DR. MARIO'S PODCASTS:

050 – The Way Forward for Men with Joe Barnard

Dr. Mario Sacasa welcomes to the show Joe Barnard, director of Cross Training Ministries in Covington, LA, and the author of the book “The Way Forward.” In today’s episode they talk about the power of men being open about their relationship with God and look at a few male celebrities who have recently gone public about their conversions. They examine

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049 – God’s Plan with Fr Timothy Gallagher

Dr. Mario Sacasa welcomes back Fr Timothy Gallagher, popular author and sought-after lecturer on the discerning God’s will. In today’s show, they discuss whether or not God has a specific plan for our lives, what freedom do we have to forge our own direction, reframing discernment as a skill that needs to be developed, dealing with perceived failed discernments, and

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048 – Same-Sex Attracted and Faithfully Catholic with Avera Maria Santo

Is it possible to be attracted to the same-sex, faithful to the Church’s teachings on sexual morality, and happy at all the same time? The answer is yes, even if that surprises you. I am joined today by Avera Maria Santo, a speaker who openly shares about her journey as a faithful Catholic who is attracted to other women. In

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047 – The Life and Suffering of Mother Teresa with Fr. Michael Champagne, CJC

Much has been stated about Mother Teresa’s dark night and extended period of spiritual suffering. Why would God allow such an experience in her life and how does it appropriately apply to our personal suffering? To tackle those questions, Dr. Mario welcomes Fr. Michael Champagne, CJC, superior of the Community of Jesus Crucified in St. Martinville, LA. Fr. Champagne is

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046 – Praying Through a Pandemic with Dr. Tom Neal and Fr. Ephrem Arcement

It is an understatement to say that we are in a moment of crisis. Many of us are struggling with the COVID-19 sickness, have family members who infected, and all of us of having to find a new normal under stay-at-home mandates. So, how can we find hope in the midst of this global pandemic? How are we trust in

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045 – Running with Hope with Patrick Sullivan

Joining me on the show is Patrick Sullivan, founder of the Frassati Running Club in Baltimore, MD. Patrick is a four-time marathoner and theology teacher at Gonzaga High School in Washington, DC. In today’s episode, we discuss the profound connection between physical fitness and the spiritual life, how training for a marathon is an analogy for life, the importance of

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044 – How Abortion Became Legal with Angie Thomas

How did abortion become legal? This question has been on my mind recently. I understand the arguments on both sides, but I really wanted to know how the ability to voluntarily terminate a pregnancy became a constitutional right. So, I reached out to the best person I knew to ask this question. Joining me on the show is Angie Thomas,

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043 – Addressing Social Inequality through a Catholic Lens with Fr. Dustin Feddon

Dr. Mario Sacasa is joined by Fr. Dustin Feddon, a priest of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, and the Director of The Joseph House, which is a ministry to men who are transitioning out of prison and back into the world. Fr. Dustin shares lessons he has learned by ministering to prisoners on death row and with those transitioning out of

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042 – The Future Catholic Parish with Fr. Josh Johnson

Dr. Mario Sacasa welcomes back to the show, Fr. Josh Johnson, pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in St. Amant, LA. Fr. Josh is the host of the “Ask Fr Josh” podcast and was recently featured in an article on the website Aleteia.org. In this episode, they examine causes for the decline in weekly attendance at Catholic masses in America. They

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041 – Psychology, Religion, and Healthy Men with Dr. Anthony Isacco

Dr. Mario Sacasa welcomes to the show Dr. Anthony Isacco, Associate Professor of Psychology at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA to discuss the various elements of a healthy male psychology and spirituality. Rather than asking what is wrong with the modern man, this episode focuses on male health and ideals. In today’s show, they discuss the importance of men living

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040 – Self-Forgiveness with Dr. Everett Worthington

Dr. Mario Sacasa welcomes Dr. Everett Worthington to the show to talk about the process and mechanisms of self-forgiveness. Dr. Worthington has over 30 years of research on forgiveness and his REACH model is one of the leading models in forgiveness therapies. They discuss the steps to take if you struggle with self-condemnation, how self-compassion is needed, and the difference

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039 – The Spirituality of Archbishop Fulton Sheen with Fr. Jeff Montz

