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!

 

DR. MARIO'S PODCASTS:

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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DR. MARIO'S BLOG POSTS:

The Wisdom of Sport

A couple of weeks ago, I was woken up in the middle of the night when a band of thunderstorms came ripping through New Orleans. And once I’m up, I’m up. After tossing and turning for a solid 45-minutes, I

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Staying Connected: Part 3

Spiritual and emotional connection is important, yet there is one more piece to this puzzle, physical love. Reconnect Physically Before the desire for intimacy was expressed verbally, we felt a connection through physical gestures. A baby is formed inside the

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Staying Connected: Part 2

In the first part of this series, we explored what it means to respect our spouse’s eternal mystery, the importance of regular conversations, and how prayer blesses a couple’s emotional life. Now let’s go deeper into how to support a

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