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The Heart's Desire

The Heart's Desire

By Greg Schutte, MSW, LISW-S
Our heart's desire is more than just finding someone to love. Rather it is a yearning for a connection that is out of this world! Many marriages today are struggling to thrive, let alone survive, because many couples today are given little to no direction when it comes to building and maintaining a successful marriage. This program addresses the many stresses and pitfalls that wear at the fabric of relationships today, while at the same time providing listeners with ways to identify root issues, support your marriage through skill building ideas and through faith-infused learning.
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Season 2, Episode 3 - The Power of a Righteous Life
In this episode, Greg discusses the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, the sinful nature of the people who lived there, and how our actions today can make up for the sins of others. 
July 11, 2019
Season 2, Episode 2 - Trinitarian Love
Marriage has the opportunity to be a true reflection of the Trinitarian love of God, but only if we are willing to seek God's grace into our relationship. This episode was inspired by the recent Church celebration of the Trinity and the bible readings from this celebration.
June 17, 2019
Season 2, Episode 1 - A Light to Others
We start a new season of the "Heart's Desire" by taking a look at the readings from the Mass this week on the Acts of the Apostles. Though persecuted and beaten down for their faith, the early Christians found joy in sharing God's Good News to all the world. Are we also willing to share that same light through how we live out our marriage and family life? Christ is still today needing us to witness to the world through the gift of our lives.
May 08, 2019
Season 1, Episode 20 - Ask, Seek and Knock
Based off of the gospel reading for today (March 14, 2019) from Matthew 7, Greg talks about the importance of inviting God's grace into your marriage from the very beginning. We shouldn't be looking to God only when things are at their worst, but should be seeking his help throughout our married life. Seeking and asking for God's grace is vitally important for our marital don't knock it! 
March 14, 2019
Season 1, Episode 19 - "Stump the Chump" on Infidelity
This new series, within the Heart's Desire podcast, takes more of a round-robin approach to each topic. In these "Stump the Chump" sessions, Greg Schutte fields tough questions on different, sometimes difficult, relationship topics from some of his colleagues. In this episode, Greg is joined by Dontae, Kim, and Terrence to discuss the topic of infidelity. 
February 19, 2019
Season 1, Episode 18 - Building a Eucharistic Marriage (Part 7)
This is the last session of the 7 part series on building a Eucharistic marriage. In this episode, Greg talks about the importance of understanding and "feeding" your spouse's needs. We do this often in our dating phase, but often forget to be Eucharistic well into our married life.
February 06, 2019
Season 1, Episode 17 - Building a Eucharistic Marriage (Part 6)
In this episode, Greg continues his series on how to build a Eucharistic marriage with our spouse as well as with Christ, our Heavenly Spouse. This podcast focuses on the need to recommit our lives to each other, and in doing so, it requires us to make a change in our attitude, our behaviors, and our life when it is in the best interest of the healthy of our marital relationship. 
January 23, 2019
Season 1, Episode 16 - Building a Eucharistic Marriage (Part 5)
In this episode, Greg continues to discuss the 7 ways to build a Eucharistic Marriage with your earthly spouse as well as your Heavenly spouse. He focuses on the importance of apologizing and giving forgiveness. 
January 08, 2019
Season 1, Episode 15 - Building a Eucharistic Marriage (Part 4)
This podcast is the 4th in a series of 7 which is focused on habits that are helpful in building a Eucharistic marriage not only with our earthly spouse, but also with our Heavenly Spouse (Christ) through the Mass!
December 18, 2018
Season 1, Episode 14 - Building a Eucharistic Marriage (Part 3)
In this episode, Greg continues to develop on the concept of building a Eucharistic marriage and talks about the importance of looking inside ourselves. The only person we can change is ourselves and it starts with recognizing how our behavior patterns positively and negatively affect our marriage.
December 07, 2018
Season 1, Episode 13 - Building a Eucharistic Marriage (Part 2)
This is part two of a seven part series on Building a Eucharistic Marriage. In this podcast, Greg talks about the importance of understanding God's design for marriage as well as the Wedding Feast of the Lamb - the Mass!
November 15, 2018
Season 1, Episode 12 - Building a Eucharistic Marriage (Part 1)
This podcast starts a seven part series on building a Eucharistic marriage. Greg will be talking about seven areas that are important in not only building a deep and loving relationship with your spouse but also with Christ through the Sacrament of the Eucharist. This first installment is about the importance of spending time!
November 09, 2018
Season 1, Episode 11 - Building Boundaries
Boundaries are important in every part of life: from walls to fences. They keep us safe and secure. But just as important as physical boundaries are our need for personal boundaries. Yet so many people fail to build healthy limits in their relationships with other. This podcast deals with the importance of having boundaries in any relationship.
November 02, 2018
Season 1, Episode 10 - Rebuilding Trust
Rebuilding trust in a marriage can be hard and it does take time and effort. Too many people think that just apologizing is enough. But without an effort to make changes to our damaging behavior, trust will be near impossible to rebuild.
October 15, 2018
Season 1, Episode 9 - Making Our Mark
Too often we can get so caught up in trying to make our mark in the world that we neglect making a mark in our own family. We all want to feel like we haven't wasted our life and that we made a difference. But in order to truly be happy in this endeavor, it takes a more God-centered approach with a desire for the betterment of others rather than another trophy on our own shelf.
September 28, 2018
Season 1, Episode 7 - Fill-in-the-Blank Syndrome
When couples get too busy with life, often the communication between them can become strained and misunderstandings begin to take place. If we don't recognize how this pattern can eventually wear on our relationship, we may find ourselves at odds with the love of our life. We have to recognize the patterns that get us to this point if we are ever going to make the changes needed.
September 14, 2018
Season 1, Episode 6 - Joy in the Journey
Walking through life can be difficult at times. We look to the past and can do one of three things: Get stuck in the past and all the problems, learn from our mistakes in the past in order to make our tomorrow better, or we can look back at each moment and see the grace of God in our life and count our blessings. Correcting mistakes is important, but finding joy in our marital journey is also critical for strengthening our path forward!
September 07, 2018
Season 1, Episode 5 - The Big No-Know
Too often in marriage couples stop spending time communicating with each other for different reasons. The result of poor communication is that couple fall out of knowing who their spouse is and what their needs are. Staying in the "know" of our spouse, as well as spending time getting to know Christ, is imperative for the health and well-being of any marriage.
August 31, 2018
Season 1, Episode 4 - Mission Impossible?
Ephesians 5: 21-33, has been a great source of angst for many people today and too often they want to discard it as an antiquated teaching of the past. However, if truly understood, it should be the very mission for every marriage. Greg delves into the beauty of this passage and what it has to offer to our nuptial joy.
August 27, 2018
Season 1, Episode 3 - Sacrificial
Every marriage goes through difficult times, and how we go through those times together is critical for the health of our marriage. In this episode, I talk about a recent sacrificial time my wife and I had to journey through and how marital life and joy came our of this time.
August 21, 2018
Season 1, Episode 2 - A Cheerful Giver
In this episode I talk about the importance of sowing "good seeds" into our marriage and family, as well as the need to be cheerful givers of our time and love. Using the Scripture readings from today, Greg reflects on being a strong helpmate to our spouse.
August 11, 2018
Season 1, Episode 1 - The Heart's Desire
This is the maiden voyage of the new podcast "The Heart's Desire," a podcast that looks to address many of the common issues that married couples struggle with and to explore faith filled ideas and time tested skills for helping couples overcome these issues. This first episode addresses the message behind the title of the show and starts to address some of the topics that will be addressed in future shows.
August 03, 2018