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Edward Sri’s podcast

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Join well-known theologian and author Edward Sri for weekly insights on understanding and living out the Catholic faith. Delve deeper into the Bible, prayer, virtue, relationships, marriage & family and culture with practical reflections on all things Catholic. Don’t just go through the motions. Live as an intentional Catholic, a disciple of Jesus Christ.

031 Should the Church be More Tolerant?

The real question is not “Do I tolerate others?” but “Do I have the ability to love people?”  We tolerate cold weather or a traffic jam. But Jesus calls us to love the people in our lives, not just tolerate them. And that requires virtue.

If we want to have good friendships and dating relationships; if we want to build a strong marriage and family life; if we want to care for the poor and build a civilization of love, there is one thing we need that goes far beyond tolerance and coexistence. And that’s virtue.

This episode is based on Edward Sri’s best-selling book, Who Am I to Judge? (Ignatius Press-Augustine Institute)

 

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030 “I’m Free to Do Whatever I Want!”

“Don’t impose your views on me! I’m free to do whatever I want with my life!”  

There are two views of freedom competing for our attention. Knowing the difference can make or break a marriage. It can start a dating relationship on the right foot or lead you toward another dead-end romance. It can help you to succeed or fail in your parenting.  

Will you embrace the modern notion of freedom – the freedom to do whatever you want? Or will you discover true freedom – the freedom to love?

This episode is based on a chapter in Edward Sri’s book, “Who Am I to Judge?” (Ignatius Press/Augustine Institute)

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029 Mary & The Lost Ark

There’s great spiritual power for us in the title “Mary, Ark of the Covenant”?much more than anything Harrison Ford and the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark may have imagined. But what does the ancient Ark of the Covenant have to do with the Blessed Virgin Mary?

In this episode, Edward Sri unpacks the Biblical background of this Marian title and how turning to Mary as the New Ark of the Covenant can help us fight the spiritual battles we face each day.

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028 Simon & The Unexpected Cross

Why is Simon of Cyrene a model of compassion? He didn’t lovingly volunteer to carry Jesus’ Cross. He was forced to do so!

The Gospels, however, give us one small detail that indicates Simon was personally transformed through his encounter with the Cross on Good Friday.  And his example reminds us that the crosses bearing the most fruit are often not the ones we seek out, but the unexpected crosses–if we embrace them when they come.

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027 The Palm Sunday Prophecy

Do you know the Palm Sunday Prophecy? Discover the Biblical background to Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

Edward Sri unpacks the prophecies fulfilled in this scene and the personal application for our lives today. Finish Lent strong by starting Holy Week well.

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026 Giving it All: Gethsemane

“Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass.” What did Jesus mean by this prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Was he trying to back out of the cross at the last minute?

This prayer actually offers a window into Jesus’ soul, revealing how he gives it all in the garden. Jesus goes on to say, “…not my will, but yours be done.” And in so doing, he shows us the model of perfect love.

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026 Giving it All: Gethsemane

“Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass.” What did Jesus mean by this prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Was he trying to back out of the cross at the last minute?

This prayer actually offers a window into Jesus’ soul, revealing how he gives it all in the garden. Jesus goes on to say, “…not my will, but yours be done.” And in so doing, he shows us the model of perfect love.

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025 The Cry from the Cross

What did Jesus mean when he cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Did Jesus really think he was abandoned by the Father?

Far from a cry of despair, Jesus’ words are a prayer of great hope in the midst of great darkness. Jesus quotes Psalm 22, fulfills prophecy and models for us how to turn to the Lord amid the crosses we face. 

Episode Notes:

For the YouTube video of Edward Sri’s presentation on this topic, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRfDD10q6z0

This episode is based on a chapter in Edward Sri’s book ‘Love Unveiled: The Catholic Faith Explained” (Ignatius Press)

 

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024 Surprised by Silence – with Beth Sri

Finding silence in a house with 8 kids and a busy apostolic life is not easy. But Beth and I both felt drawn this Lent to turn off the noise, be more unplugged and more tuned in to God in silent stillness.

In the silence, we encounter our true selves at a deeper level. And we also have the interior space to encounter God and others more.  Why do we tend to fill the spaces in our day with so much noise and distraction? Edward and Beth Sri share from their own experiences and offer practical ways to build more silence in the midst of busy lives. 

