All Things Catholic

Edward Sri’s Podcast

All Things Catholic

Edward Sri’s Podcast

Making Every Holy Communion Count

Do we really see a difference in our lives every time we receive Jesus in Holy Communion? It can be easy to receive the Eucharist frequently without realizing the power it can have in our lives. Today, Dr. Sri explains the Biblical roots of Holy Communion to help us appreciate it better, and walk away changed every time we receive Jesus at Mass.

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It can be easy to receive the Eucharist frequently without realizing the power it can have in our lives. Let us never forget that when we receive the Eucharist, we receive God himself. 

 

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Just Following “My Conscience”

How do we know if we are truly making the right moral decisions? Our conscience affects all kinds of decisions we make in life- from the shows we watch to the way we vote and everything in between. Today, Dr. Sri explains the Catholic view on conscience and emphasizes the importance of forming it according to God’s plan.

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Our conscience is not just a vague feeling, it is the very voice of God echoing in our hearts and minds that propels us towards the good and the truth.

 

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The Story of Our Lady of the Rosary

This week the Catholic church celebrates the feast of our Lady of the Rosary and honors her miraculous intercession at the iconic Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Dr. Sri shares with us the historical context and story behind this important feast and reminds us of the power of Our Lady’s intercession when we entrust seemingly impossible situations to her.

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On October 7th 1571, our Lady intervened in the Battle of Lepanto and changed the course of Western civilization. Let us also turn to Mary in our personal battles and entrust the impossible to her. 

 

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The Angels: Fighting Our Spiritual Battles

Angels are real and they are at work in the world. Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the archangels- St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael. Dr.Sri explains the nature of angels and teaches us how to develop a friendship with the angels that surround us.

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The angels are ready and eager to help us fight the spiritual battles in our souls, in our families, and in the culture around us.

 

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A Biblical Look at the Mass

Do you long to feel more united to Jesus at Mass? It’s easy to just go through the motions at Mass when we don’t understand the rich symbolism behind all the rituals. Today, Dr. Sri uncovers the biblical symbolism behind the Liturgy of the Eucharist so we can more fully unite our whole lives to Christ during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

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In the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we have the opportunity to give our whole selves to Christ as he offers up his whole self to the Father. 

 

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Forgiving from the Heart

Do you ever struggle to forgive the people in your life when they hurt you? When people hurt us, it’s easy to get frustrated and defensive but Jesus invites us to be compassionate and forgiving. Today, Dr. Sri teaches us three ways to cultivate a heart of forgiveness in our daily lives.

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“Forgiveness is not always easy; it is one of the most unselfish acts of love.” ~ Fr. Jacques Philippe

 

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Mary’s Fiat: Trusting God in the Unexpected

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the Virgin Mary’s nativity. Mary’s life is a source of wisdom for all of us, particularly when we face uncertain seasons and moments in life. In this episode, Dr. Sri unpacks the mystery of Mary’s fiat, and shows us how we can learn from Mary when life takes unexpected turns.

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Mary’s fiat was not a passive surrender, but rather a joyful abandonment and longing to fulfill the dreams of her beloved God. 

 

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Connecting Gospel Stories

Sometimes we approach the Gospel readings as a sitcom rather than a series. Today, Dr. Sri dives into the Gospel of Matthew to show us how the stories in the Gospel are not isolated events. Dr. Sri teaches us about four key moments in the Gospel of Matthew and explains the historical context behind these stories to grasp the larger story revealed in the life of Jesus.

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The stories we hear in the Gospel are not isolated events. If we truly understand the larger context of these stories, we will marvel at the grand love story God reveals in the life of Jesus.

 

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St. Augustine: The Man Who Knew His Weakness

This week, the Catholic Church celebrates the great feast of St. Augustine. Many of us are familiar with his first conversion story but we often forget his second conversion story. Today, Dr. Sri shares St.Augustine’s ongoing conversion and how we can learn from this saint’s complete reliance on God in his weakest moments.

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“It is not as though I do not suffer wounds , oh Lord, but I feel rather that you heal them over and over again” – St. Augustine

 

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Remaining Faithful During COVID

Our hunger for God cannot be forgotten, even during COVID we can find ways to encounter him. Today, Dr.Sri uses St.John Paul II’s leadership and perseverance in communist Poland to inspire us to seek the sacraments and cling to Christ in a safe but faithful way during COVID.

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Our hunger for God cannot be forgotten, may we continue to seek him with all of our hearts no matter how difficult our external circumstances are.

 

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St.Clare of Assisi: The Indomitable Saint

Today we celebrate the feast day of St.Clare of Assisi, a heroic saint who was known for her courage, perseverance, and indomitability in times of trial. In this episode, Dr.Sri shares riveting stories about St. Clare and offers us valuable lessons we can learn from her life. This episode was originally recorded back in 2018 right outside the church of St. Clare in Assisi while Dr.Sri was on pilgrimage.

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What made St. Clare of Assisi so heroic was her indomitability in moments of trial. When her faith was tested, she turned to Jesus, clung to the altar, dropped to her knees, and ran to the Eucharist.

