Are You Dependent on Worldly Comforts?

The secular culture accepts and even encourages an unbridled pursuit of pleasure. This attitude is so prevalent that it can seep into the lives of Christians. Do you ever find yourself dependent on some sort of comfort or small enjoyment in order to feel happy? Dr. Edward Sri discusses how what we listen to, what we watch, our particularities can affect our soul’s capacity to hear the voice of God and truly live the Christian life.

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What we listen to, what we watch can crowd our souls and leave less room for the voice of God.


Ephesians 2:3

All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.

Definition of Hedonism

The ethical theory that pleasure (in the sense of the satisfaction of desires) is the highest good and proper aim of human life.

“Little Treat” Culture

It is commonly held in the culture today that if we do something difficult or challenging, we deserve some sort of reward. “If I complete this chore, I can treat myself to Starbucks.” “If I go for a run, I can watch a few hours of Netflix.” There may not be anything intrinsically wrong with this attitude, but you must question how dependent you are on these “rewards”. To pursue virtue/holiness, you must be able to endure challenges and difficulties without a promise of reward in this life. The only reward we should truly be concerned with is the reward of Heaven.

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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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