What It Means to Rejoice

What does it mean to rejoice? How do you continue to rejoice even in the midst of struggle? According to Dr. Edward Sri, Mary offers an extraordinary example of what it means to rejoice. Dr. Sri explores some of the key moments of Mary’s life and reveals how she rejoiced in each one. He offers practical advice on how we too can rejoice throughout our lives.

Snippet from the Show
Take time to rejoice at every Communion. Don’t go through the motions at Mass. Take time to rejoice like Mary and marvel over the mystery that my God is dwelling within the walls of my soul.


John Paul II Quotation

How could the Blessed Virgin, present in the first community of disciples, be excluded from those who met her divine Son after he had risen from the dead? It is legitimate to think that the Mother was probably the first person to whom the risen Jesus appeared. Could not Mary’s absence from the group of women who went to the tomb at dawn indicate that she had already met Jesus?

Practical Steps for Rejoicing
  • Rejoice! Welcome Christ into your soul just as Mary welcomed Jesus into her womb. Welcome Jesus into each day of your life and rejoice even when you are experiencing difficulties.
  • Rejoice in the areas where we notice the resurrection happening and unfolding in our lives. We sense where God is making a change in our lives. Rejoice in the ways that God is making you better.
  • Take time to rejoice after receiving the Holy Eucharist. Do not just rush off to the next thing. Spend time rejoicing that Christ has come to you.

Upcoming Events with Dr. Sri
  • April 15: St. Joseph Catholic Church – Golden CO
  • Apr 19-20: Diocesan Eucharistic Congress – Altoona-Johnstown PA
  • Apr 27-May 5: Rome Pilgrimage
  • May 17-18: Married Couples Retreat with Beth – Irondale AL
  • June 20-23: St. Patrick Catholic Church – Summer Summit – London, England
  • June 23-July 1: Rome Pilgrimage
  • July 18-20: 2024 National Eucharistic Congress – Indianapolis IN
  • Aug 10: Discipleship Conference – Oklahoma City OK
  • Aug 23-24: Diocesan Faith Formation Conference – Tulsa OK
  • Sept 13: St. Laurence Catholic Church Parish Mission – Sugarland TX
  • Sept 16-18: Priest convocation – Springfield IL
  • Sept 21: 2024 Annual Meeting and Investiture of the Northern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem – Denver CO
  • Oct 3 : Diocese of Harrisburg Annual Priest Workshop – Hunt Valley MD
  • Oct 5: McHenry County Catholic Prayer Breakfast – Chicago IL
  • Nov 16: Women of Christ 16th Annual Conference – Brookfield, WI


  • 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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