfulness and obedience. Here’s what he’s teaching her about developing a close relationship with the Lord.

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0 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: A January Companion

It’s that time again when many use an online saint generator to randomly select a saint for the year. Rather than journeying with one saint, Lisa Schmidt is walking with twelve. Think of it as a saint of the month club. Her January saint is Elizabeth Ann Seton – daughter, wife, mother, widow, friend and the first American-born saint.

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0 Gestures of Love for Parish Life

During his homily at the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis spoke on the importance of sharing little gestures of love within the family. These little acts of love are vital to the heart of a parish family, too. Lisa Schmidt shares six examples of little gestures we can do within our parishes to welcome others and foster a culture of encounter.

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0 Lessons from the Car Line

Do school car line legends exist where you live, too? A few weeks into the school year, Lisa Schmidt finds that sitting still in car line provides opportunities to simply ponder. And thanks to the movie Mr. Mom, she’s making connections between car line and the Mass.

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