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065 From Bethlehem to the Cross: Finishing Advent Well

The goal of Advent isn’t checking off boxes: I did this devotion, made this sacrifice, did this activity. The goal is becoming like the child Jesus we await at Christmas, who is the Jesus of the Cross.

Edward Sri explores the many Biblical connections between Christmas and the Cross and how those insights can help us finish our Advent well.

A successful Advent is about becoming more like Christ, even in one small way: more patient with our kids, kinder to our spouse, more generous with our friends, more humble with our coworkers. 

 

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064 Is Mary’s Immaculate Conception Biblical?

Everything Catholics believe about Mary is not meant to focus primarily on her.  It’s meant to help us understand and love Jesus more. That’s especially the case with her Immaculate Conception.

Edward Sri unpacks the Biblical foundations for the Immaculate Conception as he shares insights from his newest book on every key New Testament reference to Mary: Rethinking Mary in the New Testament (Ignatius Press)

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062 The Virtue of Gratitude

Do you have the virtue of gratitude? With your spouse? With your friends, family and God?  Not just saying “thank you” every once in a while, but the consistent disposition to first recognize the blessings others bestow on you and then express thanks to them. 

St. Thomas Aquinas offers three key aspects for living the virtue of gratitude.

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061 What is Truth?

Your friend says, “I can make up my own truth…What’s true for you may not be true for me!” How do you respond?

How do you engage people who embrace Pilate’s relativistic philosophy of ‘What is Truth?’

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060 Rebuking the Accuser

The devil attacks us with voices of discouragement, self-condemnation, and rationalization to keep us from facing the truth about ourselves and experiencing God’s mercy and healing power.  Learn how to recognize these false voices of the enemy and learn how to rebuke them. 

This episode is based on Edward Sri’s recent filming in Jerusalem for his new series, “No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk through Christ’s Passion” filmed on location at the sacred sites from Good Friday. https://shop.ascensionpress.com/pages/no-greater-love-optin

 

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059 Marriage Messy & Beautiful-Part 2

Men and women are different. Discover how that impacts almost everything marriage, including conversation, emotional connection & sexual intimacy.

This special edition is Part 2 of Edward Sri’s presentation featured in last week’s episode.

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056 “Lift Up Your Hearts”

Ever feel you’re just going through the motions at Mass?  Distracted? Your heart not in it?

The start of the Eucharistic Liturgy wakes us up with rituals and prayers that inspire us to “lift up our hearts” to God as we approach the sacred mysteries of the Mass.

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055 Surrender: Allowing God to Act

It’s not enough to be open to God’s will. We must allow him to act in our lives. 

A true Christian disciple doesn’t put parameters around God’s will. But when we truly surrender to His plan and give our “Fiat,’ He begins to act in us and through us in amazing ways.

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054 Mary: The Early Years

What was Mary’s life like before the annunciation? Before that day when Gabriel announced she would become the mother of the messiah? 

The Bible itself doesn’t tell us a lot – only two verses about the pre-annunciation Mary. But Edward Sri unpacks them for all their worth to give us a truly Scriptural picture of Mary’s early years.

 

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053 Stigmata & Saints

What are the stigmata? Why do some saints receive them? And what difference do they make for my life?

Look beyond the bodily marks and discover something deeper: a soul totally conformed to Christ’s self-giving love. 

 

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052 Standing in the Darkness

Do you ever feel your world is turned upside down? “Where is my life going?…Where is God?”

Mary is right there with you. God drew her many times to step into the darkness and encounter Him there. In your darkness, turn to her, Our Lady of Sorrows.

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050 Now is the Time for Heroes

What does one do when the Pope is accused of being associated with covering up abuse in the Church?  On one hand, one must avoid rash judgment and jumping to conclusions. At the same time, Cardinal DiNardo (president of the US Bishop’s Conference) calls for a “thorough examination” of the questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick. DiNarco wrote: “The questions raised deserve answers that are conclusive and based on evidence. Without those answers, innocent men may be tainted by false accusation and the guilty may be left to repeat sins of the past.”

The Church needs heroes who will pursue the truth, wherever it leads. The Church needs heroic saints to guide us through this crisis. Will you do the heroic in your life?

049 A Biblical Response to Church Scandal: What Can We Do?

Many Catholics are feeling bewildered in the wake of horrific revelations about clergy abuse. We must, however, go deeper spiritually and theologically to face the present challenges. In times of sorrow and crisis, Scripture and the Catholic Tradition have always pointed to the three crucial acts of penance as a source of healing and hope.

But can my prayer, fasting and almsgiving really make a difference? Can these practices really help the Church through these troubled times and comfort the victims, their families and the wider community of believers and even unbelievers alike who have been effected by these atrocities?  Discover a Biblical response to the recent scandal in the Church.

048 Is the Assumption of Mary Biblical?

Where do Catholics get the idea that Mary was assumed into heaven? Is there any Scriptural basis for this doctrine? Or is this just a Catholic exaggeration of Mary’s role in the Christian life?

047 Following the Head or Heart?

When it comes to romantic relationships, people often question whether they should follow the head or the heart.  But what about our friendship with God?  Is the head or the heart more important in the spiritual life?

The two, of course, go together. If you want to love Jesus more, it’s absolutely crucial that you form your mind with his truth. For every new thing you learn about God is another reason for loving him.

046 When God Multiplies Our Loaves

How do you respond when you feel stretched: overwhelmed, in-over-your-head, drowning, not sure you’re up for the task?  Jesus reminds us to turn to him. He can make up for our deficiencies, just as he did that day when he fed 5,000 with only five loaves of bread.

045 Mark’s Gospel in One Sentence

Do you know the one verse that gives the framework to the entire Gospel of Mark?  Edward Sri unpacks the opening of this Gospel, which the Church is focusing on this liturgical year.

044 Changed Into His Likeness (Part 2)

God wants to meet the real you – as you are – with all your weaknesses, wounds and faults.  As St. Therese of Lisieux once told her sister Celine, “You want to scale the mountain of sanctity. But God wants to meet you down low, in the fertile valley of humility.” Only when we allow God to encounter us as we really are, can we be fully lifted up by his grace and transformed.

043 Changed Into His Likeness (Part 1)

How do I experience the transformation God wants to work in my life? How do get my spiritual life from where it is now to where God wants it to be?

It’s not enough to go through the motions of the faith and believe the right things. We must learn to follow Jesus each day as a disciple. Only then will we be “changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another” (2 Cor. 3:18).

This presentation is based on Edward Sri’s newest book, Into His Likeness: Be Transformed as a Disciple of Christ.

042 After Communion: 3 Things to Do

You become a Tabernacle when you receive Holy Communion?a holy dwelling place for the presence of God.  You also become like Mary: Just as Mary carried Jesus in her womb for nine months, you carry the Body and Blood of Jesus sacramentally within your soul in those moments after receiving the Eucharist.

So when we sit down after Communion, this is not the time to look around and see who is at Mass or to develop your “parking lot exit strategy.” This is the most intimate time we have with God. Edward Sri reflects on this mystery and offers three things we can do to make the most of this sacred time with Our Lord.

Terrific to have Dr. Sri’s’ solid theology and rich inspiration expressed in his characteristically accessible and joyful manner delivered to my iphone every week!

Awesome insight and great practical application into my daily life. Dr. Sri’s messages really encourage me to learn more, be closer to Jesus and self reflect.

Dr. Sri does not disappoint! He’s knowledgeable, enthusiastic and insightful. One of my favorite Catholic speakers. I’m glad I can listen to him more with this podcast.