All Things Catholic with Dr. Edward Sri

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 Apr 19, 2022
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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 time, virtue, relationships, marriage and 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.

Episode Date
How Scripture Shaped the Heart of Mary
21:35
Do you want to be able to discern God’s will in your life? Do you want to have the strength to trust God? Dr. Sri explains how the best example in doing these things can be found in Mary. Primarily, we must seek to know Scripture as Mary did. Snippet from the Show If we want our thoughts to be more attuned to God’s thoughts and our desires to be shaped by his desires, then we must bring Scripture more into our lives. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jan 31, 2023
How Jesus Said to Live
16:59
What does it mean to live like Jesus? What does it mean to love as he loved? The answer can be found in the beatitudes. In this special episode, on location in the Holy Land, Dr. Sri examines the story of Jesus sharing the beatitudes. He explains the context of the story and what it teaches us about how we are meant to live our lives. Snippet from the Show You will be a light to the world by imitating the radical love of Jesus. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jan 24, 2023
The Unique Gifts of Women (with Lisa Cotter)
27:49
What is the feminine genius? In this episode, Dr. Sri talks with special guest Lisa Cotter about her new book Reveal the Gift. They discuss the feminine genius, the unique gifts of women, and some of the women featured in Lisa’s book. Snippet from the Show No woman is meant to live the Christian life alone. Together women can be a loud voice for the good and for the truth. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jan 17, 2023
Find Healing in the Church Part 2
24:45
Do you want to be healed? Maybe this sounds like a silly question, but for many it really is hard to accept healing from Christ and his Church. We would rather do things on our time and do them our way. Today, Dr. Sri shares how and why we need healing from Jesus Christ through his Church. He explains what it means to be healed through "earthen vessels." Snippet from the Show If you want to be healed, you will follow a standard outside of yourself that comes from Jesus through his Church. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jan 10, 2023
Find Healing in the Church (Part 1)
25:22
We know that we need forgiveness. However, do we also recognize our need for healing? Dr. Sri shares that Jesus is ready to give us both. He explains our need for healing and how we can follow the examples of the saints as we pursue it. Snippet from the Show Jesus doesn’t just pardon us like a judge. He heals us like a physician. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jan 03, 2023
Christmas Greetings from the Sri Family
4:37
With his family, Dr. Sri shares a special Christmas message. He also shares the musical talents of his son Paul. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Dec 27, 2022
Fill Your Mind with Christ (Part 3 on Prayer)
20:27
Dr. Sri has shared about scheduling prayer and four keys to prayer. Now, he shares about two popular forms of prayer. Dr. Sri also offers his thoughts on why prayer is important and how it impacts our daily lives. Snippet from the Show It is always important to end our prayer with some sort of resolution. We want our time in prayer to spill over and shape our lives. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Dec 20, 2022
4 Keys to Conversation with God (Part 2 on Prayer)
21:57
Are you looking for a simple, straightforward approach to prayer? Dr. Sri shares about the 4 keys that ought to be incorporated into our prayer each day. He explains why each one is important and beneficial to our prayer. Snippet from the Show When we adore God, we are acknowledging that he is the creator and we are his creations. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Dec 13, 2022
The Deep Breath of Prayer (Part 1 on Prayer)
20:22
Do we depend on God as much as we depend on oxygen? In the first installment of this two-part miniseries, Dr. Sri shares basic principles of how to prepare our hearts for prayer in order to fully receive what God desires to give to us. Snippet from the Show If we realize how important daily prayer is, we are going to make it a top priority no matter the circumstances. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Dec 06, 2022
My iPhone, My Precious
25:54
How much does your phone have control over you? We might not realize it, but the devices we use can have great control over our minds and hearts. In this week’s episode, Dr. Sri uses a prayer from St. Ignatius of Loyola as a roadmap to keep us focused on the world around us instead of the digital world. Snippet from the Show We feel the pull to engage with our devices. Why don't we also feel the pull to engage with God or with those around us? _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Nov 29, 2022
Emmanuel, God With Us
25:38
To support Ascension’s free media, please click here! To find out more about how your gift will be used, please click here! As we approach Advent, are there areas of your life that seem empty? This week, Dr. Sri connects our longing for the Lord to the longing of the first century Jews, who inspire us to look deeply into the disposition of our hearts, to weed out fruitless distractions, and to invite God into the areas of life that we long for him to fill. Snippet from the Show During this Advent season, may I never stop longing for a God who never stops longing for me. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Nov 22, 2022
The King & His Kingdom
24:24
"I love Jesus...do I really need a Church? Why do we need religion?" In this episode, Dr. Sri reveals how the history of the Kingdom of God is woven with the thread of the inseparable bond of Christ and his Church throughout the Old and New Testaments. Snippet from the Show You can't love the king and ignore his kingdom. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Nov 15, 2022
On Location From the Holy Land
10:03
Is God like ice cream? We live in a culture where people just think God is kind of like ice cream, purely based on my own personal taste. In this special episode recorded on location from Mount Carmel in the Holy Land, Dr. Sri tells us the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal and reminds us to conform our hearts and minds to the truth and reality of the power of God. Snippet from the Show It's here on Mount Carmel that we really remember what God did, and we ask him to come and shine his light in the darkness in the world once again. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Nov 08, 2022
Sex and Marriage, Part 3: Listener's Q&A
24:07
Please note: This episode contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised. In today's episode, my wife Beth joins me to address the unique challenges Catholics face in their marriage and families. We respond to listener questions about building the emotional climate that we talked about in the first part of this mini-series, as well as improving the work-life balance for the good of the family, how to handle interfaith marriages, as well as finding deeper healing when it comes to sins of lust. Snippet from the Show Thank God in prayer for the awareness to see the difficulties (as well as the blessings!) in your marriages: then, ask God for the grace for you to take the next step towards transformation and healing through those difficulties. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Nov 01, 2022
Sex and Marriage, Part 2: Physical Unity
18:28
“My spouse is in the mood for sex, but I’m not. What should we do?” Whether you’re about to be married or if you’ve been married for decades, Dr. Sri and his wife Beth share practical and spiritual insights from Saint John Paul II, encouraging couples to overcome obstacles by focusing on the needs of their beloved. Snippet from the Show There are times when sex is awesome, and there are times when it’s not. The pursuit of virtue, holiness, and sanctification happens inside the bedroom as well as on the outside! _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Oct 25, 2022
Sex and Marriage, Part 1: Emotional Unity
19:35
How can sex be so beautiful and so bewildering at the same time? Using lessons learned from St. John Paul II's Love and Responsibility, Dr. Edward and Beth Sri reflect on the emotional connections within marital intimacy, and how a couples' preparing their own emotional climate can be the key to achieving deeper physical and spiritual intimacy. Snippet from the Show The heart of sex is not physical pleasure, but what that pleasure points to: a deeper interpersonal union--physically, emotionally, and spiritually--of husband and wife. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Oct 18, 2022
Meeting Jesus in the Differences
23:49
“Yes, I love you … but could you please stop leaving your things around the house?” God made us male and female, complementary yet different. We can choose to see the differences in our spouse as bewildering frustrations…or we can see them as opportunities to encounter Jesus and love more. Snippet from the Show In marriage, God is inviting us to take our initial love for each other to the next level: To deepen it, purify it, and make it ever more like his love. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Oct 11, 2022
Bonus Episode: Pray the Rosary with Dr. Edward Sri
23:11
Pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary with Dr. Sri. Hopefully, this bonus content makes it possible for you to pray the rosary anytime, anywhere each day. Pray in your car, on a walk, and many other places. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Oct 04, 2022
Living in the Rhythm of the Rosary
26:33
What is your impression of the Rosary? Does it seem like a prayer only the older women at your parish pray? In this episode, Dr. Sri shares about St. John Paul II’s special devotion to the Rosary, how he lived his life in rhythm with the Rosary and how you can do the same. Snippet from the Show Praying the Rosary can teach us how to surrender more and trust in God just as Mary did. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Oct 04, 2022
The Most Important Conversation in Marriage
26:18
There are so many important conversations to have in marriage. Dr. Edward Sri is joined by his wife Beth Sri to share what they have discovered is the most important conversation in marriage. It is not a conversation between spouses, but instead a conversation with God. Snippet from the Show We need to become attuned to the ways in which God speaks to us. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 27, 2022
How to Respond to Spiritual Drought
23:29
Do you ever experience dryness in your spiritual life? Throughout our journey in the spiritual life, there may be times without consolation or feeling the nearness of God. Dr. Sri explains why this might happen and how to respond to it. Snippet from the Show Sometimes, our wounds are so deep and our attachments are so strong that God has to step in in a profound way. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 20, 2022
Why Deny Yourself?
22:51
Why does Christ ask us to “deny ourselves?” Within Catholicism, there is a fair amount of emphasis on penance and giving things up. Using wisdom from St. John of the Cross, Dr. Sri explains why we must “deny ourselves” in order to gain what we truly desire. Snippet from the Show We are made for God, and so, he is the soul’s deepest desire. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 13, 2022
She Is Your Mother
21:28
Do you welcome Mary into your heart? In this episode, Dr. Sri explains the Biblical foundation for why we call Mary our mother. He also shares why it is essential for us, our families, and the world that we strive to grow closer to her. Snippet from the Show If we want to grow in our relationship with Christ and if we want to bring truth into this world, we must draw closer to Mary. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 06, 2022
We Dare to Say
20:55
What is so daring about saying “Our Father”? Dr. Sri explains historically why praying in this way to God was so daring. He also shares what this reveals about God and what this reveals about who we are. Snippet from the Show We are called children of God because we really are children of God. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Aug 30, 2022
Suffering for the Truth
27:12
Are you willing to suffer for the truth? Are you willing to be misunderstood, even hated for it? Using the example of St. John the Baptist, Dr. Sri explains why it is essential that we suffer for the truth and how we can prepare ourselves to proclaim it. Snippet from the Show Out of love for others, we must share the truth. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Aug 23, 2022
Healing vs. Controlling Our Emotions
22:24
Do you ever struggle to control your emotions? Sometimes, our emotions can be overwhelming and difficult to orient towards what is good. Dr. Sri shares in this episode how Christ wants to heal our emotions and help us orient them towards what is good. Snippet from the Show The virtuous person does not just do the right thing, but also desires the right thing. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Aug 16, 2022
The Assumption of Mary Explained
26:40
What difference does the Assumption of Mary make on your life? In this episode, Dr. Sri explains why we believe that Mary was assumed into Heaven body and soul. He also explains what this means for you and your relationship with God. Snippet from the Show Mary reveals what God desires to do in each of our souls. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Aug 09, 2022
Are You Anxious?
24:25
Do you struggle with anxiety or worry? So many in the world do. Dr. Sri shares how increasing our trust in God can help alleviate much of the anxiety we experience. Dr. Sri offers five tips to help anyone grow in trust and let go of worry. Snippet from the Show There will always be something to trouble us, but we must bring God into our worries and anxiety. There will always be something to trouble us, but we must bring God into our worries and anxiety. * For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Aug 02, 2022
Be Mary Before Becoming Martha
25:11
Are you a Martha or a Mary? Do you struggle to find moments to sit with Jesus in the midst of a busy day? In examining the story of Martha and Mary, Dr. Sri offers that we can find balance between the busyness of life and attentiveness to Jesus’ presence. Snippet from the Show Take a moment to pull back from the busyness of life and recall the holy presence of God. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jul 26, 2022
Why Can’t I Hear the Voice of God?
25:27
Do you want to hear the voice of God more in your life? For many of us, hearing the voice of God is a constant struggle. Dr. Sri recommends that in order to hear the voice of God, we need more silence in our lives. He offers four ways to build moments of silence into our daily lives. Snippet from the Show “The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life” - Mother Teresa For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jul 19, 2022
What St. Francis and Lepers Can Teach Us About Love
19:37
Is there someone in your life that is hard for you to love? In this episode, Dr. Sri explains the call of every person to love their neighbor despite how we feel about them. Using examples from the saints, Dr. Sri encourages us to rise above our feelings and choose to love. Snippet from the Show A real sign of conversion is in how we choose to love our neighbor. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jul 12, 2022
The Freedom of Prudence (with Fr. Gregory Pine)
24:03
How do you handle decision making? For some of us it can be an agonizing process. In this episode, Dr. Sri is joined by guest Fr. Gregory Pine to discuss the virtue of prudence and how pivotal of a role it plays throughout our lives. Snippet from the Show God created us in such a way so that we move towards the goal of life by our own choosing. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jul 05, 2022
Turn to Mary
8:00
Where do you turn in times of need or celebration? In this special, on location episode, Dr. Sri shares about the power of Mary’s intercession and how it is good to turn to her in times of celebration and in times of need. Snippet from the Show Every detail about Mary tells us about Jesus Christ. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jun 28, 2022
Real Marriage with Dr. Edward and Beth Sri (Part 3)
23:09
How do you respond when your spouse does or says something hurtful? It is not uncommon in marriage for hurtful moments to occur. Dr. Edward and Beth Sri share some helpful advice on how to respond to such moments. Snippet from the Show Speaking words of forgiveness is an act of the will. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jun 21, 2022
Real Marriage with Dr. Edward and Beth Sri (Part 2)
27:30
Did you know that God desires deep healing for you? In this episode, Dr. Edward and Beth Sri continue their conversation on real marriage. They dive into the topic of weaknesses, struggles, and wounds coming to the surface in marriage and how God desires to heal us. Snippet from the Show In marriage, God wants to transform us with his healing love. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jun 14, 2022
Real Marriage with Dr. Edward and Beth Sri (Part 1)
25:03
Want to hear about real married life? In this episode, Dr. Sri is joined by his wife Beth Sri to share about the realities of marriage and their own experiences in marriage. They also share about their new book: The Good, the Messy, and the Beautiful: The Joys and Struggles of Real Married Life. Snippet from the Show Marriage cannot be based on feelings, but rather it must strive for a love like God’s; a love that is merciful, generous, and compassionate. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jun 07, 2022
5 Practical Tips to Help with Anger
25:55
Do you struggle with anger? It is very likely that most, if not all, of us struggle with anger. In this episode, Dr. Sri takes on this struggle and offers practical tips from the saints on how to grow in control of our anger. Snippet from the Show “Fresh wounds are the quickest healed.” -St. Francis de Sales For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
May 31, 2022
Anger: Is It Good or Bad?
26:31
Is it ok to be angry? Anger is a common experience and can occur for many reasons. But how do you know if anger is good or bad? In this episode, Dr. Sri shares the answer to this important question. Snippet from the Show When we truly love someone, we desire the very best for them. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
May 24, 2022
Daily Prayer: How Do I Do It?
22:41
How do you make prayer work in the pressures of daily life? Dr. Sri responds to this question with lessons learned in his own life as well as some key advice for the practice of daily prayer. Snippet from the Show “The soul needs prayer like the body needs oxygen.” -St. John Paul II For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
May 17, 2022
Proclaiming the Gospel of Life in a Culture of Death
23:27
How are we called to participate in the battle for life? Dr. Sri explains some of the spiritual elements of this conflict and how the battle for life has existed since the beginning of time. Dr. Sri also offers practical ways you can join the fight for life. Snippet from the Show "The liberating message of the Gospel of life has been put in your hands." -St. John Paul II For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
May 10, 2022
Blessed Among Women
22:18
What does it mean to say Mary is “blessed among women?” Dr. Sri shares how meaningful these three words are and what they reveal to us about Mary. Dr. Sri also offers three practical ways to keep Mary more present in your life. Snippet from the Show Mary's strength is apparent in her surrender to God's will. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
May 03, 2022
“Do You Love Me?”
23:05
“Do you love me?” In this special episode, Dr. Sri reflects on the exchange between Jesus and Peter where Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Dr. Sri reveals some of the deeper meaning within this exchange and how it pertains to our own lives. Snippet from the Show “Go to Jesus as you are.” For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Apr 26, 2022
The Divine Mercy of Christ
22:59
Do you desire Christ’s mercy? As we prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday, Dr. Sri shares examples of Christ’s mercy to St. Mary Magdalene and St. Peter. He shows how closely their experiences can relate to our own. Snippet from the Show Remember how gentle and patient Christ is to us in his mercy. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Apr 19, 2022
It Is Finished
27:37
What did Christ mean by his final words "It is finished"? Dr. Sri explains the meaning of Christ's final words on the cross at Calvary and how they are words of triumph and not defeat. Snippet from the Show Jesus wants his sacrificial love to live in our hearts. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Apr 12, 2022
The Harm of “You Do You”
26:11
Have you ever heard the slogan “You do you”? Dr. Sri discusses the negative connotations of this statement and how we are called to live and love in a much greater way. Snippet from the Show I don’t want to just be me, I want to be like Jesus. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Apr 05, 2022
Different Forms of Spiritual Pride
22:34
Are you dependent on God? Dr. Sri explains the negative impact of not accepting our dependence on God. He reveals four common ways that this leads us to spiritual pride. Snippet from the Show Each day, we must take time to breathe in the life of God through prayer. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Mar 29, 2022
No One Takes My Life from Me
19:23
How do you respond when you encounter difficult moments? Do you allow your life in Christ, your peace and joy to be taken from you? In this episode, Dr. Sri examines Christ’s arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane and explains how we can lay down our lives instead of having our life taken from us. Snippet from the Show Do not let the difficult moments you encounter take the peace and joy of Christ from you. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Mar 22, 2022
What Are You Thirsting For?
26:43
What are you thirsting for? In this episode, Dr. Sri explains the great depth of the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. He explains its significance and also reveals our place in the story. Snippet from the Show Do you thirst for Jesus? For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Mar 15, 2022
Pilgrimage to Rome: Behind the Green Door
19:48
What was it like to be a Christian in the early days of Christianity? Journey with Dr. Edward Sri in this special episode as he takes a pilgrimage through the beautiful Basilica of San Clemente in Rome. Hidden behind a simple green door, this basilica conceals holy places of the 12th, 4th, and 1st centuries. Snippet from the Show “We are not asked merely to call ourselves Christians; we are asked to be Christians through our deeds.” -St. Ignatius of Antioch For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Mar 08, 2022
Bonus Episode: Stations of the Cross with Dr. Edward Sri
15:35
Pray the Stations of the Cross with Dr. Sri. This meditation makes it possible for you to pray the Stations of the Cross at almost any time each day. Pray in your car, on a walk, and many other places. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Mar 01, 2022
Rending Your Heart to God This Lent
26:49
What does it mean to rend your heart? Dr. Sri explains what this means, why it is so important to do this Lent, and a practical guide on how to do it. Snippet from the Show A good Lent is when our hearts are drawn closer to the Lord. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Mar 01, 2022
5 Ways to Pray the Stations of the Cross
32:42
Are you looking for a way to transform your Lent this year? Perhaps, it is time to rediscover a traditional Lenten devotional: the Stations of the Cross. Dr. Sri describes his experience with the Stations of the Cross, their meaning, and 5 different ways to pray them. Snippet from the Show This Lent, create space in your heart so that you can encounter Jesus Christ. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Feb 22, 2022
Courage Is Not Just for Martyrs
23:13
Do you live in fear? There is so much to fear in life, but Christ wants us to be free from fear and live in courage. Dr. Sri explains the different ways to act in courage and how living courageously is living for others. Snippet from the Show We need patience and perseverance in courage so that we can give the best of ourselves to others. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Feb 15, 2022
Is It Loving to Judge?
23:38
Are we allowed to judge others? Dr. Sri points out the difference between making judgements and judging someone’s soul. He shows how one is required of love and the other is for God alone. Snippet from the Show Do you love the people in your life enough to show them the better way? For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Feb 08, 2022
How to Follow God's Inspirations
22:22
What do you do when it feels like God is prompting you to do something? Using the example of Simeon from the Presentation of Jesus, Dr. Sri discusses how we ought to respond when prompted by the Holy Spirit. Dr. Sri gives three steps to help us prepare for, identify, and act on inspirations of God. Snippet from the Show “The Holy Spirit will always lead you to love and serve.” For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Feb 01, 2022
Loving God with Your Mind
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How do you love God with your mind? Using the example of St. Thomas Aquinas, Dr. Sri explains how learning more about God can lead us to a greater love for him. With stories and meaningful insight, Dr. Sri reveals how we can love God with our minds. Snippet from the Show The more we learn about God, the more reasons we have to love him. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jan 25, 2022
Meeting Jesus in Our Daily Difficulties
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What is God asking you to surrender? Dr. Sri explains how Jesus invites us to surrender in every moment, big or small, throughout our lives. Using real life examples, Dr. Sri reveals how the small difficulties of daily life are encounter moments where we can meet Jesus. Dr. Sri provides three steps to take when faced with any difficulty. Snippet from the Show “Jesus is inviting us to surrender moment by moment throughout our lives.” _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jan 18, 2022
Do Whatever He Tells You
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Do you respond to God’s Will promptly and wholeheartedly? Dr. Sri focuses on Mary’s powerful words to the servants at the Wedding Feast of Cana and explains how those words are rooted in old testament language around covenant obedience and how they can inspire us to respond boldly to Jesus in discipleship. Snippet from the Show “At the Wedding Feast at Cana, when Mary says, ‘Do whatever he tells you’ it’s as if she has on her lips the profession of faith that Israel made at Mount Sinai when they respond to Moses ‘We will do everything the Lord has said.’ “ _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jan 11, 2022
3 Habits that Get Your Spiritual Life Back on Track
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How do we get 2022 off to a good start spiritually? Dr. Sri shares three basic habits that you can incorporate into your routine that will help you get your spiritual life back on track and rekindle your devotion in the new year. Snippet from the Show The beginning of the year is a great time to renew your commitment to daily prayer, to visit the Blessed Sacrament, and to receive God's healing by going to Confession regularly. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jan 04, 2022
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Sri Family
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In this special edition of All Things Catholic, the Sri family shares a special Christmas and New Year's message accompanied by some beautiful music! _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Dec 28, 2021
The Meaning of the Christ Child's Cry
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Where did the first Christmas really take place? Dr. Sri unpacks the story of Christ's birth, offering us biblical insights into the context of his birth and explaining the significance of Christ entering this world as a fragile and vulnerable infant. Snippet from the Show "The cry of the baby Jesus is the cry of the son of God who longs to enter into our lives." _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Dec 21, 2021
Learning to Discern the Will of God
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How do we discern God’s will for our lives? Whether it’s contemplating a big move, asking someone on a date, or accepting a job offer, we all face moments in life when desire to know the will of God for our lives. Dr. Sri takes us through a foundational moment in his life when he had to make an important choice and offers us three key insights on how to discern the will God in our lives. Snippet from the Show Discernment often involves wrestling with God, learning to surrender, and discovering our own desires, attachments, and fears. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Dec 14, 2021
Mary, Did You Know?--Of Course, She Did
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How much did the Blessed Virgin Mary know about Jesus? Dr. Sri reflects on a popular Christmas song that challenges us to think about whether Mary knew that Jesus was the Savior of the world. Dr. Sri explains how Mary's familiarity with Scripture prepared her to understand that Jesus was the fulfillment of all the prophecies of the old testament. Snippet from the Show Mary's mind was so deeply immersed in Scripture that she was able to identify the incarnation of Christ as the great crescendo of the story of salvation. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Dec 07, 2021
Prepare the Way with Virtue
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What does it mean to prepare the way of the Lord? Dr. Sri explains how we can use this Advent season to prepare the way of the Lord by growing in virtue so we can give ourselves as a gift of love to God and to others. Snippet from the Show The Advent season offers us an opportunity to meet Christ in a transformative way so he can fill the valleys in our souls and straighten our path to salvation. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Nov 30, 2021
3 Simple Advent Essentials
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It can be easy for us to rush into the joy and excitement of Christmas without truly living the Advent season. Dr. Sri offers us three simple and essential ways to prayerfully enter into the season of Advent. Snippet from the Show Advent is the season when we patiently wait for the Lord and prayerfully meditate on the great gift of his birth. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Nov 23, 2021
The King of Our Hearts
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Imagine a throne at the very core of your heart, who is sitting on that throne, you or Christ? As we approach the great feast of Christ the King, Dr. Sri invites us to acknowledge the kingship of Christ by kneeling before his throne, surrendering our whole lives to him, and letting him reign in our hearts. Snippet from the Show “Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ- and you will find true life.”- Pope Benedict XVI _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Nov 16, 2021
Go Easy On Me? Adele's Quest for Personal Happiness
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What does it mean to be true to yourself? Dr. Sri unpacks Adele's new hit song, Easy On Me, and explains how this popular song expresses an inverted definition of personal happiness. Although we are all tempted to find happiness within our own feelings, Dr. Sri reminds us that true happiness is found when we live for God and for others. Snippet from the Show "We find our identity and purpose not in an inward quest of our own feelings, but rather in an outward quest that leads us to love God and those he has placed right in front of us." _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Nov 09, 2021
Fire of Love: The Passion of the Martyrs
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It's easy for a Christian to feel like an outsider in today's secular age. Dr. Sri draws our attention to the early Christian martyrs and reveals how they can inspire us in our walk with the Lord. We learn that the secret of these martyrs wasn't necessarily their extraordinary strength, but rather, it was their passionate love for Christ. Snippet from the Show "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church." _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Nov 02, 2021
All Saints Day: Remembering Ordinary People Who Loved Extraordinarily
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As the Catholic Church gets ready to celebrate All Saints Day, Dr. Sri reminds us that this great solemnity is not just about remembering those great canonized saints, it's also about recognizing all those unknown holy men and women who faithfully followed Jesus throughout the ages. Dr. Sri invites to reflect how God may be calling us to be saints and to love extraordinarily in our ordinary circumstances. Snippet from the Show On All Saints Day we remember all the holy women and men, both canonized and unknown, who loved God and others extraordinarily in their ordinary circumstances. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Oct 26, 2021
"Are You Judging Me?" - Resisting the Culture of Relativism
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Have you ever been accused by friends, family, or acquaintances of being judgmental or intolerant because you believe that some things are right and some things are wrong? Try this response tactic to flip the conversation around and start challenging the relativism that pervades today's culture. Snippet from the Show "When someone accuses you of intolerance, don't be afraid to push back and start asking questions. If you let the other person do the explaining, it will become clearer and clearer that relativism is completely illogical, and he or she might start wondering if there's a better lens through which to view reality." For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Oct 19, 2021
