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Who doesn’t need a little more hope in their life? Through engaging interviews with well-informed guests, Dr. Mario Sacasa draws on his years of counseling experience and knowledge of the Catholic Christian faith to help us find the good in life, relationships, and culture. Always Hope is a production of Willwoods Faith and Marriage. For more information, visit faithandmarriage.com

Always Hope Willwoods Faith and Marriage

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Who doesn’t need a little more hope in their life? Through engaging interviews with well-informed guests, Dr. Mario Sacasa draws on his years of counseling experience and knowledge of the Catholic Christian faith to help us find the good in life, relationships, and culture. Always Hope is a production of Willwoods Faith and Marriage. For more information, visit faithandmarriage.com

    Dr. Carlos Gomez on What Makes Us Happy?

    Dr. Carlos Gomez on What Makes Us Happy?

    In today's episode I welcome one of my closest friends, Dr. Carlos Gomez, a psychologist in Miami, Florida. Join us as we discuss what the psychological research has to say about happiness. SPOILER: it doesn't come from success, how much money you have, or how many trips you take to Disney World.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Hope Leads the Way, Lecture 3 of 3: The Power of Hope

    Hope Leads the Way, Lecture 3 of 3: The Power of Hope

    This is it, the conclusion of Hope Leads the Way lecture series. This talk is called the Power of Hope. It builds on the first two talks and like the end of a good trilogy brings the whole thing together. We share some of the reasons why we worry, how to approach fear and anxiety through a lens of faith, how to foster resiliency, and how to place your focus on the lovely things of life. This talk that equips you with practical ways of living hope. I also lead you through a guided meditation in this presentation, so be ready for that. It is a Christian adaptation of a Loving-Kindness mediation, which is known to foster gratitude and increase positive emotions in our hearts.
    Check out the previous two lectures before jumping into this one.
    PowerPoint slides 
    Link to Talk 1: Hope as Psychological Trait
    Link to Talk 2: Hope as a Theological Virtue
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Hope Leads the Way, Lecture 2 of 3: Hope as a Theological Virtue

    Hope Leads the Way, Lecture 2 of 3: Hope as a Theological Virtue

    Here we go, Part 2 of 3 of Hope Leads the Way! In the first presentation we focused on the psychology of hope and today we are taking the next step on our journey and examine hope as a theological virtue. What does it mean to think of hope an acquired habit? Or a firm disposition of our interior life towards the good? This is the crux of the series, and it will open your eyes to a fuller vision of what hope is. You will never view hope as something passive or foolish again.
    If you missed the first lecture, please see the link below or click on the episode that is right before this one.
    PowerPoint slides
    Link to Talk 1: Hope as Psychological Trait 
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Hope Leads the Way, Lecture 1 of 3: Hope as a Psychological Trait

    Hope Leads the Way, Lecture 1 of 3: Hope as a Psychological Trait

    Alright, I’m pumped because I have something special for you today. Over the next three episodes of the podcast, I’m going to do something different. Instead of having a guest and doing a typical interview, I want to share with you my lecture series on hope. These are deeply personal lectures, where I dive into my own struggles with hope and how hope lead me out of professional burnout and depression. I truly believe hope is a misunderstood virtue and I’m seeking to correct the error now.
    This first lecture introduces the series and dives into the psychological research of hope. If you’re a regular listener of the show, you know that I love to integrate faith and counseling and you are about to get a full helping of that in this presentation and in the next two. Stay tuned, those will drop next week and the week after that.
    A quick note: these lectures were delivered at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Tallahassee, FL as their Lenten mission, but neither of those particulars takes away from the universal application of this message. I know that you’ll get something out of them! You don’t need to see the slides, but if you want to, a pdf version is available in the show notes.
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    • 52 min
    Fr. Brice Higginbotham on how to pray to the saints

    Fr. Brice Higginbotham on how to pray to the saints

    Why do we pray to the saints? Is it important? How do they help us on the spiritual journey towards heaven? Joining me on the podcast to help answer these questions is Fr. Brice Higginbotham, priest of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, and author of the book “Daily Lessons from the Saints: 52 Weeks of Inspiration and Encouragement” by Rockridge Press.
    In this episode, we discuss the reasons Catholics venerate saints, how to begin a devotion to a particular saint, erroneous ways of praying to saints, and a couple of my pet peeves about how saintly life is presented. We also talk about Fr Brice’s book and some of the surprising nuggets he learned while reading about the saints.
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    Websites mentioned in the show:
    Amazon link to “Daily Lessons from the Saints: 52 weeks of inspiration and encouragement”
    Fr. Brice Higginbotham’s website

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Dr. Donald Songy on Attachment Theory and Dating

    Dr. Donald Songy on Attachment Theory and Dating

    I welcome Dr. Donald Songy to discuss the ways attachment needs impact dating. We start by giving a brief recap of attachment theory (hint: relationships are key to our mental health) and we dive into its application to dating, online dating, and the process of allowing a serious relationship to meet our needs for “felt security.”
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    Websites mentioned in the show:
    Donaldsongytherapy.com
    Liked this episode? Here are others to consider:
    Episode 16: AMA on Dating
    Episode 51: Dating in Your 30’s with Dr. Roy Salgado
    Episode 63: Online Dating with Kateri Bean

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

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81 Ratings

81 Ratings

adam from the mountains ,

Super helpful show

I’ve found Dr. Mario’s insights and interviews to be super helpful in my spiritual life and search for a more integrated and balanced life. Among many other excellent episodes, I think recent episode on overcoming perfectionism should be heard far and wide! I pass these out to friends and family often. Thanks for the wonderful work you do, Dr. Mario!

Midwest Pet Doc ,

Best Podcast Ever

Through insight, experience, humor, Faith, and knowledge, Dr. Mario and his guests consistently guide listeners to grow healthier in relationships with spouse, friends, and self. Kudos Dr. Mario!!!

Arbonnemusicmom ,

Great food for thought

The dialogue between Dr. Mario and his guest is engaging and thought-provoking. I appreciate his emphasis on relationships, how we know who we are in relationship to one another, but most especially to the OTHER, who is Christ. His conversations with Dr. Jennifer Miller are delightful. The series on relationships is a must-listen. And whatever the discussion, we are reminded that there is always hope. Thank you, Dr. Mario!

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