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Growing in Faith, Hope, and Love

Growing in Faith, Hope, and Love

By Brian B. Pinter
Healthy psychology and healthy spirituality go hand in hand. We explore issues and questions that touch on the journey to self-knowledge and our ever deepening friendship with God.
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Episode 51 What is Spiritual Direction

Growing in Faith, Hope, and Love

Episode 69 -A Jesuit Spirituality of Joie De Vivre!
What makes for a full, fruitful, meaningful joyful life?  We explore a centuries-old Jesuit approach to making the most of one's day, a way packed with wisdom for joie de vivre!
September 18, 2022
Episode 68 - In The Footsteps of Peace : On Resolving Conflicts
Though we profess to be a "peaceful" people, we are not taught the ways of peace-making nor do we know its role models.  Our reflections explore a step-by-step process for resolving conflicts.
September 04, 2022
Episode 67 - Healing the Shame
Shame is a powerful, malevolent, oppressive energy that feels like an endless downward push, leaving one without the capacity to feel God's mercy.  Liberation from shame is part of what it means to be saved, to be redeemed.  We explore how we can journey from shame to healing with the help of God’s grace.
July 25, 2022
Episode 66 - Escaping the Victim Trap
"Victim trap" thinking seduces us into identifying with a wound and living in a cycle of rehearsing old hurts, retelling painful stories, and living in the past.  But this is not God's desire and hope for us.  We explore how the resources of our spiritual tradition can help us move toward healing and wholeness.
July 18, 2022
Episode 65 - How To Talk With Your Teen About Sex
We explore how we can talk with teens about a some important topics around sex - values, communication, boundaries, and consent.  Above all, we can help them to understand that sexuality is part of our spirituality and is a gift from God meant to be used properly.
June 30, 2022
Episode 64 - The Art of Apology
Our culture tends to see apologizing as weakness.  The way of Christ, alternatively, is a way of self-knowledge, accountability, healing, reconciliation, and rectification.  We explore a spirituality of apology through a practical five-step approach.
June 11, 2022
Episode 63 - The Jesuit Tradition of Gentleness
The first Jesuits were very intentional about bringing a spirit of gentleness to their schools.  In this episode we explore the characteristics of a gentle approach to life, both inside and outside the classroom.
April 30, 2022
Episode 62 - Holy Week 2022
Among the most significant spiritual tasks we face is how to make the time of our ultimate parting abundantly fruitful.  As we walk with Jesus through Holy Week, he role models how in word and deed we can make our dying a gift of peace, forgiveness, and love.
April 14, 2022
Episode 61 - On Burnout
When we burn the candle at both ends, the soul stages an insurrection in an attempt to bring us back to a place of balance.  We explore the signs of burnout and ways we can find rest and renewal.
March 17, 2022
Episode 60 - Enough with the Sarcasm!
Though sarcasm is an insincere and often hurtful way of communicating, our culture is saturated with it.  What does this reveal about us collectively?  We explore the roots of sarcasm and its toxic impact.
February 18, 2022
Episode 59 - Spiritual Bypass
Spiritual practices nurture and nourish us, but like all things human, they have a shadow side too.  We explore "spiritual bypass" - the ways we use spirituality to suppress or smother undesirable emotions, life's complexities, woundedness or trauma.
February 02, 2022
Episode 58 - Angels Are Everywhere!
The Christmas season highlights the presence of angels.  We hear of them in our carols, lectionary readings, favorite movies, and atop the trees.  Angels serve as divine messengers, guiding, inspiring, warning, teaching.  We explore how we can discern the presence of the angelic in our lives.
December 26, 2021
Episode 57 - God Disturbs
God's grace is consoling, healing, and liberating, but also shockingly disturbing.  God disrupts the status quo.  Our podcast explores how Advent invites to hold the "disturbing" power that seeks to be born anew, both within our hearts and in our world.
December 12, 2021
Episode 56 Shadow, Love, & Mercy
Shadow, Love, and Mercy Part of the series "Why Ignatius Loyola Still Matters" : The First Week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius invites us to know ourselves completely and unconditionally, including our shadow side.  As we courageously undertake this sacred work, we are held in a container of unconditional love and mercy.  Our reflection explores how Ignatius guides us on this journey into shadow and God's limitless compassion.
December 03, 2021
Episode 55 All Souls Reflection 2021
Praying with the Communion of Saints Though loved ones have crossed to the other side of death, our relationships with them grow, deepen, and evolve.  We explore how the communion of saints invites to affirm that love is stronger than death and that we remain in community and communication with those who have died.