Dr. Mario Sacasa welcomes Fr. Jeff Montz, Director of Spiritual Formation at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, LA to discuss the life and spiritual teachings of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, which was the focus of Fr. Jeff’s graduate thesis. Archbishop Fulton Sheen was a frontrunner in using mass media to spread the Gospel. In today’s episode, they dissect the pillars

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038 – The First Five Years of Marriage with David Dawson

Dr. Mario Sacasa welcomes David Dawson, Director of the Family Life Office for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, to the show to discuss the realities of the early years of married life. They have a lively conversation about living together, money, sex, kids, and establishing new holiday traditions. This episode offers clear and practical advice drawing from their personal experience

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037 – The Elements of Joy with Sr. Tracey Dugas

Dr. Mario Sacasa welcomes Sr. Tracey, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, to discuss the process of finding and maintaining joy in life, how to discern with joy and desire, looking at art as an expression of one’s interior, and how to promote joy on social media. They end with a brief conversation about Dr. Jordan Peterson and

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036 – Ask Dr. Mario

Dr. Mario fields questions from listeners in this bonus episode of the podcast! How to establish chastity in a relationship following a conversion? Is it permissible to remarry after a divorce when the previous spouse has already moved onto a new marriage? How to parent boys and their competitiveness? And a follow-up question that Dr. Mario asked John DeJak about

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035 – Who is Fr. Walter Ciszek? with John M. DeJak

I welcome to the show John M. DeJak, co-editor of the book “With God in America: The Spiritual Legacy of an Unlikely Jesuit,” to talk about Fr. Walter Ciszek’s life and spiritual teachings. Fr. Ciszek spent over 20 years in a Soviet prison and the Gulags of Northern Siberia after a false accusation of being a Vatican Spy operating in

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034 – Demons, Deliverance, and Exorcism with Fr. Mike Driscoll

Halloween has become our nation’s yearly fascination with the occult, horror, and all things creepy. (This is unfortunate, because trick-or-treating is awesome!) Since, it is just around the corner, now is a good time to talk about how the Catholic faith understands demons, their power, and offers methods of prayer against the powers of evil. Dr. Mario Sacasa is joined

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033 – What is Prayer? With Dr. Tom Neal

Dr. Mario Sacasa welcomes back Dr. Tom Neal to the show to discuss the metaphysics of prayer. What is prayer? What does it actually do? What’s the point? Why should Christians pray? Those questions are tackled as they work through the various types of prayers: petitionary, thanksgiving, the Lord’s Prayer, meditation and contemplation. Websites mentioned in the show: Always Hope

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032 – Hurt by the Church with Fr. Thomas Berg

Dr. Mario Sacasa welcomes Fr. Thomas Berg, Vice Rector of St Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, NY, to the podcast to discuss his book “Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics,” which articulates a process of healing when you have been hurt by the Church. Fr. Berg shares his story of leaving a religious community, the particulars of

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031 – Faith and Science with Dr. Chris Baglow

Dr. Mario Sacasa welcomes Dr. Chris Baglow, Director the Science and Religion Initiative at the Mcgrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame, to discuss various ways faith and science connect and disagree with one another. They discuss the dangers of a scientism that opposes religious thought and the problems when people of faith are too shallow in their

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030 – The Science of Hope with Dr. Matt Gallagher

Dr. Mario Sacasa is joined by psychologist and researcher Dr. Matt Gallagher of the University of Houston to discuss the scientific theory of hope, the need for goals in life, how hope helps our resiliency, and strategies of increasing hope. Books mentioned in the show: “The Oxford Handbook of Hope” by Matt Gallagher and Shane Lopez “Making Hope Happen” by

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029 – Bonus Talk: Women, Shame, and Social Media

Dr. Mario Sacasa offers his signature blend of humor, story, research, and faith to address the distinct social pressures placed on the modern woman. What does a guy know about being a woman? Very little! That’s why this presentation is anchored on the latest research on women’s neurology, shame, and the effects with social media. Women, be encouraged and enjoy

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028 – The Role of Psychology in the Spiritual Life with Paul Ruff

Dr. Mario Sacasa is joined by Paul Ruff, Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Director of Human Formation at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, to discuss ways psychological theory can aid the Catholic-Christian journey of faith. They share how to draw on both resources when working through the sufferings of life and relationships. They ask if there is a “true

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027 – Health and Wellbeing with Dr. Carlos Gomez