 

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The Radiant Glory of the Transfiguration

Jesus’ Transfiguration is not just a magnificent scene in his life, it’s a sign of what Jesus wants to do in all of us, he wants us to share in his glory. Today, Dr. Sri shows us the parallels between Moses at Mt. Sinai and Jesus at Mt. Tabor during the Transfiguration. Most importantly, he reminds us how Jesus wants to change us so we can also radiate God’s glory.

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“Jesus wants to meet us in the valley so he can take us up the mountain of Transfiguration, and make us so radiant that we begin to reflect the glory of God.”

 

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When God Feels Far Away in Prayer

Do you ever have moments or seasons in life when you don’t feel close to God? Although dryness in prayer can be frustrating and defeating, it is a natural part of our relationship with God. Today, Dr. Sri offers us advice to navigate those times when God feels far away, and encourages us to remain faithful no matter how we may feel in prayer.

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“One act of trust at such moments give greater glory to God than whole hours passed in prayer filled with consolations.”- St. Faustina

 

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Why the Media We Consume Matters

There is a battle for our minds and modern media often presents images and narratives about life and happiness that are contrary to the Gospel. Today, Dr.Sri explains why the media we consume matters and challenges us to examine whether the media we use is leading us closer to God.

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“God made us in such a way that what we put in our minds matters.”

 

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Hebrews: The Heavenly Grandeur of the New Covenant (with Dr. Andrew Swafford)

Have you ever wondered where Christ fits in the story of salvation? The letter to the Hebrews in the New Testament beautifully shows us how Christ is the fulfillment of the old covenant and the pinnacle of this story. In this episode, Dr. Andrew Swafford gives us an insight into his new study on the letter to the Hebrews, which unveils the heavenly grandeur of the new covenant. In Christ, we can now experience heaven on earth!

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“What you get out of Hebrews is that the new covenant is not a text, it’s a living liturgical reality.”

 

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The Secret of Parables

Parables in the Gospels represent a key turning point in Jesus’ public ministry. By unfolding the details of parables, we can better understand their purpose and context in Jesus’ teaching. In preparation of this upcoming Sunday’s Gospel on the parable of the sower, Dr. Sri unlocks the secret of parables to help us integrate them into our lives.

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“The more we understand the historical context of these parables, the more we can make a direct application that really challenges us today.”

 

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Love Like Christ in Your Marriage: From Eros to Agape

Falling in love is easy, but persevering in marriage can be challenging. In this episode, Dr. Sri explains the difference between eros and agape love, and reminds us that marriage must go beyond our own personal feelings and emotions. He offers couples four ways to move from eros to agape love in order love like Christ in marriage.

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“If you want to grow in agape love in your marriage, you’ve got to turn to the source of agape love itself, Jesus Christ.”

 

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How to Encounter God More in the Liturgy of the Word

Distracted during Mass? Focusing on the Liturgy of the Word during Mass can be difficult, especially when you have pressing issues on your mind. To help focus on God’s voice in the scriptures, Dr. Sri shares three practical ways we can prepare our hearts for the liturgy of the word.

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“Every time you go to Mass, there’s a personal word that God has for you. Are you welcoming it into your life?”

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Corpus Christi: The Beauty of the Eucharist

This week’s episode is from a LIVE Facebook event that was done on Corpus Christi last week. Dr. Sri covers the beauty of the Eucharist, and answers questions from listeners.

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“The greatest place to offer your life as a gift from God, to worship him, is in the Mass, because you’re united with Jesus who made the perfect gift of self.”

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Marriage: Unity with Imperfections

In this week’s episode, Dr. Sri is joined by his wife, Beth Sri, as they talk about the Holy Trinity and its relationship with marriage and family life. They talk about things like how love plays its part in the Trinity, fighting perfectionism in marriage, and practical ways to build unity in your marriage and family.

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“The real goal in marriage is embracing the truth of our imperfections.”

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Should Health Be the #1 Priority for Catholics?

In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and so many other life-altering events taking place in our world, Dr. Sri poses a question that is very important for Catholics to consider: Should physical health be our first priority? Drawing from the Saints and from Church doctrine, this episode reminds us that while physical death is inevitable for all of us, what comes after death is determined by what we prioritize here on earth.

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“The true foundation of our lives is God.”

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The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

As we approach the feast of Pentecost, Dr. Sri explains the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: what they are, where they come from, and how they are important to our faith.

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“We’re talking about the simple things: what God wants to do in every ordinary Christian is to guide them, prompt them, and for them to live according to his plan.”

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The Ascension of Our Lord

This week, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord! In honor of this solemnity, Dr. Sri spends time reflecting on the days surrounding the Ascension, and what they could mean for our faith.

Dr. Sri will be speaking on “Men, Women & the Mystery of Love” at the Free virtual LoveLife Conference.

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“All of us have an important role to share the Faith, to lead others closer to Christ, in our words, and in our actions.”

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How Does God Heal Us Emotionally?

Even in Catholic circles, it’s not uncommon to hear, “Emotions are neither right nor wrong.” But would St. Thomas Aquinas fully agree? In this week’s episode, Dr. Sri encourages us to seek emotional healing from God so that our desires and reactions to everyday situations are firmly rooted in Christian virtue.

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“Love is to rise above our emotions.”
St. Thérèse of Lisieux 

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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.