MP 013 : Submission in Marriage

“Wives be subject to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of his wife, as Christ is the head of the Church, his body and himself his Savior” Eph 5:22

People hear this reading in the pews and start squirming! Why is that? This is an integral passage to understand not only the relationship between husbands and wives, but in understanding how we can image God to each other. We have found that often this passage is misinterpreted and misunderstood. After years of thinking about this and living it out in our marriage we offer a different perspective in this podcast. The heart of what we talk about is how God wants to love each husband and each wife through their spouse. Marital love is a powerful thing because God wants to use it to show us His powerful awesome love. Listen in as we offer our perspective on this compelling passage of God’s word.

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MP 012 : Passing on the Faith

“…the happiness you are seeking, the happiness you have the right to enjoy, has a face and a name. It is Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist” – Pope Benedict XVI

The only way our faith as Catholics makes any sense is when we see our lives as a journey to deepen our relationship with Jesus. If our lives aren’t about Him- what is the point? In this podcast, Mike and Alicia interview Alicia’s parents, John and Michele Doman who are the parents of 10 and grandparents to over 40 young Catholics! Amazingly, and by God’s grace, all of the Doman children are living lives as dynamic Catholics – married and in the priesthood. John and Michele discuss their own faith journey and how they guided their children into a relationship with Christ over the years. There is much wisdom in their words, as well as humor and honesty. What a wonderful resource to hear from a couple so in love with the Lord and with such great experience!

Two Week Break

In light of Holy Week as well as other commitments, we are taking a two week break.  We will start up again with our next podcast following Easter.  Sorry for the inconvenience. I pray this continues to be a fruitful Lent and the best celebration of the Triduum.  Enjoy this sacred and special time with your family. Here are two sites that have been an inspiration to us this Lent:  #ShareJesus and Fr. Robert Barron’s Lenten Reflections.

Look for our next two podcasts which will be very exciting. We are going to interview Alicia’s parents, John and Michele Doman who successfully raised 10 dynamic Catholics who are out there serving the church in the priesthood, medical field, education, elder care, business, and more all while raising their own families of faithful Catholics. They have much wisdom to share. We are also going to talk about Ephesians 5 and the concept of wives “submitting” to their husbands. I’m sure you will all find this quite interesting!


MP 011 : Family Meals

 All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
~Ronald Reagan

Those of us who grew up with family dinners and who continue that tradition with our kids may not realize how counter-cultural we are becoming! Having dinner as a family is one thing you can do for your children to help keep them healthy, emotionally stable, and academically successful. It’s a simple thing, but why doesn’t every family have dinner together? In this podcast we discuss why family dinners are an important part of our parenting, why they can be challenging, and some ideas to make your mealtime even better than it is now! Listen in and join the conversation.

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MP 010 : Lying

Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight. Prov 12:22

One of the trickiest situations to deal with in parenting is when a child is lying.  Do you punish them?  If you do that, won’t they keep lying to avoid punishment in the future?  How do you know they are lying?  What if you think they are lying and they are actually telling the truth?  In this podcast we will share with you what we did in our family when we had kids who were in the habit of lying in our household.  There is not a “one size fits all” approach to this issue, but we can give you some ideas and suggestions as we share our experiences with you.

MP 009 : Arguing in Marriage

“You get in the biggest fights with those you care about most because those are the relationships worth fighting for”

“A happy marriage is a union of two forgivers” – Ruth Bell Graham

The only person in the world you will always agree with is yourself. Especially in marriage, people are going to disagree and this can lead to heated arguments between two people who really love each other. This is normal and healthy! We have to fight to work out our differences and come to a greater unity in our marriage. The goal of an argument should not be to be right, but to be unified. Even if you disagree, arguments should lead to greater clarity and understanding. In this podcast, we talk about why to argue, principles for good arguing, and some basic ground rules.


MP 008 : Large Families

“For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly makes all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.”

– Teddy Roosevelt

Hernon Family

Being blessed with a large family is something that some couples long for and something that some couples don’t even expect! Having 10 children we have a pretty realistic perspective on having more than 5 kids (which seems medium-sized to us!) There are considerations to being open to having more kids that are deeper than “why not?” There are challenges that parents need to think about because we are co-creators with God and that is not a responsibility to be taken lightly. We know many people who have had an amazing experience growing up in a big family, but there are some people who were deeply scarred because their parents weren’t ready for what was coming. Parents can never forget that they have a responsibility to not just give life, but also educate that life as well. We would like to share our experience with you to encourage you to be intentional about planning for what lies ahead if God blesses you with a bunch of kids!

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“I guess the reasons against having more children always seemed uninspiring and superficial. What exactly am I missing out on? Money? A few more hours of sleep? A more peaceful meal? More hair? These are nothing compared to what I get from these five monsters who rule my life … each one of them has been a pump of light into my shriveled black heart.”
– Jim Gaffigan

MP 007 : Family Prayer

“The family that prays together, stays together”

Family prayer should be the center of our lives as Catholics, but often parents find it challenging. Praying consistently with our kids is not our strength, so of course that’s why we wanted to address it! You need to find a type of prayer that works for you, and don’t worry about how “well” you pray. The Lord just wants to hear from you and your children need to see your example (especially you dads!). Our entire lives need to be submitted to the Lord, knowing that all we have is from Him.

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