Dr. Mario is joined by his good friend, Dr. Carlos Gomez, licensed psychologist and executive coach, to talk about his journey with weight loss, the importance of positive psychology, and the five areas of wellbeing as defined by Gallup (Career, Social, Financial, Physical, and Community). Websites mentioned in the show: Five Essentials of Wellbeing

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026 – Life with the Holy Spirit with Bob Osborne

As I was preparing for my yearly summer trip to Omaha, NE, I packed my podcasting equipment knowing that I was going to interview with Fr Timothy Gallagher, the last episode, but I had a sense that there would be someone else that I would meet and interview. So, on a fateful evening, in our dorm’s common area, I met

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025 – Spiritual Desolation with Fr. Timothy Gallagher

You know the scenario. Everything is going well, prayer is rich, family is good, life is generally pleasant. And then out of nowhere something comes along that upsets the apple cart. You start feeling a little discouraged and the first thing to go is prayer. Why? If God wants me to be close to him, why would he allow moments

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024 – The Risk and Rewards of Free Will with Dr. Tom Neal

Why did God give us free will? Think about it. All the poor judgments made by humans, the evils we have committed, the collective sins of history… wouldn’t creation have been better off without free agency? By the end of this show, you’ll know why the answer to that question is an unequivocal “No.” I bring back my good friend

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023 – Healing After Abortion or Miscarriage with Michaelene Fredenburg

Abortion. You can’t say the word without evoking angst, defensiveness, and possibly rage. The problem, however, with the word becoming a political barometer of left vs right affiliation is that the people who suffer them are being lost in the cracks. We must mourn the unborn and help the men and women who have made the decision to end their

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022 – Finding a Happy Balance with Paul George

You know how you want to do everything in life, but you just feel like you can’t do it all? If that’s you, then this is your episode. If you’re like me, finding the balance between the idealistic and the practical feels easier than finding a unicorn in the forest. Can you follow a dream and provide for your family?

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021 – Catholic Feminism with Dr. Jennifer Miller

In this show, I don’t mess around with easy topics, as I have stated many times, my desire is to find God’s goodness precisely in the challenging places our lives and culture. So, I couldn’t help myself when I got curious about how two seemingly opposed ideologies can actually fit together: Catholicism and Feminism. Can there be such a thing

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020 – Spousal Prayer with Jason Angelette

The busyness of life makes it difficult to find time to reconnect and rest together as spouses. Often it feels like everything becomes a priority before my spouse. Even when we are doing good things for our families and ministries, we have to stop and be deliberate to pray with our spouse. But how? That’s the topic of conversation for

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019 – Discerning the Celibate Priesthood (BONUS)

BONUS EPISODE! Consider this episode a little lagniappe, as they like to say in Southern Louisiana. On March 23, 2019, I gave a presentation on discerning the celibate priesthood to seminarians at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, MN. Thanks to Fr. Marty Schaefer and their Rector Fr. Robert Horihan for, who invited me to lead their “Vir in

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018 – Know When to Get Married with Mary-Rose Verret

This is part 3 of my miniseries on dating and discernment and like the previous two episodes, I am trying to explore the balance between the theoretical and the practical when it comes to discernment because often the advice that is given errors one way or the other. In this episode, I target questions surrounding when you should move forward

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017 – How Pornography Impacts Vocational Discernment with Fr. Sean Kilcawley

It’s no secret that compulsive pornography use has become a rising issue in our culture. Thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones, the ability to access pornographic images and videos are easier than ever. And leading scientists in brain research are starting to show the detrimental effects porn is having on our neurobiology. There are many tremendous resources available to help

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016 – AMA on Dating

On Always Hope, I’m usually the one who is asking the questions and guiding the conversation, but in this special episode, the roles have been reversed. On February, 25, 2019, I was invited to do an open Q&A on dating and relationship advice at the John Paul II House at Louisiana State University. That is a Catholic fraternity at a

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015 – Catholic Mindfulness with Dr. Gregory Bottaro

Mindfulness is a buzzword in the field of mental health. Studies have shown its effectiveness for treating a whole host of issues from anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. What is Mindfulness and why is it helpful? Moreover, recognizing that this practice is rooted in a Buddhist spiritual tradition, how does a Catholic Christian appropriately integrate mindfulness into their lives? Is

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014 – Redemptive Suffering with Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein

