Lisa Schmidt of The Practicing Catholic is back for Episode 27 of The Right Heart, and my interview with her has become one of my favorite episodes of podcast. (Lisa’s first time on the podcast was in Episode 17: Restoring Your Fertility to God as a Couple).
In this interview, Lisa and I have an inspiring, enlightening, and at times brutally honest conversation about our own struggles with what “resting” on Sunday has looked liked over the years. As I confess early on, “Sundays too often feel like another Saturday, but we just have to find a mass time that works with our schedule.” What resting should and could look like for our busy lives is a topic that I think a lot of us gloss over because there are few hard and fast rules–or easy answers.
I love that Lisa and I quickly get past acknowledging how hard figuring out “rest” can be, though, and we get to work with chatting about what we’ve each been learning is God’s plan for a weekly day of rest and renewal of our joy in Him.
In this episode
- Scripture and Church teaching on Sunday (Sabbath) rest, and God’s plan for it in our lives
- Our own struggles with figuring out what “rest” can look like for us and our families in a busy world with complicated situations
- Ideas that we try to implement in our own families
- Why there really are no hard and fast “rest rules” for Catholics on Sundays (other than attending Sunday mass)
About Lisa Schmidt
Lisa is a stay-at-home Catholic wife and mother of four. She and her husband, Deacon Joel Schmidt, run The Practicing Catholic blog. Lisa and Deacon Joel also host their own podcast, and Lisa is no stranger to radio. She writes regularly for Catholic Stand and CatholicMom.com. Lisa is down to earth, kind, and genuine. If you haven’t heard her speak before, or haven’t checked out her blog yet, I think you’ll quickly come to like her as much as I do. 🙂
Links and resources
Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2172 – “God’s action is the model for human action. If God “rested and was refreshed” on the seventh day, man too ought to “rest” and should let others, especially the poor, “be refreshed.” The sabbath brings everyday work to a halt and provides a respite. It is a day of protest against the servitude of work and the worship of money.”
Dies Domini, St. Pope John Paul II’s 1998 Apostolic Letter “On Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy” (This is a MUST-READ, ya’ll.)
Rest that Renews: Taking Back the Lord’s Day – My blog post about Sunday rest