All Things Catholic

Edward Sri’s Podcast

All Things Catholic

Edward Sri’s Podcast

Are All Religions Just the Same?

Is picking a religion just like picking an ice cream flavor? Does it just come down to personal preference? We live in a society that has normalized religious relativism and reduced belief to individual taste. Today, Dr. Sri explains how to navigate the major differences between religions, and teaches us why as Christians, we cannot conform God to our personal opinions.

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Christianity boldly proclaims that the Lord of the universe wants to be the Lord of your heart.

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The Voice of the Good Shepherd

Do you recognize the voice of Good Shepherd in your life? Do you have a sense that God is guiding and leading you? Dr. Sri teaches us how to practically hear the voice of Christ in our lives so we can follow him faithfully just as the sheep follows his shepherd.

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“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”- John 10:27

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Keeping Kids Catholic

Nothing comes close to the influence of parents in the religious formation of their children. Today, Dr. Sri looks at the latest sociological research on religious parenting so we can better understand how to raise kids in the Catholic faith in contemporary society. He summarizes the four main principles that every parent should learn when passing on the faith to their children in today’s secular age.

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Nothing replaces the influence of parents when it comes to passing on the faith to their children.

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The Power of Confession

When our prayer is dry and something seems off within us, it might be time to go to confession. Today, Dr. Sri reminds us of the power of confession, and helps us to understand this sacrament in the context of God’s love so we can encounter God’s mercy without fear and shame.

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Jesus breathed life into the apostles so they can breathe life into us through the power of confession.

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Did Jesus Really Descend Into Hell?

What do we mean when we profess that Jesus descended into hell after his death? Today, Dr. Sri unpacks this mystery of the Catholic faith and shows us how Jesus’ descent into hell is a crucial aspect of our salvation and a source of hope when we find ourselves in deep darkness.

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Jesus’ descent into hell reminds us that Jesus is not afraid of the dark. He desires to descend into the darkest corners of our soul, where his light can shine the brightest.

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Jesus’s Final Prayer

As we enter into Holy Week, we remember the moment Jesus entrusted his life into the hands of the Father on the Cross. What might the Father be inviting you to place into his hands? Today, Dr. Sri explains the significance of this prayer, and encourages us to also place our lives in the loving hands of the Father.

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“The Father’s hands are trustworthy.”

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Do Not Weep For Me

At first glance, Jesus’ words to the weeping women of Jerusalem on his way to Calvary can seem strange and harsh. Today, Dr. Sri unpacks the meaning behind the eighth station of the cross. He shows us how Jesus’ response to the women demonstrates that even during his Passion, Jesus never focused on himself.

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On his way to Calvary, Jesus never focused on himself.

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St. Joseph: The Silent Hero

This week, the Catholic Church celebrates one of the most important people in all of Biblical salvation history- St. Joseph. Dr. Sri explains why St. Joseph is such a crucial figure in the Catholic faith, and shares the virtues and attributes that make this saint such an admirable hero.

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St. Joseph is the silent hero of salvation history. His virtue, sacrifice, and courage alone speak volumes.

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Why Judas Betrayed Jesus

How can someone so close to Jesus suddenly turn away from him and betray him? Judas’ tragic betrayal of Jesus reminds us that sin always begins in the heart. Dr. Sri offers us various possible explanations for Judas’ betrayal of Jesus and teaches us how to avoid turning away from Christ.

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“The betrayal of Jesus started in the heart of Judas first.”

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Battling Temptation

What should we do when we are tempted by the devil? Dr. Sri reminds us of the reality of the devil’s temptations in our lives and walks us through Christ’s response to the devil’s attacks during his passion. Learning from Jesus’ example and words, we come away with three practical ways to resist the devil’s temptations.

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“When we call upon the Holy name of Jesus, the demons around us fall to the ground.”

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Leading Family Closer to Christ ( with Erin and Fallon Scanlan)

Do you have family members who have fallen away from the faith? Today, Dr. Sri is joined by missionaries Erin and Fallon Scanlan, to talk about how to share the faith with family members. We learn how God can use us as powerful instruments of love and deeper conversion within our own families. Erin and Fallon Scanlan serve as regional directors for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.

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When we pray with deep trust, the Holy Spirit makes space for powerful conversions in the hearts of our loved ones.

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Taming the Beasts Within

As we enter into Lent, Dr Sri. draws our attention to the scene in the Gospel when Jesus enters into battle with Satan and the wild beasts in the desert for forty days. We learn about the symbolism of wild beasts in Scripture, and how lent gives us an opportunity to rise above our comforts and carry the cross with Jesus.

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“Jesus wants to heal and tame the wild beasts within our souls.”