When Parenting Gets Overwhelming
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Feeling overwhelmed in parenting can often be a discouraging experience. Today, Dr. Sri and his wife share openly about the struggle of parenting, and how parents can turn to God in those hard moments when they are tempted to feel disappointed in themselves. Snippet from the Show Parents often feel unseen in their struggle raising their kids, but in the eyes of God, every loving effort of a parent is seen by him and precious to him. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Oct 12, 2021
Giving God Your Nothingness
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Do you ever feel like you have nothing left to give? There are seasons in our lives when we feel like we have nothing left to give to God, to our relationships, or to our jobs. Today, Dr. Sri encourages us to see our nothingness as an opportunity to meet God in humility. Snippet from the Show When we have nothing left to give, we can turn to God, knowing that he can take our nothingness and turn it into something beautiful. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Oct 05, 2021
Why Can't I Change? Wisdom from St.Thérèse
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St.Thérèse of Lisieux spent ten years trying to overcome her deep seated weakness- her sensitivity and inability to control her emotions. Today, Dr. Sri reveals what we can learn from this beautiful saint’s example as we struggle with our own inability to change and overcome our own faults. Snippet from the Show “The work I had been unable to do in ten years was done by Jesus in one instant.”- St. Thérèse of Lisieux _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 28, 2021
The Extraordinary Soul of Padre Pio
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What was it about Padre Pio that made him so extraordinary? Dr. Sri gives us an insight into the holiness of Padre Pio, and the secret to his incredible life. Snippet from the Show My past, O Lord, to your Mercy; my present, to your Love; my future, to your Providence! - Padre Pio _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 21, 2021
Why Catholics Exalt the Cross
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Why do Catholics exalt the Cross? Today, the Church celebrates the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Dr. Sri explains the history behind this great feast day, and how the Cross reveals the love of Christ and teaches us to lean on our heavenly Father in times of suffering.  Snippet from the Show "Jesus didn’t go to the Cross so we wouldn’t have to, he went to the Cross, so he could live his perfect gift of self giving love in us and through us." _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 14, 2021
Imagine Mary's First Communion
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Have you ever wondered what it would have been like for Mary to receive her first Holy Communion? Dr. Sri invites us to reflect on the mystery of that moment, and explains the profound connection between Mary carrying Jesus in her womb and a person receiving Communion. Snippet from the Show “For Mary, receiving the Eucharist must have somehow meant welcoming once more into her womb that heart which had beat in unison with hers.” - St. John Paul II _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 07, 2021
“Lord, I Am Not Worthy” - Words That Made Jesus Marvel
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Who was the Roman Centurion? What makes his words so remarkable that they amazed Jesus and now precede the most important moment in Mass—the reception of Jesus’ body into our own bodies? Dr. Sri reveals how this surprising figure of faith and humility models the way we should approach our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Holy Communion—and in all that we do. Snippet from the Show "When you approach the Sacrament of the Eucharist with great humility, realizing your utter unworthiness, you have the opportunity to throw yourself into the Father's arms and entrust yourself to his incredible mercy." For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Aug 31, 2021
The Wedding Supper of the Lamb
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At every Mass, Jesus invites us to be his bride in the mystical wedding supper of the lamb. Today, Dr. Sri unpacks the biblical significance of the image of the wedding supper of the lamb mentioned in the book Revelation, and helps us see Christ as the bridegroom of our souls. Snippet from the Show "Every Mass is a mystical marital union with our Lord Jesus Christ, the bridegroom of our souls." _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Aug 24, 2021
Do Not Be Anxious
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Do you easily get anxious about the concerns of this world, or about the future? Drawing from the work of St. Thomas Aquinas, Dr. Sri breaks down the roots of an anxious heart, and how we can overcome anxiety so we can live in Jesus’ peace. Snippet from the Show There are two demons that keep us from living in the present moment. The demon that reminds us of our past and fills our hearts with regrets, and the demon of “what if?”, that fills us with fear about the future. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Aug 17, 2021
Overcoming Indecisiveness
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Following through with our decisions can often feel overwhelming and paralyzing. Dr. Sri teaches us today about the virtue of decisiveness, and how God wants us to set us free from the fears that hold us back from committing to our decisions. Snippet from the Show "Our indecisiveness often keeps us from living in God’s peace." _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Aug 10, 2021
How to Make Good Decisions
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How do we learn to make decisions we won’t regret? Dr. Sri teaches us about the virtue of prudence, and why this virtue is so important when it comes to making good decisions that orient us towards love and goodness. Snippet from the Show Prudence is the foundational virtue because it directs and guides all of the other cardinal virtues. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Aug 03, 2021
How the Virtues Changed My Life
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How can we possibly learn to love like Christ? Today, Dr. Sri shares a powerful story about how reading Thomas Aquinas' work on the virtues changed his life and helped him to love his wife, his family, and God the way he truly desired. Snippet from the Show “Aquinas provides a beautiful vision for the virtuous life, and a roadmap for how to grow in it. His treatment of the virtues is so inspiring, through it we see the beauty of an integrated human person.” _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jul 27, 2021
Rediscovering the Art of Living
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Pope Benedict XVI once said that we have lost the “art of living,” but what does that really mean? Today, Dr. Sri dives into what it means to rediscover the art of living, and how we can pass it on to our friends, family, and loved ones. The world likes to tell us that the highest form of enlightenment is thinking for ourselves and ridding our lives of traditions, but in doing so we’re also ridding them from the teachings of the Church, and of the summation of our faith. Snippet from the Show _ _The secular world likes to tell us that we can pave our own way through life, only using our own resources and making our own truths, but by living according to our own judgement we are blocked off to the classical roots of our faith and what this life is meant to be. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jul 20, 2021
The Time for Apostolic Mission is Here
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Although the Catholic Church is facing many challenges today, the faith will never die. Dr. Sri reminds us that as we continue to navigate an increasingly secular culture, we also approach new and exciting opportunities for apostolic mission. It’s clear that our approaches need to change in the home, in parishes, in seminaries, and in schools so that Christ can bring about a renewal and his Church and in our hearts. Snippet from the Show Christ promised he would be with us until the end of the age. No matter what crises we face, we trust not in ourselves, but in the power of the Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jul 13, 2021
The Mass Explained: God Speaks His Word
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God speaks to each one of us directly at each Mass, but most of us miss it. Today, Dr. Sri reminds us of the power of God’s Word spoken to us in the Liturgy of the Word and shows us how to receive God’s Word into our hearts in a personal and transformative way. Snippet from the Show "During the Liturgy of the Word, the God of the universe’s eternal Word travels through time and space to touch your life today." _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jul 06, 2021
3 Ways to Encounter God’s Mercy
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Do you have a hard time receiving God’s love and mercy? Today, Dr. Sri shows us the three ways we can encounter God’s mercy during Mass when we recite the simple yet powerful “Lord, have mercy” prayer. Snippet from the Show While God wants us to acknowledge our sins and sincerely repent, he does not want us to condemn ourselves. God is a loving, kind, and tender Father, the devil is the accuser. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jun 29, 2021
How to Read a Church
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The architecture of a Catholic church is not random, it's meant to share the story of our faith. In this special episode, Dr. Sri joins us from the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome to teach us how to read a Catholic church. Using this historic Basilica as an example, Dr. Sri helps us understand and appreciate the rich theological meaning behind its architecture. Snippet from the Show "Catholic churches are theology in stone, mosaics, and glass. The very architecture of our churches is meant to share a story." _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jun 22, 2021
The Mass Explained: I Confess
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When we publicly acknowledge our sins in front of God and others at Mass, we are reminded that our personal sin affects the body of Christ. Today, Dr. Sri breaks down the purpose and meaning behind the Confiteor prayer we recite during the penitential act of the Mass. Snippet from the Show By publicly acknowledging our sins in front of God and others during Mass, we recall that our sins are personal but not private, for every sin wounds the body of Christ. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jun 15, 2021
The Mass Explained: The Lord Be With You
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Do you have a hard time entering into the Mass? It’s easy to just go through the motions during the introductory rites of the Mass when we don’t understand their meaning. In this three part series of the Mass Explained, Dr. Sri breaks down the biblical significance of the opening prayers of the Mass so we can prepare ourselves to fully encounter Christ. Snippet from the Show "Tracing the sign of the Cross over our bodies is a powerful liturgical gesture that drives away the demons that surround us, for every demon flees in the face of Christ crucified." _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jun 08, 2021
How to Live Corpus Christi
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If you doubt that the Eucharist is truly the body of Christ, then celebrating the great feast of Corpus Christi can open the eyes of your heart. Dr. Sri explains the significance and history of the feast of Corpus Christi, and offers us four practical ways to celebrate it with true devotion. Snippet from the Show "Let us pray for an outpouring of Eucharistic faith and love in our own hearts and in the world." _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jun 01, 2021
The Real Presence is Real
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Do we truly believe that the Eucharist is the real presence of Jesus? Today, Dr. Sri reminds us that the God of the universe is dwelling among us in all the tabernacles of the world. He encourages to live a Eucharistic faith so that we may draw near to Jesus who longs to be close to us. Snippet from the Show The Jesus who walked the streets of Galilee giving sight to the blind, raising the dead, and making the paralyzed walk, is the same Jesus who is present to you in the Eucharist longing to work miracles in your life. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
May 25, 2021
Lift High the Cross
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Does God just want us to feel good about ourselves? Therapeutic Christianity has become increasingly popular because it emphasizes the part of the Gospel that makes us feel good but ignores the reality of the Cross. Today, Dr. Sri highlights three dangers of therapeutic Christianity which has become increasingly popular in our culture. We learn that we must not shy away from the Cross, for in the Cross we find true freedom. Snippet from the Show Don't be afraid of the Cross just because it's hard, for in the Cross we find true freedom. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
May 18, 2021
Mary’s Queenship: The Crown of Discipleship
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If we want Christ’s kingdom to truly reign in our hearts, let us learn from Mary. As we honor Mary during the month of May, Dr. Sri highlights how Mary’s queenship exemplifies three key biblical aspects of discipleship- she listened to God's voice, she gave up everything, and she persevered through sufferings. If we do these three things we too can reign with Christ. Snippet from the Show “No other human person has allowed Christ’s kingdom to reign more in their hearts than Mary.” _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
May 11, 2021
Are All Religions Just the Same?
25:09
Is picking a religion to follow 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. Snippet from the Show Christianity boldly proclaims that the Lord of the universe wants to be the Lord of your heart. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
May 04, 2021
The Voice of the Good Shepherd
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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. Snippet from the Show “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”- John 10:27 _ _ For full shownotes, visit ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic.
Apr 27, 2021
Keeping Kids Catholic
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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. Snippet from the Show Nothing replaces the influence of parents when it comes to passing on the faith to their children. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Apr 20, 2021
The Power of Confession
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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. Snippet from the Show Jesus breathed life into the apostles so they can breathe life into us through the power of confession. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Apr 13, 2021
Did Jesus Really Descend Into Hell?
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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. Snippet from the Show 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. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Apr 06, 2021
Jesus' Final Prayer
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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. Snippet from the Show “The Father’s hands are trustworthy.” _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Mar 30, 2021
Do Not Weep For Me
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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. Snippet from the Show On his way to Calvary, Jesus never focused on himself. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Mar 23, 2021
St. Joseph: The Silent Hero
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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. Snippet from the Show St. Joseph is the silent hero of salvation history. His virtue, sacrifice, and courage alone speak volumes. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Mar 16, 2021
Why Judas Betrayed Jesus
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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. Snippet from the Show "The betrayal of Jesus started in the heart of Judas first." _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic
Mar 09, 2021
Battling Temptation
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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. Snippet from the Show “When we call on the Holy name of Jesus, the demons around us fall to the ground.” _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Mar 02, 2021
Leading Family Closer to Christ (with Erin & Fallon Scanlan)
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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. Snippet from the Show When we pray with deep trust, the Holy Spirit makes space for powerful conversions in the hearts of our loved ones. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Feb 23, 2021
Taming the Beasts Within
21:09
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 beats 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. Snippet from the Show “Jesus wants to heal and tame the wild beasts within our souls.” _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Feb 16, 2021
3 Timeless Lenten Practices
28:20
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. Snippet from the Show “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 _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Feb 09, 2021
Giving Yourself Completely to God
20:51
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. Snippet from the Show "God doesn’t just want obedience, he wants our hearts." _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Feb 02, 2021
Finding Christ in the NFL ( with Joe Reitz)
24:01
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. Snippet from the Show " 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 _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic
Jan 26, 2021
Lord Have Mercy
15:49
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. Snippet from the Show "God’s mercy is the most profound expression of his love." _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jan 19, 2021
From the Holy Land: The Baptism of Christ
21:10
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. Snippet from the Show _ _ “This is the inauguration of his messianic mission. His public ministry begins now.” For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jan 12, 2021
What Really Guided the Magi to Jesus?
17:38
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. Snippet from the Show _ _“We as Christians need to believe that we have a God that can do the supernatural.” For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jan 05, 2021
A New Year's Message from Dr. Edward Sri
2:42
As we get ready to welcome the new year, Dr. Sri reflects back on the year and shares a special message for all his listeners. Snippet from the Show _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Dec 29, 2020
Do You Have Room for Them?
13:38
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. Snippet from the Show _"Mary had some disappointment in the midst of great joy. If that was okay for Mary, it’s okay for you and I.” _ * For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Dec 22, 2020
How to Live as Strangers in a Strange Land
24:57
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 prophet Daniel in the Bible and how he remained faithful to God in times of persecution. Snippet from the Show _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Dec 15, 2020
Is Mary Human? Immaculate Conception Explained
27:05
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 her even though she was sinless. Snippet from the Show Though sinless, Mary was nevertheless completely human. She laughed with her cousin Elizabeth, walked by faith with Joseph, and wept at the foot of the cross. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Dec 08, 2020
Do You Want to Be Happy? Practice These 4 Things
17:02
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. Snippet from the Show Prudence, temperance, courage and justice are the four cardinal virtues that set us free to pursue the good. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Dec 01, 2020
Longing for a Savior: Advent 2020
19:29
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. Snippet from the Show “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” -Isaiah 11:1-2 _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Nov 24, 2020
3 Keys to a Virtuous Life
22:51
We aret 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. Snippet from the Show "We get training 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. " _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Nov 17, 2020
Virtue: Giving God Our Best
20:50
It’s not enough to just have good values, we need virtue to put those values into practice and really see a difference in our lives. Drawing from the Catechism and Scripture, Dr. Sri explains what virtue is, and why it’s important to have virtue in order to be truly free. Snippet from the Show “The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.”- CC 1803 _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Nov 10, 2020
Cultivating Interior Freedom
25:26
Do you long to be free on the inside? All of us struggle with fears in life that keep us from achieving interior freedom and peace. Today, Dr. Sri encourages us to cultivate an interior freedom that does not depend on external circumstances. He walks us through the three stages of achieving interior freedom and explains why our character plays a big role in our journey to interior freedom. Snippet from the Show "We live in a society that may appear to have many outward freedoms, but we are far from achieving interior freedom." _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic Text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Nov 03, 2020
Lord Help My Unbelief: Doubts or Difficulties?
25:03
Do you find yourself struggling with certain Catholic moral teachings or doctrines sometimes? Today, Dr. Sri explains the difference between doubting and turning to God with our difficulties accepting everything the Catholic Church teaches. Using examples from the Gospel, he offers us practical tips to help us entrust our questions to God with great faith. Snippet from the Show “Doubt is trusting our own intellect more than the revelation of God.” _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Oct 27, 2020
Making Every Holy Communion Count
24:39
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. Snippet from the Show 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. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Oct 20, 2020
Just Following "My Conscience"
25:34
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. Snippet from the Show 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. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Oct 13, 2020
The Story of Our Lady of the Rosary
20:19
This week the Catholic church celebrates the feast of our Lady of the Rosary and honors her miraculous intercession in 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. Snippet from the Show 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. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Oct 06, 2020
The Angels: Fighting Our Spiritual Battles
29:27
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. Snippet from the Show 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. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 29, 2020
A Biblical Look at the Mass
23:41
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 Holys Sacrifice of the Mass. Snippet from the Show 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. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 22, 2020
Forgiving from the Heart
24:28
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. Snippet from the Show "Forgiveness is not always easy; ir is one of the most unselfish acts of love."- Fr. Jacques Philippe _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 15, 2020
Mary’s Fiat: Trusting God in the Unexpected
23:48
Today the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of 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. Snippet from the Show Mary’s fiat was not a passive surrender, but rather a joyful abandonment and longing to fulfill the dreams of her beloved God. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 08, 2020
Connecting Gospel Stories
26:05
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. Snippet from the Show 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. _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 01, 2020
St. Augustine: The Man Who Knew His Weakness
21:33
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. Snippet from the Show “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 _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Aug 25, 2020
Remaining Faithful During COVID
26:03
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. Snippet from the Show 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. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Aug 18, 2020
St. Clare of Assisi: The Indomitable Saint
13:20
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. Snippet from the Show _ _ What made St. Clare so heroic was her indominability 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. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Aug 11, 2020
The Radiant Glory of the Transfiguration
17:02
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. Snippet from the Show “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.” _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Aug 04, 2020
When God Feels Far Away in Prayer
19:30
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. Snippet from the Show “One act of trust at such moments, gives greater glory to God than hours passed if prayer is filled with consolations.”- St. Faustina _ _ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jul 28, 2020
Why the Media We Consume Matters
21:22
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. Snippet from the Show “God made us in such a way that what we put in our minds matters.” For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jul 21, 2020
Hebrews: The Heavenly Grandeur of the New Covenant (with Dr. Andrew Swafford)
21:29
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! Snippet from the Show “What you get out of Hebrews is that the new covenant is not a text, it’s a living liturgical reality” For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jul 14, 2020
The Secret of Parables
26:43
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. Snippet from the Show “The more we understand the historical context of these parables, the more we can make a direct application that really challenges us today.” For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jul 07, 2020
Love Like Christ in Your Marriage: From Eros to Agape
20:14
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. Snippet from the Show “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.” For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jun 30, 2020
How to Encounter God More in the Liturgy of the Word
18:11
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. Snippet from the Show “Every time you go to Mass, there’s a personal word that God has for you. Are you welcoming it into your life?” For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jun 23, 2020
Corpus Christi: The Beauty of the Eucharist
47:40
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. Snippet from the Show “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.” For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jun 16, 2020
Marriage: Unity with Imperfections
25:04
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. Snippet From the Show “The real goal in marriage is embracing the truth of our imperfections.” For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jun 09, 2020
Should Health Be the #1 Priority for Catholics?
27:00
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 how we prioritize here on earth. Snippet from the Show “The true foundation of our lives is God. ” For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic Text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Jun 02, 2020
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
26:12
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. _Snippet from the Show “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.”_ For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
May 26, 2020
The Ascension of Our Lord
21:05
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. Text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
May 19, 2020
How Does God Heal Us Emotionally?
25:43
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 and gives us a tool from St. Thomas Aquinas to help us evaluate whether our desires and emotional reactions are firmly rooted in Christian virtue. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
May 12, 2020
The Choice Mary Faced at the Wedding Feast at Cana
14:29
It’s officially May, and you know what that means: It’s Mary’s month! In today’s special episode, recorded on location at the Wedding Church in Cana, Dr. Sri explains the unprecedented moment during the wedding feast wherein Jesus calls his mother, “Woman." Dr. Sri then points out the often overlooked choice that Mary faced in response to Jesus’ strange words. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
May 04, 2020
The Dark Night of the Soul
24:17
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.
Apr 28, 2020
Why You and I Need the Resurrection
23:55
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. For full episode shownotes, visit AscensionPress.com/AllThingsCatholic or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777.
Apr 21, 2020
When Jesus Appears to the Disciples: A Lesson on Peace and Shame
18:40
In today’s episode, we focus on Luke 24: 36-43 and discover that Jesus’ appearance to the disciples in the Upper Room was 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. For full episode shownotes, visit AscensionPress.com/allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777.
Apr 14, 2020
Symbolism in the Good Friday Narrative, Down to the Last Detail
22:41
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. For full episode shownotes visit AscensionPress.com/allthingscatholic or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777.
Apr 07, 2020
It's Time to Focus on Jesus
25:31
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. For full shownotes, visit AscensionPress.com (media.ascensionpress.com) or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777.
Mar 31, 2020
Jesus in the Midst of Suffering with Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio
28:09
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. See the full shownotes at ascensionpress.com/allthingscatholic or subscribe by texting “allthingscatholic” to 33-777
Mar 24, 2020
Challenges Catholics Face during COVID-19: Your Questions Answered
33:13
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. For full episode shownotes, visit AscensionPress.com (https://media.ascensionpress.com/podcast/challenges-catholics-face-during-covid-19-your-questions-answered/) or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777.
Mar 17, 2020
SPECIAL: The Coronavirus and Missing Sunday Mass
11:39
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. For full episode shownotes, visit AscensionPress.com (https://media.ascensionpress.com/?p=35117) or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777.
Mar 13, 2020
The Hidden Message of the Transfiguration
22:03
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. For full episode shownotes, visit AscensionPress.com (https://media.ascensionpress.com/podcast/the-hidden-message-of-the-transfiguration/) or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777.
Mar 10, 2020
Jesus Never Said, "Be True to Yourself"
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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.” Snippet from the Show 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. For full episode resources, text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777
Mar 03, 2020
Pick Up Your Cross and Follow Me
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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. To pick up our cross, we must accept and embrace the sufferings that God has allowed in our lives, knowing that they can sanctify us. It's not easy, but the paradox is that we will find joy by picking up our cross and following the savior who took up his own cross for our sake. For full episode shownotes, text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777.
Feb 25, 2020
3 Essential Practices for the Lenten Season
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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.
Feb 18, 2020
Peace in the Present Moment
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Peace in the present moment doesn’t come easily. It’s part of human nature to fixate on disappointments of the past, and if we’re honest, the self-talk can be brutal: “How could I ever have said that?” “Why did I make that horrible mistake?” “Will everyone remember me for this?” Worries about the future can be overwhelming, too: “Will everything turn out OK with this relationship?” “What if I make the wrong choice?” “What if we don’t have enough?” Today’s episode focuses on how to gain peace by inviting Christ’s presence into all these moments of anxiety. By totally surrendering and entrusting your past, present, and future to the Lord, you can rest in his love, here in the present moment.
Feb 11, 2020
Candlemas and the Glory of the Lord
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On Candlemas, Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus and bless the candles that will be used in the Church's liturgical life 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.
Feb 04, 2020
Stand Up for Truth
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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.
Jan 28, 2020
“I Thirst”: God’s Infinite Longing for Your Love
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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.

