All Things Catholic

Edward Sri’s Podcast

The Fires of Purgatory

Purgatory often gets treated like a time out—the place you go because you did something bad—but it’s much more than that. Dr. Sri uses biblical images of fire and an analogy from St. John of the Cross to illuminate the Catholic teaching of purgatory.

This episode will leave you with an essential truth about the all-consuming love of God, motivation to continue your own spiritual growth, and several spiritual practices to help you remember the dead.

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How to Make Room for Jesus This Advent

When Thanksgiving is over, it’s all too easy to jump into the chaos of December, letting Advent take a backseat to the busyness of the season. How do we avoid that frantic pace and actually make room for Jesus in our hearts this year?

Dr. Edward Sri explains how this Advent, the Lord has special graces for each of us, if only we make space for him in our lives.

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“Make room for the divine Infant, for He desires to grow within your soul.” -Dom Prosper Louis Pascal Guéranger

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The Power of Intercessory Prayer

Sometimes we think our intercession for others will work only if we say enough prayers or say the right ones, but the power of intercessory prayer lies in the love we put into the prayer and the love of our God who hears them.

Dr. Edward Sri records this week’s episode from a place on the Sea of Galilee near Capernaum—where Jesus healed the paralyzed man who was lowered through a roof by his friends. Reflecting on the story of the paralyzed man lowered through the roof by his friends, Dr. Sri explains how Christ invites us to be part of his healing ministry by interceding for our friends, loved ones, co-workers, and even total strangers.

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“God does not need our help or our prayers. But even though he doesn’t need them, he invites us to pray. He is moved by our love for someone else.”

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How to Trust God More

Which biblical figure showed the most trust in God? Dr. Sri makes a good case for a man from the Gospel of John whose son is dying and explains how we can use his example to trust God more.

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“We can’t experience God’s providence unless we let go, unless we have confidence in his promise, unless we are willing to jump.”

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What Does the Bible Say about Praying to Saints?

What does the Bible say about praying to saints? Are there biblical foundations for the Catholic tradition of asking saints to intercede for us?

Oftentimes we’re challenged by our protestant brothers and sisters with the question, “Why pray to saints when you can just pray to Jesus?” You’re not alone if you believe there’s a good answer to that question but struggle to explain it yourself.

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Pope John Paul II: Open Wide the Doors for Christ!

 

If you’re stressed or anxious, you can find great comfort in the famous phrase from Saint Pope John Paul II: “Be not afraid … Open wide the doors to Christ!”

In this episode of All Things Catholic, Dr. Sri explains the meaning behind Saint Pope John Paull II’s words and shares a simple way you can begin bringing your fears and anxieties to Christ in prayer. Once you surrender those fears to Christ, you might be surprised at the amazing plan that unfolds.

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108 Is the Rosary Biblical?

 

We’ve talked about the Biblical roots of the Hail Mary, but what about the Rosary? What makes this prayer so powerful that St. Padre Pio called it “the weapon for these times”?

Dr. Edward Sri explains why the Rosary is not “vain repetition”, points to the Biblical source of each prayer in the Rosary, and gives practical advice on how we can better incorporate this impactful prayer into our daily lives.

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107 St. Thérèse and the Power of Surrender

 

When we fall short, it’s easy to despair and berate ourselves for our failings. We’re tempted to turn our focus inward, and that’s exactly where the enemy wants us.

Using the theology of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Dr. Sri explains how this is the opposite of what God wants us to do. When we fail, instead of navel-gazing, we can recognize our littleness and let the Lord into our hearts by surrendering our shortcomings to him.

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105 Struggles in Prayer

 

Every faithful Catholic goes through a season where prayer is difficult. Whether you’re unable to feel God’s presence, get easily distracted, or find yourself avoiding prayer altogether, Dr. Sri points out four reasons why we may struggle in prayer, and what we can do to persevere and build an ever-stronger relationship with God.

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104 The Biblical Roots of the Hail Mary

 

Catholics are often criticized for praying to Mary, but every part of the Hail Mary has biblical roots which reveal that the focus of this prayer is actually Jesus. St. John Paul II put it this way, “Although the repeated Hail Mary is addressed directly to Mary, it is to Jesus that the act of love is ultimately directed, with her and through her.”

Dr. Sri unpacks the biblical roots of the Hail Mary to help us truly understand the significance of this powerful prayer.

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103 The Cross Explained

What gives the cross its redemptive value is not the amount of suffering or bloodshed, but the amount of love that was put into Christ’s sacrifice. The cross is less about taking on punishment and more about the total gift of love Jesus offered to the Father on our behalf.

As the Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross this week, Dr. Sri takes us into the heart of the cross—which is ultimately the heart of God and his passionate love for his people.

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102 The Word—Friend or Enemy of the Soul?

We’re not called to be like the Amish, separating ourselves completely from the world.  But we must be careful how much of the world’s influences we allow into our homes and into our hearts. How do we strike the right balance?

Dr. Sri draws on wisdom from Blessed John Henry Newman to help us live a Christians in this world without being of this world.