In this podcast, I often talk about suffering in life and various ways to overcome it. That’s because I believe that knowing how to handle our suffering is the key to unlocking personal maturity and happiness. So, in today’s show, I am focusing the conversation squarely on understanding how to make suffering redemptive. Redemptive suffering is not an oxymoron, but

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013 – The Lost Art of Financial Generosity with Cory Howat

Debt, savings, spending, and tithing… for many of us, money is a topic of conversation that no one wants to have. We all attribute certain values to money: power, freedom, guilt, or shame. And because I love talking about the hard things in life and we need to go here, have an honest conversation about why money makes us feel

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012 – Beauty Will Save The World with Bill Donaghy

Have you ever had a hard day at work and while you are driving home all you can think about is the stress and tension of the day? Then, out of nowhere, you see the sun setting and it just captures your heart and for a brief moment, your stress dissipates as you get lost in the beauty of the

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011 – The Laity Rules with Dr. Tom Neal, Part 2

This part 2 of my conversation about the lay vocation with Dr. Tom Neal, professor of Spiritual and Pastoral Theology at Notre Dame Seminary.  If you missed part 1, click on the link in the show description. We pick up right where it left off In this episode, we have an honest conversation about the joys and challenges of being

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010 – The Laity Rules with Dr. Tom Neal, Part 1

I’m excited about this episode, because I finally get to have on the show one of my favorite people to talk to, Dr. Tom Neal, professor of Spiritual and Pastoral Theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Neal is a dear friend and truly one of the wisest persons I know. We focused the conversation in this

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009 – Love Chooses Morality with Dr. Sarah Bartel

Doesn’t it seem like morality has become a bad word in our culture? Or that trying to be a good and moral person is not an ideal we should strive for anymore. That is probably because we overly associate morality with just following rules. But, what if morality is not so much about the do’s and don’ts but rather a

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008 – How to Discern a Lifelong Vocation with Fr. Jim Rafferty

Discernment is tricky business and discerning a lifelong vocation is down-right hard! Knowing how to listen to God’s will, shifting through our desires, and ultimately having the confidence to make a decision is no small task. Knowing what to listen to in prayer and how to respond appropriately is the focus of today’s episode. Joining me via Skype is Fr.

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007 – The Spiritual Life of an Artist with Greg Boudreaux

Art has a significant role in the spiritual life. The ability to enter into the creative process, regardless of the medium, is an invitation by God to share in his creative energies. We need to stop neglecting our inner artist and see how God uses art to communicate his love in the world. Joining me today is singer and songwriter

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006 – Memory in Scripture with Dr. Brant Pitre

Have you ever wondered why the Bible makes so many references to the past? Up and down the old and new testaments, there are repeated appeals to “remember the works of the Lord” or for God to “remember his children.” This is because according to Scripture memory plays an important role in cultivating hope and building our relationship with God.

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005 – Women’s Health with Sarah Denny

As a culture, we rightly believe that empowerment and education often go hand-in-hand. Therefore, empowering women should also mean better education on the natural rhythms of her cycle. The need for both men and women to grow in fertility awareness is the topic of today’s episode and joining me today is FertilityCare Practitioner and campus minister, Sarah Denny. Sarah is

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004 – Loving Social Communication with Dr. Daniella Zsupan-Jerome

Social media is ruining everything! It is killing our brains and relationships. That is what we hear, and while yes there is truth to that, what if, social media isn’t the problem, per se? What if the problem rests on the lack of charity and virtue within the users themselves? What if the onus was on us to be better,

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003 – Broken and Blessed with Fr. Josh Johnson

Millennials are not as involved in religious traditions as previous generations. This is undeniable. Yet, rather than being intimated by this, let’s see it as an opportunity. Instead of feeling the pressure to change Church teachings or come up with some new gimmick to make the faith more hip, how about we just to get back to the basics, encourage

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002 – Faith and Doubt with Chris O’Neil

Let’s admit it, trying to have faith can at times be challenging. I love God, but sometimes I doubt: his goodness, his providence, his presence. This episode is about knowing what to do with those doubts when they arise. Ignoring, stuffing, or pretending they will go away are not the best options. Joining me today is Chris O’Neil, part-time family

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001 – Authentic Masculinity with Jennifer Miller

Men and women. Is there anything that causes more heartbreak than this dynamic? But try as we do, we are stuck together and have to figure it out. In this episode, we focus on the male side of this equation and try to determine what it means to be a man in a modern, pluralistic, and gender neutral culture. Joining

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