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090 – Jason Shanks on Innovation, Creativity, and Suffering

090 – Jason Shanks on Innovation, Creativity, and Suffering

What if you were unconscious for 6 weeks due to a severe battle with Covid? How would that experience shape your faith, knowing that prayers and a miracle saved your life? How would that change your relationship with your family, God, and life itself? What if you also happened to be the president of a …

DR. MARIO'S PODCASTS:

090 – Jason Shanks on Innovation, Creativity, and Suffering

What if you were unconscious for 6 weeks due to a severe battle with Covid? How would that experience shape your faith, knowing that prayers and a miracle saved your life? How would that change your relationship with your family, God, and life itself? What if you also happened to be the president of a large philanthropic organization in the

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089 – Nathaniel Binversie on Exodus 90

Exodus 90 is a program aimed at helping men grow in their spiritual and ascetical practices. It is built around small groups, regular prayer exercises, and giving up a long list of creature comforts. It has grown tremendously over the last few years. And while, I hear many people talk about its positives, I do have some questions about how

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088 – Austin Ashcraft on Mars Hill, Celebrity, and Spiritual Abuse

Recently, Christianity Today released a podcast called “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” that chronicles the events of megachurch in Seattle, WA. That podcast is a 12-part series that gets into the weeds of how Mars Hill rose to prominence built around the personality of a fiery pastor and how things fell apart rather quickly in the end. Even

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087 – Scott Weeman on Catholic in Recovery

Scott Weeman joins me on the show to talk about Catholic in Recovery, a ministry he started to help addicts recover in a Catholic environment. Scott openly shares about his addiction and recovery journey and how both AA and a vibrant young adult ministry at his parish were key instruments on his road to sobriety.   In today’s episode, we

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086 – Art Bennett on the Temperament that God Gave You

Have you ever wondered why people react differently to the same thing? Why is it that some folks are quick to get angry about the slightest thing, but others are more patient? Why does your wife prefer to stay home when all you want to do is be around people? Maybe it’s because we all have different temperaments.  Joining me

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085 – Rhonda Gruenewald on increasing vocations in the Church

Well, we talk about vocations and discernment often in this show and today I want to take a systemic approach to the questions and ask what parishes and schools can do better to increase awareness about vocations. And since it is national vocations week, I thought it’d be a great time to share this discussion.  To help me think through

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Past Event: “Hope Leads the Way” Seminar at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Tallahassee, Florida

Talk 1: Hope as a Psychological Trait

Talk 3: The Power of Hope

Talk 2: Hope as a Theological Virtue

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DR. MARIO'S BLOG POSTS:

The Art of Good Decision-Making

Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. Every day we are faced with a thousand little choices of what to do and where to be. Do I hit the snooze button? Do I check my email before getting out of bed? What type of

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Review

“Symbols are nothing without the men and women that give them meaning,” says Sam Wilson in the first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. That thought is very close to being true, but he should have said, “Symbols

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WandaVision Review

WandaVision unapologetically asks a lot of its viewers. A quirky tv show about superheroes set within the look and feel of classic sitcoms? That doesn’t make any sense. Something about it feels disjointed and odd. Which, as you realize by

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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.

I am happy you are here with us and hope you enjoy what we have to offer!

 

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