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023 The Battle for Your Mind

Right now there’s a battle going on for your mind – for how you look at reality. What is love? What brings happiness? What is a successful life?

The secular world is doing everything it can to get you to look at these fundamental questions a certain way. But Jesus offers an alternative view. How can you make sure you are not conformed to this world but are transformed by a renewal of your mind?

Episode Notes:

This episode is based on a chapter in Edward Sri’s latest book, Into His Likeness: Be Transformed as a Disciple (Ignatius Press-Augustine Institute)

 

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023 The Romance of Lent: 3 Ways to Start Lent Well

The words “Lent” and “Romance” typically don’t go together. Lent brings to mind drudgery, sacrifice and slogging through the dreary days of February without your favorite treats. What’s romantic about that?

At its essence, however, Lent is all about love. It’s about creating more space in our hearts to encounter God. Edward Sri offers practical ideas for starting Lent well as he unpacks how the three main devotions of Lent help us love God with all our heart, soul and strength. 

Episode Notes:

See Edward Sri’s article “The Romance of Lent” at edwardsri.com

 

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022 When You Hit the Wall: Struggles in the Spiritual Life

A crucial moment in the spiritual life comes when we hit the wall: when we experience our weaknesses and sins and fear that we’ll never get better – we’ll never change. In those low moments, we might be tempted to give up trying and settle for mediocrity.  But when we dare to come to Jesus in our weakness, as we really are, in the valley of humility, God does the most profound work of healing and transformation in our souls.

Episode Notes:
Edward Sri, Into His Likeness: Be Transformed as a Disciple (Ignatius Press-Augustine Institute)

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021 More Than Groundhog’s Day: The Presentation of Our Lord & Prophecy Fulfilled

The Feast of the Presentation (Feb 2) commemorates a significant turning point in the history of the world: God’s glory returning to the temple. Edward Sri unpacks the prophecies fulfilled in this scene to help prepare our hearts for this great feast. Recorded on location in Jerusalem on the Southern Steps of the Temple.

Episode Notes:

For more on the Biblical background of the Presentation, see Edward Sri’s Walking with Mary (Image Books); Dawn of the Messiah (Servant) and Praying the Rosary Like Never Before (Servant). See also his film documentary Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother (Ascension). 

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020 When Prayer is Hard

We like to pray when we feel we’re getting something out of it. But what do we do when the feelings fade, when we’re “too busy” or prayer is dry? Will we still show up?

Faithfulness to Jesus in prayer is more important than the feelings we might receive in prayer. And sometimes God withdraws the feelings of His closeness in order to test our hearts – to test whether we’ll still come to Him for Him alone – and not what He gives us in prayer. 

 

Episode Notes

References Edward Sri’s new book Into His Likeness: Be Transformed as a Disciple of Christ (Ignatius Press – Augustine Institute)

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018 “But I’m Not Hurting Anyone!”

Many say, “What I do in my private life doesn’t matter – as long as I’m not hurting anyone.” But there are many ways we hurt people simply by failing to be the best we can be. In this week’s episode, Edward Sri helps us respond to this objection and talk about moral truth, underscoring how what we do in our ‘private lives’ greatly impacts other people – for better or for worse.  

Episode Notes:

  • The Objection: “What Could be Wrong With This? I’m Not Hurting Anyone!”
  • First Response: C.S. Lewis Fleet of Ships Analogy
    • Don’t Collide (Social Laws – Don’t Hurt Others)
    • Each Individual Ship is Seaworthy (Individual Moral Character)
    • Why Both Are Necessary
  • Second Response: Two Ways to Fail In Life
    • “In What I Have Done”
    • “And In What I Have Failed to Do”
  • The Myth of “Private” Life
  • How What We Do In Our Personal Lives Impacts Others
  • Three Examples
    • Studies
    • Prayer
    • Fatherhood

References:

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Edward Sri, Who Am I to Judge?

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017 Who Do You Want to Become?

Our choices matter. They lead us either to becoming the kind of person we most deeply desire to be or to falling short of the greatness to which God calls us. In this episode, Edward Sri helps us engage the culture of moral relativism with a Catholic moral worldview.

Episode Notes

  • Rationalizing Anything: Should he go to her room? 
  • The Top Moral Issues We Face
  • “Ethikos”: All About Character
  • Modern View of Morality = Rules of Conduct
  • Classical View of Morality = Who do I want to become?
  • Virtue and Friendship
  • Made for Greatness

References:

Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue

Edward Sri, Who Am I to Judge?