November 02, 2021
Episode 54 The Foundation of a Meaningful Life
Why Ignatius Loyola Still Matters: The Foundation of a Meaningful Life We explore the "Principle and Foundation", the first major meditation of the Spiritual Exercises.  Ignatius invites us to experience life rooted in intimacy with God, connected with creation, and deeply meaningful.
October 06, 2021
Episode 53 Why Ignatius Loyola Still Matters - Wisdom in the Wound
Ignatius lived 500 years ago, yet his approach to spirituality continues to inspire and transform lives, a sign that he discovered something archetypal that touches the human soul.  This episode explores how Ignatius' early life and experience of being wounded teaches us how God works in and through our feelings.
September 12, 2021
Episode 52 How Do I Know If It's God's Voice?
Part of our spiritual work is learning to discriminate among the competing voices and energies within, some of which are very loud and powerful but are not truth.  Our podcast explores how we discern which among these is of God.
September 05, 2021
Episode 51 What is Spiritual Direction
As we journey toward deeper, more mature friendship with God, it can be helpful to have a guide and companion, what our tradition calls a "spiritual director."  Our podcast explores what spiritual direction is, and how it can support us in our journey to the holy. Please feel welcome to contact me if you have any questions or would like to further discuss spiritual direction-
July 23, 2021
Episode 50 When A Soul-Friend Dies
How do we remain connected with those we love after they have died?  I recently lost a soul-friend, and I am learning in a deeper way the truth that love is stronger than death.  We explore how our friendships endure when one goes to the other side.
July 01, 2021
Episode 49 A Spirituality for Summer Vacation
Taking sabbath rest is a commandment for our good, not merely a suggestion.  We explore how we might more deeply enter into times set apart for rest and enjoyment.
June 06, 2021
Episode 48 The Shadow Side of Parenting
The Shadow Side of Parenting Experiences that push us, that turn up the emotional and spiritual heat, are sure to trigger our shadow side, and parenting is the ultimate pressure cooker!  We explore how confrontation with the shadow can be an opportunity to become better parents.
May 22, 2021
Episode 46 A Daily Hail Mary
A Daily Hail Mary The "Hail Mary" recalls and honors Mary's "yes" to God's invitation to cooperate with God's holy work in the world.  When we say this prayer we join her in that sacred "yes".  I have been saying a "Hail Mary" everyday upon waking, and I have found this to be a transformative experience.  I share a few reflections on this practice.
May 12, 2021
Episode 45 From Grieving to Transformation
From Grieving to Transformation The journey of grief opens us to the power and grace of resurrection - our wounds are not gone and forgotten, but transformed into light and new life.  We explore what this might look like for us.
April 03, 2021
Episode 44 The Ashes of Lent Part 6 - When the blaming stops
How do we know our grief work is bearing fruit?  One infallible sign is when we don't feel the need to blame anyone anymore.  We also explore the invitation to share the journey with a soul friend, especially when we are working through "primordial wounds", i.e. those related to family and church.
March 26, 2021
Special Episode - Statement of Solidarity with LGBT Catholics
Many of our LGBT+ brothers and sisters are feeling offended and hurt by the Vatican's announcement prohibiting the blessing of same sex unions.  I want to express my solidarity and empathy.  I trust and hope that the Spirit will in time lead our church to a more embracive, enlightened place on this issue.
March 18, 2021
Episode 43 The Ashes of Lent Part 5 - Communal Griefwork
Communities suffer traumas and wounds just as individuals do.  We explore why and how we can collectively do griefwork. 
March 17, 2021
Episode 42 The Ashes of Lent Part 4 - Mother Nature Helps Us Grieve
We explore how nature has the power to mirror the soul and nurture us on the journey to healing and wholeness.
March 09, 2021
Episode 41 The Ashes of Lent Part 3 - Tears
Allowing ourselves to weep as we grieve, allowing the tears to come symbolizes the watering of the seeds of transformation, seeds that will sprout as empathy, compassion, wisdom, forgiveness, mercy, and love.
March 06, 2021
Episode 40 The Ashes of Lent Part 2 - Grieving Rituals
How do we express grief in an embodied way?  We explore rituals that might help us tap into and expresses the grief we carry deep within.
March 06, 2021
Episode 39 The Ashes of Lent Part 1 - Grief
Lent begins with ashes - an ancient symbol of grieving.  Our podcast explores how this season creates a container for us to do our grief work - an indispensable task of the spiritual journey.  We begin with this question - what do I need to grieve over?
