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Episode 135 – The Devout Life | Deacon Matthew Newsome

How do we grow in our devotion of Christ? What are the things we should be paying attention to? What should we be avoiding? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some book that introduced these concepts? Yes there is. Joining me on the show today is Deacon Matt Newsome, author of the book “The Devout Life: A Modern Guide

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134 – What Single Men Need to Know About Dating | Chad Etzel

Joining me on the show is Chad Etzel, leadership coach and host of the Catholic, Single, and Flourishing Podcast, to talk through the challenges of being a single guy in the dating scene today. We discuss the limiting beliefs that men often have pertaining to dating, unhelpful cultural messages about men, looking at dating and talking to women as skills

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133 – Meaning, Grit, and #adulting | Dr. Andrew and Sarah Swafford

Alright young adults, here’s your episode on how to navigate the complexities of friendship, romance, and life’s challenges. In today’s episode, I welcome Dr. Andrew and Sarah Swafford, authors of the new book “Gift and Grit: How Heroic Virtue Can Change Your Life and Relationships”, published by Ascension Press. We have a wonderful conversation about the importance finding meaning in

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132 – Helping Spouses of Addicts | Travis Thompson

Today I welcome, Travis Thompson, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and author of the book, “To Those Left Behind: Helping Partners and Families Understand and Heal from Addiction.” In this episode, we explore the complicated nature of being married to an addict, examine addiction through the lens of attachment, offer steps of recovery for addicts and spouses, discuss codependency, the

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131 – Defending our Kids from Pornography | Kristen Jenson

I welcome to the show Kristen Jenson, founder of the Defend Young Minds and author of the book, Good Pictures Bad Pictures. In today’s show, we talk about teaching our kids “digital self-defense,” why filtering and monitoring software are important but not enough, giving our kids spaces to develop the virtues we are teaching them, tips for parents on how

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130 – What the Church Gets Wrong about Porn | Sam Black

We know that pornography is a huge problem, but what can churches do to combat the issue? Joining me on the show to talk through that question is Sam Black, author of “The Healing Church: What churches get wrong about pornography and how to fix it.” Sam is also the director of recovery education at Covenant Eyes. In today’s episode,

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Speaking Events

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


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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