MP 084 : Screens and Your Child

Screens are part of our world and they are here to stay. TV, computers, smartphones, tablets are all around us and becoming an essential element in our everyday lives. Though many would like to demonize these devices, the reality is that they are amoral – not good nor bad. It is our job as parents to help our children learn to use these screens in a way that is beneficial for their physical, social, and emotional development. Screens are a big issue for parents and a complex one. In this podcast, we discuss navigating this topic with our kids and why limiting screens is it actually more of a challenge for parents than for children.

“Their performance might be high in gaming and internet information processing, but what about performance in low-tech activities such as building relationships? Parenting? Achieving greatness at anything, from sports to music to business?” ~Amy and Evelyn Guttmann


Advice for husbands to say to wives

We are in the final days before our son’s wedding. The first wedding of our children.   The snow is coming down so it feels like a Hernon wedding (backstory). Your prayers for this joyous occasion are greatly appreciated.

For my son Patrick and for all husbands I would like to share some great advice from a doctor of the Church, St. John Chrysostom. He has many great insights and encouragement to marriage and family life. Share this with a husband you know.

From The Catechism of the Catholic Church #2365:

Fidelity expresses constancy in keeping one’s given word. God is faithful. The Sacrament of Matrimony enables man and woman to enter into Christ’s fidelity for his Church. Through conjugal chastity, they bear witness to this mystery before the world.

St. John Chrysostom suggests that young husbands should say to their wives: I have taken you in my arms, and I love you, and I prefer you to my life itself. For the present life is nothing, and my most ardent dream is to spend it with you in such a way that we may be assured of not being separated in the life reserved for us. . . . I place your love above all things, and nothing would be more bitter or painful to me than to be of a different mind than you.

MP 083 : Decisions, decisions, but what does God want?

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Ps 37:4

Making decisions is a stressful and sometimes difficult task for most of us, especially when you are a parent.  Deciding where to live, what job to take, or how to educate your children are probably 3 of the most important decisions you will make.  How can you know what God wants?  How can you figure out what is best for you and for your family?  In this podcast, we discuss things to consider when you have to make a big decision.  God wants to bless you.  Just seek His face, stay close to Him and don’t stress out!


Bless your home on Epiphany

We invite you to incorporate this Catholic tradition into your family’s celebration of the Epiphany. The purpose of this ceremony is to seek God’s blessing on your family, your home, and all those who visit you. It is an annual renewal of your family’s invitation that Jesus be the unseen guest at every meal and the silent listener to every conversation. This family ceremony seeks God’s blessing on our new year; our comings and goings, our work and play, our joys and sorrows. This is a simple way of revealing to all that Jesus Christ is our King.

A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk to write above your home’s entrance the new year in a special way. You will need chalk, blessed if possible and holy water if available. Possible ceremony format follows…

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Marriage and Family in Scripture

Marriage is what brings us together today. Or a show about marriage anyway. This was one of my favorite shows I hosted on EWTN and I had to share it with you.

Fr. John Riccardo is an inspiring priest with deep insights in marriage and family life. Marriage is an earthly reality and a sacramental reality. It reveals truths about men and God, and helps grace enter into our world and lives. Sit back and take in some great insights from this fascinating conversation.  I would love to hear your reaction.

Join Host Michael Hernon, panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest Fr. John Riccardo, Host of “Christ Is the Answer” on Ave Maria Radio, as they discuss the Good News about the sacred reality of the sacrament of marriage.

This program originally aired on EWTN in August 2017.


O Lord Jesus, you lived in the home of Mary and Joseph in Nazareth. There you grew in age, wisdom and grace as you prepared to fulfill your mission as our Redeemer. We entrust our family to you.

O Blessed Mary, you are the Mother of our Savior. At Nazareth you cared for Jesus and nurtured him in the peace and joy of your home. We entrust our family to you.

O Saint Joseph, you provided a secure and loving home for Jesus and Mary, and gave us a model of fatherhood while showing us the dignity of work. We entrust our family to you.

Holy Family, we consecrate ourselves and our family to you. May we be completely united in a love that is lasting, faithful and open to the gift of new life. Help us to grow in virtue, to forgive one another from our hearts, and to live in peace all our days. Keep us strong in faith, persevering in prayer, diligent in our work, and generous toward those in need.

May our home, O Holy Family, truly become a domestic church where we reflect your example in our daily life. Amen. 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us! 


Prayer composed by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore for the Knights of Columbus

MP 082 : What can you give this Christmas?

We are all looking for the perfect gift. What gift is more treasured than our Lord? Many of you deeply desire for your children to know Christ in a special way this Christmas. In this video broadcast, we encourage you to first receive from the Lord, because we can’t give what we don’t have ourselves. In order to celebrate Christmas, use this time to seek reconciliation and give generously what you have been given. We can very simply honor the birth of our Lord through the very gift of ourselves to others.

This is our fourth Advent broadcast and would love to hear your reaction. By signing up for our email newsletter we will also send you links for a great Christmas album that your family will enjoy. At the end of this is a sample with our daughters singing the Angel Gabriel.

Related episodes:


The Christmas Angel

A Real Life Christmas Miracle by Katie Hernon


The winter of 2004 was a cold, dry one in my cramped, joy-filled Steubenville home. We were almost bursting at the seams with five rambunctious children under 9 years old and two loving dogs under one roof. In the middle of the 2004, my father had been laid off so we had to live a tight life for a few months.

He would always say, “All you can do is simply trust in the Lord, He provides.” And He was right, He truly does.

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Advent – Prepare the Way of the Lord

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths.” In the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Advent St. John the Baptist is herald preparing the way for Christ. In our homes Jesus has entrusted this role to us as parents. How can we till and cultivate the soil of our children’s hearts so as to receive and embrace the call to discipleship?

This is the latest broadcast from our Advent video series. Our hope is to help you make Jesus Christ the King of your family and unleash God’s power in your parenting. In this 20 minutes video we share 4 stages/thresholds that prepare your children to maturely embrace the faith during Advent and throughout their lives.

You may also be interested in our podcast from last Advent: MP 059 Advent 2016


MP 081 : Advent – Making the Word of God Flesh in Your Home

Make Advent a time to renew your family’s faith life with scripture.

This the audio version from the Advent video series from Messy Parenting. Our hope with this series is to help you make Jesus Christ the King of your family and unleash God’s power in your parenting. This is the second of the four part series.

This week we focus on “Making the Word of God Flesh in Your Home”. In 20 minutes we share 3 ways to make scripture come alive this Advent (and throughout the year).