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

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 …

DR. MARIO'S PODCASTS:

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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Ask Dr. Mario: Boys’ Competitiveness

My first question from the “Ask Dr. Mario” tab! I put that up so I can field questions from the growing community of listeners of Always Hope! Yet, it is important to clarify that this should not be used for

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What is Hope? Part 3

This is the final part of this series on hope. This won’t be the last time that I’ll write about hope but at least for now, you know what I’m talking about when I use that word. Hope is a

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What is Hope? Part 2

In the first part of this series on defining hope, I focused on the theological and spiritual aspects of hope; how hope is a virtue anchored on God and intimately united with love. (It’s a great read, check it out

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I am a Catholic Christian husband and father, that’s my primary vocation and passion. I am happily married to my wife of 16 years, Kristin, and together we share the joy of parenting our four sons. At Willwoods, I am blessed to serve as the Associate Director of the Faith and Marriage Apostolate. In this position, I work closely with my friend Jason Angelette (Director) as we try to serve married couples and individuals on their journey of faith. I offer retreats and lectures, write for the blog, and host a bi-weekly podcast, Always Hope.

Through our ministry, you can certainly expect some great content specifically targeted for married couples. I am proud of the work we do for couples and hope that these resources bless you. Yet, renewing our culture to be pro-marriage means more than just supporting married couples. The undergirding themes of love and faith transcend all states of life. So, if you are single or dating and happened to come across this page or listened to my podcast, know that you are in the right place, too.

As a marriage counselor, I strongly believe that good theology and good counseling theory can work together. You will see this mash-up throughout my writings, lectures, and podcasts.

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