EP33 - Discipline, the Freedom to Excel, and Obedience to the Present Moment w/ Fr. John Bayer

by Leo Gallegos December 14, 2020

EP33 - Discipline, the Freedom to Excel, and Obedience to the Present Moment w/ Fr. John Bayer

Alto by Libertas is inspired by the Italian phrase "Verso l'alto", which means "to the heights", emblematic of the heroic life of Italian mountaineer and social activist Pier Giorgio Frassati. Listen to raw and authentic conversations on Faith, Culture, Fitness and Mission-Driven Entrepreneurship that will help us pursue "the heights" together!


Fr. John Bayer grew up in New York. One year after graduating from University of Dallas with a Bachelors in Philosophy in 2006, he entered the Cistercian Abbey Our Lady of Dallas. After finishing a doctorate in theology at Pontifical Gregorian University, he now teaches at Cistercian Preparatory School and the University of Dallas. Fr. John also writes regularly for a column - A Word to Enkindle - in The Texas Catholic, you can read his articles here. In addition to good philosophy and theology, Fr. John loves athletics, hiking, camping and marveling prayerfully in nature.

Episode Themes:

  1. The habit of discipline positions us to thrive not hinder our freedom.
  2. Go where prayer is possible you don't always have to force it.
  3. God calls us to an awareness and obedience to the present moment.

Learn more about Fr. John and the Cistercian community:



Fr. John Bayer (@cistercian_abbey) • Instagram photos and videos


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Leo Gallegos
Leo Gallegos

Leo Gallegos is the founder of Libertas, a Christian apparel brand and content resource for men. After almost a decade in financial services and a short time in higher education at The Catholic University of America, Leo felt God was inviting him to share his love for the beauty and richness of the Faith though Libertas. Leo and his wonderful wife Liz have two young boys and another on the way! They are a military family and currently reside in the Virginia Beach area. Leo is an endurance enthusiast, recently completing two ultra-marathons and is training for his first 100 miler in November. Leo looks forward to sharing more on culture and faith, and how being outdoors, running and hiking, can be great avenues to growth both personally and spiritually. You can read more about Leo, view Libertas' content and shop at libertasalive.com. Follow Libertas and Leo on Instagram @libertas_alive and @catholic.running.guy.

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