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Edward Sri’s Podcast

All Things Catholic

Edward Sri’s Podcast

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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Mary’s Choice at the Wedding Feast at Cana

You may have heard of St. John of the Cross’ “Dark Night of the Soul,” but do you know how to endure it? Using the writings of St. John of the Cross, Dr. Edward Sri explains how to turn to God when you don’t feel his presence.

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“Be content with just a loving and peaceful attentiveness to God.”

-St. John of the Cross

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The Dark Night of the Soul

You may have heard of St. John of the Cross’ “Dark Night of the Soul,” but do you know how to endure it? Using the writings of St. John of the Cross, Dr. Edward Sri explains how to turn to God when you don’t feel his presence.

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“Be content with just a loving and peaceful attentiveness to God.”

-St. John of the Cross

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Why You and I Need the Resurrection

Without the Resurrection, the story of Salvation is only half complete! In today’s episode, Dr. Sri explains how the Resurrection confirms Christ’s divinity and enables us to join God in heaven as his children. Dr. Sri also reflects on how the Resurrection fulfills the Old Testament, pointing out how Jonah and the Whale foreshadows Christ’s resurrection and our call to spread the Gospel to all we meet.

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The Crucifixion brings us into right relationship with God, while the Resurrection allows us to become adopted into God’s family as his sons and daughters. 

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When Jesus Appears to the Disciples: A Lesson on Peace and Shame

In today’s episode, we focus on Luke 24: 36-43 and discover that when Jesus appears to the disciples in the Upper Room, it’s about more than simply convincing them that he had risen from the dead. Jesus did then what he wants to do with us now: he broke through the walls of their hearts, calling them to face their weakness and meeting that weakness with his peace.

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Jesus wants to break through the walls of our self-justification, calling us to recognize the ways we’ve failed him. But in doing this, he also breaks through the walls of shame, guilt, and sorrow we experience over our failures, offering us his peace. 

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Symbolism in the Good Friday Narrative, Down to the Last Detail

Every single detail in the Good Friday story shows us God’s love and the fulfillment of his amazing plan for salvation. In today’s episode, we look at seven symbolic details of the Crucifixion—the climax of Salvation history.  Through these details, we gain immense insight into who Christ is, how he fulfills the Old Testament, and the nature of his relationship to the Church.

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“Water and blood, baptism and the Eucharist, come from the side of Christ. Christ’s death gives birth to the Church, to the Sacraments.”

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It’s Time to Focus on Jesus

As Holy Week draws near, let’s turn our focus away from the events of our world and instead focus on Jesus. The best way to do this is to dive into the Scriptures and meditate on certain moments leading up to and through Jesus’ Passion. Dr. Sri suggests four scripture passages for reflection, walking through Jesus’ agony in the Garden to demonstrate a method of meditation that will enable you to grow closer to Jesus this Holy Week.  In closing, Dr. Sri shares thoughts on Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi blessing from last week.

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Jesus gave everything to the Father in the Garden; it’s time for us to do the same.  

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Jesus in the Midst of Suffering with Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio

Turning to Scripture can help dispel our worries and fears. Dr. Sri sits down with Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, author of Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life, to talk about the ways that God shows up in Scripture during the sufferings of his people, and what we can learn from these examples in this period of uncertainty.

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“God is going to show his glory through this trial.”

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Challenges Catholics Face during COVID-19: Your Questions Answered

Jesus wants to meet us in our uncertainty, our fears, and our disappointments. He wants to do something in our souls. In all of this, he’s inviting us to rely more on him and not on ourselves. On today’s special edition podcast, my wife Beth joins me to address unique challenges Catholics are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We respond to listener questions about financial fears, the dangers of working outside the home when one has vulnerable family members, discernment without time before the Blessed Sacrament, and diocesan recommendations to receive Communion on the hand. We then give you tips to help you respond with openness to the graces the Lord wants to bring to you during this time.

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Jesus wants to meet us in our uncertainty, our fears, and our disappointments. He wants to do something in our souls. In all of this, he’s inviting us to rely more on him and not on ourselves. 

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The Coronavirus and Missing Sunday Mass

Today’s special episode reflects on the escalating climate around COVID-19 and provides three concrete actions to take when faced with Sunday Mass cancellations in your area. What should you do on Sunday if your diocese has been affected by the novel coronavirus or your health requires you to self-isolate? Tune in for a step-by-step guide to keeping the Sabbath holy and trusting in the Lord during these times of great uncertainty. 

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If COVID-19 has caused your diocese to cancel Mass, these three things can help you keep Sunday holy: 

1) Conduct an in-home celebration of the Liturgy of the Word.
2) Prayerfully watch Mass online and participate as if you were there.
3) If you’re healthy and a Catholic church nearby is open, visit Jesus in the Eucharist. 

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The Hidden Message of the Transfiguration

We celebrate the Transfiguration as we inch closer to Christ’s Passion, but it’s easy to forget that the two events are closely related. During the Transfiguration, God tells Peter, James, and John, “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.” What does God mean when he says “listen to him”? Dr. Sri explains the hidden message embedded in this command.

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When Jesus asks us to confront what’s difficult in our lives, he gives us abundant grace to face it.

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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.