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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
    • 5.0 • 96 Ratings

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

    We’re Moving!

    We’re Moving!

    In this short episode, I’m sharing a huge announcement… We are moving to Charlotte, NC. This show is about hope right? So, I’m happy to share that this long-held desire of ours is finally coming to fruition.

    Also, a brief programming note, because of the demands of the move, I will be pausing the show until late August. Don’t worry! I have zero desire to stop producing this podcast, just need to focus on my family and getting us settled over the next few weeks. Looking forward to continuing this show from NC! See you soon.

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    • 11 min
    Fr Josh Johnson on Race , Evangelization, and Discipleship

    Fr Josh Johnson on Race , Evangelization, and Discipleship

    Today, I welcome back my friend, Fr Josh Johnson to talk about his new book “On Earth as It Is in Heaven: Restoring God’s Vision of Race and Discipleship.” We have a wonderful conversation about the importance of seeing race and ethnicity primarily through the lens of the gospel and evangelization, as this is the great commission of Jesus.

    We talk about Jesus’ desire for all to be invited to the heavenly banquet and how the Church has evangelized to various nations in her history. Fr Josh shares modern stories of leaders who have taking practical steps forward, areas that we still need to grow in, ways we can increase cultural representations in our parishes and ministry events, and how we can rethink our politics in light of the gospel.

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    Websites mentioned in the show:
    “On Earth as It Is in Heaven: Restoring God’s Vision of Race and Discipleship” Book Link

     

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Cristofer Pereyra and Erin Monnin on Catholic Leadership in Civic Society

    Cristofer Pereyra and Erin Monnin on Catholic Leadership in Civic Society

    So often we feel that to be a faithful Catholic, we need to work for the Church, or some Church related ministry. But I’m here to tell you that’s not the case. You can and need to exercise Catholic values and ethics in your workspaces, communities, and neighborhoods. But how?

    Joining me on the show to teach us about Catholic leadership in secular spaces is Cristofer Pereyra and Erin Monnin, authors of the book Catholic Leadership for Civil Society. Cristofer is the CEO of Tepeyac Leadership Initiative, a program geared towards training Catholic leaders for society not just lay ecclesial ministry.

    In this episode, we discuss what it means to be a leader, the importance of needing faithful Catholics in all aspects of society, including businesses, non-profit board service, and politics, discerning where God is calling you to serve, and the role hope plays in leadership.

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    Websites mentioned in the show:
    Catholic Leadership for Civil Society Amazon Link
    Tepeyac Leadership Initiative

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Dr. Jennifer Morel on Sex, Gender, and Culture

    Dr. Jennifer Morel on Sex, Gender, and Culture

     Episode 100! What a gift! Thanks for listening and supporting this show! Since it’s a big occasion, I thought it’d be best to welcome back my first guest, Dr. Jennifer Morel, moral theologian and Director of Research for the International Institute of Culture and Gender Studies, to talk about her research on sex and gender. 

    In today’s episode we talk about her research that literally brought her all over the world. She interviewed leaders in 14 different cultures to gain a better understand of how culture influences our understanding of sex. We talk at length about the Catholic Church’s understanding of gender, the stories she heard in her interviews, how different cultures demonstrate healthy relationships between men and women, the dangers of the sociopolitical extremes on these topics, and how to pursue the truth about our human embodiedness. 

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    Websites mentioned in the show: 

    International Institute of Culture and Gender Studies website 

    Dr. Jennifer Morel’s website 

    Enjoyed this episode? Check out these other similar ones: 

    Episode 1: Authentic Masculinity with Dr. Jennifer Miller 

    Episode 21: Catholic Feminism with Dr. Jennifer Miller 

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Dr. Paul Vitz on the Dangers of a Secular Psychology

    Dr. Paul Vitz on the Dangers of a Secular Psychology

    Joining me on the show today is Dr. Paul Vitz, Senior Scholar and Professor at Divine Mercy University. Dr. Vitz is a legend in the Catholic psychotherapy world and it’s a true honor to have him on the show.

    We have wonderful conversation about the dangers of secular humanism in psychology, the need to have a proper understanding of the human person to guide them through psychological issues, how self-actualization without God is impossible, the role of suffering in our psychological development, and why self-giving is the essence of being a flourishing person.

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    Websites mentioned in the show:

    A Catholic Christian Meta-Model of the Person: Integration with Psychology and Mental Health Practice
    Divine Mercy University
    Know Thyself: The Game of Temperaments

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ben Clapper on What’s Next for the Pro-Life Movement in a Post-Roe America?

    Ben Clapper on What’s Next for the Pro-Life Movement in a Post-Roe America?

    Following the leak of the draft decision from Supreme Court, the question on everyone’s minds is, “Now what?” If the final decision is left intact and Roe v Wade gets overturned, what does that mean for abortion access in the US? How will states respond? How will the federal government respond? What are the next steps for the pro-life movement in a post Roe America?

    Joining me on the show to talk through these questions is Ben Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life. In today’s episode, we discuss the Mississippi law that the Supreme Court is ruling on, how it’s different from the Louisiana and Texas laws they recently ruled against, will this decrease the number of abortions, how to provide better care and options for women who are considering an abortion, how this ruling better enables conversation and democracy, and concerns about the leak for the future integrity of the Court.

    If you find this episode helpful, please leave a rating or write a review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, share it on the socials, or simply tell a friend about it. Spread the word about the good stuff that’s happening on Always Hope.

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    Websites mentioned in the show:
    Louisiana Right to Life

    Check out past Episodes of Always Hope related to abortion:

    Episode 82: Margaret Sanger, John Paul II, Sex, and Human Freedom with Sara Denny
    Episode 44: How Abortion Became Legal with Angie Thomas
    Episode 23: Healing After Abortion of Miscarriage with Michaelene Fredenburg

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

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Depth when we need it most!

Dr Mario brings a joyful mix of conversation and quality in every episode. His podcasts highlight and articulate the questions that often leave us aching if we wrestle with them alone. Don’t let the length of the podcasts intimidate you! I listen to them in 2-3 increments at a time (which is great since I need time to process and bring topics in prayer). His ability to bring in other insightful colleagues has helped me broaden my perspective of how to healthily wrestle through questions and concerns, and embrace a truth that we share as believers in Christ. Thank you Dr. Mario for your dedication and trust in the Lord to use this podcast and your work to minister to so many! Praying for you!

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!

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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!!!

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