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What Was Mary Thinking?

What was Mary thinking and going through on that first Christmas night? Recorded on location in Bethlehem, Edward Sri helps us enter into Mary’s experience: The joy of giving birth to her son, the messiah, and the bewilderment and sorrow over watching him enter the world in such poverty, humility and rejection. 

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015 “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

What if we had never heard the Christmas story before? What if we were first-century Jews encountering the story of Jesus’ birth for the very first time?

In this week’s podcast, Edward Sri takes us back into the world of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and unpacks for us the prophecies, historical context and Jewish hopes that come to fulfillment in Luke’s account of Christ’s birth (Luke 2:1-7).

 

Episode Notes

  • No Ordinary Census
  • The Bethlehem Prophecy
  • No Room in the Inn: Where was Jesus born?
    • A Stable?
    • A Home?
    • A Cave?
    • “katalyma”
  • Eucharistic Symbolism
    • Bethlehem House of Bread
    • The Manger

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014 Rejoice…Always?

Christians are called to rejoice, especially in the Advent season. But can we experience joy even in the midst of difficulties and trials? Edward Sri unpacks what true joy is and how we can radiate it more, even in the face of life’s daily challenges.

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013 This Advent, No Regrets: 3 Ways to a Deeper Advent

013 This Advent, No Regrets: 3 Ways to a Deeper Advent

Don’t miss out on Advent this year. Edward Sri helps us stay focused on the special graces that await us in this liturgical season – if we understand its meaning and key practices.

Episode Notes

  • Staying Focused in December: Preparing Spiritually
  • Act of Love/Devotion
  • Sacrifice: A Small Gift for Baby Jesus
  • Like Mary: “In Haste” after what’s most important
  • The Message of Advent Hymns (mentioned Cistercian Monks Advent chants, Bach Advent Cantatas, Handle’s Messiah)

013 This Advent, No Regrets: 3 Ways to a Deeper Advent

Don’t miss out on Advent this year. Edward Sri helps us stay focused on the special graces that await us in this liturgical season – if we understand its meaning and key practices. 

Episode Notes

  • Staying Focused in December: Preparing Spiritually
  • Act of Love/Devotion
  • Sacrifice: A Small Gift for Baby Jesus
  • Like Mary: “In Haste” after what’s most important
  • The Message of Advent Hymns (mentioned Cistercian Monks Advent chants, Bach Advent Cantatas, Handle’s Messiah)

 

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013 In This Sign Conquer

The Sign of the Cross is not just the way Catholics begin their prayers. It is itself a powerful prayer—one that’s rooted in Scripture and one that the earliest Christians often turned to for strength in spiritual battle and protection from all harm and evil.  In fact, Christians in the first centuries of the Church prayed the sign of the cross throughout their days, when the rose in the morning and went to bed at night, when they left the house and when they returned, when they began a project or began a meal. They especially found strength in this prayer when facing times of temptation and suffering.

What did the early Christians see in the Sign of the Cross that we often miss? In this week’s podcast, Edward Sri unpacks the Biblical foundations of this prayer, walking through the Old Testament prophetic foreshadowings of the great sign of the cross to the early Christian practice with this prayer. Discover how the Sign of the Cross can be a source of strength to face the spiritual battles we face each day—battles against discouragement, fear, anger, anxiety, impurity and pride.

013 In This Sign Conquer

The Sign of the Cross is not just the way Catholics begin their prayers. It is itself a powerful prayer?one that’s rooted in Scripture and one that the earliest Christians often turned to for strength in spiritual battle and protection from all harm and evil.  In fact, Christians in the first centuries of the Church prayed the sign of the cross throughout their days, when the rose in the morning and went to bed at night, when they left the house and when they returned, when they began a project or began a meal. They especially found strength in this prayer when facing times of temptation and suffering.

What did the early Christians see in the Sign of the Cross that we often miss? In this week’s podcast, Edward Sri unpacks the Biblical foundations of this prayer, walking through the Old Testament prophetic foreshadowings of the great sign of the cross to the early Christian practice with this prayer. Discover how the Sign of the Cross can be a source of strength to face the spiritual battles we face each day?battles against discouragement, fear, anger, anxiety, impurity and pride.

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