 Snippet from the Show

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?


Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity

If you’ve ever had the chance to visit a chapel of the Missionaries of Charity, you’ll notice that they are marked by three characteristics: simplicity, devotion, and austerity. However, in every chapel the sisters have a large crucifix, with the words “I thirst” painted next to it. These words are among the last words said by Jesus before dying on the cross, and they acted as a constant reminder to St. Mother Teresa about the Lord’s love for each one of us.

The Theme of “Thirst”

The word “thirst” can be found several times throughout the Bible and within the writings of the saints, but Mother Teresa had a special way of understanding this phrase. Often times, when people think of thirst, they think of people’s thirst for God, such as in Psalm 42:

“As a heart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”

And in the writings of St. Augustine when he says:

“...our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”

However, another way we can look at thirst is through God’s love for each of us, and further, his thirst for souls. St. Mother Teresa takes this even further, explaining that it’s not just God’s thirst of souls in general, but a thirst for her soul, for my soul, and for your soul. She makes this thirst incredibly personal, saying:

“At that most difficult time on the cross, Jesus proclaimed “I thirst.” People thought he was thirsty in an ordinary way and gave him vinegar, but it was not for that thirst, it was for our love, for our affection, that intimate attachment to him. He said “I thirst” instead of “give me your love.” “I thirst.” Let us hear him saying it to me, and saying it to you.”

Putting This Into Practice

Mother Teresa would often encourage her sisters to picture themselves as the subject of the Lord’s thirst, and we can do the same. Take some time to sit in front of the Blessed Sacrament and prayerfully imagine Christ calling out your name and saying, “I thirst.” For example, I’d pray, “Edward, I thirst.” 

Mother Teresa gives further advice on this prayer, saying:

“Just put yourself in front of the tabernacle, don’t let anything disturb you, hear your own name, and “I thirst.” I thirst for purity, I thirst for poverty, I thirst for obedience, I thirst for that whole-hearted love, I thirst for that total surrender. Are we living a contemplative life? Jesus I thirst for that total surrender.”

What should be our response?

How should we respond to this overwhelming thirst Jesus has for each one of us? Mother Teresa was in awe of this thirst—that the Lord, who’s so great a being, wanted her, little tiny her. 

“[How bewildering] that God, who is so big, needs something from me. That he wants my love, he thirsts for my love, he begs for my love. I cannot understand it, I cannot understand it, I cannot understand it."

Have you ever been overwhelmed by God’s love? The saints realized how profound God’s love was and how he craves our love and attention.

The Woman at the Well

If you look at this story under the original Jewish context, Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman becomes much more powerful. Back then, Samaritans were seen as great sinners for their separation from Israel, intermarriage with pagans, and idolatry of pagan gods. Because of this, Jews did not have any relations or contact with the Samaritans. So Jesus spending time with a Samaritan, let alone a Samaritan woman who’s had several impure relationships, was wildly shocking. 

Despite her past, however, Jesus seeks to give her a future with him. In John 4 we read that Jesus, for some reason, has a strong urge to go to Samaria, and no doubt to meet this woman. In fact, in John 4:4, Scripture tell us Jesus had to take this route to get to his destination of Galilee, saying:

“He had to pass through Samar′ia.”

John 4:4

Yet, it’s easy to see on a map that there are other routes Jesus could have taken to get to Galilee. In fact, going through Samaria would have been one of the tougher and more rugged paths to take, as he would have had to go through mountains and rocky terrain, not to mention through a city as hostile as Samaria. But Jesus “had to pass through Samaria” not for geographic reasons, but because he was on a mission. Love is what drove him to that well. And what does he say to the woman when he sees her?

“There came a woman of Samar′ia to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”

John 4:7

This theme of thirst again! The Lord needs something from this woman, this woman that everyone views as sinful and as someone with nothing good to offer. Yet, Jesus longs for her, he needs something from her, he thirsts for her. The Catechism points out that we become the woman at the well in our prayer. When we pray, the Lord reaches out to us, and expresses his need for us, even though we’re sinners. 

Dying of Thirst

Mother Teresa spent most of her ministry serving and aiding the poor and suffering of Calcutta. There were often times when she would encounter a person dying of thirst, and would do anything she could to get them water. Taking this practical example, Mother Teresa challenges us to ask ourselves, “Do I react the same to God’s thirst of me as I would a man dying of thirst?”

How do we react when we feel God is calling us to do something? How do we prioritize our prayer? Do we view it as a chore or do we value our time of encountering God’s thirst? Mother Teresa says this about spending time with God:

“Jesus longs for you. He misses you when you don’t come close. He thirsts for you.”

Don’t think of prayer as an obligation, think of it as a response to the thirst the Lord has for you. Let’s make time to come close to him, to quench his thirst.


