MP 077 : Preparing to Launch

“You left just as you were becoming interesting.” ~ Professor Henry Jones to Indiana Jones

All throughout our children’s lives we are laying a foundation. A foundation upon which the rest of their lives will be built. How we relate to them, the consequences we provide, the teaching we give when they are teens (or even younger) will affect how we relate to them when they become adults. Parenting an adult child can be amazingly satisfying or heart-breaking depending on the decisions they make. In this podcast, we give 7 tips on how to parent your adult child and help them to launch into the world of adulthood.

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MP 076 : Anger in Parenting

“Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one” ~ Benjamin Franklin

We thought we were really nice people before we had kids. Our children can sometimes trigger anger in us that we didn’t even realize was there and we can even surprise ourselves with its violence. To overcome unrighteous anger, we need to understand why we get angry (sometimes its not unjustified!) and make a plan for how we are going to deal with it. This can be a difficult issue for many people because it takes humility to admit when we are wrong, and vulnerability to deal with our own brokenness.

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MP 075 : Godparenting

“For the grace of Baptism to unfold, the parents’ help is important. So too is the role of the godfather and godmother, who must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized on the road of Christian life.” CCC1255

Our world presents images of cartoon fairy godmothers and mob boss godfathers, but in actuality, being a godparent is a life-long commitment of spiritual significance. To be an effective godparent we need to be in relationship with our godchild as a Christian witness as we assist the parents in the faith formation of their child. In this episode we discuss how to choose a godparent, the importance of godparents in the life of the child, and how to be a godparent that actually makes an impact in the life of a young Catholic. Listen in to learn more about this important relationship.  This sponsored podcast is dedicated to Katie Stockermans.

MP 074 : Busy-ness

“If the devil cannot make us bad, he will make us busy.” ~ Corrie TenBoom

If we are too busy to pray, to eat with our family, to play with our kids, then we are too busy. When we look at our family’s schedule we need to make sure that we have the “big rocks” in place. We need to make sure that we invest time in those things that we say are our top priorities. Show me how you spend your time, and I will show you what you value. In this podcast we talk about families and our busy schedules. We look at how we can juggle it all and make wise choices for our children and ourselves. Really, most of our podcast ideas boil down to this – how do you make it all happen?

Episode Sponsor: The Master Planner

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EWTN Show on Marriage and Family in Scripture

This was one of my favorite shows I have hosted and I know you will enjoy it!

Fr. John Riccardo is an inspiring priest with deep insights in marriage and family life.  Here is 2 minute promo for the show that starts airing this Sunday on EWTN.  Let me know what you think.

Franciscan University Presents on EWTN

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.

Father John Riccardo, host of Christ Is the Answer on Ave Maria Radio, will explore the Good News about this great reality with host Michael Hernon, vice president of Advancement at Franciscan University, and panelists Dr. Scott Hahn and Dr. Regis Martin of Franciscan University’s Theology Department.

August Show: “Marriage and Family in Scripture”

Airdates (EST): Sunday, August 6th at 10 pm, Thursday, August 10th, at 5 am, and Saturday, August 12th, at 4 pm

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Mike and Alicia on the Sea of Galilee


We’re are overwhelmed by God’s grace.

In June, we were blessed to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Rome. This was one of the most spiritual and powerful experiences of our lives. The experiences we had there have changed us and we wish we had more time to share some stories with you!  It is hard to put to into words but we felt the presence of God in a profound way and will never read scripture the same way again.

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MP 073 : Reaching Out – Evangelizing as a Family

The future of evangelization depends in great part on the Church of the home
~ St. John Paul the Great

Every Catholic is called to evangelize. No matter where you are in life, we are to spreading the gospel of Christ in all we do. Does that mean that we need to carry a bible in the diaper bag and preach on the street? Not necessarily (though a bible in your diaper bag is a good idea!), the first step in evangelization is to love. When we evangelize as a family, that means that we first love, serve, and preach the gospel to our own children as we create a home in which others can come to be served and cared for. Your family can be a witness to Christ as you show how to love as Jesus loved. This podcast was sponsored by Sean and Aine Ascough of Ireland!

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