Being Human Podcast - Episode 116: Catholic & Divorced: From Pain to Purpose, w/ Rose Sweet

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 116 of the Being Human Podcast: Catholic & Divorced: From Pain to Purpose, w/ Rose Sweet

This week on Being Human, Dr. Greg welcomes Catholic coach, author, and speaker Rose Sweet to the show for a conversation about hope, healing, and how to get help after going through a divorce as a Catholic. Rose shares how God brought good from the suffering she experienced through multiple failed marriages, and reveals how her experience resulted in a desire to minister to others in similar situations.


Discussed in this episode:

  • Meet Catholic coach, author, and speaker Rose Sweet;
  • Rose’s journey in finding healing after going through multiple divorces;
  • The impact that wounds from our childhood can have on our adult relationships;  
  • How good things in life can become idols if our desire for them is disordered;
  • The astounding way that Christ can use even sin and suffering for our own good;
  • Why we need to go beyond “checking boxes” in our faith; 
  • The misunderstanding about divorce and annulments within the Church;
  • Pain as a means God can use to bring us back to Himself;
  • How those seeking to heal can oftentimes feel abandoned by others;
  • Why compassion rather than judgment and condemnation is appropriate for those who have gotten a divorce;
  • Rose’s use of the principles of listening, leading, loving, and letting with her clients.

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About Rose Sweet 

Rose is a certified life coach and published author who, for over thirty years, has been a nationally recognized expert in Catholic pastoral care. As single, married, divorced, wife, mom, stepmom, published author, ministry leader, keynote speaker, commercial business owner—and more—Rose has faced, overcome, and understands many of life’s hardships. She’s a practicing Catholic, a lifetime member of the Catholic Society of Evangelists, and an affiliate member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association.

About Dr. Greg Bottaro and the CatholicPsych Institute

Dr. Greg Bottaro is a Catholic psychologist, founder of the CatholicPsych Institute, and developer of the CatholicPsych Model of Applied Personalism (CPMAP). 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 continued to expand, now serving clients around the globe.

Dr. Bottaro currently 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.