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Being Human


Jun 27, 2023

Welcome to Episode 132 of the Being Human Podcast:  We Didn’t Plan to Have Seven Kids: Accommodating Life w/ Barbra Bottaro

This week, Dr. Greg welcomes his wife Barbra (and their baby, David) to the show for a fun episode about the joys and challenges of the vocation to marriage and the call to be generous in love! 

 

Discussed in this episode: 

  • Learning how to parent as a process of trial and error, learning from mistakes, and adapting; 

  • Relying on God's grace and others in one’s community as necessary when  navigating the challenges of family life; 

  • How the spirit of generosity in love that Christians are called to is being eroded by the contraceptive mentality prevalent in our culture;

  • Accommodating life rather than having life accommodate to one’s desires and needs;

  • The family as a community and school of love and the natural progression of having children; 

  • The importance of trusting God to provide for what is needed for the lives He entrusts to one’s care; 

  • Love as a duty, responsibility, and challenge rather than just a good feeling;

  • Striving to give 100% to one’s spouse in marriage rather than relying on a 50/50 split of responsibilities; 

  • The importance of being intentional in noticing and caring for each child's needs as a way to teach them self-worth;

  • The necessity of working through wounds from one’s family-of-origin in order not to pass them along to one’s children; 

  • The great need for parental love in our culture and ways that couples can love others without being a biological parent; 

  • Complementarity between the married and consecrated vocations and how each vocation can benefit the other. 

 

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