MFP 188: Cheerios in the Pew: Wrangling Kids at Mass

   “In the adult, the space of acceptance is never whole, yet it is in the child. The child is really capable of listening impartially and unselfishly, the child is receptive to the greatest degree.” – Sofia Cavalletti, Founder of … Continue reading

MFP186: The Role of a Catholic Husband

   “The world’s greatest need is great men, someone who will understand that there is no greater conquest than victory over oneself…”  ~ Fulton Sheen Host Hijack!!  Alicia’s brother Paul joins Mike for some manly conversation (but don’t worry, Alicia … Continue reading

MFP184: Creating a Safe Place to Make Mistakes

   “Instead of trying to protect yourself through your fear, learn to live dangerously! – by doing and saying what you think, know, and believe to be right, by not caring that you may be mistaken at times”  ~ Dr. … Continue reading

MFP183: Catholic Home Management

   “One earns Paradise with one’s daily task.” ~ Saint Gianna Beretta Molla  Chores, laundry, meal preparation, etc, etc…. It never ends!  But even this part of family life is an area in which God wants to enter into our … Continue reading

MFP 181: The Role of a Submissive Wife

The world says husbands and wives have the same or even interchangeable roles.  Some fundamentalist Christians and even Catholics say wives should let their husbands decide everything (even in regards to sexual intimacy!) and wives should obey as long as … Continue reading

MFP 180: Monks, Parents and Prayer

Lent is a great time to take inventory of our spiritual life and ask ourselves, “How am I doing in my relationship with God?”  To help us all do that, we decided to interview Mike’s spiritual director of many years, … Continue reading

MFP 179: Adolescence is Coming (if not already)

Re-release of MP005 Preparing your tween (and yourself!) for adolescence.   You try your hardest to raise your teenagers with patience, honesty and good manners, but they still end up being like you. – Anonymous There is much confusion among … Continue reading

MFP 178 : Marriage is a great mystery

   It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but the marriage that sustains your love. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer After attending our niece’s wedding recently, we had some time to reflect on the significance of marriage not only in … Continue reading

MFP 177 : Kids & Money: the Messy Family Take

“Teaching kids how to handle money is more than dollars and cents, it’s about character and responsibility” – Dave Ramsey Handling money is a subject that can bring about strong emotion in couples, but it’s a life skill that we … Continue reading

MFP 176: Intentional Family Life

   The family is a kind of school of deeper humanity. But if it is to achieve the full flowering of its life and mission, it needs the kindly communion of minds and the joint deliberation of spouses.  – Gaudium … Continue reading

MFP 174 : Epic Intimacy with Damon & Melanie Owens

   Lovers do “for love” what never would be done for a reason, or a rule, or a doctrine or a law. True love “loves” and needs to suffer — not for suffering’s sake alone, but for the sake of … Continue reading

MFP 173: Preparing for Christmas Through Advent

   “The birth of Jesus brings us the good news that we are loved immensely and uniquely by God.” – Pope Francis The Advent season is more than just a countdown to Christmas. It is a time of preparation for … Continue reading

MFP 172: The Bible & Your Family with Jeff & Emily Cavins

   “People are looking for two things: first, someone to trust, and second, a brighter future. Scripture reveals the heart of God and the plan of God which fulfills those two desires that we are ultimately looking for” ~ Jeff … Continue reading