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Messy Family Minute #33: Lenten Prayers

Messy Family Project · MFM 33 – Lenten Prayers This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon Lenten prayers with children look very different than a religious community or a couple praying by themselves.  Kids make praying…. … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #32: (Pandemic) Parents As Preachers

Messy Family Project · MFM 32- (Pandemic) Parents As Preachers This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon.  In the document Lumen Gentium, the Church tells us,  “The family is, so to speak, the domestic church. In … Continue reading

Catholic Marital Intimacy

If you are having trouble in your relationship with your spouse in the bedroom, start here…. Many times Catholic couples who are following the Church’s teaching on sex think that all they have to do is not use contraception and … Continue reading

Cana90 Week 3: Ready to Build?

The LORD saw how great the wickedness of human beings was on earth, and how every desire that their heart conceived was always nothing but evil.But Noah found favor with the LORD. Genesis 5:5,9 This week’s passage is a familiar … Continue reading

Cana90 Week 2: Recovering the Original Plan

God created mankind in His image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27 Let’s go back to the beginning. If the wedding feast of Cana took you back to the time … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #31: Lent Sacrifices

Messy Family Project · Messy Family Minute 31 – Lent Sacrifices  This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon We believe that parenting is a path to holiness.  Sacrificing and suffering are built right into the vocation … Continue reading

Cana90 Week 1: Water into Wine

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana, in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. ~ John 2:1-2 This week we encourage you and your spouse … Continue reading

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

Lent, Lent, Time to Repent!

https://www.messyfamilyproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/DogmaDogsLent.mp3 Thought we'd set the tone with this fun clip from the Dogma Dogs' popular "Lent" song. (Warning: it'll get stuck in the head of any five-year-old who hears it!) When our family was young, we had a wonderful pastor … Continue reading

Seven Tips for Pursuing Your Spouse

Passion is an essential element in any exclusive relationship. These strong emotions can serve as the wind in our sails to keep us motivated to strive to make our marriage better and to go deeper. It’s very easy to fall … Continue reading

Renew Your Marriage this Lent with Cana90!

STEUBENVILLE, OH (February 3, 2021) – The Messy Family Project is challenging couples to deepen their relationship with Christ and each other during Lent and Easter with their Cana90 program.   The Messy Family Project’s mission is to empower parents, strengthen … Continue reading

What are Children For?

Why does God give us children?  He gives them to us to teach us to love Him. The problem for us is that loving God benefits us more than it benefits Him. He gave us life. We can’t give Him … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #30: Traditions

Messy Family Project · Messy Family Minute 30 – Holiday Traditions This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon Most families celebrate holiday traditions, but do you appreciate why traditions are so important? Your family’s traditions are … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #29: Date Night

Messy Family Project · Messy Family Minute 29 – Date Night This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. One word of advice that we hear from couples with great marriages is to make a regular date … Continue reading

Sibling Challenges

One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is another brother or sister. But as parents, our responsibility isn’t just to provide those siblings and just walk away saying, “Hope it all works out!” We need to provide … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #28: Online Influence

Messy Family Project · Messy Family Minute 28 - Online Influence This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon.  Social media has enabled us to be more connected than ever with people from our past, friends who … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #27: Works of Mercy

Messy Family Project · MFM 27 – Works Of Mercy This is Mike and Alicia Hernon with a Messy Family Minute.   For years we felt like bad Catholics because, with our young family, we didn’t have enough energy to cooperate … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #26: Kids and Kindness

Messy Family Project · MFM026- Kids and Kindness This is Mike and Alicia Hernon with a Messy Family Minute.   It is often said that kindness begins at home. But sometimes the home is the most challenging place to be kind. … Continue reading