All Things Catholic

Edward Sri’s Podcast

All Things Catholic

Edward Sri’s Podcast

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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Jesus Never Said, “Be True to Yourself”

Society preaches three seemingly innocent phrases: “Be true to yourself;” “You be you;” and “You do you.” They all communicate the same philosophy: everyone should unapologetically do what he or she wants, because that’s the path to freedom. Dr. Sri argues how much more freeing and incredible it is to follow the call of the Christian Gospel, which shows us how we are most true to ourselves when we die to ourselves and “put on Christ.”

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The world tells us “you be you,” but Jesus didn’t die so that I could just be me … he died so that I could become like him.  

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Pick Up Your Cross and Follow Me

A device of torture, shame, and suffering, the image of the cross struck fear into the hearts of first century Jews. Against this backdrop, Jesus tells his disciples, “Pick up your cross and follow me.” And he doesn’t just say to pick it up once; he says we must do this daily if we want to be his disciples.

Are you embracing this call when faced with the sufferings, inconveniences, and annoyances of your life?  It’s not easy, but the paradox is that we will find joy by picking up our cross and following Christ, who took up his own cross for our sake.

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3 Essential Practices for the Lenten Season

What are the three essential practices that all Catholics are called to embrace during the Lenten Season? What does the desert have to do with these practices?  

This Lenten season, let’s commit wholeheartedly to the three disciplines of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. By doing so, we go into the desert of our hearts to encounter our Lord and hear his spirit prompting, challenging, and encouraging us.  

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Peace in the Present Moment

On Candlemas, Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus and bless the candles that will be used in the Liturgy throughout the following year. Reflecting on the prophesy of Simeon that we read in Scripture on this great feast, Dr. Sri explains how Jesus’ Presentation marks a climactic moment in all of Salvation History.

Today’s episode draws amazing connections between God’s “glory” in the Old Testament, Jesus’ incarnation in the New Testament, and Christ’s continued real presence in the Holy Eucharist. 

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Candlemas and the Glory of the Lord

On Candlemas, Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus and bless the candles that will be used in the Liturgy throughout the following year. Reflecting on the prophesy of Simeon that we read in Scripture on this great feast, Dr. Sri explains how Jesus’ Presentation marks a climactic moment in all of Salvation History.

Today’s episode draws amazing connections between God’s “glory” in the Old Testament, Jesus’ incarnation in the New Testament, and Christ’s continued real presence in the Holy Eucharist. 

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Stand Up for Truth

Pontius Pilate knew Jesus was innocent, but he didn’t have the courage to stand up for truth. So, he allowed Jesus to be crucified. While literal crucifixions don’t happen today (at least not in our society), that’s figuratively what happens when we don’t stand up for truth—people suffer.

Standing up for truth is often incredibly uncomfortable, especially when we’re facing today’s hot-button issues. But Jesus tells us that the truth will set us free. Only by trusting in that promise will we find the courage and the fortitude to do what’s right—and say what’s true—in the face of criticism.

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“Truth is not an abstract concept. Truth is a person—Jesus Christ. So when I fail to stand up for truth, I’m failing to stand up for Jesus.”

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“I Thirst”: God’s Infinite Longing for Your Love

St. Mother Teresa’s chapel was bare, austere, and simple, yet two simple words were written on the wall where a large crucifix hung: “I thirst.” What do you think these two words meant to Mother Teresa? Is this phrase simply a statement of God’s collective love for mankind, or did Mother Teresa understand it to mean more than that?

Today’s episode begins by reflecting on this simple, yet amazingly profound phrase that reminds us of how much Jesus longs for love from each one of us. It ends with the reminder that the way to quench our Lord’s thirst is by making time to encounter him in prayer.

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Jesus thirsts for you. He thirsts for your soul, your love, your time, your attention, your surrender. The infinite God begs for your whole-hearted love—how often do you make time to quench his thirst?

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Live with Fr. Josh Johnson

We know that spending time in Eucharistic Adoration is an incredible thing, but it’s so easy to get distracted! And when it comes to the practicals, should you sit, stand or kneel? Should you read a spiritual book or write in your journal? What kinds of things should you pray about? How can you listen better and actually hear God’s voice? 

Father Josh Johnson joins me live at the SLS20 FOCUS conference in Phoenix to share helpful advice on how exactly to spend your time in Eucharistic Adoration. In this conversation, Father Josh shares insights from his own Adoration experiences, the writings of the Saints, Church tradition, and Holy Scriptures that will help you focus on the face of our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration. 

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If you wouldn’t look at your cell phone in the middle of your wedding ceremony, why would you look at your cell phone in the middle of your prayer time?

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Live with Father Mike Schmitz: Discerning God’s Will

In this special live interview with Father Mike Schmitz, Father identifies the major barrier to discerning God’s will that he sees plague so many Catholics: the fear of making the wrong choice and disappointing God. This fear might keep someone from making a major vocational step of discernment, (e.g. entering the seminary or proposing), or it could keep someone from making other types of life decisions, (e.g. starting a Bible study or sending your kids to a new school). Father and I talk about this paralyzing tendency and share observations, insights, and practical steps to help you peacefully move forward in following God’s will for your life.

In a new book he helped co-author with the Angels, Pray, Decide, and Don’t WorryFr. Mike explains that a large part of discernment is actually making decisions, and trusting that even if we’re wrong, God will take care of us. And in almost all cases, this decision is simply the first decision in a series of decisions that will lead us in our walk of faith.

Today’s episode was recorded live at the FOCUS SLS Student Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Thank you for all your prayers during this incredible, life-giving week spent with so many amazing young people on fire for the Lord!

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Our emotions don’t necessarily reveal the truth about reality, but they do reveal the conditions of our heart. 

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Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love

How do you know if you truly love someone? Is it when you have a powerful romance with intense feelings? Is it simply a deep desire to be with a certain person? St. Pope John Paul II reveals THE indicator of true love for another: a profound sense of responsibility to care for their heart.

Today’s episode of All Things Catholic examines that reality through the lens of Adam and Eve’s relationship before the Fall, giving you keys to understand how this mystery of love can unfold in your own life.

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Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel

As Christmas draws closer, the Gospel readings focus on the Gospel of Matthew, which begins with something seemingly mundane—the genealogy of Christ.

Why does Matthew start his Gospel with a genealogy? If you look at it from the point of view of a first century Jew, it’s completely captivating. These names reveal a lot about the history of God’s chosen people, and builds up to reveal the identity of the new king and Emmanuel, God with us.

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“Jesus is Christ the King and Emmanuel, God with us.”

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A Different Way to Think about the Immaculate Conception

Do you put Mary on such a pedestal that you feel like you can’t relate to her at all?  As we celebrate the feasts of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dr. Sri explains the beauty of God’s choice to create Mary without sin and offers several practical ways you can seek Mary’s help in your own quest for holiness.

Please share any traditions that help you celebrate Christmas as a Catholic with Dr. Sri at info@edwardsri.com so that he can include them in next week’s episode!

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What God did within Mary in an instant, he wants to do in you throughout a lifetime. Mary is an icon of God’s plan for your holiness. 

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10 Family Advent Traditions to Try This Year

From assigning secret Advent Angels to your family members to a Las Posadas door-to-door procession and celebration, these ten meaningful Advent traditions will bring your whole family closer together as you experience the joyful anticipation of this liturgical season.

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People who are truly alive in the Catholic Faith shape their entire lives with the gospel. This next four weeks, let’s shape our homes, shape the minds of our children—shape everything we do around the joyful anticipation of this holy Advent season.

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How to Make Room for Jesus This Advent

When Thanksgiving is over, it’s all too easy to jump into the chaos of December, letting Advent take a backseat to the busyness of the season. How do we avoid that frantic pace and actually make room for Jesus in our hearts this year?

Dr. Edward Sri explains how this Advent, the Lord has special graces for each of us, if only we make space for him in our lives.

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“Make room for the divine Infant, for He desires to grow within your soul.” -Dom Prosper Louis Pascal Guéranger

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The Power of Intercessory Prayer

Sometimes we think our intercession for others will work only if we say enough prayers or say the right ones, but the power of intercessory prayer lies in the love we put into the prayer and the love of our God who hears them.

Dr. Edward Sri records this week’s episode from a place on the Sea of Galilee near Capernaum—where Jesus healed the paralyzed man who was lowered through a roof by his friends. Reflecting on the story of the paralyzed man lowered through the roof by his friends, Dr. Sri explains how Christ invites us to be part of his healing ministry by interceding for our friends, loved ones, co-workers, and even total strangers.

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“God does not need our help or our prayers. But even though he doesn’t need them, he invites us to pray. He is moved by our love for someone else.”

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The Fires of Purgatory

Purgatory often gets treated like a time out—the place you go because you did something bad—but it’s much more than that. Dr. Sri uses biblical images of fire and an analogy from St. John of the Cross to illuminate the Catholic teaching of purgatory.

This episode will leave you with an essential truth about the all-consuming love of God, motivation to continue your own spiritual growth, and several spiritual practices to help you remember the dead.

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How to Trust God More

Which biblical figure showed the most trust in God? Dr. Sri makes a good case for a man from the Gospel of John whose son is dying and explains how we can use his example to trust God more.

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“We can’t experience God’s providence unless we let go, unless we have confidence in his promise, unless we are willing to jump.”

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What Does the Bible Say about Praying to Saints?

What does the Bible say about praying to saints? Are there biblical foundations for the Catholic tradition of asking saints to intercede for us?

Oftentimes we’re challenged by our protestant brothers and sisters with the question, “Why pray to saints when you can just pray to Jesus?” You’re not alone if you believe there’s a good answer to that question but struggle to explain it yourself.

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Pope John Paul II: Open Wide the Doors for Christ!

 

If you’re stressed or anxious, you can find great comfort in the famous phrase from Saint Pope John Paul II: “Be not afraid … Open wide the doors to Christ!”

In this episode of All Things Catholic, Dr. Sri explains the meaning behind Saint Pope John Paull II’s words and shares a simple way you can begin bringing your fears and anxieties to Christ in prayer. Once you surrender those fears to Christ, you might be surprised at the amazing plan that unfolds.

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108 Is the Rosary Biblical?

 

We’ve talked about the Biblical roots of the Hail Mary, but what about the Rosary? What makes this prayer so powerful that St. Padre Pio called it “the weapon for these times”?

Dr. Edward Sri explains why the Rosary is not “vain repetition”, points to the Biblical source of each prayer in the Rosary, and gives practical advice on how we can better incorporate this impactful prayer into our daily lives.

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107 St. Thérèse and the Power of Surrender

 

When we fall short, it’s easy to despair and berate ourselves for our failings. We’re tempted to turn our focus inward, and that’s exactly where the enemy wants us.

Using the theology of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Dr. Sri explains how this is the opposite of what God wants us to do. When we fail, instead of navel-gazing, we can recognize our littleness and let the Lord into our hearts by surrendering our shortcomings to him.

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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.