61 episodes

Listen to Elizabeth's intro episode here (https://discerningmarriage.fireside.fm/1)!
Discerning Marriage is a weekly podcast hosted by Elizabeth Busby, MTS, MS, LMFT. She is co-founder with her husband Ross of Discerning Marriage Ministries and the Next Step program. Regardless of your state in life, you can begin preparing for marriage right now. Whether you are single, dating, seriously dating, engaged, on a break, or grieving a breakup, you can make use of this time for fruitful growth toward becoming a healthy and holy spouse. Intentional discernment of marriage starts today, even if you haven't given or received an engagement ring.
This podcast is also great for clergy and laypeople who prepare couples for marriage and parents who have teens and adult children who are dating and pursuing marriage!
Elizabeth has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University (whoop!), and she earned a Master's degree in Theological Studies from Ave Maria University, where she wrote her thesis on how St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body can aid in the discernment of a vocation to marriage. Additionally, she holds a Master's degree in Counseling with a focus on marriage and family therapy from Southern Methodist University, and she works as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a passion for helping people fall in love with Jesus and helping people discern and live God’s joyful plan for holy marriages and family life.
Next Step is a parish-based course written for seriously dating couples who want to discern more intentionally with each other. There is a lot of structure in place for people who are discerning a vocation to celibacy, but there isn’t a similar support network for people discerning marriage. Since the majority of the population is called to marriage, there is a glaring need for resources that can be used to help guide this discernment. Elizabeth and her team seek to fill that need with the Next Step program. Learn more here: https://www.discerningmarriage.com/next-step-program.
This podcast is presented by Theology of the Body Institute, which promotes around the world John Paul II's revolutionary teaching on human life and love — the Theology of the Body. Learn more about the Institute's offerings here: https://tobinstitute.org.
Endorsements
"I first met Elizabeth Busby in 2009 when she was a college student working with a TOB ministry at Texas A&M. Now she’s not only a loving wife and mother, but also an accomplished professional counselor bringing John Paul II’s TOB to bear in all she does. She has worked alongside my colleagues and me since 2014 coordinating our network of intercessors and has become a trusted partner in our ministry. We are delighted to be launching her podcast Discerning Marriage under the TOB Institute umbrella. Having already been interviewed by Elizabeth about my own vocational discernment for the show, this podcast is going to be a great gift both for those looking for answers to questions about vocational discernment, and for those who just love hearing how God works in other people’s lives."
Christopher West, Th.D.
President, Theology of the Body Institute

Discerning Marriage Theology of the Body Institute

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 91 Ratings

Listen to Elizabeth's intro episode here (https://discerningmarriage.fireside.fm/1)!
Discerning Marriage is a weekly podcast hosted by Elizabeth Busby, MTS, MS, LMFT. She is co-founder with her husband Ross of Discerning Marriage Ministries and the Next Step program. Regardless of your state in life, you can begin preparing for marriage right now. Whether you are single, dating, seriously dating, engaged, on a break, or grieving a breakup, you can make use of this time for fruitful growth toward becoming a healthy and holy spouse. Intentional discernment of marriage starts today, even if you haven't given or received an engagement ring.
This podcast is also great for clergy and laypeople who prepare couples for marriage and parents who have teens and adult children who are dating and pursuing marriage!
Elizabeth has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University (whoop!), and she earned a Master's degree in Theological Studies from Ave Maria University, where she wrote her thesis on how St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body can aid in the discernment of a vocation to marriage. Additionally, she holds a Master's degree in Counseling with a focus on marriage and family therapy from Southern Methodist University, and she works as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a passion for helping people fall in love with Jesus and helping people discern and live God’s joyful plan for holy marriages and family life.
Next Step is a parish-based course written for seriously dating couples who want to discern more intentionally with each other. There is a lot of structure in place for people who are discerning a vocation to celibacy, but there isn’t a similar support network for people discerning marriage. Since the majority of the population is called to marriage, there is a glaring need for resources that can be used to help guide this discernment. Elizabeth and her team seek to fill that need with the Next Step program. Learn more here: https://www.discerningmarriage.com/next-step-program.
This podcast is presented by Theology of the Body Institute, which promotes around the world John Paul II's revolutionary teaching on human life and love — the Theology of the Body. Learn more about the Institute's offerings here: https://tobinstitute.org.
Endorsements
"I first met Elizabeth Busby in 2009 when she was a college student working with a TOB ministry at Texas A&M. Now she’s not only a loving wife and mother, but also an accomplished professional counselor bringing John Paul II’s TOB to bear in all she does. She has worked alongside my colleagues and me since 2014 coordinating our network of intercessors and has become a trusted partner in our ministry. We are delighted to be launching her podcast Discerning Marriage under the TOB Institute umbrella. Having already been interviewed by Elizabeth about my own vocational discernment for the show, this podcast is going to be a great gift both for those looking for answers to questions about vocational discernment, and for those who just love hearing how God works in other people’s lives."
Christopher West, Th.D.
President, Theology of the Body Institute

    7 Intimate Relationship Activities That Aren't Sexual

    7 Intimate Relationship Activities That Aren't Sexual

    In this video, we explore seven incredibly intimate activities you can engage in with your partner that don't involve any sexual elements. From fostering honest conversations to learning new things together, these activities are designed to bring you closer emotionally and spiritually. Join us as we delve into practical tips for building a strong and meaningful connection with your significant other.