Resources

Jan 21, 2020
Live with Fr. Josh Johnson: All about Adoration
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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. _ ** Snippet from the Show 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? _ ** SHOWNOTES What Should You Do in Adoration? What we know: Jesus is fully present in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity In Adoration, we can encounter God in the Eucharist, in what’s normally called a “holy hour” But the question is, what should we do in a holy hour? Father Josh’s First Holy Hour Fr. Josh first encountered Christ in Adoration at a Steubenville Youth Conference, and the experience was so powerful for him that he vowed to go to Adoration every single day after that. However, when he went to Adoration away from the conference, without the lights and music and incense that Steubenville had, Father found himself not knowing what to do. Father realized that a lot of people are faced with this question in Adoration, which drove him to write his book, Pocket Guide to Adoration. Tips from Father on what we should and shouldn't do in Adoration: We should… Pray vocal prayers: if you’re alone, take the opportunity to pray out loud Bring our Bible: Fulton Sheen says that the Eucharist is the face of Christ, and scripture is the voice of Christ Bring our thoughts and desires to the Lord, and listen to what he says: tell the Lord what’s on your heart and mind, but then stop and listen to what he has to say Meditate on the Gospels: if you’re reading the Bible in Adoration, Fr. Josh recommends starting with the life of Jesus told in the Gospels Have a resolution upon leaving Adoration: this is recommended by the saints and will help build upon the graces you received in Adoration Be open to the Holy Spirit: it’s good to have a plan going into Adoration, but we have to make sure we’re allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us in our prayer We shouldn’t... Adore ourselves: know who you’re talking to, and what you’re talking about Ignore the way we live outside of prayer: the way we live outside of prayer affects the way we live in prayer Have our cell phones nearby: if you have to have it for prayers, put it on airplane mode to avoid distractions Turn Adoration into study hall: it’s okay to read in the presence of the Holy Sacrament, but we shouldn’t call it Adoration because we’re not adoring the Lord Why go to Adoration? Fr. Josh explains why Adoration is so important through the context of the mass. Not only does it intensify our relationship with God, but it causes us to long for him more. When we go to Adoration and see the Lord in the Eucharist, we are drawn to him more, so much so that we want to experience his love in a more intimate way, such as in mass. Adoration calls us to live a life of worshiping God in everything we do. “Adoration leads to imitation.” The more we hang out with Christ in Adoration, the more we become like him. You’ve heard it said that you become a combination of the three people you hang with most, and the same is true with spending time with God. If we want to imitate Christ in his thoughts, words, and actions, we have to spend time with him. ** Additional tips from Fr. Josh: If you struggle with...** Getting distracted in Adoration Sit near the front of the chapel: This will prevent you from being distracted by others Focusing too much on the discomfort of kneeling Sit down or lay prostrate: It’s better to focus fully on the Lord than to do what you think is “correct” or “normal” Staying focused for a full hour Start with 15 minutes: begin with either Lectio Divinia or a rosary, and stay longer as you build endurance Resources Pocket Guide to Adoration (https://ascensionpress.com/products/pocket-guide-to-adoration?_pos=1&_sid=c48cb8010&_ss=r) by Fr. Josh Johnson He and I (https://www.amazon.com/He-I-Rev-Gabrielle-Bossis/dp/0819834386/ref=sr_1_1?gclid=CjwKCAiApOvwBRBUEiwAcZGdGAnrMqYSa5q6cuR6188chhFaOXRIrqdi6vZlEYVdA4Nruh3wApNVvBoCCsEQAvD_BwE&hvadid=241652015654&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9012276&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=12071430523350394568&hvtargid=aud-837858999240%3Akwd-4597050686&hydadcr=8265_10374952&keywords=he+and+i+gabrielle+bossis&qid=1578875081&sr=8-1) by Gabrielle Bossis Check out Fr. Josh’s podcast, “Ask Father Josh” Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation (https://ascensionpress.com/products/broken-and-blessed-an-invitation-to-my-generation) by Fr. Josh Johnson Subscribe to our show by texting “allthingscatholic” to 33-777
Jan 14, 2020
Live with Father Mike Schmitz on Discerning God’s Will
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In this special live interview with Father Mike Schmitz, Father identifies the major barrier to decision-making 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. Today’s episode was recorded last week 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! Snippet from the Show Our emotions don’t necessarily reveal the truth about reality, but they do reveal the conditions of our heart. SHOWNOTES “I just want to do what God wants me to do!” Father Mike talks about the tendency to want God to intervene in our lives in explicit ways so that we don’t have to bear the responsibility of making decisions. In a new book he helped co-author with the Angels, Pray, Decide, and Don’t Worry, Fr. 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 to in our walk of faith. Over-Spiritualization We often hear the phrase “I don’t feel called” when opting not to do something, but how much of that is truth versus just not feeling like doing something. Dr. Sri explains that some things we are meant to be called, and that’s a beautiful thing, but other decisions are meant to be made with a little uneasiness. Think of Jesus in the Garden: was Jesus totally at peace and calm about his decision to die on the cross? No! He was terrified, stressed out, he was even sweating blood! But he did it anyway because it was what he needed to do, same with some of the situations we find ourselves in. Not everything we do in life is going to be pleasant, but even unpleasant and difficult can be led by God. However, when we do God’s will, we will experience a deeper peace that is stronger than fleeting emotional responses. Early Jesuit Maxim: “Your first emotional response usually is not a sign of God’s will, it’s a sign of your own disordered attachment to something.” Fr. Mike’s Scuba Diving Analogy When Father made the concrete decision that he was going to enter seminary, he knew he had a deep peace about the decision that could not be stirred. He relates this feeling to the experience of scuba diving. He explained that before jumping into the water, sitting on the edge of the boat, all you can see are these rough and rocky waves that you’re about to submerge into. The waves have no peace to them, and are even quite violent, but once you make the jump and submerge, you get a couple feet down and find that everything is still—so still that you can’t believe just a few feet above you such violent waves are forming. Deciding to join seminary was not an easy decision for Father. He was jumping into a new realm of life, and saying goodbye to a girl he was ready to marry. But through that jump, though he experienced heartbreak and trials, he could feel a deep-rooted peace within him that evidenced his decision was aligned with God’s will. Emotions and Discernment We’ve been told to follow our passion and pursue them with everything we have, but Fr. Mike disagrees. He explains that our passions change and that what we should focus on are our passions paired with our God-given abilities and gifts. If we focus on what we can do, using the specific abilities God has given us, and cultivate them into a skill, then we will find passion in doing our jobs well, no matter what they are. Fr. Mike’s Steps in Discernment Gather data: seek advice, get more information, go explore… just learn! Move forward with the Lord: our steps become clearer the closer we get to our goal *Discernment Tip: *If your intentions are true and good in your discernment, God will bless whatever you’re doing, even if it’s only for a short time Resources Pray, Decide, and Don’t Worry (https://ascensionpress.com/products/pray-decide-and-don-t-worry-five-steps-to-discerning-god-s-will) by Fr. Mike Schmitz, Bobby and Jackie Angel Subscribe to our show by texting “allthingscatholic” to 33-777
Jan 07, 2020
Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love
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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 relationships. **_Snippet from the Show Ask God to help you to tear down the walls of shame and sin in your marriage so you can care for your beloved and have a greater sense of responsibility for their heart._ What is the True Measure of Love? Saint Pope John Paul II on Love (4:33) “The greater the feeling of responsibility for the person, the more true love there is.” Genesis 2:25 (6:22) “And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.” *St. Pope John Paul II (JPII) Unpacks the Concept of Shame * What does it mean for Adam and Eve to be naked and unashamed? First let’s define shame: shame is when we are afraid of another seeing us as we are, we are afraid of being vulnerable. JPII suggests in his Theology of the Body, that God’s original plan for marriage was for there to be no shame between the couple, using the first couple, Adam and Eve, as an example of this (Genesis 2:25) They were able to fully be themselves and to share their souls with each other. *Imagine you’re in a marriage like Adam and Eve's… * Before the Fall, there was no sin, no selfishness, no use in marriage. Adam and Eve had total trust and security in their relationship, and sought the good of their spouse at all times. Because of this, they were able to fully love one another as God intended it, and were able to be fully intimate with each other, without the barrier of shame. Saint Pope John Paul II They lived their marriage “Looking at each other with the vision of the Creator.” They looked at each other like God looks at them. “Freedom exists for the sake of love.” *How did God look at Adam and Eve? *“And it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31) God is delighted in humanity, he rejoices in us. Just as we are, Adam and Eve are his children made in his own image and likeness. When Adam looks at Eve, he sees more than just her physical beauty, her purpose as a “helper” (Genesis 2:18), and as a feminine companion. He saw her as a daughter of God, that she was made in his image, and that she is very good. Adam is in awe over the gift of Eve, and the fact that she chose to be with him. *Adam and Eve had free will. *God created Adam and Eve with free will, meaning that when God created Eve, she didn’t have to marry Adam, she didn’t have to give her life to him, but she did anyway. Eve gave up all the other things she could have done for herself in the garden and chose to give herself fully and intimately to Adam, to serve him, to seek his good, and to give herself to him. *My Baseball Card Analogy… * I love to collect baseball cards, and there’s one particular card that I have that is worth a lot: a Nolan Ryan mint condition (brand new) rookie card. It’s worth thousands of dollars, and if the slightest scratch, bend, or mark is made on the card, it loses thousands of dollars in profit. Now imagine I hand you that baseball card. How would you feel? Nervous? Anxious? Honored? That’s what Adam experienced when God handed him Eve in Creation. Eve, something much more valuable and important than a baseball card, was given to Adam by God, and then chose, with her free will, to love and serve him wholly and selflessly. Adam is holding the heart of Eve in his hands, and is in awe of this gift God has given him. He had a profound sense of responsibility for her heart. How can we model our marriages after Adam and Eve’s Marriage before the Fall? The first step is fostering that attitude of responsibility for the other. Think to yourself: “How can I help my spouse today?” “What does my beloved need from me?” “How can I honor my husband/wife with my words, actions, and thoughts?” The more we create an environment to treasure, honor, and respect our spouses as something much more important than a Nolan Ryan Rookie card, the more we will show them that they can give their hearts to us, and we can give our hearts to them. Resources Text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC at 33-777 to subscribe to the free weekly shownotes email. Visit my website at www.edwardsri.com Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love by Dr. Edward Sri (https://shop.franciscanmedia.org/products/men-women-and-the-mystery-of-love-practical-insights-from-john-paul-ii-s-love-and-responsibility)
Dec 31, 2019
A Christmas Greeting From Dr. Edward Sri
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Merry Christmas to you and your family! I’m taking a break from my regular recording schedule to celebrate this beautiful Christmas octave, but if you're looking for some extra spiritual and theological enrichment, I encourage you to check out Episode 62 from the All Things Catholic Archives: "Christmas Through Jewish Eyes." Please pray for me as I join Fr. Mike Schmitz, Sister Miriam, and other Catholic speakers at the FOCUS SLS Conference. Please pray that the Lord guides our words as we speak to thousands of Catholics and Christian young adults, and that the Holy Spirit guides their hearts into a deeper union with him. Resources FOCUS SLS 2020 (https://sls20.org/) Conference SLS 2020 Live Streaming on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/focuscatholic/)
Dec 24, 2019
O Come O Come Emmanuel
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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, Jesus. Snippet from the Show “Jesus is Christ the King and Emmanuel, God with us.” Get the shownotes at ascensionpress.com/allthingscatholic (https://media.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-podcasts/allthingscatholic/)
Dec 17, 2019
A Different Way to Think About the Immaculate Conception
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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! _ Snippet from the Show What God did in Mary in an instant, he wants to do in you throughout a lifetime. Mary is an icon of God’s plan for your holiness. _ Why would God preserve Mary from sin? * It wasn’t for her own sake that God preserved Mary from sin! The Immaculate Conception of Mary is in fact all about Jesus. This dogma reveals that Jesus is no ordinary child—he’s the all holy, eternal Son of God. * Mary is like the ark of the covenant, carrying the almighty holy presence of God. In the Old Testament, Jews build the Ark of the Covenant with the best of materials, the purest of gold. It’s most fitting that the God of the universe would choose to dwell in the purest of human vessels—a woman without sin. *What Does the Immaculate Conception Mean for Your Spiritual Life? * * Everything about Mary shows us what God wants to do in our lives. Mary is full of grace, and God wants to fill us each with grace, too. * What God wants to do in each of us over time, he did in Mary in an instant. Mary is an icon reminding us of God’s plan for our own holiness. Two Ways to Seek Grace Alongside Mary 1. Think about a specific sin in your life that you’re really struggling with, and turn to Mary. Say a Hail Mary, and ask her for her help in conquering that sin. “You who are full of grace, pray for me in this weakness.” 2. Reflect on Mary’s journey to visit Elizabeth (Luke 1:39) Imitate her “going in haste” to serve Elizabeth and be in communion with her as they rejoice together in God’s plan. This week, “go in haste” to visit Jesus in the chapel, and “go in haste” to the people who matter most in your life. ** The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe** On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, remember to ask Our Lady’s intercession to bring about a true culture of life in the midst of this culture of death.
Dec 10, 2019
Ten Family Advent Traditions to Try This Year
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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. *_Snippet from the Show * 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._ *Advent Wreath: * Ours is a circle of evergreen branches surrounding four candles (four violet, one pink) representing the four weeks of Advent. Bless your Advent wreath with this special liturgical blessing Put it on your dinner table (or nearby), and light it each night leading up to Christmas with your children or grandchildren. *Advent Prayers During Dinner * During dinner, pray a short Advent prayer or sing an Advent hymn with your family. O God, Who gladdens us by the annual expectation of our Redemption, grant that we, who now receive with joy Your only-begotten Son as our Redeemer, may behold him without fear when He comes as our judge. Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the ways of Your Only begotten Son, that we may attain to serve You with purified minds, through His Advent. Who with you lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen. The Empty Manger Place an empty manger in a special place in your home. Have your family members place a piece of straw in the manger every time they do a kind deed or make a sacrifice. This symbolizes their effort to prepare a special place in their hearts for the baby Jesus. “Advent Angels” Randomly assign your family members as secret “Advent angels” to each other. The goal is for each person to perform acts of kindness and service for the person to whom they’ve been assigned. *Make a Jesse Tree * The tradition of the Jesse tree comes from the passage in Isaiah: “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.” The symbols hung on the Jesse tree tell the story of salvation history and lead up to the birth of Christ at Christmas Dr. Sri’s “Advent Cards: Retell the story of salvation history with simple illustrations Bless Your Christmas Tree (and Recall the Tradition's Historical Roots) If possible, wait to put it up later, like the original tradition of the Christmas Tree (symbolized the tree of Adam on Christmas Eve, was decorated with Candles on Christmas to symbolize Christ the light of the world) Special blessing of a Christmas Tree *Celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas * Have your children put their shoes by the fireplace or by their bedroom door. While they are sleeping, put little surprises in their shoes (saint cards, gold chocolate coins, a few pennies) Teach your children about the life of this great saint. A great way to do this is through the animated movie Nicholas: the Boy Who Became Santa Celebrate Las Posadas Read Tomie dePaola’s book The Night of Las Posadas Gather friends and neighbors to organize a night of Las Posadas in your community. Children dressed in nativity costumes go from house to house asking for lodging but are refused until they reach the final house, whenthey are welcomed into the “inn,” where they have a party with food and drink ** Listen to Advent Music Instead of Christmas Music** Follow the Church’s lead--the Church does not sing Christmas hymns until the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass. Dom Gueranger: “The Church also, during Advent … suppresses the angelic canticle, Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra paz hominibus bonae voluntatis; for this glorious song was sung at Bethlehem over the crib of the divine Babe; the tongues of the angels are not loosened yet; the Virgin has not yet brought forth her divine Treasure; it is not yet time to sing. It is not even true to say, ‘Glory be to God in the highest, and peace on earth to men of good will.’” *Some suggestions: * Advent of Ephesus by the Benedictines of Mary Advent Promise by Roger Wilcock & The London Fox Players The Advent of Christmas by Matt Maher Handel's Messiah
Dec 03, 2019
How To Make Room for Jesus this Advent
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After Thanksgiving, it’s all too easy to jump into the chaos of December, and Advent takes 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 in store for you, if only you make space for him in your life. Snippet from the Show “Make room for the Divine infant, for he desires to grow within your soul.” -Dom Prosper Louis Pascal Guéranger *Why four weeks of Advent? *Recalls the four thousand years of Biblical history. Advent walks us through that biblical story. We’re entering into Israel’s longing for the messiah—into humanity’s yearning for a savior. That’s what the season is all about. *Why So Much Purple During Advent? *Advent is a penitential season, a time we do some acts of penance. In the early Church, it was almost treated as if it were another lent. It included forty days of fasting, from the feast of St. Martin through Christmas. In the ninth or tenth century, the Church eventually changed the fasting to abstinence. *What Abbot Dom GuérangerSays about Advent * There are three different kinds of men: 1. Those who live saintly lives, living deeply in Jesus 2. Those who have completely rejected God 3. The last category is the largest: those of us who want friendship with Jesus but don’t live it out well. We sin and we get lukewarm. Dom Guéranger describes this group, writing, “Jesus is in them, but they are sick and weakly. Because they do not care to grow in his divine life. Their first love has become cold.” Advent is for those of us who are in that final group..those of us who feel like we aren’t progressing in the spiritual life, or who are going backwards. “Our Lord knocks at the door of our hearts. He comes to ask us if we have room for him, for he wishes to be born in our house.” When we are so busy, we don’t hear him knocking. “You who have had him within you, without knowing him, and have possessed him without relishing the sweetness of his presence, open your hearts to welcome him this time with more care and with more love.” “Jesus repeats his visit of this year with an untiring tenderness. He has forgotten your past slights. He would make all things new.” Maybe we’ve become slack in our spiritual life or in our relationships with others This Advent is the time to start over: “Make room for the Divine infant, for he desires to grow in your soul.” ** Practical Ideas to Make Room for Jesus ** 1. Sacrifice: picture that the manger is your heart. It has a whole lot of stuff in it...your music, your entertainment, your money, your dreams, your obsessions. This advent, give up a little something to make room for the baby Jesus to be placed in that manger. 2. Make a gift to our Lord in this season: An extra devotion, some spiritual reading, act of service or kindness to someone in your home or workplace, extra time for prayer. 3. Make time for prayer each day in Advent: December is hard…ask yourself, how can I encounter God in the midst of all the expectations and pressure? Take a little time each day to close your eyes and talk to the Lord. You can tell him all the things you need to do, but that little space of extra care and attention for Jesus will allow him to make you new. Resources The Advent of Christ (https://www.amazon.com/Advent-Christ-Scripture-Reflections-Christmas/dp/1616366516)
