All Posts by Greg

How Then Shall We Pray?

We all want deeper relationships with God, and as St. Therese of Lisieux says, “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”

But if “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,” as St. John Damascene writes, then why is prayer often so difficult?  And why is it such a challenge to establish a regular, ongoing prayer routine?

In this episode we talk about what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say about prayer, and how we are to go about doing it, particularly when we let our own lives get in the way.

Posted by Greg
September 15, 2019

How My Wife Helped Me Through 20+ Years of Mental Illness

A shockingly candid episode where Greg is joined by his wife, Jennifer, as the look over their 20+ years of marriage and the shadow mental health issues has cast over the years.

Jennifer shares her unique perspective of a newlywed learning about having a spouse suffering from depression, coming to terms with what depression is and isn't, how best to support a loved one suffering from mental health issues, and more.

Posted by Greg
September 9, 2019

Fulton Sheen and the End of Christendom

Joseph Pronechen from the National Catholic Register recently wrote an incredibly insightful column about Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s 1974 statement about the end of Christendom, as well as the antidote to the crisis of faith very much in existence in the world today.

In 1974, Archbishop Sheen clarified by saying, “Christendom is economic, political, social life as inspired by Christian principles. That is ending — we’ve seen it die. Look at the symptoms: the breakup of the family, divorce, abortion, immorality, general dishonesty.”

In this episode we break open both Pronechen’s article and analysis, as well as work towards a deeper understanding of Sheen’s prophetic words from 1974 and what they mean in today’s world.

We’d love to hear your comments and feedback!

Links:
Joseph Pronechen's article about Archbishop Sheen at the National Catholic Register

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Greg and Jennifer's Patreon Page
Mac and Katherine's Patreon Page

Posted by Greg
September 8, 2019

Exodus 90, Latin Mass, and Jennifer Wears a Veil

After recording last week’s show, Greg got a phone call that changed his plans for the next 90 days.  He’s now joined a group of men going through Exodus 90, which means no TV, movies, video games, alcohol and more until just before Thanksgiving!

Also, last week we had a chance to attend a Traditional Latin Mass for the first time and we share our perspectives.

And lastly, Jennifer talks about her decision to start wearing a veil at Mass, and all the conflicting feelings that go along with it. 

Posted by Greg
September 3, 2019

Dr. Elizabeth Dybell and Helping Kids Understand Mental Illness

Dr. Elizabeth Dybell is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. For over 20 years, she has worked with parents, children, teachers, and adults, providing psychotherapy and assessments.  Dr. Dybell also lectures widely on topics relating to mental health and education concerns.

On this episode of More Than Mental, Dr. Dybell joins Greg to talk about the difficulty of explaining mental illness to children when one of their parents is suffering.  We also touch upon how to go about getting counseling help for children with their own mental health needs.

Books mentioned on the program:

Dr. Elizabeth Dybell's Website
Why Are You So Scared?: A Child's Book About Parents with PTSD
Why Are You So Sad?: A Child's Book about Parental Depression
Wishing Wellness: A Workbook for Children of Parents with Mental Illness

Posted by Greg
August 27, 2019

Are You Living Out Your Baptism?

Mac, Katherine, Jennifer and Greg break open Scripture, Tradition, and the Early Church Fathers to have a better understanding of not only the necessity of baptism.

But trying to figure out if this is a “one and done” sacrament that isn’t necessary for the rest of our Christian life is tougher than it looks.

Hosted by Greg and Jennifer Willits from the Adventures in Imperfect Living Podcast and Mac and Katherine Barron from the Catholic in a Small Town Podcast.

We’d love to hear your comments and feedback!

Support our Work:
Greg and Jennifer's Patreon Page
Mac and Katherine's Patreon Page

Posted by Greg
August 25, 2019

The $2000 Lemon, Woes of a Veteran Podcaster, and Daddy Daughter Day

Ben and Tom turned 17 and 15 last April and now go to a high school that requires us to drive them 20 minutes each way every day.  With Ben on an after school robotics team, there are days we make this trip 3 times, plus Tommy has to go to work four days a week.  So to cut down on driving, we bought a secondhand car so Ben can finally get his license.  It all goes down from there.

Plus, Mac and Greg’s new podcast “Watch a Movie with Mac and Greg” is off to a great start, but would be doing even better if Greg hadn’t messed up the recordings of three episodes so far.

Lastly, in an effort to give our kids one-on-one time, Lily planned a daddy/daughter day with Greg.

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Posted by Greg
August 20, 2019

Does Meditation Really Help Mental Health?

I’ve never really liked the idea of just plain meditation, in part because I never really understood why I should meditate on nothing, and in another part because whenever I meditated on nothing, I ended up either thinking of more items for my to do list, or I ended up just complaining to God.

That changed earlier this year, though, when I learned an incredibly simplified method of meditation that is not new age-y or overly distractive.

So in this episode I share with you a simple way to find more calm in just 5-10 minutes each day.

But I also want to share with you some of my own tricks for deeper prayer, because studies show that both meditation and prayer provide benefits to your brain.

Take a listen, and be sure to like and subscribe!

Links from this episode:
Article on Meditation and Gray Matter
More Than Mental Big Brain T-Shirt

Posted by Greg
August 19, 2019

How Then Shall We Dress?

The gang discusses preparing our hearts, minds, souls and bodies for Mass.  ​

Start by leaving your phone at home!

We talk about how being deliberate about how you approach Mass with your minds and with your clothes will transform your experience of encountering Christ in the Eucharist.

Hosted by Greg and Jennifer Willits from the Adventures in Imperfect Living Podcast and Mac and Katherine Barron from the Catholic in a Small Town Podcast.

We’d love to hear your comments and feedback!

Support our Work:
Greg and Jennifer's Patreon Page
Mac and Katherine's Patreon Page

Posted by Greg
August 18, 2019

Rocky 3 – Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2 - Do you have the eye of the tiger? Ready to take on Thunderlips, Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and really bad 80’s fashions?

Then get ready to join Mac and Greg as they revisit another childhood favorite - Rocky III! (that’s an exclamation mark, not another Roman numeral)

Film: Rocky 3
Release Date: May 28, 1982
Rating: PG
Description: To get back on top, this boxer needs help from the last person he’d ever think of — his greatest rival.

Watch on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/60010836)

Click here to listen to Part 1

Posted by Greg
August 17, 2019

Rocky 3 – Part 1 of 2

Part 1 of 2 - Do you have the eye of the tiger? Ready to take on Thunderlips, Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and really bad 80’s fashions?

Then get ready to join Mac and Greg as they revisit another childhood favorite - Rocky III! (that’s an exclamation mark, not another Roman numeral)

Film: Rocky 3
Release Date: May 28, 1982
Rating: PG
Description: To get back on top, this boxer needs help from the last person he’d ever think of — his greatest rival.

Watch on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/60010836)

Click here to watch Part 2 of 2

Posted by Greg
August 17, 2019
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