    On The Discerning Marriage Podcast, we accompany you on the journey to discover if marriage is God’s will for you, and if you already know that you’re called to marriage, we want to help you bring glory to God in your vocation.


    Video referenced at the beginning: How To Be Physically Intimate In Dating Without Sinning
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    Try Next Step: A Course for Discerning Marriage


    📚 Get Elizabeth's ebook "10 Questions to Ask at the Beginning of Your Relationship" for free


    🔥 Get 3 FREE sessions of our flagship course on Theology of the Body


    ⚡️ Join our Patron Community! Your monthly gift helps us continue to put out the message of Theology of the Body to the world


    📚 Want to attend a course at the Theology of the Body Institute online or in person? Click the link to view our schedule


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    Learn more about Discerning Marriage Ministries here.


    Send a question to host Elizabeth Busby here.

    • 10 min
    Should You Share Your "Body Count" On A First Date?

    Should You Share Your "Body Count" On A First Date?

    Should you talk about your body count on a first date? Join us as we explore the significance of boundaries, respect, and the impact of past experiences on future relationships. We address the sensitivity of discussing intimate details and suggest alternative topics for early conversations. Watch to learn why it's crucial to prioritize dignity and communication before entering into committed relationships.


    Elizabeth Busby discusses how to know if you're truly ready for marriage. From dispelling common misconceptions to embracing humility, Elizabeth covers three essential signs to consider before taking the plunge. Don't miss this insightful guide to preparing for a lifelong commitment!


    On The Discerning Marriage Podcast, we accompany you on the journey to discover if marriage is God’s will for you, and if you already know that you’re called to marriage, we want to help you bring glory to God in your vocation.


    You're missing the view! Watch this episode on YouTube


    Try Next Step: A Course for Discerning Marriage


    📚 Get Elizabeth's ebook "10 Questions to Ask at the Beginning of Your Relationship" for free


    🔥 Get 3 FREE sessions of our flagship course on Theology of the Body


    ⚡️ Join our Patron Community! Your monthly gift helps us continue to put out the message of Theology of the Body to the world


    📚 Want to attend a course at the Theology of the Body Institute online or in person? Click the link to view our schedule


    📍 We might be coming to a city near you! Check out our Made for More event schedule


    🛍️ Check out our store!




    Learn more about Discerning Marriage Ministries here.


    Send a question to host Elizabeth Busby here.

    • 2 min
    The Church Has Been Saying This for the Past 70 Years.

    The Church Has Been Saying This for the Past 70 Years.

    After a controversial article from The Washington Post titled "Women are getting off birth control amid misinformation explosion", Elizabeth discusses how the Catholic Church has been speaking for years about some of the issues addressed in the article.


    On The Discerning Marriage Podcast, we accompany you on the journey to discover if marriage is God’s will for you, and if you already know that you’re called to marriage, we want to help you bring glory to God in your vocation.


    You're missing the view! Watch this episode on YouTube


    Institute researching reproductive technologies that are on par with human dignity: https://popepaulvi.com/
    https://naprotechnology.com/


    Try Next Step: A Course for Discerning Marriage


    📚 Get Elizabeth's ebook "10 Questions to Ask at the Beginning of Your Relationship" for free


    🔥 Get 3 FREE sessions of our flagship course on Theology of the Body


    ⚡️ Join our Patron Community! Your monthly gift helps us continue to put out the message of Theology of the Body to the world


    📚 Want to attend a course at the Theology of the Body Institute online or in person? Click the link to view our schedule


    📍 We might be coming to a city near you! Check out our Made for More event schedule


    🛍️ Check out our store!




    Learn more about Discerning Marriage Ministries here.


    Send a question to host Elizabeth Busby here.

    • 13 min
    How to Breakup Without Hurting the Other Person.

    How to Breakup Without Hurting the Other Person.

    Are you facing the challenging task of ending a relationship without causing unnecessary pain? In this video, Elizabeth explores compassionate ways to break up with someone while preserving their dignity. Learn valuable tips to navigate this difficult conversation and minimize emotional distress for both parties.


    On The Discerning Marriage Podcast, we accompany you on the journey to discover if marriage is God’s will for you, and if you already know that you’re called to marriage, we want to help you bring glory to God in your vocation.


