Be with the Word
“Be With The Word” is a weekly podcast from Souls and Hearts with Dr. Peter Malinoski, clinical psychologist, and Dr. Gerry Crete, marriage and family therapist. The hosts delve into human and psychological issues that surface in the upcoming Sunday Mass readings.
Window of Tolerance - 3rd Sunday of Lent - Episode 68
Abraham and the Parasympathetic Nervous System - 2nd Sun of Lent - Episode 67
Be with the Word EP 67 Abraham and the Parasympathetic Nervous System
Be With the Word Episode 66
Be with the Word - St. Paul and Codependency
Episode 65 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Be With the Word Episode 62 - Loving People We Disagree With
Dr. Gerry focuses on the book of Jonah and the call to love and reach out to people with whom we dislike or disagree. God has a message here despite our political, social, and religious views that he wants repentance and goodness for all.
Radical Way to Approach Recovery: Be with the Word Episode 61
Dr. Gerry discusses the Sunday Readings and how to improve recovery from addictions or problematic behaviors by approaching ourselves differently.
How To Break Through Relationship Conflicts - The Baptism of the Lord - Episode 60
Dr. Crete provides a strategy based on Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to break through relationship conflicts and unhealthy patterns.
Be With the Word Episode 59 The Epiphany of the Lord
The Holidays and Food! Disordered Eating or an Eating Disorder? - Feast of Holy Family - Episode 58
Dr. Gerry and Dr. Laura Cusumano discuss eating disorders.
Fatherhood: What It Means To Be A Good Man And A Good Father
Dr. Gerry discusses what it is to be a good father. How is fathering different from mothering?
Be With The Word Episode 56
Transform Advent without Becoming a Curmudgeon! - 2nd Sun of Lent - Episode 55
Dr. Gerry talks with Mac Barron about the commercialization and consumerism of Christmas and the loss of the true spirit of the Advent season. They discuss how a family can make Advent more meaningful and doable.
Learning to Wait: The First Step in Overcoming Addiction - 1st Sun of Advent - Episode 54
As we begin the Advent season of waiting on Christ, Dr. Gerry and Thomas Clements discuss “Learning to Wait: The First Step in Overcoming Addiction”.
Be The Best Sheep You Can Be - Christ the King - Episode 53
Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter talk about how our human nature tends to want to be more like “goats” than “sheep” and what we need to do change that.
Overcoming Fear and Getting Unstuck - 33rd Sun of Ord Time - Episode 52
Dr. Peter and Dr. Gerry do a role-play this week to illustrate how you may be able to overcome fear and avoid “burying a God-given talent.” Learn about getting to what’s behind the fear and techniques to help you affirm yourself and perhaps get unstuck in some aspect of your life.
Some Things Can’t Wait Until The Last Minute - 32nd Sun of Ord Time - Episode 51
Dr. Peter and Dr. Gerry discuss how we are called by Wisdom, or the Holy Spirit, to grow in virtue and our relationship with God over the course of our lives and explore common psychological reasons that get in the way.
The Lies We Tell Ourselves in Life Stories - All Saints Day - Episode 50
Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter discuss how Jesus turns the shame-filled, anxiety-ridden narratives of our lives into redemption and transformation in this week’s episode. Often, we don’t recognize that when we’re on that journey, and it takes effort to gain that perspective.
Understanding Superiority Complexes - 30th Sun of Ord Time - Episode 49
Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter talk about how people who have superiority complexes are usually trying to make themselves feel better by belittling others. When we can understand what’s behind the attitude, it can help us be more compassionate and loving toward them.
Heads I Win, Tails You Lose - 29th Sun of Ord Time - Episode 48
Dr. Peter and guest co-host Jody Garneau discuss the fact that many of us feel trapped in some aspect of our lives, just as the Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus in their questioning in this week’s gospel. Just as Jesus had an unexpected answer for them, He has one for us if we’re willing to listen.
Blind Spots Can Be Deadly - 28th Sun of Ord Time - Episode 47
Dr. Peter and Dr. Gerry talk about how we often have blind spots in our lives that keep us from “attending the King’s wedding feast” just like those in the Gospel this week. Learn how to identify, and begin to heal, from your own blind spots so you are ready to accept Jesus’ invitation.
Hear the Word Episode 46
Choosing Unity Without Losing Integrity - 26th Sun of Ord Time - Episode 45
Dr. Peter and Dr. Gerry discuss how we can choose unity, especially as part of the mystical Body of Christ, without losing our integrity. Trying to listen and understand another’s point of view does not require us to agree with them. Instead, we are called to foster a unity in Christ’s love.
Work is Not a Four-Letter Word - 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Episode 44
Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter discuss why work should not define the person, as it is often the case today. Instead, we have to see that the dignity of work comes from the fact that it is done by an individual made in the image and likeness of God.