Nov 26, 2019
The Power of Intercessory Prayer
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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. Snippet from the Show: "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." The Healings of Christ’s Public Ministry St. Luke and St. Matthew’s Gospels tell us about many sick people who were brought to Christ by their loved ones for healing. In Matthew 8, we see that Jesus cleanses a leper, heals a centurion’s servant, heals many at Simon’s house, and drives out demons from the Gadarene demoniacs. In Luke 4, we also hear about the healing of the man with an unclean spirit. Perhaps one of the most famous of Christ’s healings was that of the paralyzed man who was lowered through the roof of a house by his friends. This paralyzed man could not walk to Jesus on his own. We don’t have any record of the paralyzed man asking his friends to take him to Jesus, but we know that his friends take the initiative to do just that … they bring their friend to Jesus. Determined, they go through great lengths to do this—they take him through crowds, up onto the roof of a house, and lower him down through the ceiling. That’s how much they love their friend and that’s how much faith they have in Jesus Christ. We know the end of the story—Jesus heals the man and forgives his sins. But we often forget what the scripture says—Matthew tells us that when Christ saw “their faith” (the faith of the paralyzed man’s friends), he forgave the paralyzed man’s sins and healed him. What does this teach us about the power of intercessory prayer? It’s not the prayer itself, it’s not about how many prayers or novenas you say, it’s about how much love we put into those prayers. It Is Good for Us to Intercede for Others God doesn’t need our help or our prayers, but he invites us to help. Why? Interceding for others is good for us...it grows our love and expands our hearts God is moved by our love. When he sees a humble heart come before him petitioning him for someone else, he can’t resist. Practical: The first thing to do is identify what friends, family members, co-workers need prayers. Ask yourself, who in my life is “paralyzed?” Who can’t/won’t walk to Christ themselves? Next, commit to interceding for them. Ask yourself, do you love them enough to pray for them? Finally, bring them to Jesus. Bring them to him especially in the Eucharist. Pray for them at Mass, offer communion for them, pray for them in the Adoration chapel. Our chapels should be packed! When Jesus visited towns, he couldn’t even move because of the crowds who gathered. Mark 3:7-12 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed … a great multitude, hearing all that he did, came to him. And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they should crush him; for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. And whenever the unclean spirits beheld him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” And he strictly ordered them not to make him known. Resources: God With Us: Encountering Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew Matthew: The King and His Kingdom
Nov 19, 2019
The Fires of Purgatory
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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. Who Goes to Purgatory? Sometimes Catholics think of purgatory as a place where bad Christians go for a supernatural “time out” before they can get into heaven. But, that’s not at all what the Church teaches. At its simplest level, we can understand the three states of the afterlife as this: Heaven is for those who die loving God with “all their heart, all their soul, and all their strength” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5). Hell is for those who die without loving God at all. Purgatory is for those who die with divided hearts—they love God, but their hearts are also held captive by love of sin or attachments to this world. *What Are the Fires of Purgatory Really All About? * In 1 Corinthians 3:15, St. Paul says that some will be saved, but only through fire. Oftentimes, we view fire as dangerous and frightening, but the Bible uses fire as an image of God’s closeness. This is the type of fire that is associated with purgatory; it’s not fire of God’s wrath—it’s fire of God’s love. Scripture provides us with several images where fire indicates the closeness and power of God’s presence: Hebrews 12:28-29 – “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.” Exodus 3:1-3 – “Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Mid'ian; and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and lo, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.” Exodus 13:21-22 – “The LORD preceded them, in the daytime by means of a column of cloud to show them the way, and at night by means of a column of fire* to give them light. Thus they could travel both day and night. Neither the column of cloud by day nor the column of fire by night ever left its place in front of the people.” Acts 2:3-5 “And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” St. John of the Cross on the Fires of Purgatory St. John of the Cross provides us with a beautiful analogy of a heart in love with God as a log in the midst of a burning flame. The flame consumes the log, and the log begins to burn from within. St. John of the Cross explains that this is what happens when a soul is consumed by God’s love—flames of love leap up through the soul itself But what happens when God draws close to souls who have many imperfections and weaknesses? Those souls experience the flame of God’s love in a way that is painful or afflictive. It’s similar to a damp log placed into a fire—it resists the fire, causing it to take longer for it to catch and burn. So what difference does the doctrine of purgatory make in our lives today? The doctrine of purgatory reminds us that in order for us to enter into heaven, our hearts must be fully in love with God and detached from all sin. So, let’s not wait for purgatory to begin this purification of our hearts and souls. Let’s root out sin in our hearts and try to love God with all our hearts here on earth. This doctrine calls us to remember the dead. We must not assume that our relatives and loved ones are in heaven, and thus neglect to pray for their souls. In her final words to her son, St. Augustine, St. Monics begs him to pray for her after she dies. If such a holy woman asked for continued graces through prayer after her death, we shouldn’t assume anyone is in heaven unless they are canonized by the Church. *How do we pray for the dead? * Write a list of names and pray daily for each soul Offer up a rosary, a decade, or even just a Hail Mary for those souls. Pray for those holy souls in purgatory who don’t have anyone to pray for them by name. Offer communion for all holy souls in purgatory Visit a local cemetery and pray for the dead
Nov 12, 2019
How to Trust God More
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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. Snippet from the Show “We can’t experience God’s providence unless we let go, unless we have confidence in his promise, unless we are willing to jump.” SHOWNOTES John 4:46-54 - So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Caper′na-um there was an official whose son was ill. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Jesus therefore said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went his way. As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was living. So he asked them the hour when he began to mend, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live”; and he himself believed, and all his household. This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee. Fr. Jacques Philippe - As long as a person who must jump with a parachute does not jump out into the void, he cannot feel that the cords of the parachute will support him, because the parachute has not yet had the chance to open. One must first jump and it is only later that one feels carried. And so it is in spiritual life: “God gives in the measure that we expect of Him,” says Saint John of the Cross. And Saint Francis de Sales says: “The measure of Divine Providence acting on us is the degree of confidence that we have in it.” This is where the problem lies. Many do not believe in Providence because they’ve never experienced it, but they’ve never experienced it because they’ve never jumped into the void and taken the leap of faith. They never give it the possibility to intervene. They calculate everything, anticipate everything, they seek to resolve everything by counting on themselves, instead of counting on God. -Fr. Jacques Philippe How to Trust God More 1. Admit your fear. Say, “God, I’m afraid to jump,” and give him your fears about the outcome. 2. Pick something you’re afraid to do (it can be small), and do it anyway. Trust that whatever the outcome, God has a hand in it. 3. Invoke the help of Mary and the saints. Ask a saint to pray for you and intercede on your behalf. Resources * Rejoice! Advent Meditations with Joseph Journal (https://ascensionpress.com/collections/collection-book/products/rejoice-advent-meditations-with-joseph-journal) * The Advent of Christ (https://www.amazon.com/Advent-Christ-Scripture-Reflections-Christmas/dp/1616366516) * Dr. Sri is traveling to the Holy Land! Send your prayer intentions to info.edwardsri@gmail.com
Nov 05, 2019
What Does the Bible Say about Praying to the Saints?
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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. As All Saints Day approaches, Dr. Edward Sri walks us through scripture passages wherein holy men and women from the Bible intercede before God for their communities. This episode not only will leave you with a good apologetic answer to these questions, but—more importantly—will leave you with a renewed sense of appreciation for the cloud of witnesses who inspire us, intercede for us, and draw us deeper into communion with the blessed Trinity. *Intercessory Prayer Is Scriptural * The Bible shows us that the saints aren’t disconnected from and uninterested in those who are living. *Old Testament: * Jeremiah 15:1–Long after their deaths, Moses and Samuel are depicted pleading for the Israelite people on earth *New Testament * Revelation 8:3–The prayers of the saints rise up before God, and then God acts on earth. John 15 – “I am the vine, and you are the branches.” St. Paul – We are the “body of Christ.” It doesn’t make sense that death would rupture this bond. Hebrews 12:1 The saints are a “cloud of witnesses” *Intercession Is Not Optional for Christians * Love of God and love of neighbor go hand in hand. The saints are our neighbors. They are our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. When we grow in fellowship with our fellow Christians, we grow in fellowship with Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:11–St. Paul commands the Christians in Corinth to pray for him. 1 Timothy 2:1–Timothy commands the Christians to pray for each other *How to Grow in Fellowship with the Saints * 1. Pick a few saints that you want to get to know. 2. Read their writings and learn about their lives. Fill your mind with their stories and their example. 3. Talk to the saints, every day. Share your weaknesses with them and ask them to walk with you in your difficult times. Don’t just ask them to pray for you...invite them to be with you in every part of your life.
Oct 29, 2019
Saint Pope John Paul II: Open Wide the Doors for Christ!
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If you’re stressed or anxious, you will find great comfort in Pope John Paul II’s famous phrase: “Be not afraid … Open wide the doors to Christ!” In this episode of All Things Catholic, Dr. Sri explains the meaning behind 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. _Snippet from the Show Whatever is burdening you right now, talk to Jesus, name your fear, and beg Jesus to give you the grace to open the doors of your heart to him. _ *Our Modern Condition * How many of us live in fear and anxiety? We’re anxious about work, success, our relationships, our dreams for our family ... Pope John Paul II addressed this reality in his inaugural address: “So often today man does not know what is within him, in the depths of his mind and heart. So often he is uncertain about the meaning of his life on this earth. He is assailed by doubt, a doubt which turns into despair. We ask you therefore, we beg you with humility and trust, let Christ speak to man. He alone has words of life, yes, of eternal life.” So what did Pope John Paul II urge us to do? He prescribes a life-changing remedy for our anxiety: “Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to welcome Christ and accept his power…. Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ.” What Christ Says about Anxiety: Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.” Questions to Ask Yourself when You’re Anxious or Afraid What is God trying to tell me? Is this a sign that something is off spiritually? Am I too attached to something—someone’s esteem of me, my position at work, a plan for my children or family? Do I want too much control in my life? The First Step to Opening Your Heart Wider to Christ In prayer, name your fear to Jesus. Tell him everything about it. Don’t ask him to resolve it; just be honest with him. Admit your weakness and ask for his grace. Ask Jesus if there’s something he wants to do in your heart surrounding the issue of your anxiety. Pray a prayer of surrender. Tell Jesus you want to let go of your attachments and open the doors of your heart to him Tell him you trust in his plan for your life! Repeat St. Faustina’s prayer of trust: “Jesus I trust in you.” *Pope John Paul II: An Example of a Man Whose Heart Was Wide Open to Christ * Think about Pope John Paul II risking his life to meet in clandestine Catholic small groups during the Nazi occupation. It was by taking that risk and opening his heart that his vocation took root. See the great fruit that has come from his surrender! God will do incredible things with you as you surrender your life more completely to him. When you ask him to open your heart and help you overcome your fears, you’re going to be able to bless others in an incredibly powerful way. For an exclusive bonus episode on what we can learn from three historic moments in the life of Pope John Paul II, sign up for the All Things Catholic weekly shownotes! (https://media.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-podcasts/allthingscatholic/)
Oct 22, 2019
Why Do I Need a Church?
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Do we really need a church? Why can’t we just be spiritual instead? Dr. Edward Sri explains not only why God gave us the Church, but why it is a gift for us and a necessity to be brought into a familial relationship with him. Snippet from the Show “God sent his son, Jesus Christ, and he set up a church. He gave his authority to the apostles and their successors to pass on his teaching.” Go to ascensionpress.com/allthingscatholic (https://media.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-podcasts/allthingscatholic/) to get the shownotes!
Oct 15, 2019
Is the Rosary Biblical?
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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. Get the shownotes for this episode at ascensionpress.com/allthingscatholic (https://media.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-podcasts/allthingscatholic/)
Oct 08, 2019
St. Thérèse and the Power of Surrender
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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. Snippet from the Show Paradoxically, the real victory in the spiritual life comes from surrender. When you say, “Lord, I give this to you because I can’t do it on my own.” SHOWNOTES St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Letter 243 - “As soon as God sees us convinced of our own nothingness — He stretches out His hand to us; but if we wish to attempt great things, even under the pretext of zeal, He leaves us alone. It is sufficient therefore to humble oneself and to bear our imperfections meekly: that is true sanctity.” 2 Ways to Surrender 1. Morning offering prayer * O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen. * O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits ; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love. O my God! I ask Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in Heaven for all Eternity. Amen. (Offering Prayer by St. Thérèse of Lisieux) Offer up your suffering. Next time you face a trial or difficulty, use it as an opportunity to surrender your weakness to God. Say, “God, I give this to you.” Resources * Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love (https://ascensionpress.com/products/men-women-and-the-mystery-of-love-1) * Story of a Soul (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FBY4BGE/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1)
Oct 01, 2019
Struggles in Prayer
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Every faithful Catholic goes through a season where prayer is difficult. Whether you’re unable to feel God’s presence, get easily distracted, or find yourself avoiding prayer altogether, Dr. Sri points out four reasons why we may struggle in prayer, and what we can do to persevere and build an ever-stronger relationship with God. 4 Reasons We Struggle with Prayer 1. Sin - if we haven’t repented of our sins, it will be difficult to pray. 2. The devil - the enemy knows how important prayer is for the faithful and he will do everything he can to get you to not pray. 3. Humility - God may be trying to humble us. 4. God wants to draw out our desire for him. Tips for Prayer * Focus on the very beginning of prayer to set the tone. * Say God’s name with reverence when you make the Sign of the Cross. * Set an intention for your prayer time. * Offer the prayer time up to God.
Sep 24, 2019
The Biblical Roots of the Hail Mary
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Catholics are often criticized for praying to Mary, but every part of the Hail Mary has biblical roots which reveal that the focus of this prayer is actually Jesus. St. John Paul II put it this way, “Although the repeated Hail Mary is addressed directly to Mary, it is to Jesus that the act of love is ultimately directed, with her and through her.” Dr. Sri unpacks the biblical roots of the Hail Mary to help us truly understand the significance of this powerful prayer. Snippet from the Show “Every time we pray the Hail Mary, we enter into the ecstatic praise of heaven and earth. Heaven represented by Gabriel, earth represented by Elizabeth. We’re entering into their words of praise, which are in Scripture and are inspired by God.” SHOWNOTES “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you … ” Luke 1:26-28 - In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” “ ... Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb … ” Luke 1:39-45 - In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechari′ah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit* and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” filled with the Holy Spirit - this language is used to describe someone who is given prophetic insight. “ … Jesus … ” Philippians 2:8-11 - And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow*, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. at the name of Jesus - there is immense power in the name of Jesus, and his name is at the very center of this prayer, making it literally a Christocentric prayer. St. John Paul II called it the “hinge” of the Hail Mary. He said, “The centre of gravity in the Hail Mary, the hinge as it were which joins its two parts, is the name of Jesus. Sometimes, in hurried recitation, this centre of gravity can be overlooked, and with it the connection to the mystery of Christ being contemplated. Yet it is precisely the emphasis given to the name of Jesus and to his mystery that is the sign of a meaningful and fruitful recitation of the Rosary.” “ … Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.” Luke 1:8 - And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”* let it be to me - Mary’s Fiat, her yes to God, is exactly what we seek to emulate. This part of the Hail Mary is where we ask Our Lady to intercede for us, so that we may accept Jesus into our hearts as she did. RESOURCES * [Rosarium Virginis Mariae](https://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apostletters/2002/documents/hfjp-iiapl20021016rosarium-virginis-mariae.html), Apostolic letter of St. John Paul II * [Praying the Rosary Like Never Before](https://www.amazon.com/Praying-Rosary-Like-Never-Before/dp/163253178X/ref=sr11sspa?gclid=EAIaIQobChMItq6t0YXO5AIVCaICh05QAlgEAAYASAAEgJXnfDBwE&hvadid=241659387557&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9007348&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=9773729536675742179&hvtargid=kwd-368857893333&hydadcr=19737_10212462&keywords=pray+the+rosary+like+never+before&qid=1568386133&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyWjM0VlhZMFM4M1lZJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMjYxMzEyMks0VURVS1k3RDg0WSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwOTAxNTQ1TERSNVpQWUdHVFEmd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl) by Dr. Edward Sri * How to Pray Like Mary (https://ascensionpress.com/collections/collection-book/products/how-to-pray-like-mary) by Sonja Corbitt
Sep 17, 2019
The Cross Explained
21:57

