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036 – Ask Dr. Mario

036 – Ask Dr. Mario

Dr. Mario fields questions from listeners in this bonus episode of the podcast! How to establish chastity in a relationship following a conversion? Is it permissible to remarry after a divorce when the previous spouse has already moved onto a new marriage? How to parent boys and their competitiveness? And a follow-up question that Dr. …


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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029 – Bonus Talk: Women, Shame, and Social Media

Dr. Mario Sacasa offers his signature blend of humor, story, research, and faith to address the distinct social pressures placed on the modern woman. What does a guy know about being a woman? Very little! That’s why this presentation is anchored on the latest research on women’s neurology, shame, and the effects with social media. Women, be encouraged and enjoy

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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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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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