Of Sound Mind and Spirit

Of Sound Mind and Spirit

Shelly and Lisa are two sisters on a journey to grow stronger in their Catholic faith discussing why faith is important and how to live it out in areas of parenting, community, service, mid-life, and marriage.


February 22, 2024 31 mins

What have we learned in the 15 years since we started on this incredible journey to share our faith journey with others through our writing? That your journey of faith isn't a straight line, there are peaks and valleys, twists and turns. But largely, it’s about walking with each other on your journey and supporting others on theirs. We spend a little time reflecting on the past 15 years writing (and now podcasting) together.


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We get by with a little help from our friends! What to do when Lent arrives and you need some extra motivation? For this episode, we invited seven friends (and family) to offer their own perspectives on how this liturgial season helps them forge a closer relationship with Christ!

Thank you to our Special Guests!

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February 8, 2024 31 mins

Lisa and Shelly invite you to reconsider social media as a medium to spread the Gospel and manifest the love of God this Lent.

In Episode 38, aptly named "Rethinking Social Media for Lent," we’re challenging the conventional notion of giving up social media for Lent.  Let's instead use these powerful platforms to share positivity, deepen our faith, and become torchbearers of God’s radiant love.

We delve into practica...

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Who says you can't know and grow in your faith while reading Young Adult Fiction? It might be just as heaven intended!

In this episode, we dive into the vibrant world of Young Adult (YA) historical fiction with the wonderfully talented Amanda Lauer, author of the award winning "...As Heaven Intended" Civil War era novels.

You'll love Amanda's joy and positivity as she recounts her journey bringing teens and y...

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January 25, 2024 46 mins

We're thrilled to introduce our friend and guest, Amy Connell - a certified personal trainer who wants you to take a rest day and nutrition coach who wants you to enjoy dessert. Amy joins us for an enlightening conversation as we look at how to move with the grace of both the body and the spirit, learning to trust in our paths, and empowering ourselves in this season of life. 

All Things Amy and Graced Health!

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January 18, 2024 38 mins
We're not perfect - no matter what you see on social media. Feedback from a listener inspires us to talk - honestly - about our sister relationship and give you a behind the scenes look at how hard it can be to maintain a healthy sister relationship. We discuss the challenges of working closely as sisters, sharing the importance of understanding, giving grace, and embracing each other's strengths and weaknesses. So grab your hea...
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January 11, 2024 31 mins

In this episode, "Setting Spiritual Resolutions," co-hosts Lisa and Shelly delve deep into crafting meaningful spiritual goals and resolutions to help you grow closer to Christ.

With an understanding that these commitments need not adhere strictly to a calendar year, we'll talk about utilizing the natural rhythms of the Church’s seasons, like Advent and Lent, as opportunities for spiritual growth.

We’ll discuss the ...

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January 4, 2024 34 mins

Happy New Year! In this episode we tackle popular New Year Social Media trends such as updating our Goodreads Challenge, choosing a Word of the Year, and Inviting a Saint of the Year to walk with us. And what would be your Scripture of the Year?

Snippet from the Show: "So last year I got the word minister and I thought, that is just a horrible word. Why would I get the word minister? What does that even mean? And it wasn't...

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December 28, 2023 38 mins

It's been a year of laughter, learning, and introspection. We've shared our hearts openly, discussing deeply personal topics like our family's battle with dementia, and Alzheimer's and we've been inspired by our first-time guest speakers.

From laugh-out-loud moments during reverse charades to the profound impact of books like "The Dazzling Light of God", Lisa & Shelly's year has been a jou...

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December 21, 2023 19 mins

It's almost Christmas! In this episode, we reflect on the Christmas Story and invite you to imagine yourself in that story, to picture yourself watching as a participant. Who would you be? How does encountering God in the manger change you and how you live your life?

SNIPPET FROM THE SHOW: "But if you don't see the angel, if you don't hear the call, if you don't go and kneel at the manger and marvel in th...

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December 14, 2023 33 mins

As the holiday hustle bustles around us, your hosts Shelly and Lisa delve into the real spirit of the season—giving in a way that truly honors the essence of Christmas. In this episode, we discover the most meaningful gifts are not found in stores.

Join us as we explore the novel idea of presenting gifts to Jesus, Himself. What would the King of Kings cherish most?

Snippet from the Show: "We are supposed to be preparing ...

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December 7, 2023 37 mins

We couldn't have an episode about family traditions without inviting a very special guest to join us! (It's our mom!!)

When we started talking about our family traditions, it surprised us how many revolve around food! But we love that they all include spending time together as a family making memories.

Discover the profound impact of family traditions on our sense of belonging.

Snippet from the Show: "When we create a...

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Do you find Advent peaceful or does the thought of preparing for Jesus at Christmas stress you out? This season is an invitation to quiet our hearts and prepare for the joyful fulfillment of God's promise. In this episode we explore we offer four simple ways to experience Advent that doesn’t mean adding to your to-do list.

Snippet from the Show: “We've received an invitation to know God and to love Him. And so too often, e...

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November 23, 2023 16 mins

Dive into the spirit of gratitude and thankfulness during this special holiday with a special (short) Thanksgiving episode! Uplift your spirits with our Thanksgiving Good Morning Spotify playlist. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude, not just on Thanksgiving, but every day with your own Seven Quick Takes. And don't miss our special family Thanksgiving prayer you'll want to use around your own table.

Wherever you are and when...

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November 16, 2023 36 mins

This episode promises to bring a dose of calm amid the flurry of the holiday season, allow your spirits to stay bright, and relieve you from the joy-stealing stresses that can often creep in. 

 In this episode, listen to us, Shelly and Lisa, as we trade stories about our different approaches to holiday planning and preparation. While Lisa loves to add decorations everywhere, Shelly's stress levels rise at wrapping garland aroun...

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Are you looking for ways to enhance your prayer life? In this episode, Barb Szyszkiewicz, author of "The Handy Little Guide to Prayer" shares insights on the power and importance of prayer in our daily lives, and how we can find inspiration for our own prayer practices. We discuss different methods of prayer, including the Liturgy of the Hours and the Rosary, and the significance of communal worship in fostering a sense o...

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In this episode, we delve into a topic that holds immense significance for us - honoring the dignity of every human life, particularly among the elderly and infirm. During this heartfelt discussion, we reflect on the beautiful life of our beloved Granny, who was the epitome of selflessness, love, and care. This prompts us to question society's view on suffering and highlights how we can find meaning and opportunity in caring ...

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Why do we call the saints our friends? In this episode we delve into the fascinating world of saints with our special guest, Maria Morera Johnson. Together we explore the idea of finding saints in our everyday lives and how saints serve as role models for us in navigating our spiritual journeys.

Snippet from the Show: “…because what do these saints do if not show us, like, a game plan for our lives? And it's so easy. It's ...

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Adoration. What is it? Why should you go? What can you expect when there. And what do you do while there? In this episode, we share our own journeys from apprehension and uncertainty to developing a devotion for this dedicated way of spending time with Christ, in prayer and worship.

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Well, the simplest form of telling you what is adoration is that we're spending time with Jesus. We're visiting with ...

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October 12, 2023 31 mins

Join us as we explore the importance of supporting pregnant women in our communities. Whether it's unexpected pregnancies, crisis situations, or just the challenges of motherhood, it's crucial that we come together as a community to offer love, assistance, and support to those in need.

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“I think it's really important that we understand that we're called to offer loving support to those wh...

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