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101 Fallen Away—How to Bring Back Those We Love

 

Do you have family or friends away from the Catholic Faith?  St. Monica’s example offers six practical things we can do to help bring our loved ones back to Christ and the Church. 

Too often we focus on how to change our son, sister or friend.  But the first step in evangelizing our loved ones might involve changing our own heart and approach to evangelization itself. Are we willing to make the sacrifices necessary to reach them with the Faith?

 

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100 Is Mary’s Queenship Biblical?

Where is Mary’s Queenship in the Bible? Is this just Catholics exaggerating Mary’s role, trying to put Mary on par with Jesus the King, so they make her a Queen?

In this episode Dr. Sri unpacks the rich Biblical foundation for the feast the Church celebrates this week – the feast of Mary’s queenship – and shows clearly that the Bible reveals Mary to be our Queen.

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098 A Bishop Speaks on the Abuse Crisis

“How can we stay with a Church that has so many problems?” Dr. Sri unpacks key insights from Bishop Barron’s recent book “A Letter to a Suffering Church” – a book that takes a hard look at the clergy abuse scandal and offers hope and some practical ways forward.

If you don’t have time to read it, listen to this brief summary of the many gems in this helpful book.

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Learn more about this book by Bishop Barron https://www.sufferingchurchbook.com

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097 Fit for a Queen: Mary’s Greatest Basilica

Why would Catholics build a whole basilica dedicated the Blessed Virgin Mary? Isn’t this distracting from Jesus? Shouldn’t we be building churches in honor of Jesus, not Mary?

And why would the Catholic Church have a special liturgical feast day celebrating the dedication of this Marian basilica? 

In this special edition, we go to the principle church dedicated to Mary all the world, as we prepare to celebrate on August 5 the memorial of the dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major’s – one of Dr. Sri’s favorite churches in all of Rome.

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096 A Week in Poland – Our 20th Wedding Anniversary Pilgrimage

Our marriage began with JP2 blessing it in Rome on our honeymoon. So for our 20th wedding anniversary last week, we wanted to do a special marriage pilgrimage to Krakow and walk in the footsteps of this great saint.

In this episode, Beth and Edward Sri discuss the importance of couples getting time away and share from their experiences at the sites of JP2’s youth and years a priest and bishop in Krakow where he poured his life into university students, battled the atheistic Communists, and guided young couples in their marriages.  

They also share their experiences at Auschwitz and the shrine to Our Lady of Czestochowa as well as inside stories from locals who lived through Communist Poland and saw their country transformed through the interventions of Pope John Paul II.

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095 Messianic Prophecies, Fulfillment in Christ – Reading Matthew (Part 2)

Every detail of the Gospels is there for a reason: to show Jesus fulfilling all the ancient prophecies from the Old Testament. 

More than any other Gospel, Matthew is constantly alluding to Jewish hopes and expectations to demonstrate how God has been preparing humanity for the Savior and how Jesus is indeed the promised Messiah.

Do you know the two main ways Matthew shows prophecies coming to fulfillment in Christ?

 

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094 The Secret to Matthew’s Gospel – Reading Matthew (Part 1)

Why does the Catholic Church hold up Matthew’s Gospel as so crucial for passing on the Faith–whether as a parent, teacher, catechist or friend?

And why does Matthew stand out in times of evangelization and renewal in the Church?

Matthew’s background as a tax collector gives an important clue into how he gave his Gospel a beautiful structure – a structure that is the key to understanding the story of Jesus as the climax of the history of the world.

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093 Mary, Saints & Purgatory – Listeners’ Questions

When the saints die, they don’t get cut off from the Body of Christ. They’re closer to Jesus and thus even closer to us, able to hear our prayers and intercede powerfully for our needs. 

In this episode, Edward Sri answers listeners questions on a range of topics, including Mary, the Saints, Purgatory, and responding to our teen and young adult children’s questions about the Catholic Faith.  

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092 The Highest Expression of God’s Love: Sacred Heart of Jesus

Mercy is the highest expression of God’s love. But His mercy is not like that of a judge who merely pardons our violations of the law or a demanding boss who one day decides to overlook the mistakes in our work. 

This week’s Solemnity of the Sacred Heart invites us to ponder the Biblical truth of God’s mercy – a mercy rooted in God’s amazing unconditional love, a love that remains faithful even when we are unfaithful. 

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091 The Bible’s Most Powerful Argument for the Eucharist

How can Catholics believe the Eucharist is really the Body of Christ? ‘It’s just a piece of bread!  It’s just a symbol of Jesus, not his real presence,’ some would say. 

But there’s one Biblical passage that offers the richest theology of the Eucharist and most clearly demonstrates how much Jesus wanted to give us his very Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the total gift of Himself in every Holy Communion.

This special edition of All Things Catholic was recorded on location in Capernaum in the Holy Land at the remains of the Synagogue where Jesus gave his famous ‘Bread of Life Discourse” in John’s Gospel, chapter 6. 

You can learn more about pilgrimages with Dr. Sri to the Holy Land at edwardsri.com/pilgrimages

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