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Prayer knocks, fasting obtains, mercy receives

Sermon by St. Peter Chrysologus Printable version There are three things, my brethren, by which faith stands firm, devotion remains constant, and virtue endures. They are prayer, fasting and mercy. Prayer knocks at the door, fasting obtains, mercy receives. Prayer, … Continue reading

MFM 15 – Praying as a couple

This is a Messy family minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. For some couples, praying together is very natural but others prayer may feel awkward or forced. But, the truth is that there is real power in spouses praying together. … Continue reading

MFM 14 – Family Culture

This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon Many parents are greatly concerned about the way that secular culture influences their children. What’s a parent to do? It’s impossible for us to isolate our children from all … Continue reading

MFM 13 – Happy Kids

This is a messy family minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. All parents want their children to be happy, but ironically it’s one thing that we actually cannot do for our kids. Every person has to make the choice to … Continue reading

MFM 12 – Unity

When you have a fight with your spouse, or I mean a “discussion with emotion”… its very easy to have tunnel vision and to make the goal of the communication getting our way because of course “we” are right and … Continue reading

MFM 11 – Special Time

It is vitally important for children to feel individually loved and known by their parents. Especially in a big family like ours this can be very challenging. But no matter how many kids you have, you have an obligation to … Continue reading

MFM 10 – Worry

My mother raised 10 children and now she has over 45 grandchildren all over the country! That is a lot of marriages, children, and relationships to be worried about! But she has adopted a wise saying that we will give … Continue reading

MFM 09 – Rules & Relationship

Very often parents contact us for advice on disciplining their kids. Children are “raw personality” when they are born and its the job of parents to shape them into civilized human beings! To accomplish this task moms and dads need … Continue reading

MFM 08 – More Than Words

The deepest desire for many of us as parents is to pass on the faith to our children and to do that parents must be very intentional. First we need to look at ourselves and Live our faith authentically because … Continue reading

MFM 07 – Habits

Creating good habits is an important part of family life, especially at the beginning of the school year. St. Francis said “Let us begin again for until now we have done nothing.” This is a great inspiration for us because … Continue reading

MFM 06 – Role Of Parents

There is something unique about the love of a parent and child. Nothing can replace it. Your children will have many friends, companions, and peers in their lives, but they will only have one mother or father. This relationship is … Continue reading

MFM 05 – Marriage Based Parenting

As Moms and dads we have a natural and grace-filled desire to lay our lives down for our children, to provide for their emotional and physical needs as best we can. Moms particularly can tend to burn themselves out for … Continue reading

MFM 04 – Family Retreat

When we see how crazy this world is, we can be tempted to isolate our family on a desert island and leave it all behind.  Well, that’s not really practical, but one thing you CAN do is take your family … Continue reading

Thanks to OSV!

We would like to thank Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) for their on-going support of The Messy Family Project.  The mission of the Messy Family Project is to empower parents, strengthen marriages, and bring families to Christ. The Messy Family Project … Continue reading

MFM 03 – Board Meeting

As moms and dads we are pulled in many different directions.  Our world is frantic and sometimes chaotic. We parents need to take a pause, take some time away to become more intentional in our Catholic family life.  We suggest a … Continue reading

MFM 02 – Parental Holiness

It is a myth that there is a perfect way to be a parent.  The reality is that every family, every couple, every child is different but when parents work together, they can figure it out.  We have 10 kids … Continue reading

MFM 01 – Water into Wine

Sometimes it can seem that our family life is hum-drum, monotonous, and insignificant. But Christ began his public ministry at the wedding at Cana. When we read this account in the gospel, we are reminded that our marriage, our ordinary … Continue reading

Family Retreat: Share your faith with your children

Many times, we parents don’t know how to share the faith with our children. This retreat is a time for you to be intentional with your kids about sharing your faith. You are showing them through your actions AND your … Continue reading