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

MFP 150 : Reclaiming the Lord’s Day

   “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. …For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed … 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

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

MFP133: The Play + Pray Challenge

   If you are going to PRAY with your family, you need to PLAY with them! ~Mike and Alicia Hernon The Play and Pray Challenge is a way for us to spread the kingdom of Jesus Christ into every home … Continue reading

MFP 127 : Celebrating Lent and Easter with your family

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   “Parents are, through the witness of their lives, the first heralds of the Gospel for their children.” ~St. John Paul II This Lent and Easter why not walk on the path of holiness that God has laid out for … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #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

Messy Family Minute #11: Special Times

This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. 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 … Continue reading

MFP 121 : Lessons Learned from our Jewish Brethren

   As the mountains surround Jerusalem, the Lord surrounds his people, Both now and forever. Psalm 125:2 The power of a name, the importance of memory, the responsibility to heal the world, the reality that God dwells with us – … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #4: 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

Messy Family Minutes #2: 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 ten kids … Continue reading

MFP 116 : Habits: Let Us Begin Again

  “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” ~Stephen Covey St. Francis would tell his followers “Let us begin again for until now … Continue reading

MFP 111 : Made for Family LIVE

   “The family is indeed more than any other social reality, the place where an individual can exist ‘for himself’ through the sincere gift of self…it is the ‘sanctuary of life’” ~ St. John Paul II, Letter to Families, #11 … Continue reading