A Pivotal Step in the Spiritual Life

“I want to pray but I’m not sure how.” This is a challenge many people face when it comes to the spiritual life. How do you start? Using examples from The Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila, Dr. Edward Sri explains how to progress in the spiritual life.

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If we don’t have daily meditation, we cannot progress in our spiritual lives.


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Listen to Dr. Sri’s podcast episode Fill Your Mind with Christ here.

Quotation from St. Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle

“A short time ago I was told by a very learned man that souls without prayer are like people whose bodies or limbs are paralyzed: they possess feet and hands but they cannot control them. In the same way, there are souls so infirm and so accustomed to busying themselves with outside affairs that nothing can be done for them, and it seems as though they are incapable of entering within themselves at all.”

Quotation from St. Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle

“Full of a thousand preoccupations as they are, they pray only a few times a month, and as a rule they are thinking all the time of their preoccupations, for they are very much attached to them, and, where their treasure is, there is their heart also.”

When You Pray: A Clear Path to a Deeper Relationship with God

You know prayer is important but still find it challenging. Perhaps it’s hard to find time, or you’re unsure what to do when you pray. Or maybe you feel discouraged by your weaknesses and your inability to overcome them.

If you have any of these feelings, you are not alone. Many of the saints struggled in prayer. They were like us. But each time they fell, they got up again and learned to rely more on God’s grace.

What God did in the lives of countless saints, he wants to do in the lives of ordinary people like us. And that’s what this study is about: the journey of prayer God wants to take us on.

Authored and presented by Dr. Edward Sri, When You Pray also features Fr. Jacques Philippe, Fr. Josh Johnson, Fr. Gregory Pine, Sister Josephine Garrett, Fr. Donald Haggerty, and Sister Maris Stella.

Upcoming Events with Dr. Sri
  • Sept 29- St. Gabriel Catholic Church Marriage Forum – Colorado Springs CO
  • Sept 30 – Archdiocese of Philadelphia Eucharistic Congress – Doylestown, PA
  • Oct 13-15 – Leaders Conference – Malta
  • Nov 12-20 – Holy Land Pilgrimage
  • Dec 6-7 – Immaculate Conception Parish – Columbus OH
  • Dec 8-10 – Immaculate Conceptions Men’s Retreat – Malvern PA
  • Jan 1-5 – SEEK Conference, St. Louis MO
  • Jan 12-13 – Diocese of Evansville Eucharistic Congress – Evansville IN
  • Jan 18-28 – Holy Land Pilgrimage
  • Feb 15 – St. Rita Parish Mission – Wellington FL
  • Feb 16-17 – Archdiocese of St. Louis Men’s Conference – St. Louis MO
  • Feb 21 – St. Anna’s Catholic Church – Parish Lenten Mission – Monroe GA
  • Feb 22 – Holy Trinity Catholic Church – Parish Lenten Mission – Peachtree City GA
  • Mar 1-2 – Annual Diocesan Conference – Laredo TX
  • Mar 8-9 – Catholic Men’s Conference of Maryland – Baltimore MD
  • Mar 13-14 – St. Michael Catholic Church Parish Mission – St. Michael MN
  • Mar 15 – Bishop Lucker Lecture for Diocese of New Ulm – Redwood Falls MN
  • Mar 20-21 – St. Louis Catholic Church Parish Mission – Miami FL
  • Apr 5-6 – Diocese of Charleston Eucharistic Congress – Columbia SC
  • Apr 19-20 – Diocesan Eucharistic Congress – Altoona-Johnstown PA
  • Aug 17 – Discipleship Conference – Oklahoma City OK
  • Aug 23-24 – Diocesan Faith Formation Conference – Tulsa OK
  • Oct 3 – Diocese of Harrisburg Annual Priest Workshop – Hunt Valley MD

Resources

  • Visit Dr. Sri’s website at www.edwardsri.com and to book online events with Dr. Sri email events.edwardsri@gmail.com
  • Find more of Dr. Sri’s episodes at www.ascensionpress.com/allthingscatholic 
  • Ascension is pleased to offer our new and improved online bible study programs and sacramental preparation programs digitally to help you minister with flexibility. Go to www.ascensionpress.com to view all our offerings

Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, well-known Catholic speaker, and author of several best-selling books. His work with Ascension includes study programs such as A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion and Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Several of Dr. Sri’s programs were filmed on-site in the Holy Land, and feature immersive video explorations of the sacred sites where Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles lived and died.

Dr. Sri is the host of the acclaimed Ascension podcast All Things Catholic with Dr. Edward Sri.  Together with Curtis Martin, Dr. Sri is a founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), of which he serves as senior vice president of Apostolic Outreach.

Dr. Sri lives with his wife Beth and their children in Colorado.

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