Being Human Podcast - Episode 95: How Broken Is Your Family? w/ Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace (Certification Series: Part 12 of 12)

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 95 of the Being Human Podcast:  How Broken Is Your Family? w/ Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace (Certification Series: Part 12 of 12)

The Church calls the family the “school of love” - the place where we are formed and where we learn how to be in relationship with others. But what happens when our “schools” do not provide us with a sufficient education? In this final episode in our Certification series (recorded live and in-person! ), Dr. Greg, Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace explore this topic and more while breaking open the content in the fourth-level anthropology course! (Note: Sound quality due to technical difficulties encountered while recording.)  

Discussed in this episode:

  • What is meant by the term “school of love”;
  • Why we all experience a feeling that things are “not quite right”; 
  • Our resistance to blaming our parents for our miseducation in love;
  • Can those who struggle with infertility or who remain celibate still be fruitful? 
  • Why parenthood should not be equated with having a baby; 
  • Dynamics of parental love that are meant to be an image of God’s love for us;
  • What happens when parents fail to provide selfless love to their children; 
  • The psychological reason spouses should prioritize one another over their children; 
  • The necessity of having both a mom and a dad, and how each is meant to serve as both a complement and a model to their children; 
  • Answering the question “Is there something wrong with me if I grew up in a broken home or without a mom or dad?”

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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.