February 17, 2021
Episode 38 Love Is Stronger Than Death - On the Communion of Saints
How do our relationships with loved ones continue after they have crossed to the other side?  This episode explores the Christian dogma of the Communion of the Saints and how we are invited to experience connection, reconciliation, support and love from those who now pray for and with us from their heavenly place.
February 09, 2021
Episode 37 Doubts and Dark Nights
We explore how these moments are an essential passage on our journey to deeper, more mature faith.
February 04, 2021
Episode 36 Sojourning with Covid : Five Life Lessons
In this podcast we explore how living with illness teaches essential truths and wisdom about the human condition, while inviting us to deeper trust in God and solidarity with others.
January 06, 2021
Episode 34 Jesus- Born in Dung
Jesus was born in a stable - the messiest, smelliest of places!  Likewise, God desires to be born in what we deem the least desirable, "smelliest" places in our hearts.  Our podcast explores how we can welcome the Divine Child into the places of woundedness, shame, and pain; those areas within that are most in need of transformation.
December 13, 2020
Episode 33 "I'll Do It Later" - On Procrastination.
We explore the emotions that give rise to procrastination as well as perspectives on how might conquer this form of self-sabotage.
November 30, 2020
Episode 32 Why Do I Feel Tired All The Time?!
Many "energy vampires" are now at play in our lives - mask wearing, toxic politics, and a sense that we are "wandering in the desert."  All this creates a chemistry that devours a great deal of emotional and spiritual energy, leaving us feeling exhausted.  We name a few of these realities, as well as ways we can enhance our self-care.
November 11, 2020
Episode 31 Africa - Land of the Bible
We see that a careful reading of the Bible reveals that it was in Africa that major moments of salvation history unfold.  As we contemplate this reality, we might allow the furniture of our imagination regarding the Bible to be rearranged a bit.
October 21, 2020
Episode 30 Look Who's Laughing Now - On Schadenfreude and Delectatio Morosa
Events unfolding in our national politics have created an opportunity to face an aspect of personal shadow.  With God's grace, we can respond with charity and compassion, truth and justice.
October 07, 2020
Episode 29 From Codependency to Compassion
We explore strategies for managing codependent "takers" and ways we can channel deeper, more authentic compassion for ourselves and others.
September 21, 2020
Episode 28 Moving Beyond Codependency
When relationships are characterized by codependence, "the giver" feels a sense of responsibility for "the taker's" emotions, behaviors, and choices.  In codependency, the stress of the situation dictates responses, rather than the inner voice of truth and wisdom.  We briefly explore some signs that might be invitations to healing and self-knowledge.
September 13, 2020
Episode 27 You are not the Messiah!
The "Messiah Complex" says, "My loved one is lost and it's my job to save them."  There is only one entity, however, with the power to save, and it's not you!  We explore some manifestations of the complex and ways we can begin to move on from this unfruitful way of relating to others.
September 08, 2020
Episode 26 Tending Our Emotional Maturity
Finding joy  in life, fostering healthy relationships, and being fruitful requires  that we nurture our emotional maturity.  We explore some traits of the  emotionally mature.
August 30, 2020
Episode 25 "It's a Conspiracy!"
We explore the psychology and shadow spiritual energy of a growing problem in our culture - belief in conspiracy theory.
August 22, 2020
Episode 24 Chronic Complaining
Complaining can be a way of blowing off steam, bonding with peers, expressing feelings of inadequacy, or giving voice to deeper soul issues that cry out for attention.  Our reflection will explore reasons for complaining, signs of unhealthy complaining, and when complaining might be an opportunity for grace and growth.
August 17, 2020
Episode 23 Recognizing our Projections
Do you find yourself disproportionately triggered by certain people?  Is there a person or group you irrationally blame for your and the world's ills?  Our reflection invites us to ask in these moments of provocation, "What have I rejected of myself that I see so clearly in the other?"
July 28, 2020
Episode 22 Generational Healing
We inherit from our ancestors their unresolved trauma and wounds.  If we remain unconscious of it, we will be frustrated in our efforts to live a full life, and we will pass on dysfunctional dynamics to those who come after us.  We can make a choice to wake up, stop the toxic patterns, and heal.
July 28, 2020
Episode 21 On the Confederate Statues
Confederate statues are coming down.  We now have an opportunity to create new symbols that inspire reconciliation and transformation.  We explore some spiritual and emotional currents moving through this moment.  
