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MP 030 : Pope Francis, Controversy, and the Family

“Where there is a family with love, that family is capable of warming the heart of a whole city with its witness of love.”
– Pope Francis

Our Holy Father has a pastor’s heart, but often his quotes become controversial. He speaks directly to families, those suffering, and to those in power in a frank, honest fashion. With the Holy Father coming to the United States and the upcoming Synod on the Family, we are taking time in this podcast to discuss his words, some of his challenging comments, and why some of the things he says are taken in a negative light. We all have a responsibility to prayerfully reflect on his words with the knowledge that they are spoken by the Vicar of Christ. We welcome you to listen to our thoughts and share your opinions with us.

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MP 029 : Scripture and the Family

Pope St. Gregory: Learn the heart of God from the word of God.
St. Jerome: Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.

How is the Word of God honored in our homes? God is present in His Word; do we truly realize that? As Catholics, we need to surround our children with scripture through stories, prayer, teaching, and song. We should be using the Bible to pass on the faith to our children, for it is through the Bible that they will come to know who Jesus is and hear Him speaking to them.

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MP 028 : Messy Parenting Guide to Dating

Nothing makes a father happier than seeing a daughter with a smile on her face and her boyfriend with fear in his eyes. – Willie Robertson

Your natural instinct is to protect your daughter. Forget what pop culture and pop psychologists tell you. DO IT. – Dr. Meg Meeker

Daughters AND sons need direction and guidance when it comes to dating. The world tells us that dating is private and we have no business “meddling” in our teens affairs. Nothing is farther from the truth! Kids need mom and dad’s wisdom on navigating the perilous world of relationships and emotions. We have some practical advice to give from our own experience that we can share with you. Parents have to be intentional about discussing relationships with their kids and make a safe place for them to be honest and vulnerable, so they don’t go seeking affirmation in the wrong places. Dating is another area in which Catholic families can affect the world in a positive way by our example. Listen in!

Hernon Ground Rules for Dating (heavily copied from Jennifer Degler)

MP 027 : Date Night

Your marriage is only as good as the work you put into it.

A child-centered marriage is a recipe for disaster. Teach children early that their “happiness” is not Mom or Dad’s reason for living.
~Breathing Grace, Everything I Know About Marriage in 200 Words or Less

How often to we take the time to show our spouse that they are “Number One” in our lives? Dedicated time alone without the children is an essential part of any healthy marriage. The foundation of your family is your marriage and we should never, ever take for granted that we are doing fine. In this episode we talk about the importance of a Date Night and Get Away Weekends. We also address two listener questions – one on toy guns and the other on how to have effective family time. Listen in and start the discussion on how and why we should all spend quality time with our beloved in order to improve our family life.

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MP 026 : Words Matter

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29

The words that are spoken in our home can create an atmosphere of trust, openness and honesty or one of hostility and distrust. We need to banish from our homes sarcasm and negative humor because they tear down family members instead of building them up. There are many ways that we can use our words to encourage our children and our spouses. We need to take the time to honor and love our family with our words so our home can be a safe place for our children to thrive and grow.

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Please take a few minutes to complete our Marriage and Family Survey.  In light of the Synod on the Family and the World Meeting of Families we want to hear from you on marriage and family issues.  Let your voice be heard.  This will also help us learn more about you and serve you better.  Thanks for your help – pass it on!

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MP 025 : Creating Order in a Messy World

“Half of the time I feel like I’m running an insane asylum… the other half of the time I feel like I belong in one. “

There are so many needs pressing on parents, especially moms, all day, every day. How can we prioritize our time and energy to create an orderly life for ourselves and our family? In the book A Mother’s Rule of Life, Holly Pierlot describes the Six Priorities of Life that can help us create a routine in our day and make decisions that will help us use our time wisely and effectively. Despite what your children think, mothers can’t do everything! Moms (and dads!) can create a balanced life by giving priority first to Prayer then to Person, Partner, Parent, Provider, and Periphery (everything else!). If you enjoy this podcast, contact us about having Alicia come to speak to your parish or group to do a full presentation with more information on this topic.

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MP 024 : Party On!

“My name is Rod and I like to party.” – Andy Samburg in Hot Rod

To be Catholic is to love to party, because every mass is a party and a foretaste of heaven! Celebrations are an important way to communicate our values to our children and to the world. By investing our time and treasure to gather friends and family together we are saying, “This is an important event!” As Catholics, we need to reclaim the sacraments and holidays as times to feast and celebrate. This is how we can rebuild our Catholic culture and revive our communities. Listen in as we tell you about the crazy party WE had last weekend!

MP 023 : Friendship and our kids

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. ~George Washington

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter. He who finds one finds a treasure. Sirach 6:14

It doesn’t take a village to raise a child, but the village is certainly an important part of his growth and development! The friendships that our children have are an important training ground for life, even at the earliest age. As parents, we can’t micromanage our children’s friendships, but we can guide them and provide a fertile environment for healthy relationships to grow. It’s important to do this when they are young, because as they grow friendships become more and more important and parents have less and less influence over those friendships. Listen in as we discuss this topic and its importance in the lives of our children.

MP 022 : Dealing with Loss

“Why did God make you? God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven.” – Baltimore Catechism

Dealing with the loss of life is difficult for adults and for children. Our generation is more poorly equipped than any other before us to deal with this issue, because we have been told that we are in control of our own lives, and this simply is not true. As Catholics we have a the great gift of our faith to form our hearts and inform our minds so we can embrace the suffering that death brings. In this podcast we share our own stories of loss and give some ideas for talking with your children about this issue. This podcast ends with a special song written by a mother who suffered the loss of her child and God’s response to her.

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