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3 Timeless Lenten Practices

As we prepare for lent, it is easy to get carried away finding new and creative lenten practices and forget the simple purpose of this liturgical season. Today, Dr. Sri brings us to the heart of the Catholic tradition of lent and reminds of the three timeless lenten practices that will help us make space in our hearts for God this Lent.

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“It happened one day I was entering the oratory and I saw a statue representing the wounded Christ.. I felt so keenly how poorly I thank him for those wounds that, it seems to me, that my heart broke… I threw myself down before him with the greatest outpouring of tears.” – St. Teresa of Avila

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Giving Yourself Completely to God

Do you ever feel like God is asking to give more of your heart to him? Today, Dr. Sri teaches us how to take that next step in our faith journey so that we can offer our whole lives to God and experience his love on a deeper level.

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“God doesn’t just want obedience, he wants our hearts.”

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Finding Christ in the NFL (with Joe Reitz)

Dr. Sri sits down with former NFL player, Joe Reitz to talk about faith, family, and football. Joe opens up about his experience living out his Catholic faith while he was in the NFL and how he continues to follow Christ today as a husband and father.

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“We are called to be winning teammates for Christ who try to get our friends, family, and loved ones to heaven. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters.”- Joe Reitz

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Lord Have Mercy

God’s mercy is the most profound expression of his love. Today, Dr. Sri unpacks the beauty behind the “Lord have mercy” prayer we say during mass, and provides us with Biblical context to better understand the meaning and power of God’s mercy.

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“God’s mercy is the most profound expression of his love.”

 

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From the Holy Land: The Baptism of Christ

What’s so special about the Jordan River? Today, Dr. Sri helps us look at the baptism of Christ the way a first-century Jew would have, explaining the symbolism behind his ministry.

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“This is the inauguration of his messianic mission. His public ministry begins now.” 

 

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What Really Guided the Magi to Jesus?

Was it really a star that led the Magi to Jesus? Today, Dr. Sri talks about different theories of what could have guided the Magi to the nativity.

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“We as Christians need to believe that we have a God that can do the supernatural.” 

 

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Do You Have Room for Them?

Are you experiencing sadness or disappointment this Christmas? That’s okay, because Mary did too. Today, Dr. Sri talks about the meaning of Luke 2, and what this could mean for our prayer and preparation for the Christmas season.

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“Mary had some disappointment in the midst of great joy. If that was okay for Mary, it’s okay for you and I.” 

 

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How to Live as Strangers in a Strange Land

How do we remain faithful to Jesus amid those misunderstandings, pressures, and even persecutions that we face living in a secular culture? It’s not easy being Catholic today, but if we look at the story of Israel in Salvation history, we can find great strength and consolation. Today, Dr. Sri teaches us how to live as strangers in a strange land by looking at the prophet Daniel in the Bible and how he remained faithful to God in times of persecution.

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“For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” – 2 Corinthians 4:17

 

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Is Mary Human? Immaculate Conception Explained

If Mary was immaculately conceived, is she really human? Did she actually have free will? Today, Dr. Sri explains the dogma of the immaculate conception and helps us understand how we can still relate to Mary even though she was sinless.

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Though Mary was sinless, we can still relate to her because she is completely human.  She laughed with her cousin Elizabeth, walked by faith with Joseph, and wept at the foot of the cross.

 

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Do You Want to Be Happy? Practice These 4 Things

There are four virtues that every human person needs to live a happy and successful life- prudence, temperance, courage and justice. Today, Dr. Sri explains how these cardinal virtues allow us to flourish in our careers, personal goals, and relationships.

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Prudence, temperance, courage and justice are the four cardinal virtues that set us free to pursue the good.

 

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Longing for a Savior: Advent 2020

Advent is a season of expectation, longing and hope. No matter how chaotic the world may be around us, we place our joy and hope in Christ because we know he will save us. Today, Dr. Sri unpacks a prophecy in the book of Isaiah that brings us to the heart of advent and also offers us hope in our turbulent times. By understanding the biblical context of Christ’s birth, we can enter more deeply into this beautiful season in the Church.

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Advent is a season of longing and hope for a Savior who can make all things new.

 

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3 Keys to a Virtuous Life

We are trained to run businesses, build skyscrapers and create rockets, but we don’t know how to build the most basic things in life; friendship, marriage, and family. Today, Dr. Sri continues his discussion on virtue and teaches us how to educate ourselves in the virtues, how to intentionally practice the virtues in our daily lives, and how to rely on God’s grace to grow in virtue.

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“We are trained to run businesses, build skyscrapers and create rockets, but we don’t know how to build the most basic things in life; friendship, marriage, and family.”

 

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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.