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Lisa Schmidt
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Joel & I have already experienced a ton of great "deacon moments." When our 7-year-old leaned over during Joel's homily last Sunday and said, "Dad got that idea from me!" she added another great moment to my list.

This one's on the vocation of marriage.
Deacon Joel's homily for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Why Did God Bring You Together?
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The Right Heart: Restoring Our Fertility to God

Ever say YES! enthusiastically to something and then wonder, “What made me think I ought to agree to that request?!” When the lovely Southern Belle Mrs. Erin Franco came knocking on my door, asking me to chat on The Right Heart podcast, I eagerly accepted…
Ever say YES! enthusiastically to something and then wonder, “What made me think I ought to agree to that request?!” When the lovely Southern Belle Mrs. Erin Franco came knocking on my door, asking me to chat on The Right Heart podcast, I eagerly accepted her invitation. I didn’t think twice, even though we hadn’t yet decided …
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At the time Israel was being conquered, the prophets were proclaiming the coming of a savior. Imagine the longing of the Israelites to believe this message, which must have sounded too impossible to believe. Deacon Joel shares his homily for the Fourth…
Deacon Joel's homily for the 4th Sunday in Advent: A Reason to Leap for Joy
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"How do you know your dad is in Heaven?" That was the pointed question that helped me understand how praying for the dead is one of the greatest acts of charity we can perform. Today the Church observes the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All…
"How do you know your dad is in Heaven?" That was the pointed question that helped me understand how praying for the dead is one of the greatest acts of charity we can perform. Today the Church observes the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls). In its honor, here's the rest of the story behind that question.
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Thank you for this Lisa! Praying hard for the souls in purgatory.
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A little Friday fun thanks to Harry Connick, Jr. | Practice, Practice, Practice

A little Friday fun thanks to Harry Connick, Jr.
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What small acts and gestures of love can we do within our parishes to welcome the stranger? Here are some ideas.

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. Here are some…
What small acts and gestures of love can we do within our parishes to welcome the stranger?
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In honor of National Catholic Schools Week (‪#‎csw16‬), I share a few thoughts on our family's transition from homeschooling to Catholic school this year. 
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My January saint of the month is St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – Daughter, wife, mother, widow, friend and the first American-born saint.

It’s that time of the year when many of us enlist the help of an online saint generator to randomly select a saint who journeys with us throughout the year. Rather than journeying with one random saint this year, I’ll walk with at least twelve. Think of…
My January saint of the month is St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – Daughter, wife, mother, widow, friend and the first American-born saint.
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Two new children's books published by Ignatius/Magnificat by Maïte Roche make excellent Christmas gifts. (P.S., they're good for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atriums, too!)

These two new children's books published by Ignatius/Magnificat by well-known author/illustrator Maïte Roche make excellent Christmas gifts. (P.S., they're good for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atriums, too!)
These two new children's books published by Ignatius/Magnificat by well-known author/illustrator Maïte Roche make excellent Christmas gifts. (P.S., they're good for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atriums, too!)
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The Saints Cry Over Lost Time | What's that mean? Well click on over and take a read!

"Dichos" is the Spanish word for proverbs or wise sayings used in Mexican culture. One "dicho" I recently read about is “The saints cry over lost time.” It was once a popular expression often said by parents to help keep their kids on task. It's been a…
"Dichos" is the Spanish word for proverbs or wise sayings used in Mexican culture. One popular "dicho" is “The saints cry over lost time.”
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I’ve scaled back on participating in book reviews and blog tours, primarily because I want to safeguard my holy leisure reading time for whatever the current book is for Well-Read Mom. But when I received the request to participate in the blog tour for…
I’ve scaled back on participating in book reviews and blog tours, primarily because I want to safeguard my holy leisure reading time for whatever the current book is for Well-Read Mom. But when I received the request to participate in the blog tour for The Kiss of Jesus by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, my intuition told …
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Anne of Green Gables said, “I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Me too, Anne! Here are ten things I love about the month of October.
Anne of Green Gables said, “I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Me too, Anne! Here are ten things I love about the month of October.
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But by the grace of God I am what I am. Deacon's wife. Mom. Public Speaker. Writer. Friend. Proud Iowan and Iowa State alum.
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Lisa and her husband Joel live in Des Moines, Iowa, with their three children. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Family Services and Master of Public Administration from Iowa State University, and worked as an assistant city manager in the Des Moines metro area prior to “retiring” to care for her children in the home. 

The Schmidts are active parishioners at the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines where Joel serves as a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Des Moines.

Lisa Schmidt is the co-founder of ThePracticingCatholic.com, a website focusing on living an intentional, joyful, and faithful Catholic life. She also writes for CatholicMom.com

Lisa is available to speak to your group on the Catholic faith, family, motherhood, blogging and Catholic new media, and spiritual friendships.

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    Master of Public Administration, 2004
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