    You're missing the view! Watch this episode on YouTube


    Try Next Step: A Course for Discerning Marriage


    📚 Get Elizabeth's ebook "10 Questions to Ask at the Beginning of Your Relationship" for free


    🔥 Get 3 FREE sessions of our flagship course on Theology of the Body


    ⚡️ Join our Patron Community! Your monthly gift helps us continue to put out the message of Theology of the Body to the world


    📚 Want to attend a course at the Theology of the Body Institute online or in person? Click the link to view our schedule


    📍 We might be coming to a city near you! Check out our Made for More event schedule


    🛍️ Check out our store!




    Learn more about Discerning Marriage Ministries here.


    Send a question to host Elizabeth Busby here.

    • 6 min
    The Beauty & Dignity of Women with Natural Womanhood

    The Beauty & Dignity of Women with Natural Womanhood

    Today we’re joined by Erin Dewey and Jackie Aguilar from Natural Womanhood to discuss the beauty and dignity of women as created in the image of God and how Cycle Mindfulness is a way in which we can honor this mystery.


    https://naturalwomanhood.org
    https://naturalwomanhood.org/cycle-mindfulness-club-leadership-team/


    Erin Dewey is the Education Coordinator for Natural Womanhood. She recently graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Biomedical Sciences, with the goal of pursuing PA school. She led one of our first Cycle Mindfulness Clubs during the 2022-2023 school year, where she grew even more passionate about sharing information about authentic women’s health and fertility awareness. She aspires to become a women’s health PA to continue to develop her skills and play a role in healing women’s cycle dysfunctions. Erin currently lives in San Antonio, TX.


    Jackie Aguilar is the Director of Education for Natural Womanhood. Jackie is a trained FertilityCare Practitioner instructing women and couples in the Creighton model, and a certified Sympto-thermal method instructor with the Couple to Couple League. Jackie also holds a degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University. As a former Zumba instructor, she enjoys salsa dancing with her husband, with whom she has 5 children.


    On The Discerning Marriage Podcast, we accompany you on the journey to discover if marriage is God’s will for you, and if you already know that you’re called to marriage, we want to help you bring glory to God in your vocation.


    You're missing the view! Watch this episode on YouTube


    Try Next Step: A Course for Discerning Marriage


    📚 Get Elizabeth's ebook "10 Questions to Ask at the Beginning of Your Relationship" for free


    🔥 Get 3 FREE sessions of our flagship course on Theology of the Body


    ⚡️ Join our Patron Community! Your monthly gift helps us continue to put out the message of Theology of the Body to the world


    📚 Want to attend a course at the Theology of the Body Institute online or in person? Click the link to view our schedule


    📍 We might be coming to a city near you! Check out our Made for More event schedule


    🛍️ Check out our store!




    Learn more about Discerning Marriage Ministries here.


    Send a question to host Elizabeth Busby here.

    • 38 min
    Jordan Peterson's Best Advice for Newly Weds.

    Jordan Peterson's Best Advice for Newly Weds.

    Elizabeth reacts to Jordan Peterson's crucial advice for newlyweds. Join us as we delve into the wisdom shared by Jordan, emphasizing the importance of not neglecting the romance in marriage. Discover practical tips on how to keep the spark alive, maintain the commitment to beauty and romance, and navigate the challenges that arise over time.


    On The Discerning Marriage Podcast, we accompany you on the journey to discover if marriage is God’s will for you, and if you already know that you’re called to marriage, we want to help you bring glory to God in your vocation.


    You're missing the view! Watch this episode on YouTube


    Try Next Step: A Course for Discerning Marriage


    📚 Get Elizabeth's ebook "10 Questions to Ask at the Beginning of Your Relationship" for free


    🔥 Get 3 FREE sessions of our flagship course on Theology of the Body


    ⚡️ Join our Patron Community! Your monthly gift helps us continue to put out the message of Theology of the Body to the world


    📚 Want to attend a course at the Theology of the Body Institute online or in person? Click the link to view our schedule


    📍 We might be coming to a city near you! Check out our Made for More event schedule


    🛍️ Check out our store!




    Learn more about Discerning Marriage Ministries here.


    Send a question to host Elizabeth Busby here.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

Sam7417 ,

Discerning marriage review

This is a lovely podcast for all stages of preparing for marriage. Hearing the talks and stories about different subjects is so helpful to sit and pray about in singlehood.

P.S. I do miss the longer stories/podcast!

-NovenaQueen ,

Told me a lot about myself

This is my first time writing a review for a podcast and it is literally because this one is so good! There are super profound insights in each episode. I listened to the breakups part 2 and I would give a lot to go back and follow Elizabeth’s advice! Also, thank you for naming out the stages of grief. We all need that. And for being so you and personable!

kbauer56 ,

Colorful Perspectives with Great Talking points

My boyfriend and I have been listening to an episode a week and talking together about it for over a month now. The episodes are always very engaging and bring up lots of points for further questions between the two of us. 10/10 would recommend.

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