What gives the cross its redemptive value is not the amount of suffering or bloodshed, but the amount of love that was put into Christ’s sacrifice. The cross is less about taking on punishment and more about the total gift of love Jesus offered to the Father on our behalf.

As the Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross this week, Dr. Sri takes us into the heart of the cross—which is ultimately the heart of God and his passionate love for his people.

Sep 10, 2019
The World—Friend or Enemy of the Soul?
21:07

We’re not called to be like the Amish, separating ourselves completely from the world.  But we must be careful how much of the world’s influences we allow into our homes and into our hearts. How do we strike the right balance?

Dr. Sri draws on wisdom from Blessed John Henry Newman to help us live a Christians in this world without being of this world.

Sep 03, 2019
Fallen Away—How to Bring Back Those We Love
22:57

 

Do you have family or friends away from the Catholic Faith?  St. Monica’s example offers six practical things we can do to help bring our loved ones back to Christ and the Church. 

Too often we focus on how to change our son, sister or friend.  But the first step in evangelizing our loved ones might involve changing our own heart and approach to evangelization itself. Are we willing to make the sacrifices necessary to reach them with the Faith?

 

Aug 27, 2019
Is Mary's Queenship Biblical?
20:12

Where is Mary’s Queenship in the Bible? Is this just Catholics exaggerating Mary’s role, trying to put Mary on par with Jesus the King, so they make her a Queen?

In this episode Dr. Sri unpacks the rich Biblical foundation for the feast the Church celebrates this week - the feast of Mary’s queenship - and shows clearly that the Bible reveals Mary to be our Queen.

Get a chance to win a free signed book from Dr. Sri by taking the short survey on the podcast at edwardsri.com/podcast

Aug 20, 2019
Did Mary Die Before Her Assumption?
14:45

Did Mary experience death before she was assumed into heaven? Or was she preserved from death because she did not have original sin?

You might be surprised about what the Catholic Church actually teaches on Mary's Assumption.

Aug 13, 2019
A Bishop Speaks on the Abuse Crisis
31:51

“How can we stay with a Church that has so many problems?” Dr. Sri unpacks key insights from Bishop Barron’s recent book “A Letter to a Suffering Church” - a book that takes a hard look at the clergy abuse scandal and offers hope and some practical ways forward.

If you don't have time to read it, listen to this brief summary of the many gems in this helpful book.

Shownotes:

Learn more about this book by Bishop Barron https://www.sufferingchurchbook.com

Aug 06, 2019
Fit for a Queen: Mary's Greatest Basilica
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Why would Catholics build a whole basilica dedicated the Blessed Virgin Mary? Isn’t this distracting from Jesus? Shouldn’t we be building churches in honor of Jesus, not Mary?

And why would the Catholic Church have a special liturgical feast day celebrating the dedication of this Marian basilica? 

In this special edition, we go to the principle church dedicated to Mary all the world, as we prepare to celebrate on August 5 the memorial of the dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major’s - one of Dr. Sri’s favorite churches in all of Rome.

Aug 01, 2019
A Week in Poland - Our 20th Wedding Anniversary Pilgrimage
27:23

Our marriage began with JP2 blessing it in Rome on our honeymoon. So for our 20th wedding anniversary last week, we wanted to do a special marriage pilgrimage to Krakow and walk in the footsteps of this great saint.

In this episode, Beth and Edward Sri discuss the importance of couples getting time away and share from their experiences at the sites of JP2's youth and years a priest and bishop in Krakow where he poured his life into university students, battled the atheistic Communists, and guided young couples in their marriages.  

They also share their experiences at Auschwitz and the shrine to Our Lady of Czestochowa as well as inside stories from locals who lived through Communist Poland and saw their country transformed through the interventions of Pope John Paul II.

Jul 23, 2019
Messianic Prophecies, Fulfillment in Christ - Reading Matthew (Part 2)
23:23

Every detail of the Gospels is there for a reason: to show Jesus fulfilling all the ancient prophecies from the Old Testament. 

More than any other Gospel, Matthew is constantly alluding to Jewish hopes and expectations to demonstrate how God has been preparing humanity for the Savior and how Jesus is indeed the promised Messiah.

Do you know the two main ways Matthew shows prophecies coming to fulfillment in Christ?

 

Jul 16, 2019
The Secret to Matthew's Gospel - Reading Matthew (Part 1)
21:38

Why does the Catholic Church hold up Matthew’s Gospel as so crucial for passing on the Faith--whether as a parent, teacher, catechist or friend?

And why does Matthew stand out in times of evangelization and renewal in the Church?

Matthew’s background as a tax collector gives an important clue into how he gave his Gospel a beautiful structure - a structure that is the key to understanding the story of Jesus as the climax of the history of the world.

Jul 09, 2019
Mary, Saints & Purgatory - Listeners’ Questions
23:36

When the saints die, they don’t get cut off from the Body of Christ. They’re closer to Jesus and thus even closer to us, able to hear our prayers and intercede powerfully for our needs. 

In this episode, Edward Sri answers listeners questions on a range of topics, including Mary, the Saints, Purgatory, and responding to our teen and young adult children’s questions about the Catholic Faith.  

You can send your questions to Dr. Sri at edwardsri.com/contact

 

Jul 04, 2019
The Highest Expression of God's Love: Sacred Heart of Jesus
15:43

Mercy is the highest expression of God’s love. But His mercy is not like that of a judge who merely pardons our violations of the law or a demanding boss who one day decides to overlook the mistakes in our work. 

This week’s Solemnity of the Sacred Heart invites us to ponder the Biblical truth of God’s mercy - a mercy rooted in God’s amazing unconditional love, a love that remains faithful even when we are unfaithful. 

Jun 25, 2019
The Bible’s Most Powerful Argument for the Eucharist
17:36

How can Catholics believe the Eucharist is really the Body of Christ? ‘It’s just a piece of bread!  It’s just a symbol of Jesus, not his real presence,’ some would say. 

But there’s one Biblical passage that offers the richest theology of the Eucharist and most clearly demonstrates how much Jesus wanted to give us his very Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the total gift of Himself in every Holy Communion.

This special edition of All Things Catholic was recorded on location in Capernaum in the Holy Land at the remains of the Synagogue where Jesus gave his famous ‘Bread of Life Discourse” in John’s Gospel, chapter 6. 

You can learn more about pilgrimages with Dr. Sri to the Holy Land at edwardsri.com/pilgrimages

Jun 20, 2019
Your Heart for God - Lessons from St. Philip Neri
18:06

Do you want your heart to have more space to receive God’s Love in your life?  Learn from one of Dr. Sri’s favorite saints in Rome, St. Philip Neri, who is a patron saint for the New Evangelization.  This special edition was recorded in Rome outside Chiesa Nova, where St. Philip Neri is buried.

Jun 12, 2019
Led by the Holy Spirit - Pentecost
19:20

“Holy Spirit, inspire me in all my actions….guide me in all my decisions….”

After Pentecost, the Apostles were transformed men. We can experience that same transformation in the Spirit today - if we grow in deeper relationship with the Third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit.

 

Jun 05, 2019
Mary's Open Heart - Part 2
14:56

Mary isn’t just open. She actually allows God to act in her life - even when it’s hard and unclear and when all she can do is walk by faith and not by sight. How can we be more like Mary, living trustful surrender as she did?

For more on this topic, see Edward Sri's book "Walking with Mary" (Image Books).

May 28, 2019
Mary's Open Heart - Part 1
22:14

Mary’s "Yes" was not a one-time "Fiat" in Nazareth. She had to renew her trustful surrender to the Father’s plan repeatedly throughout her life. Will we, like Mary, always be on the lookout for the next step God is asking us to take?

May 21, 2019
Is Scripture Really Inspired by God?
20:28

“What makes the Bible different from Muslim, Hindu or other sacred texts from the world’s many religions? Can a modern serious thinker really believe that God inspired human beings to write his Scriptures?  Doesn’t that sound like fairy tales?” 

In this episode, Edward Sri addresses these and other questions about the divine inspiration of Scripture.

 

May 14, 2019
The Rosary: Dealing with Distractions
17:35

Does your mind wander when you pray the Rosary?  Discover five keys to help you overcome distraction and encounter Jesus and Mary more in this powerful prayer.  May is Mary’s month and a good time to reinvigorate our devotion to Mary.

In this episode, Edward Sri draws on insights from his book "Praying the Rosary Like Never Before" 

 

May 08, 2019
Did Jesus Appear to Mary on Easter?
20:48

Why do the Gospels never mention Jesus appearing to Mary on Easter? Does that mean it didn’t happen?  Actually, the Risen Jesus probably appeared to Mary first - eagerly rising from the dead as early as possible on Easter morning so he could be reunited with his mother.

