Spousal Love and Responsibility

What does it mean to fall in love? How do we stay in love? St. John Paul II addresses this in his great “ethical analysis of love” chapter in Love and Responsibility. Mike Gormley and Dave VanVickle address some of the chapter’s key topics: sexual urge, love as attraction, love as desire, love as benevolence, and reciprocity.

Snippet from the Show
“You have to possess yourself in order to give yourself.”


Key Quotes from the Episode

“You may not be able to command your emotions but you can train them. The same goes for passions. This is how you build virtue.”

“In order for a self gift to be true. Namely, it needs to be for both unity and procreation.”

“The more we isolate the sexual act and make it only about my pleasure, the worse it becomes. It becomes perverted.”

“A gift of self is not easy. You have to possess yourself in order to give yourself.”

“Catholics take sex so seriously because it is a sign of our Creator.”

Challenge: Read the Song of Songs

The Song of Songs is the height of the Bible because it expresses God’s love for his people.


Meet Your Hosts


Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael spent 17 years in full-time parish ministry and is now the Mission Evangelist for That Man Is You!, a men’s apostolate for Paradisus Dei. Michael is a frequent speaker at conferences, retreats, and parish missions all over the US and Canada.

He is the founder and creative director of LayEvangelist.com, and hosts three Catholic podcasts: Every Knee Shall Bow, Catching Foxes, and Becoming God.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, and has four beautiful and hilarious children: Kateri, Cecilia, Noah, and Thomas.


David “Dave” VanVickle

Dave VanVickle

Dave VanVickle fell in love with the Lord at the age of fourteen and has since dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ.

He is a speaker and retreat leader who focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare and deliverance. Additionally, Dave has over ten years of experience assisting Priests with their ministries of exorcism and deliverance.

Dave married his late wife Amber in 2010. He now resides in Pittsburgh with his five children: Sam, Max, Judah, Josie and Louisa.

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