Episode 69: Something Strange is Happening (A Holy Saturday Reflection)

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 69 of the Being Human Podcast: Something Strange is Happening (A Holy Saturday Reflection)

For this episode during Holy Week, we’re doing something different! On this week’s episode, Dr. Greg reads aloud from the “ancient homily for Holy Saturday” and offers his reflections on Christ’s presence in the midst of our suffering. 

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In this episode: 

  • A brief explanation of the Liturgy of the Hours and the benefits of praying with the material given to us by the Church for each season;  
  • What Dr. Greg finds most striking about Holy Saturday, and how the silence and stillness of the day is an invitation to see God present with us in our wounds; 
  • Reading of the text of the “ancient homily for Holy Saturday” from the Office of Readings;
  • Reflection on how Christ enters our suffering humanity, and the transforming power of his presence in the midst of our brokenness. 

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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 six 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.