Messy Family Minute #21: Play

Messy Family Minutes!This is a messy family minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon.

A wise woman once told us, “If you are going to pray with your kids, you have to play with them.” Raising our family of ten has taught us that this maxim is very true! Why is this? Well, as parents, we are the first images of God for our children. St. John Paul II told us, “A parent’s love is called to become for children the visible sign of the very love of God.” In play, we are strengthening our children’s sense of belonging. Your child can believe more easily that God loves them because YOU love them. This is what play communicates!

Play helps us all to remember who we really are and what we were made for. It also reminds us what it is like to be a child, and that child-likeness is an essential element of prayer. Getting on a child’s level and being vulnerable, simple, even a bit silly, reminds us that it is only through humility that we can approach the Lord.

To join us and hundreds of other families for our Play and Pray Challenge and to get a download from us on ideas and prayers for the Enthronement, click here.

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