MP 070 : Where do priests come from?

“It is in the family that young people have their first experience of Gospel values and of the love which gives itself to God and to others.” ~ St. John Paul the Great

As Catholic families, we want our children to be open to the call to priesthood or religious life, but how do we do that in a practical way? Where does this call come from? How can we support our children in responding to that call? Ultimately, the answer comes down to teaching our children to love and know Jesus, because the path ahead of them can only be walked with His help. In this podcast, Father Joe Doman, Alicia’s younger brother, shares his vocation story and insights into how the laity can foster vocations. We also discuss how to support the priests who care for us in our parishes.

MP 069 : Food, Family, and Faith

“Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” ~Ben Franklin

God could have made food boring, dull, and simply to sustain us. But He didn’t. He made food good! Added with human creativity and work, food becomes a sign of love to our families. Parents work to buy food, prepare food, and serve food to nourish their children. It’s amazing how much work goes into just feeding people! In this podcast we talk about feeding babies, the kind of food we give our kids, our perspective on organic and non-GMO foods, and why we think its important to consider your philosophy of food that you are passing on to your kids.

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MP 068 : What does it take to get married

“More than ever necessary in our times is preparation of young people for marriage and family life.” – St. John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio

Preparing for a wedding can be a whirl of appointments, deposits, planning, decision-making, “Pintresting”, and, sometimes, drama. But the wedding is just a day, marriage is a life time. Preparing for marriage is a very serious and important task for any couple. Marriage is naturally fraught with difficulties, and in our culture today that is especially true. There is little support for faithful marriage and many of us come from families who have given us poor examples of what a healthy marriage should look like. In this podcast we give some topics that couples really need to discuss as well as some of our own insights of how to renew the sacrament of marriage in our church.

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Thank you Steve Ray!

Steve Ray is a good friend and someone who has helped me and countless others go deeper in the faith.  I have been on pilgrimage with Steve and he is not only an engaging evangelist leading us in the Footprints of God (his DVD series), he is an amazing husband and father with great wisdom to share.  He offers these kind words about Messy Parenting:

Messy Parenting, Podcasts from Parents of Ten! Great Stuff with a Huge Following

by STEVE RAY on MARCH 30, 2017

And yes, he has a great sense of humor, a lovely wife — and a great podcast for Catholic families — practical, biblical, funny, Catholic and easy to listen to. He and his wife share their wisdom, advice and practical suggestions they learn on the fly. It must be excellent, eh, if it has thousands of faithful subscribers!

So, check it out. It is called Messy Parenting. Some of the latest topics are: Evangelizing Your Kids, Keeping Your Love Alive, Discipling and Disciplining Your Teens Part 1 and 2, Forgiveness, Family History and much more.

Enjoy! http://www.messyparenting.org/

http://www.catholicconvert.com/blog/2017/03/30/podcast-for-parenting-from-parents-of-ten-great-stuff-with-a-huge-following/

GREAT RESOURCES ABOUND ON CatholicConvert.com but check this one out:  Book Recommendations for Lovers

MP 067 : Evangelizing Your Kids

“The future of evangelization depends in great part on the Church of the home [the family].”
– St. John Paul II

The deepest desire for many of us as parents is to pass on the faith to our children. According to many statistics upwards of two-thirds of young people are leaving the faith. so its obvious that most parents are facing an uphill battle. Parents must be intentional about the evangelization of their children. What is the secret formula for success? What does it look like to be an evangelizing parent? In this podcast, we share the TOP FIVE WAYS to evangelize your kids. Gain some insight, spark a conversation, and go deeper in the work of evangelization. Listen in and share your ideas.

MP 066 : Keeping Your Love Alive

“Once you’re a parent, your relationship matters more, not less, because now other people are counting on you.”
~ TheDatingDivas.com

Marriage is under attack, but many times the attack is not direct and aggressive. Instead, it is slow and subtle – couples simply drift apart. How do we keep this from happening in our marriages? In this podcast we give 5 ways to keep your love alive in your relationship. We must continue to pursue and discover our spouse, no matter how long you have been married or how well you know each other. During this episode we also share a new and exciting way that our listeners can help us spread this ministry of Messy Parenting. Listen in!

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MP 065 : Discipling and Disciplining Our Teenagers – Part 2

This is part two of our podcast on teenagers. There are few tasks in parenting that can be as rewarding but also as challenging as disciplining sons and daughters who are moving from childhood to adulthood – otherwise known as teenagers. This is an important time of transition for them, and it is a time of transition for parents as well. Old ways of communicating and protecting them will not be as effective as they were. Some families breeze through this time, while it takes a heavy toll on others. In this podcast, we would like to give some foundational principles that we have found very helpful in discipling, not just disciplining, children who are going through this amazing and critical transformation in their lives. This podcast had so much information in it, that we decided to break it up into 2 parts.

MP 064 : Discipling and Disciplining Our Teenagers – Part 1

Don’t throw away your friendship with your teenager over behavior that has no great moral significance. There will be plenty of real issues that require you to stand like a rock. Save your big guns for those crucial confrontations.
~Dr. James Dobson

There are few tasks in parenting that can be as rewarding but also as challenging as disciplining sons and daughters who are moving from childhood to adulthood – otherwise known as teenagers. This is an important time of transition for them, and it is a time of transition for parents as well. Old ways of communicating and protecting them will not be as effective as they were. Some families breeze through this time, while it takes a heavy toll on others. In this podcast, we would like to give some foundational principles that we have found very helpful in discipling, not just disciplining, children who are going through this amazing and critical transformation in their lives. This podcast had so much information in it, that we decided to break it up into 2 parts. The second part will be out next week.

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MP 063 : Fr. Mike Scanlan, our spiritual father

Fr. Michael Scanlan and Pope John Paul II

“Father Mike Scanlan was a priest of the New Evangelization before there was a New Evangelization,” ~ George Weigel

Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, impacted many lives with the saving message of Jesus Christ. He was a friar, priest, preacher, teacher, healer, president, but to us he was our spiritual father. In this podcast we take some time to reflect on the lessons that we have learned from this man that we would like to share and continue to make real in our lives. We know you will benefit in hearing about this great man because he taught us both how to love Jesus, in a deep, real, intimate way. We hope we can honor his legacy by continuing to proclaim the gospel in the best way we know how- by sharing these stories with you. The debt we owe him is beyond all measure. Thank you Jesus for this gift, this privilege, this humble friar who has changed our life for all eternity.  #FatherMike

For more information, videos and more on Fr. Mike: www.franciscan.edu/FatherMike/

 

MP 062 : Family History

“Human beings look separate because you see them walking about separately. But then we are so made that we can see only the present moment. If we could see the past, then of course it would look different. For there was a time when every man was part of his mother, and (earlier still) part of his father as well, and when they were part of his grandparents. If you could see humanity spread out in time, as God sees it, it would look like one single growing thing–rather like a very complicated tree. Every individual would appear connected with every other.”
― C.S. Lewis

We all come from somewhere. We are part of the human family, but also we are part of a particular family with a history. So many of us, especially Americans, have lost the appreciation for our family tree that we should have. It’s important that we know where we come from, so we can pass that on to our children and to future generations. In this podcast we talk not only about ancestry and the importance of knowing it, but also of keeping connections with extended family and keeping our own family history through videos, keepsakes, and photos. All of these things are important in keeping us grounded in our place in history.

Catholic tangent from show: I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts!