35 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 • 77 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

    Episode 35: Valentine's Day!!! with Liv Harrison

    Episode 35: Valentine's Day!!! with Liv Harrison

    Valentine's Day can be such a difficult day when you're single, and I want you to know that you're seen and known and loved in that space. So I've invited Liv Harrison back onto the podcast to talk with yall about the longing that you may feel today and what to do with it. We also tell some lovely Vday stories shared by my Instagram followers that will fill you with hope and laughter today. Stay close to Jesus today, sweet friends. He has you!!


    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.


    This podcast is hosted by the Theology of the Body Instiute. Learn more about the Institute here.




    Liv Harrison is known for being a professional speaker and emcee with a gift for humor, storytelling, and wisdom. People are her passion. She connects with everyone from junior high students to seasoned adults. Liv was the 2018 Host/Emcee to hundreds of Catholic youth at the Austin music festival, Godstock. Her work in marriage ministry keeps her connected with couples around Texas. Not only has Liv spoken all over Texas, but she has also spoken across the nation. She is presently serving the Junior League of The Woodlands as an active leader who often speaks to the 500 members. In May 2019 Liv successfully wrote, launched, and emceed the Genius Catholic Women’s Conference (geniuswomensconference.com) outside of Austin, TX. In December, of 2019 the Talitha Koum Initiative, LLC was formed to produce the Genius Catholic Women’s Conference. In March 2020 the unique Genius Catholic Women’s Conference launched in Dallas. Liv serves as President on the Executive Board of The Genius Collective; a non-profit that is in its final stages of development. Liv is currently a co-host on the Forte Catholic Podcast and the Discerning Marriage Podcast. On June 1, 2020 Liv launched her own interview/storytelling podcast titled Talk to Me with Liv Harrison: The Stories Behind Their Success. She now hosts three additional shows where she shares her laughter and joy with all of you. Lastly, she has been a frequent voice on Sirius XM and various other podcast programs both as a guest and as a co-host. She is married to her high school sweetheart and the mother of two.


    https://www.thelivharrison.com


    Instagram: @thelivharrison


    Email: liv@thelivharrison.com

    A huge thank you to Catholic record label NOVUM Records and artist John Finch for our theme song "Send Down Your Spirit"!


    Learn more about Discerning Marriage Ministries here.


    Send a question to host Elizabeth Busby here.

    • 29 min
    Episode 34: New Years Resolutions with Life Coach Steve Motyl

    Episode 34: New Years Resolutions with Life Coach Steve Motyl

    I don't know about you, but I love New Years resolutions...but very rarely am I able to keep them up all year! In case this is your situation, too, I've invited Steve Motyl, a Catholic relationship and lifestyle coach, to give us some tips to make good resolutions and stick to them. Cheers to a great 2022, yall!


    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.


    This podcast is hosted by the Theology of the Body Instiute. Learn more about the Institute here.




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    [Steve's email!](stevenmotyl@gmail.com)

    Steve Motyl is a Certified Catholic Life Coach and Mentor who helps his clients achieve clarity for where they want to be in life and how to get there. With fatherly encouragement, authentic compassion, and honest prayer, Steve provides a life-giving encounter for his clients to share their story and engage their mind and heart; Asks thought provoking questions to help them articulate and align their longings, passions, gifts, and goals; Provides a safe, objective space for them to dream, plan, pray, and move forward transforming their own lives, and in turn enrich the lives of those around them. Steve has been dramatically impacted by Christopher and the Theology of the Body and thoroughly brings all that and more (30+ years of marriage, parenting, and professional mentoring) to his clients.




    A huge thank you to Catholic record label NOVUM Records and artist John Finch for our theme song "Send Down Your Spirit"!


    Learn more about Discerning Marriage Ministries here.


    Send a question to host Elizabeth Busby here.

    • 23 min
    Episode 33: Joseph and Mary's Marriage with Christopher West

    Episode 33: Joseph and Mary's Marriage with Christopher West

    Merry Christmas!!! In honor of my favorite feast day, I invited Christopher West to talk with us about Mary and Joseph's marriage and what that marriage in particular has to do with Jesus's BIRTHday, that holy night around the manger! This was a really fun conversation; I hope you love it!


    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.


    This podcast is hosted by the Theology of the Body Instiute. Learn more about the Institute here.




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    The Spider Who Saved Christmas by Raymond Arroyo

    Christopher West, ThD is a devoted husband and father of five. As President of the Theology of the Body Institute, he leads an international apostolate spreading St. John Paul II’s life-transforming teaching through graduate level courses, on-site events and programs, clergy enrichment training, and an online global community dedicated to ongoing formation. Beyond serving as Professor of Theological Anthropology in the Institute’s jointly sponsored M.A. program with Pontifex University, Dr. West has served on the faculties of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver; the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha; the St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission in Canada; and as a visiting professor of the John Paul II Institute in Australia. West is the author of more than a dozen best-selling books and numerous video and audio programs. He cohosts the popular podcast Ask Christopher West with his wife Wendy, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, on ABC News, Fox News, MSNBC, and in countless Catholic and evangelical media outlets.




    A huge thank you to Catholic record label NOVUM Records and artist John Finch for our theme song "Send Down Your Spirit"!


    Learn more about Discerning Marriage Ministries here.


    Send a question to host Elizabeth Busby here.

    • 24 min
    Episode 32: Surrender with Stacey Sumereau

    Episode 32: Surrender with Stacey Sumereau

    Surrender to his will and God's timing is the beginning to every good discernment - this is so true, but at the same time, so difficult! I'm joined by Stacey Sumereau to discuss this important topic and some tips for implementing it into your life!


    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.


    This podcast is hosted by the Theology of the Body Instiute. Learn more about the Institute here.




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    Stacey's instagram!


    Stacey's website


    Stacey on Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns




    Stacey Sumereau’s unique journey spans performing in Broadway National Tours of The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast, to discerning religious life on Reality TV in The Sisterhood, Becoming Nuns (Lifetime 2014), to marriage and motherhood. Stacey founded and hosted the Be Not Afraid Conference and the God’s Adventure Awaits Summit, serving over 20,000 people in 2020. Stacey hosts the popular Called and Caffeinated Podcast and YouTube show and is a contributor on the Ascension Presents YouTube channel. In 2020 she wrote and taught the True North Discernment Course to people in 13 countries around the world. Stacey has written for Vocations and Prayer Magazine and iMom.com. She and her husband John are raising their three children aged 4 and under in the Washington, D.C. area. She has presented at the National Catholic Youth Conference, the LA Religious Education Congress, and dioceses across the country encouraging young people to know their worth and to embrace God’s adventure.




    A huge thank you to Catholic record label NOVUM Records and artist John Finch for our theme song "Send Down Your Spirit"!


    Learn more about Discerning Marriage Ministries here.


    Send a question to host Elizabeth Busby here.

    • 31 min
    Episode 31: Healing from Sexual Abuse - An Interview with Kiki Rocha

    Episode 31: Healing from Sexual Abuse - An Interview with Kiki Rocha

    If you're a sexual abuse survivor, dating and or in deep desire of changing generational patters, listen in!


    Kiki Rocha talks about her coaching mission that is anchored by her own story of much brokenness— incestual sexual abuse by her father, cheating, divorce, single parent mother, among other wounds.


    She believes women, due to the epidemic of fatherlessness, are seeing themselves, their sexuality and dating life through their unredeemed woundedness which leads to perpetuating the same generational patterns.


    Kiki deeply desires to change the generational direction of a woman’s legacy through her self-image, sexuality and dating experience— especially Latinas!! First though, she needed to do that herself by designing a season of healing in the desert after more specifically discovering last fall that the type of abuse she endured was rape.


    She gives you practical tips for how to begin this journey yourself.
    The more a woman knows who she is, the more she can help man, her earthly counterpart, understand who he is and in this way redeem eachother's glory.


    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.


    This podcast is hosted by the Theology of the Body Instiute. Learn more about the Institute here.




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    Connect with Kiki on Instagram


    Here are the things that Kiki mentioned in the show!!


    The Woman's School
    Neal Lozano - Unbound
    The Culture Project
    Metanoia Catholic Coaching
    Grief to Grace
    EMDR Therapy
    Find a Catholic Therapist!


    Made in His Image

    Kiki Rocha is a vivacious and resilient Mexican-American bilingual Catholic Coach and Speaker. Kiki, by grace, is also an incestual rape survivor and daughter of a single mother. Her painful experiences have given her a conviction in her work as a Dating and Sexual Integrity Coach for women. She is trained as a strategist with Woman School and by Metanoia Catholic Coaching Academy. Deeply passionate about changing generational patterns in women’s lives, she helps them encounter, possess and master themselves by equipping them with wholeness and mindset the spaces of self-worth, sexuality and dating.




    A huge thank you to Catholic record label NOVUM Records and artist John Finch for our theme song "Send Down Your Spirit"!


    Learn more about Discerning Marriage Ministries here.


    Send a question to host Elizabeth Busby here.

    • 30 min
    Episode 30: Discerning Through Cancer and a Breakup with Maggie Eckburg

    Episode 30: Discerning Through Cancer and a Breakup with Maggie Eckburg

    On this episode, Maggie shares her unique journey toward marriage with her now husband of ten years and father to her three children, Jacob. This couple knows suffering. Before they were even engaged, they faced Maggie's cancer diagnosis, as well as Jacob's own health scares that led to them both having spent time at each other's hospital bedside. Once the physical healing came, the need for spiritual and emotional healing became evident and it was clear that more discernment work was needed, including even a breakup. In their journey, we see that trust in God, our posture of openness toward suffering, and a willingness to recommit ourselves to one another with patience, understanding, and love is instrumental to the success of anyone's love story.


    Come listen as Maggie, lover of music, books, comedy, and seeing God in all things, shares this story with us!


    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.


    This podcast is hosted by the Theology of the Body Instiute. Learn more about the Institute here.




    Shownotes
    Find Maggie on Instagram here.


    Explore Maggie's photography business here.


    Elizabeth's YouTube videos about discerning marriage are here.




    Maggie Eckburg is a Catholic wife, mom, teacher, photographer. She was born and raised in the Chicago area and currently teaches Theology of the Body to High Schoolers on the west side of Chicago using a curriculum she has spent over a decade creating. She also recently opened her own business, Everything is Grace Photography, for a space to integrate her love of faith, family, and beautiful imagery that takes you to the heart of Jesus.




    A huge thank you to Catholic record label NOVUM Records and artist John Finch for our theme song "Send Down Your Spirit"!


    Learn more about Discerning Marriage Ministries here.


    Send a question to host Elizabeth Busby here.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

-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.

Cjdubs22 ,

A Great Guide

This is a fantastic podcast! I listen with my boyfriend frequently and it has been a great guide for our relationship as we discern marriage together. I love how it gives tips for healthy dating and also includes testimonies of other couples. This podcast has led to many fruitful and important conversations in our relationship. Keep up the awesome work :)

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