May 01, 2019
Resurrection: Hoax or History?
28:26

Can a serious thinker in the 21st century really believe in the resurrection of Jesus? When people die, they stay dead.  How can Christians claim Jesus was different? The resurrection of Christ seems like a fairy tale—a Christian myth, invented by the apostles.

That’s what many people in our secular age might think about Easter. How would you respond?  Gain the clarity and confidence to explain our belief in the resurrection to others in this week’s episode.

 

Apr 24, 2019
Good Friday Triumph - Christ’s Seven Last Words (Parts 5-7)
24:08

The Cross is not Christ's defeat. It's his moment of triumph.  Discover the Biblical meaning of the last three sayings from the Cross: "I Thirst"...."It is finished"....and "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit."

For example: "I Thirst." Jesus isn't just thirsting for something to drink. He thirsts for you—for your love, time and attention..for your total surrender to him. Will you make more room for him in your soul this Holy Week?

Apr 16, 2019
Jesus Forsaken on the Cross? - Christ's Seven Last Words (Part 4)
22:28

Was Jesus abandoned by his Father on Good Friday? What is the meaning of his words, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

It's far from a cry of despair. It's actually a cry of confident hope amid great darkness. And the Biblical background to Jesus’ words gives us a roadmap for facing our own trials today.

Apr 09, 2019
Behold Your Mother: Christ’s Seven Last Words (Part 3)
25:07

Shortly before he dies, Jesus gives us one last gift: the gift of Mary as our spiritual mother. Indeed, this scene of Mary and the beloved disciple at Calvary is one of the most crucial Biblical passages for demonstrating Mary’s important role in the life of every Christian.

In this episode, Edward Sri walks through the Biblical foundations for Mary's spiritual motherhood as he considers the third of Jesus' last words on the Cross: "Woman, behold your son...Behold, your mother."

Apr 02, 2019
The Good Thief's Secret: Christ's Seven Last Words Part 2
22:56

Did you know that the Good Thief was blaspheming Jesus at Calvary, joining the others in their mocking of Christ?  What made him suddenly have a change of heart and encounter God’s amazing love and mercy?

Edward Sri unearths the Biblical background of this last minute conversion and Jesus' final words to him: “Today you will be with me in paradise.”

 

Mar 26, 2019
Christ's Seven Last Words - Part 1
21:19

Imagine being at Calvary with Jesus looking you in the eye and speaking these Seven Last Words personally to you. 

In this episode, Edward Sri unpacks the Biblical meaning of Christ's Seven Last Words. But don’t think of these merely as words spoken to the world in general.

Jesus was thinking of you on Calvary. He know what you’d be going through this year, this month, this day—and He spoke these Seven Last Words personally to you—to comfort you, challenge you, and encourage you today. 

Mar 19, 2019
Why "The Passion"?
17:48

“God loves us with all the passion of a true love,” says Pope Benedict. Discover how the theological background of the word ‘passion” can help us encounter God’s love for us in a deeper way this Lent.

Special give-away in this episode. To enter a drawing for a signed copy of Edward Sri's new book "No Greater Love," email topic ideas for future episodes to: info.edwardsri@gmail.com

 

Mar 13, 2019
The Heart of Lent
22:30

Enter the very heart of Lent this year - not just Lent’s devotions and sacrifices.  For Lent isn’t about simply giving up something like chocolate. It’s more about creating space in our souls to encounter God at a deeper level.

Mar 05, 2019
The Ache of Love
14:10

Does love really exist? Am I worthy of love? We hunger for a deeper love than what the secular world has offered us. 

This week, Edward Sri interviews Frances Hopkins of the Culture Project in Sydney, Australia, who shares how God’s amazing love can still penetrate the thickest darkness in our secular age.

Feb 26, 2019
Do I Really Need a Pope?
22:09

“I should be free to decide for myself my own spiritual values and make up my own morality. I don’t need a pope telling me what to do!” How would you respond to these challenges?

This week is the perfect time to ponder these questions as the Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, remembering the teaching authority Jesus gave Peter and his successors, the popes. Edward Sri unpacks six Biblical keys for explaining the papacy.

 

Feb 20, 2019
True Repentance
16:21

We all sin and fall short. But in those moments of unfaithfulness, will we be faithful at least in repentance? Faithful in admitting our faults, saying sorry and intentionally trying to be better next time?

Though Peter denied Jesus three times, he models true repentance - and the path to new life.

 

Feb 12, 2019
Our Gethsemane Moments
15:49

Was Jesus having second thoughts & thinking of backing out when he prayed, "Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass?"

Jesus goes on to model how to respond when God invites us to do what's difficult - when we face our own Gethsemane moments.

In this episode, Edward Sri shares from his new book, "No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk through Christ's Passion" (Ascension Press)

Feb 06, 2019
Pierced by a Sword
10:08

What was Mary thinking when she heard Simeon say to her, “A sword will pierce your soul also”?  

Edward Sri unpacks the Gospel account of Christ's Presentation in the Temple and helps us enter into this feast this week.

 

Jan 30, 2019
Virtuous Friendship
18:24

 

“Anyone can say, ‘I love you.’ Some people might sincerely mean it. Few people, however, have the virtue to truly seek what is best for you and be a committed friend.”

This week, Edward Sri unpacks Aristotle’s three kinds of friendship—and why knowing the difference can make or break our friendships, communities, dating relationships and marriages.

For more on this topic, see the free articles on virtue at edwardsri.com

 

Jan 22, 2019
Marriage-The Struggle is Real - with Beth Sri & Damon Owens
31:51

Marriage is hard. But it’s right there in the hard that God wants to bring out something beautiful. 

Join Beth and Edward Sri with International TOB speaker Damon Owens for a conversation about the deeper love that can be found in the real struggles of marriage.

Learn more about Damon’s ministry at joytob.org

Learn more about Beth’s ministry at borntodothis.org

Jan 15, 2019
Something Greater-with Damon Owens
23:12

“I said to her, ‘What if we stopped having sex?’ It wasn’t a serious proposal. But she started to cry. It tapped into something deep in her heart. I saw in her eyes that she saw me as a man that I wasn’t yet, but a man that I wanted to be.”  

International TOB speaker Damon Owens shares how his relationship with his wife was completely transformed when they realized the emptiness of the world’s view of sexuality - and found joy in God’s plan.

Learn more about Damon’s ministry at joytob.org

 

Jan 08, 2019
Nativity-God in Charge
13:34

Mary's world was turned upside down: a Roman census, an unexpected move in her last trimester and giving birth in such poor conditions. How could this be the King? She might have been wondering where was God in the midst of all this suffering? 

Dec 26, 2018
Christmas through Jewish Eyes
19:47

What was that first Christmas really like? Was Joseph really a carpenter?  Was Jesus born in a stable, a house or a cave?

Join Edward Sri on location in Israel as he discusses the Christmas story from an ancient Jewish perspective. He interviews his favorite Jewish guide - a man full of faith and passionate about helping Christians see their own faith through ancient Jewish eyes.

Dec 18, 2018
From Bethlehem to the Cross: Finishing Advent Well
18:28

The goal of Advent isn’t checking off boxes: I did this devotion, made this sacrifice, did this activity. The goal is becoming like the child Jesus we await at Christmas, who is the Jesus of the Cross.

Edward Sri explores the many Biblical connections between Christmas and the Cross and how those insights can help us finish our Advent well.

A successful Advent is about becoming more like Christ, even in one small way: more patient with our kids, kinder to our spouse, more generous with our friends, more humble with our coworkers. 

 

Dec 11, 2018
Is Mary's Immaculate Conception Biblical?
18:47

Everything Catholics believe about Mary is not meant to focus primarily on her.  It’s meant to help us understand and love Jesus more. That’s especially the case with her Immaculate Conception.

Edward Sri unpacks the Biblical foundations for the Immaculate Conception as he shares insights from his newest book on every key New Testament reference to Mary: Rethinking Mary in the New Testament (Ignatius Press)

Dec 04, 2018
Advent to the Full - with Beth Sri
23:26

Beth & Edward Sri share from their successes…and failures in living Advent well. 

Personal devotions, family traditions and a spirit of sacrifice are key to keeping a spiritual focus on what matters most in this season.

Nov 28, 2018
The Virtue of Gratitude
21:21

Do you have the virtue of gratitude? With your spouse? With your friends, family and God?  Not just saying “thank you” every once in a while, but the consistent disposition to first recognize the blessings others bestow on you and then express thanks to them. 

St. Thomas Aquinas offers three key aspects for living the virtue of gratitude.

Nov 20, 2018
What is Truth?
16:33

Your friend says, “I can make up my own truth…What’s true for you may not be true for me!” How do you respond?

How do you engage people who embrace Pilate’s relativistic philosophy of ‘What is Truth?’

Nov 13, 2018
Rebuking the Accuser
22:10

The devil attacks us with voices of discouragement, self-condemnation, and rationalization to keep us from facing the truth about ourselves and experiencing God's mercy and healing power.  Learn how to recognize these false voices of the enemy and learn how to rebuke them. 

This episode is based on Edward Sri’s recent filming in Jerusalem for his new series, “No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk through Christ’s Passion” filmed on location at the sacred sites from Good Friday. https://shop.ascensionpress.com/pages/no-greater-love-optin

 

Nov 06, 2018
Marriage Messy & Beautiful-Part 2
28:02

Men and women are different. Discover how that impacts almost everything marriage, including conversation, emotional connection & sexual intimacy.

This special edition is Part 2 of Edward Sri’s presentation featured in last week’s episode.

Oct 30, 2018
Marriage Messy & Beautiful
25:57

A young mom once said to me, “No one every told me how hard marriage would be!”  But it’s through the challenges and messiness of marriage that God wants to shape us the most.

Oct 23, 2018
Listeners' Questions - with Beth & Edward Sri
25:32

Engagement. Listening to God’s voice in prayer. Marriage troubles. The PTSD of Cubs fans. 

These are some of the topics Beth & Edward Sri address as they answer listeners’ questions in this week’s podcast.  

 

Oct 16, 2018
"Lift Up Your Hearts"
15:18

Ever feel you’re just going through the motions at Mass?  Distracted? Your heart not in it?

The start of the Eucharistic Liturgy wakes us up with rituals and prayers that inspire us to “lift up our hearts” to God as we approach the sacred mysteries of the Mass.

Oct 09, 2018
Surrender: Allowing God to Act
14:47

It’s not enough to be open to God’s will. We must allow him to act in our lives. 

A true Christian disciple doesn’t put parameters around God’s will. But when we truly surrender to His plan and give our “Fiat,’ He begins to act in us and through us in amazing ways.

Oct 02, 2018
Mary: The Early Years
20:58

What was Mary’s life like before the annunciation? Before that day when Gabriel announced she would become the mother of the messiah? 

The Bible itself doesn't tell us a lot - only two verses about the pre-annunciation Mary. But Edward Sri unpacks them for all their worth to give us a truly Scriptural picture of Mary's early years.

 

Sep 25, 2018
Stigmata & Saints
16:56

What are the stigmata? Why do some saints receive them? And what difference do they make for my life?

Look beyond the bodily marks and discover something deeper: a soul totally conformed to Christ’s self-giving love. 

 

Sep 18, 2018
Standing in the Darkness
25:28

Do you ever feel your world is turned upside down? “Where is my life going?…Where is God?”

Mary is right there with you. God drew her many times to step into the darkness and encounter Him there. In your darkness, turn to her, Our Lady of Sorrows.

Sep 11, 2018
Mother Teresa's Secret Vow
21:07

You've heard of her care for the poor. But do know about her extraordinary interior life?

“I have been burning with a longing to love Him as He has never been loved before.” - St. Mother Teresa.

 

Sep 05, 2018
Now is the Time for Heroes
22:42

What does one do when the Pope is accused of being associated with covering up abuse in the Church?  On one hand, one must avoid rash judgment and jumping to conclusions. At the same time, Cardinal DiNardo (president of the US Bishop’s Conference) calls for a “thorough examination” of the questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick. DiNarco wrote: “The questions raised deserve answers that are conclusive and based on evidence. Without those answers, innocent men may be tainted by false accusation and the guilty may be left to repeat sins of the past.”

The Church needs heroes who will pursue the truth, wherever it leads. The Church needs heroic saints to guide us through this crisis. Will you do the heroic in your life?  

 

Aug 28, 2018
A Biblical Response to Church Scandal: What Can We Do?
21:04

Many Catholics are feeling bewildered in the wake of horrific revelations about clergy abuse. We must, however, go deeper spiritually and theologically to face the present challenges. In times of sorrow and crisis, Scripture and the Catholic Tradition have always pointed to the three crucial acts of penance as a source of healing and hope. 

But can my prayer, fasting and almsgiving really make a difference? Can these practices really help the Church through these troubled times and comfort the victims, their families and the wider community of believers and even unbelievers alike who have been effected by these atrocities?  Discover a Biblical response to the recent scandal in the Church.

Aug 21, 2018
Is the Assumption of Mary Biblical?
18:04

Where do Catholics get the idea that Mary was assumed into heaven? Is there any Scriptural basis for this doctrine? Or is this just a Catholic exaggeration of Mary’s role in the Christian life?

Aug 14, 2018
Following the Head or Heart?
23:11

When it comes to romantic relationships, people often question whether they should follow the head or the heart.  But what about our friendship with God?  Is the head or the heart more important in the spiritual life?  

The two, of course, go together. If you want to love Jesus more, it's absolutely crucial that you form your mind with his truth. For every new thing you learn about God is another reason for loving him.  

Aug 07, 2018
When God Multiplies Our Loaves
10:46

How do you respond when you feel stretched: overwhelmed, in-over-your-head, drowning, not sure you’re up for the task?  Jesus reminds us to turn to him. He can make up for our deficiencies, just as he did that day when he fed 5,000 with only five loaves of bread.

 

Jul 31, 2018
Mark's Gospel in One Sentence
13:19

Do you know the one verse that gives the framework to the entire Gospel of Mark?  Edward Sri unpacks the opening of this Gospel, which the Church is focusing on this liturgical year. 

 

Jul 24, 2018
Changed Into His Likeness (Part 2)
28:09

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.

Jul 18, 2018
Changed Into His Likeness (Part 1)
28:18

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.

Jul 11, 2018
After Communion: 3 Things to Do
14:52

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.

Jul 03, 2018
Real Presence, Real Love
19:05

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.

 

Jun 26, 2018
Why is the Mass a Sacrifice?
20:18

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.

Jun 19, 2018
Words Can Kill: Talking about Others
8:07

"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? 

 

Jun 12, 2018
Not Every Catholic Gets a Trophy
28:43

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.

Jun 05, 2018
A Deeper Eucharistic Encounter: 3 Ways
11:27

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. 

May 29, 2018
Mary, Mother of the Church: Why the New Feast Day?
10:39

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.

May 21, 2018
Pentecost: Climax of Easter
21:52

"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

 

May 15, 2018
Q&A with Dr. Sri - The Ascension
21:16

Dr. Edward Sri answers listeners' questions about topics such as Mary, marriage and this week's feast of the Ascension of Our Lord.

May 08, 2018
Marriage Reality Check
16:47

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.

May 01, 2018
My Shot: Grow in Virtue
19:11

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

 

 

 

Apr 24, 2018
Should the Church be More Tolerant?
15:26

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)

 

Apr 17, 2018
"I'm Free to Do Whatever I Want!"
13:08

"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)

Apr 10, 2018
Mary & The Lost Ark
17:19

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.

Apr 03, 2018
Simon & The Unexpected Cross
14:51

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.

Mar 27, 2018
The Palm Sunday Prophecy
14:33

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.

Mar 20, 2018
Giving it All: Gethsemane
17:18

"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.

Mar 13, 2018
The Cry from the Cross
18:26

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)

 

Mar 06, 2018
Surprised by Silence - with Beth Sri
22:58

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. 

Feb 27, 2018
The Battle for Your Mind
16:31

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)

 

Feb 20, 2018
The Romance of Lent: 3 Ways to Start Lent Well
14:24

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

 

Feb 13, 2018
When You Hit the Wall: Struggles in the Spiritual Life
15:36

A crucial moment in the spiritual life comes when we hit the wall: when we experience our weaknesses and sins and fear that we'll never get better - we'll never change. In those low moments, we might be tempted to give up trying and settle for mediocrity.  But when we dare to come to Jesus in our weakness, as we really are, in the valley of humility, God does the most profound work of healing and transformation in our souls.

