How to Respond When the Church Lets You Down (Part 1)

What do you do in the face of concerns over the state of the Church? There are problems in the Church on the parish level all the way to the Vatican. So, how do we understand these problems and what role do each of us play in truly reforming the Church? Dr. Edward Sri weighs in on this topic and offers his advice on how to respond to it.

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The most important spiritual battle to fight is the one within our own souls.


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3 Reminders for When the Church Lets You Down

  1. Don’t Be Surprised
    The members of the Church are human, and therefore imperfect. Yes, we need to grieve imperfections and sin, but we ought not to be surprised by them.
  1. Don’t Be Distracted
    Yes, there are spiritual battles within the Church. There is a need for reform. However, the most important battle for us to focus on is the spiritual battle within our own souls. If we do not fight this battle, we cannot even begin to fight for the Church.
  1. Have Hope
    The Church has faced so much adversity, so many challenges over the course of her existence. Through all of this, the Church has endured. Allow the history of the Church to give you hope.

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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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