July 03, 2020
Episode 20 The American House On Fire - Riots and Looting
While there are no excuses for this destructive behavior, there are reasons.  We unpack some of the possible spiritual and emotional energies at work in these chaotic moments.
June 26, 2020
Episode 19 The Shadow Knows Part 3 - The American Shadow
  We explore the American collective shadow.  What are the uncomfortable truths about ourselves as a nation that we ignore, deny, and repress?  If we are going to be a truly great country, we will work to integrate our shadow - a difficult and humbling task, but sure to be transformative and healing. If you find these podcasts helpful, I urge you to visit the website of my friend and mentor Br. Don Bisson, FMS.  Don has a great collection of talks and reflections on spiritual topics.  (Much of what I pass on to you through my podcasts and classes I learn from him!)  Don is the best!
June 20, 2020
Episode 18 The Shadow Knows Part 2: Shadow Boxing
Bringing our shadow to consciousness is an essential task of the spiritual journey.  We explore ten ways we can do our shadow work.
June 12, 2020
Episode 17 The Shadow Knows - Part 1
   Powerful, chaotic, but potentially transformative energies are coursing through our country right now.  In this episode we explore the spiritual dimension of this pivotal moment, and how each of us can contribute to healing and renewal by confronting our shadow side.
June 08, 2020
Episode 16 Facing Our Defense Mechanisms
We all struggle with events, people, emotions, thoughts, and memories we'd rather not know.  Our defense mechanisms can help us to function, but in their shadow side can lead us to avoid necessary engagement with life's messy realities.  This podcast episode briefly names 10 common defense mechanisms.
June 01, 2020
Episode 15 The Inner Committee
"What got into me?  I'm beside myself!"  When we say this in response to something we've said or done, we are experiencing the "inner committee" at work.  We explore the voices and energies within that seek to influence our choices.
May 26, 2020
Episode 14 Self Forgiveness
Self forgiveness is among the most difficult and harrowing of spiritual tasks.  We explore why this is so difficult, some common resistances to self-forgiveness, the difference between healthy and unhealthy guilt, and a meditation practice that nurtures an open heart to self forgiveness.  
May 17, 2020
Podcast 13 The Journey of Forgiveness
Forgiveness is a journey, not a one time event.  We explore what forgiveness is - and is not - and how we go about this difficult but sacred work.
May 10, 2020
Episode 12 Tending Our Ever Evolving Maturity
Our maturity will never be a finished product; it is a life-long project.  In this podcast we seek to new some tasks we are called to tend on the journey of maturing.
May 08, 2020
Episode 11 Soulful Friendships
We explore what it means to nurture a soulful friendships in these extraordinary times.
April 27, 2020
Episode 10 Dreams in the time of Covid 19
We explore how our dreams can give us wisdom, guidance and insight during these extraordinary times.
April 20, 2020
Episode 9 Contracts with God
We explore how we tend to make unconscious contracts with God and how times like these disturb that image of God (and other images to which we might cling).
April 13, 2020
Episode 8 Easter Vigil 2020 Podcast
We explore Easter Vigil as liminal space, a threshold time where we are betwixt and between two worlds, like where we are in history right now!
April 11, 2020
Episode 7 Good Friday Reflection
We explore how Jesus gives his death away as his final gift to the world, and how we might do likewise.
April 11, 2020
Episode 6 Holy Thursday 2020
We explore Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane as a symbol for his empathy with us in suffering and fear, anchoring himself in a greater power, and the call to "watch."
April 09, 2020
Episode 5 Some Preliminary Learnings and Dicernments
What are some of the learnings we see bubbling up already?  This podcasts briefly explores 10 emerging truths in this extraordinary moment.
April 06, 2020
Episosde 4 Men and Crisis
This episode explores how men cope with crisis and the particular emotional challenges men might face in extraordinary times.
April 06, 2020
Episode 3 Adjusting to Extended Sabbath
When we have to live in close quarters with people in a time of inactivity and stillness, a variety of issues are stirred.  This episode explores how we might navigate this extended Sabbath time.
April 06, 2020
Episode 2 Fast From Breaking News
We need to know what's going on in the world today, but too much news can engulf us in anxiety.  This episode explores why we might moderate our consumption of news in these times.
April 06, 2020
Episode 1 Kairos Time
With COVID 19 we've entered Kairos time, an opportune time to listen for life's invitations.  
March 26, 2020