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/

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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!

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MP 061 : Listener Questions Answered

“In children we have a great charge committed to us. Let us bestow great care upon them…Form the soul of thy son aright, and all the rest will be added hereafter.” —St. John Chrysostom

We are so grateful for all the people who have emailed us encouraging words and stories of how these podcasts have touched their lives. We are MOST grateful for those people who email us questions, because we can use them as topics for our podcasts! Thank you for trusting us enough to ask for our help. In this episode we take some time to answer questions and give encouragement to those who have asked us about issues like teaching gratefulness, getting kids to sleep, and tithing. Keep those questions coming!

Real Life Christmas Miracle

I thought you might appreciate this story that happened to us many years ago. Tears still come to my eyes when I think of that Christmas when an angel visited us in our hour of need. Alicia and I will never forget that Christmas Eve but I don’t think we realized the impression it left on our children. Our eldest tells the story…

A Real Life Christmas Miracle

MP 060 : Forgiveness

“Harboring unforgiveness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die”

Unforgiveness destroys marriages, relationships, families, and communities, but forgiveness is the most powerful weapon we have as Christians. When we forgive, with the grace of God, we are free from the power that any person and their actions have over us. Sometimes forgiveness seems impossible, and if it is dependent on us, then it would be, but we are not alone. Listen in as we talk about what it means to forgive and how to do it.