Episode Notes: Edward Sri, Into His Likeness: Be Transformed as a Disciple (Ignatius Press-Augustine Institute)

Feb 06, 2018
More Than Groundhog's Day: The Presentation of Our Lord & Prophecy Fulfilled
17:24

The Feast of the Presentation (Feb 2) commemorates a significant turning point in the history of the world: God's glory returning to the temple. Edward Sri unpacks the prophecies fulfilled in this scene to help prepare our hearts for this great feast. Recorded on location in Jerusalem on the Southern Steps of the Temple.

Episode Notes:

For more on the Biblical background of the Presentation, see Edward Sri's Walking with Mary (Image Books); Dawn of the Messiah (Servant) and Praying the Rosary Like Never Before (Servant). See also his film documentary Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother (Ascension). 

Jan 30, 2018
The Battle for Prayer
16:08

We like to pray when we feel we're getting something out of it. But what do we do when the feelings fade, when we're "too busy" or prayer is dry? Will we still show up?

Faithfulness to Jesus in prayer is more important than the feelings we might receive in prayer. And sometimes God withdraws the feelings of His closeness in order to test our hearts - to test whether we'll still come to Him for Him alone - and not what He gives us in prayer. 

 

Episode Notes

References Edward Sri's new book Into His Likeness: Be Transformed as a Disciple of Christ (Ignatius Press - Augustine Institute)

Jan 23, 2018
What We Wish We Knew Before Marriage - with Beth Sri
30:17

Nothing can fully prepare you for the real challenges of married life. Edward Sri hosts his first guest, his wife Beth, as they share three things they wish they did before they were married...and they continue to work on today.

Jan 16, 2018
"But I'm Not Hurting Anyone!"
18:21

Many say, "What I do in my private life doesn't matter - as long as I'm not hurting anyone." But there are many ways we hurt people simply by failing to be the best we can be. In this week's episode, Edward Sri helps us respond to this objection and talk about moral truth, underscoring how what we do in our 'private lives' greatly impacts other people - for better or for worse.  

Episode Notes:

  • The Objection: "What Could be Wrong With This? I'm Not Hurting Anyone!"
  • First Response: C.S. Lewis Fleet of Ships Analogy
    • Don't Collide (Social Laws - Don't Hurt Others)
    • Each Individual Ship is Seaworthy (Individual Moral Character)
    • Why Both Are Necessary
  • Second Response: Two Ways to Fail In Life
    • "In What I Have Done"
    • "And In What I Have Failed to Do"
  • The Myth of "Private" Life
  • How What We Do In Our Personal Lives Impacts Others
  • Three Examples
    • Studies
    • Prayer
    • Fatherhood

References:

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Edward Sri, Who Am I to Judge?

Jan 09, 2018
Who Do You Want to Become?
21:13

Our choices matter. They lead us either to becoming the kind of person we most deeply desire to be or to falling short of the greatness to which God calls us. In this episode, Edward Sri helps us engage the culture of moral relativism with a Catholic moral worldview.

Episode Notes

  • Rationalizing Anything: Should he go to her room? 
  • The Top Moral Issues We Face
  • "Ethikos": All About Character
  • Modern View of Morality = Rules of Conduct
  • Classical View of Morality = Who do I want to become?
  • Virtue and Friendship
  • Made for Greatness

References:

Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue

Edward Sri, Who Am I to Judge?

Jan 02, 2018
What Was Mary Thinking?
13:25

What was Mary thinking and going through on that first Christmas night? Recorded on location in Bethlehem, Edward Sri helps us enter into Mary's experience: The joy of giving birth to her son, the messiah, and the bewilderment and sorrow over watching him enter the world in such poverty, humility and rejection. 

Dec 26, 2017
"Do You Hear What I Hear?"
15:40

What if we had never heard the Christmas story before? What if we were first-century Jews encountering the story of Jesus' birth for the very first time?

In this week's podcast, Edward Sri takes us back into the world of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and unpacks for us the prophecies, historical context and Jewish hopes that come to fulfillment in Luke's account of Christ's birth (Luke 2:1-7).

 

Episode Notes

  • No Ordinary Census
  • The Bethlehem Prophecy
  • No Room in the Inn: Where was Jesus born?
    • A Stable?
    • A Home?
    • A Cave?
    • "katalyma"
  • Eucharistic Symbolism
    • Bethlehem House of Bread
    • The Manger
Dec 19, 2017
Rejoice...Always?
23:28

Christians are called to rejoice, especially in the Advent season. But can we experience joy even in the midst of difficulties and trials? Edward Sri unpacks what true joy is and how we can radiate it more, even in the face of life's daily challenges.

Dec 12, 2017
This Advent, No Regrets: 3 Ways to a Deeper Advent
16:20

Don't miss out on Advent this year. Edward Sri helps us stay focused on the special graces that await us in this liturgical season - if we understand its meaning and key practices. 

Episode Notes

  • Staying Focused in December: Preparing Spiritually
  • Act of Love/Devotion
  • Sacrifice: A Small Gift for Baby Jesus
  • Like Mary: "In Haste" after what's most important
  • The Message of Advent Hymns (mentioned Cistercian Monks Advent chants, Bach Advent Cantatas, Handle's Messiah)

 

Dec 05, 2017
In This Sign Conquer
19:35

The Sign of the Cross is not just the way Catholics begin their prayers. It is itself a powerful prayer—one that’s rooted in Scripture and one that the earliest Christians often turned to for strength in spiritual battle and protection from all harm and evil.  In fact, Christians in the first centuries of the Church prayed the sign of the cross throughout their days, when the rose in the morning and went to bed at night, when they left the house and when they returned, when they began a project or began a meal. They especially found strength in this prayer when facing times of temptation and suffering.

What did the early Christians see in the Sign of the Cross that we often miss? In this week’s podcast, Edward Sri unpacks the Biblical foundations of this prayer, walking through the Old Testament prophetic foreshadowings of the great sign of the cross to the early Christian practice with this prayer. Discover how the Sign of the Cross can be a source of strength to face the spiritual battles we face each day—battles against discouragement, fear, anger, anxiety, impurity and pride.

Nov 28, 2017
What Happens After We Die?
17:02

If you’re at Thanksgiving dinner and the topic of life after death comes up, how confident would you be in articulating the Catholic position? Is there really a hell? If God is so merciful, would he really send people to hell? And what’s purgatory all about? Does God really bake us for a few hundred years in purgatory before letting us into heaven? Where is that in the Bible? The Church has rich teaching about judgment, heaven, hell, and purgatory. But some Catholics are fuzzy on the details or have never heard about these matters from a truly Catholic perspective. In this episode, Edward Sri clearly and concisely unpacks what you need to know about the Last Things and equips you to answer confidently the question, “What Happens After We Die?"

Nov 21, 2017
“Who is My Mother?”
11:51

Why does Jesus sometimes seem to push Mary away? For example: When people inform Jesus that his mother has arrived in Capernaum to see him, he says, “Who is my mother?” (My. 12:48).

What does he mean by that? Far from disrespecting his mother, Jesus is honoring her – for he goes on to say “Whoever does the will of my Father is mother to me?” And Mary is the first to do the will of the Father. Indeed, these passages present Mary as a preeminent member of the supernatural family of disciples Jesus is forming. She is the first and model disciple.

This event originally took place at Capernaum in Israel and this episode was recorded there during Edward Sri’s Holy Land pilgrimage last week.

Nov 14, 2017
A Day on Pilgrimage
15:31

Imagine waking up along the Sea of Galilee, walking out your door and seeing the place where Jesus calmed the storm, walked on water and called his first disciples. You pinch yourself and ask, “Am I really here?”  By seeing the very places where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, healed many people of their illnesses, and taught the parables, suddenly makes the Biblical stories more real.  It’s as if you’ve walked right into the middle of the Bible. And they way you encounter the Scriptures will never be the same. 

That’s the experience many pilgrims have on their first day on pilgrimage in the Holy Land.

This week’s podcast was recorded in anticipation of Edward Sri’s Holy Land Pilgrimage this week to give you a taste of a day on pilgrimage in the land of Jesus. A pilgrimage is much more than a vacation. It’s a sacred journey. As we walk in the footsteps of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the Apostles and many Old Testament heroes, we’re reminded of the choices they made for God

Nov 07, 2017
Why Honor the Saints?
14:54

“Why do you Catholics give so much attention to the saints? Shouldn’t we just focus on God?”

Indeed, Catholic devotion to the saints is quite puzzling to some Christians. The whole idea of kneeling before a statue of Mary, doing a nine-day novena to St. Therese or asking St. Anthony to help you find your lost keys seems scandalous.  After all, these are just human beings who died a long time ago—they’re not God! 

When Catholics honor the saints, however, we are simply recognizing the great things God has done in their lives and celebrating it. This in no way takes away from the attention and praise we should give to God. In fact, we give God more praise when we acknowledge his achievements in the saints.

Indeed, Catholic devotion to the saints is all about Jesus. The greatest work God accomplishes in the universe is taking weak, fallen human beings and transforming them into holy men and women of God.  God is the divine artist and the saints are his most magnificent masterpieces. So if you want to love God with all your heart and give God more praise, then take time to recognize his masterpieces and honor the saints.

Show Notes

For more on catholic devotion to the saints, including apologetics arguments and Scriptural support for this, see Edward Sri’s book Love Unveiled--The Catholic Faith Explained (Ignatius Press).

Oct 31, 2017
Transformed—Into ‘Agape’ Love
22:29

Along the Sea of Galilee some 2,000 years ago, Peter was stunned when the Risen Jesus asked him, “Do you love me?” It was the word for “love” that got to him. Jesus didn’t speak of ordinary human affection. Another Greek word, phileo, describes that kind of love.  Jesus instead uses the word agape, which describes a total, self-giving, sacrificial love.

And that is what’s so troubling for Peter. After Peter just denied Christ three times, he painful knows he is incapable of agape love. He is sad that the best he can offer is only the imperfect, human love of phileo.

And we often feel the same.

We know we don’t love as well as we should. Our love falls short. But the good news is God wants to do in us what he did in St. Peter. In a beautiful play on words, John’s Gospel chapter 21 shows how Jesus will lower himself to Peter’s level and accept Peter’s broken, imperfect gift of phileo love and transform it into agape. It doesn’t happen all at once. But from this point forward, Peter is a changed man. He will go on to lead like Christ, serve like Christ, teach like Christ and even suffer like Christ.  Like his Master, Peter will be handed over to the Romans and stretched out on a cross as he is crucified upside down in Nero’s circus.  At this climactic moment, as Peter gives the heroic witness of his martyrdom, he lives agape love in a most profound way.

The same Jesus who transformed Peter’s phileo love into agape will do the same in our hearts—if we follow him faithfully as a disciple.

Oct 23, 2017
Are You Really Pro-Life?
24:17

Before you say you’re pro-life, you might want to consider themes from JP2’s hard-hitting encyclical “The Gospel of Life.” It’s like an examination of conscience. It not only challenges us to take a deeper look at what’s really happening in “the culture of death.” It also invites us to consider the ways we Christians might be contributing to it through our own individualistic tendencies in our families, work environments and local communities.

Be inspired to combat the culture of death and build a civilization of love—one soul at a time, beginning with the people God has placed in your daily life.

In this week’s podcast, Edward Sri brings together two themes this week: St. John Paul II’s feast day (which normally is celebrated October 22) and Respect Life month.

Show Notes:

Here’s a link to the Encyclical discussed in this podcast: John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae (1995).

http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_25031995_evangelium-vitae.html

Oct 16, 2017
Living Fatima-5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Rosary
26:16
Are you too busy to pray the rosary? Get distracted? Get bored? Prefer shorter prayers? For many, the rosary is the marathon of all Catholic devotions. “I prefer shorter prayers like the Divine Mercy chaplet.” Who has time for 50 plus beads of prayers? But what if I were to tell you the rosary is not beyond you. That you don’t have to pray it all at once. And that there are creative ways to incorporate it into your daily life. There was only one request that Our Lady of Fatima made in all six apparitions: to pray the rosary daily. In this week’s episode, Edward Sri explores the importance of Our Lady of Fatima for today, including her call for us to return to the rosary. So whether you’re an avid devotee of the rosary or a beginner or someone who has not prayed it in a while, discover five easy ways to jumpstart your rosary devotion and experience the power of this prayer. Show Notes For more on the Rosary see Edward Sri’s latest book, Praying the Rosary Like Never Before: Encounter the Wonder of Heaven & Earth (Servant Books). For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Oct 09, 2017
Explaining the Trinity—Does it Matter?
16:04
Imagine a non-Christian friend asking you to explain the Trinity: “How does 3=1? Do you believe in three Gods? Or is it just like three different names for the same one God?” How would you respond? And does it really matter? Does it really make a difference whether we believe in just a solitary divine being or a God who exists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit? Absolutely! In fact, understanding the Trinity is the key to understanding what love is, where our happiness is found and the purpose of our lives. For we are made in the image and likeness not of some vague higher power, but of the God who is love (1 Jn 4:8)—the God whose very inner life is all about total self-giving love. As St. John Paul II taught, we are stamped with a “Trinitarian character,’ meaning we are meant to live like the Trinity in self-giving love. Only when we live self-giving love for others and for God will we find our happiness. Show Notes For more on how to explain the Trinity and the importance of this central mystery for our lives, see chapter one from Edward Sri’s book, “Love Unveiled: The Symbolon Book” (Ignatius Press). For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Oct 02, 2017
Loving More Than the Body
19:41
Ed Sheeran’s recent popular song repeatedly boasts, “I’m in love with your body.” But will that kind of love satisfy the depths of the human heart? We long to be loved for who we are, not just for our bodies. But in our over-sexualized world, many young people think, “I’ll never find someone who will love me for who I am, as a person…The best I can do to focus on my physical appearance, dress a certain way and hope that someone will at least love my body.” Edward Sri helps us discover the real purpose of sensual attraction. According to JPII’s ‘Theology of the Body,’ God wired us to notice the ‘good looks’ of the opposite sex in order to lead us to a deeper appreciation of the person who has those good looks. But relationships built on the “I’m in love with your body” kind of love never last. For such is love is not focused on the person. It reduces the person to a mere body to be exploited for one’s own pleasure, enjoyment and sexual satisfaction. We are made for much more than that. Rise above the culture of “I’m in love with your body.” Pursue your heart’s deepest desires, which is for authentic love. Learn the proper use of sensual attraction and how it can lead to genuine friendship, lasting relationships and even a true appreciation of the beauty of the body. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 25, 2017
Living The Call: Lessons from St. Matthew
18:33
Your past doesn’t have to define you. This week’s feast of St. Matthew inspires us to consider how the God who transformed this sinner-tax collector into the great apostle can transform us in our own walk with Him today. Edward Sri takes us on a mini-tour in Rome to two of his favorite pieces of art depicting the life of this great saint. Along the way, we learn how to answer the call of God in our lives and take the next step of faith to which he is inviting us. God had amazing things in store for Matthew, but he first needed to leave his money bags behind. What might the Lord be asking you to do to follow him more closely this week? Put yourself in Matthew’s shoes and be ready not only to answer the call, but live it deeply day-by-day. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 18, 2017
“Follow Me”—The Art of Being a Disciple of Jesus
15:02
How do you know if you’re truly growing in your relationship with God or just going through the motions with your faith? One key to answering this question is the theme of discipleship. Being a true follower of Jesus involves more than just going to Mass, believing the right doctrines and following the 10 Commandments. To be a disciple of Jesus is to imitate his whole way of life. Do you long to love Jesus with all your heart? Discover three simple things you can do to help ensure your relationship with Christ doesn’t grow stagnant, but is always being rekindled and deepened throughout your life. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 11, 2017
Rediscovering the Hail Mary
17:05
In this opening episode, Edward Sri launches his ‘All Things Catholic’ podcast with a topic to help us get ready for the feast of Mary’s Birthday this week: The Hail Mary. Perhaps you’ve prayed this prayer countless times. But what does it mean? Discover the rich Biblical roots of this prayer, along with insights from St. John Paul II that will transform the way you pray it. Experience the Hail Mary in a new way that is truly Christ-centered. For as JP2 said, in this prayer we encounter ‘the wonder of heaven and earth’ over the mystery of Christ. For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
Sep 04, 2017