Being Human Podcast - Episode 96: Yes, I Was Wrong (Dialectic w/ Brian Butler)

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 96 of the Being Human Podcast:  Yes, I Was Wrong (Dialectic w/ Brian Butler)

In Episode 76 of the podcast, while exploring a Catholic vision of complementarity between men and women, Dr. Greg proposed that a gift of self must be received in order for it to have been fully given. In this week’s episode, find out why he was wrong!  In it, Dr. Greg is joined by Brian Butler, friend and founder of DumbOx Ministries/ECHO Communities, to break open what it means to become a gift to others and why we can find consolation even when our gift of self is met with rejection. 

Discussed in this episode:

  • Introducing Brian Butler and DumbOx Ministries/Echo Community
  • The difficulty and risk involved with authentic evangelization and giving of ourselves to others; 
  • The way that sin and past rejection can cause us to either self-protect or develop an unhealthy dependence upon human relationships; 
  • Why our gift of self is not diminished despite the rejection we may encounter; 
  • All gift as finding its source, origin, and summit in the Trinity and Christ as our model of perfect self-gift;
  • Recognizing others as an icon or a window into the infinite love of God and the importance of treating them as such; 
  • Brian’s story of rejection, and how his experience of femininity helped to heal him; 
  • Healthy friendship and how it helps to call out the greatness in one another; 
  • The challenges and joys of the “apprenticeship of marriage” and the importance of trusting that God is working in and through any mistakes made.  


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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.