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074 Do I Really Need a Pope?

“I should be free to decide for myself my own spiritual values and make up my own morality. I don’t need a pope telling me what to do!” How would you respond to these challenges?

This week is the perfect time to ponder these questions as the Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, remembering the teaching authority Jesus gave Peter and his successors, the popes. Edward Sri unpacks six Biblical keys for explaining the papacy.

 

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073 True Repentance

We all sin and fall short. But in those moments of unfaithfulness, will we be faithful at least in repentance? Faithful in admitting our faults, saying sorry and intentionally trying to be better next time?

Though Peter denied Jesus three times, he models true repentance – and the path to new life.

 

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072 Our Gethsemane Moments

Was Jesus having second thoughts & thinking of backing out when he prayed, “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass?”

Jesus goes on to model how to respond when God invites us to do what’s difficult – when we face our own Gethsemane moments.

In this episode, Edward Sri shares from his new book, “No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk through Christ’s Passion” (Ascension Press)

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071 Pierced by a Sword

What was Mary thinking when she heard Simeon say to her, “A sword will pierce your soul also”?  

Edward Sri unpacks the Gospel account of Christ’s Presentation in the Temple and helps us enter into this feast this week.

 

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070 Virtuous Friendship

 

“Anyone can say, ‘I love you.’ Some people might sincerely mean it. Few people, however, have the virtue to truly seek what is best for you and be a committed friend.”

This week, Edward Sri unpacks Aristotle’s three kinds of friendship—and why knowing the difference can make or break our friendships, communities, dating relationships and marriages.

For more on this topic, see the free articles on virtue at edwardsri.com

 

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068 Something Greater-with Damon Owens

“I said to her, ‘What if we stopped having sex?’ It wasn’t a serious proposal. But she started to cry. It tapped into something deep in her heart. I saw in her eyes that she saw me as a man that I wasn’t yet, but a man that I wanted to be.”  

International TOB speaker Damon Owens shares how his relationship with his wife was completely transformed when they realized the emptiness of the world’s view of sexuality – and found joy in God’s plan.

Learn more about Damon’s ministry at joytob.org

 

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067 Nativity-God in Charge

Mary’s world was turned upside down: a Roman census, an unexpected move in her last trimester and giving birth in such poor conditions. How could this be the King? She might have been wondering where was God in the midst of all this suffering? 

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064 Christmas through Jewish Eyes

What was that first Christmas really like? Was Joseph really a carpenter?  Was Jesus born in a stable, a house or a cave?

Join Edward Sri on location in Israel as he discusses the Christmas story from an ancient Jewish perspective. He interviews his favorite Jewish guide – a man full of faith and passionate about helping Christians see their own faith through ancient Jewish eyes.

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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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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.