Anger, Wrath, and Vengeance, Oh My! - 24th Sun in Ordinary Time - Episode 43
Dr. Peter and Dr. Gerry talk about anger and wrath in this week’s episode of Be With the Word. They discuss the difference between the feeling of anger, which carries no moral weight, and how we can deal with anger in a healthy way psychologically that also helps us make a positive impact in the body of Christ.
Three Principles of Exercising Real Love - 23rd Sun of Ord Time - Episode 42
In this week’s episode, Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter discuss the three principles we need to embrace to exercise real love as well as the common psychological barriers most of us experience.
See in 3D By Renewing Your Mind - 22nd Sun of Ordinary Time - Episode 41
Dr. Peter and Dr. Gerry discuss how we need to overcome psychological obstacles in order to see more clearly with eyes of faith. This week’s readings illustrate the transformation from seeing in the two-dimensional human perspective to the three-dimension that includes God’s grace.
Being Lost and How To Be Found - 21st Sun of Ordinary Time - Episode 40
In this week’s episode, Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter discuss how, in many ways, we are all lost and need to be found by Our Lord. Participate in an experiential exercise that helps you imagine Jesus calling you specifically--and learn to see yourself a little more as He sees you.
Four Essentials For God To Grant Your Heart’s Desire
Dr. Peter and Dr. Gerry discuss the psychology of petitionary prayer in this week’s episode. They provide the four essential things that are needed, as well as the common psychological impediments to each, that will allow God to grant our hearts’ desire.
How to Stop Impulsive Behaviors - 19th Sun of Ordinary Time - Episode 38
Often, we are distracted by the cares and worries of the world, which take our focus off God and can lead us to impulsive behaviors. Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter share a simple five-step process this week to help us slow down in these moments and make better decisions.
Finding Safety in a Turbulent World - 18th Sun of Ordinary Time - Episode 37
In this week’s episode, Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter challenge us to find safety in a turbulent world. Often, we have some experience in our lives when we have felt unsafe or insecure, which then affects how willing we are to trust God with our ultimate safety and security.
How to Find Joy Unexpectedly - 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Episode 36
In this week’s episode, Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter discuss how doing God’s will is not always just about the cross. In fact, when we give up things that we think we need, we can find joy unexpectedly.
Why It’s Okay to Pray Badly - 16th Sun of Ordinary Time - Episode 35
Join Dr. Peter and Dr. Gerry on this week’s episode where they discuss why it’s okay to pray badly -- and what you can do to get better at praying badly. They talk about how difficult it is, from a psychological perspective, to take those needed risks in prayer for us to enter a deeper relationship with God.
Four Ways to Hear with the Heart - 15th Sun of Ordinary Time - Episode 34
In this week’s episode of Be With the Word, Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter discuss the parable of the sower and the seed. They talk about what it means to be spiritually and psychologically receptive to God’s gifts and promptings within our heart and soul.
Receiving Comfort From God - 14th Sun Ordinary of Time - Episode 33
In this week’s episode, Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter ask listeners to reflect on where they go for comfort and consolation. They discuss how most of us have a great deal of trouble receiving comfort from God as well as how we can change that.
True Happiness... How Psychology Gets it Wrong - 13th Sun of Ordinary Time - Episode 32
Dr. Peter and Dr. Gerry discuss how secular psychology “gets it wrong” when it comes to true happiness in this week’s episode of Be With the Word. They explain how psychological practices based on a Catholic worldview provides a different path to joy.
How to Triumph Over Fear - 12th Sun in Ordinary Time - Episode 31
Dr. Peter and Dr. Gerry discuss the difference between fearlessness and courage in this week’s episode of Be With the Word as well as how to grow in the virtue of courage.
Addiction is the Opposite of Connection and Intimacy - Corpus Christi - Episode 30
Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter discuss how addiction is like a false idol, separating us from Christ. It results in bad fruits of dehumanization and isolation. Bringing that to light is the first step of healing and integration of self.
How Unconscious God Images Harm Our Spiritual Lives - Trinity Sunday - Episode 29
Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter discuss the difference between our God concept (what we know in our minds to be true about God) and our God image (what we feel to be true about God in our unconscious) as well as how the latter often harms our spiritual lives in this week’s episode of Be With the Word.
Ending Psychological Power Struggles - Pentecost - Episode 28
Join Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter on this week’s episode of Be With the Word as they discuss how to end power struggles within families and in other important relationships.
The Psychology of Doubt - The Ascension - Episode 27
Join Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter this week as they discuss the psychology of doubt. Just as the apostles doubted during this period between Easter and Pentecost, we often find doubt entering our own minds. Frequently, there are psychological causes of that doubt that must be addressed to help open our hearts further to God’s grace and the gift of faith.