Being Human Podcast - Episode 108: It’s Another Year…and I’m Still Single, w/ Dr. Mario Sacasa

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 108 of the Being Human Podcast: It’s Another Year… and I’m Still Single, w/ Dr. Mario Sacasa

It’s a new year, and what if you’re still single but don’t want to be? How do you balance the desire for a committed relationship with living in the present reality of not yet having one? In this week’s episode, Dr. Greg welcomes back to the show a friend and colleague, Dr. Mario Sacasa, to discuss discernment, being single, dating, and the development of virtue. 

Discussed in this episode:

  • Finding the balance between accepting one’s present circumstances while also pursuing one’s desires;
  • The three dimensions of hope: desire, agency, and patience with timing; 
  • The need to reverence our desire for change, transformation and growth; 
  • How unanswered prayers can help to purify our desires; 
  • The messiness of discernment and the self-sacrifice it can require; 
  • Dr. Mario’s process of discernment in deciding to move to a new city; 
  • The tendency for singles to put too much pressure on themselves and their romantic relationships;
  • The importance of chastity and the moral courage needed to pursue virtue; 
  • The consequences of immorality and its effect on others who are trying to practice virtue; 
  • Accounting for and accepting obstacles present when pursuing a vocation; 
  • Sexual morality as a standard worth pursuing despite being unsupported by our culture in doing so.


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About Dr. Greg and the CatholicPsych Institute

Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist and founder of the CatholicPsych Institute. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology.

Before his degree, Dr. Bottaro discerned a religious vocation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. Under the mentorship of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, this experience helped him form a spirituality based on Abandonment to Divine Providence which he now applies to psychological principles in his practice. He learned from Fr. Benedict how to discern God's voice and live a life in service to others.

Six years after leaving NYC as a friar, he returned as a psychologist. The CatholicPsych Institute began there in 2012 and has since grown to 5 offices with 12 therapists serving clients around the globe.

Dr. Bottaro now lives in Connecticut with his wife Barbra and their seven children. He actively avoids watching the news and spends his free time thinking up crazy new ideas on how to make the world a better place.