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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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041 Real Presence, Real Love

Love wants to be near the one it loves. That’s why Jesus remains close to us in the Eucharist. He gives us his very Presence in all the Tabernacles throughout the world – And He longs for us to draw near to him. 

Do you make it a priority to meet him? To visit him in the chapel? To spend time resting in the presence of the One who loves us so much? Encounter the blessing and power of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist for your daily life.

 

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040 Why is the Mass a Sacrifice?

Catholics talk about “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.” But how was the Mass like those Biblical sacrifices of old – violent rituals with animals being cut up, set on fire and their blood being poured out on altars? The Mass I attended each week didn’t look like that!

But if we can understand Jesus’ words at the Last Supper the way a first century Jew would, we’ll come to see that Jesus didn’t just give us his Body and Blood when he instituted the Eucharist. He gave us a way to encounter and enter into his sacrificial offering of himself on Calvary. Indeed, his sacrifice on the Cross is made present in every Mass.

If we want to grow in sacrificial love, we want to participate more fully in the sacrifice of the Mass where we encounter sacrificial love Himself transforming our hard hearts a with his perfect love.

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039 Words Can Kill: Talking about Others

“He’s a great guy, BUT….”   Many Christians have fallen into the sin of gossip with statements like this – statements that begin with a compliment but end with criticism.  Yet, sins of speech fall under the 5th Commandment, “Thou shall not kill.” For when we gossip, we kill a person’s reputation, which lives on long after they have died. 

In this week’s episode, Edward Sri shows how our speech can be used to build others up or tear them down.  Do we talk about others in an edifying way that gives life? Or do we tend to fall into complaining, negative humor and gossip? 

 

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038 Not Every Catholic Gets a Trophy

The emerging generation brings many gifts and energies. But fear of discipleship may keep many from being the best they can be.

In this episode, Edward Sri traces how the Enlightenment and the 20th century psychology of self-esteem movement have shaped a generation of parents, educators and young people – making it harder for people to receive the tradition of the virtues and the “art of living.”

Dream big dreams – for your career, friendships & family. But root those big dreams in the little way of humility.

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037 A Deeper Eucharistic Encounter: 3 Ways

Do you take the Eucharist for granted? Yes, we know it’s the Real Presence and that we “have to go” to Mass each week, but do we long for the Eucharist like the early Christians did?

As we approach the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Edward Sri reflects on three ways we can rise above the routine and deepen our devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist. Recorded in Rome, he sums up three reflections based on the early Christian devotion to the Eucharist that he shared with his pilgrims this past week in Rome. 

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036 Mary, Mother of the Church: Why the New Feast Day?

We’re in Rome today for the very first celebration of “Mary Mother of the Church” – the new feast instituted by Pope Francis this year. But why do Catholics call Mary “Mother of the Church”?  Is there any Biblical basis for this?  And what does this mean for us today?

Recorded live in St. Peter’s Square with Edward Sri’s annual Rome pilgrimage group.

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035 Pentecost: Climax of Easter

“Heaven is not a place in the universe, but a person: Jesus Christ. And the closer we draw near to Jesus, the more we bring heaven on earth.” – from this week’s podcast.

As we reach the climax of the Easter Season, Edward Sri takes us through the last chapter of Mark’s Gospel as he unpacks the three key events of the last 50 days: the Resurrection, Ascension and Commissioning of the Apostles. 

Episode Notes:

Dr. Sri referred in this episode to a prayer attributed to Blessed John Henry Newman called “Radiating Christ.” Here’s a link to the prayer: https://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=1629

 

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033 Marriage Reality Check

Edward Sri discusses the real challenges every married couple faces but not many people talk about. And he unpacks three practical ways to experience the beautiful transformation God wants to work in our hearts – not in spite of, but precisely through the real struggles of daily married life.

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032 My Shot: Grow in Virtue

Let’s unpack the Church’s top 3 ways to grow in virtue.

 

Episode Notes:

Edward Sri recommended the following books in this episode:

– Donald DeMarco, The Heart of Virtue 

– Stephen Jensen, Living the Good Life

– Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

 

 

 

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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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