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

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 …

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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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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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What is Hope?

I launched the Always Hope podcast back in October 2018 to help you see how living with hope will improve your life and relationships and better equip you to navigate cultural issues. It is a joy doing the show, but

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Mystery, Modesty, and Romance

When I was a college student, the director of the Catholic Student Union at Florida State University, Br. Sam Gunn often had words of wisdom to us college kids and the one that I want to write about today concerns

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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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