Sonja Corbitt 2019-01-03T16:05:23+00:00

Sonja erupted on the scene with her explosive book, Unleashed, where she shared how the Holy Spirit is freeing her from her patterns of toxic relationships, self-medicating habits, awful circumstances, and overwhelming desires.

Now she’s showing up everywhere. Her 13-episode Unleashed series, perfect for study groups, aired weekly on CatholicTV, Focus TV, and Christian Associates TV. Soon after, Fearless also aired on Catholic TV stations across the country, and her radio show Bible Study Evangelista launched on Real Life Radio, Breadbox Media, and St. Gabriel Radio.

Look for her newest release: Fulfilled, Uncovering the Biblical Roots of Catholicsm with Ascension Press, spring of 2018.

Sonja writes regularly for Jeff Cavins’ The Great Adventure Bible Study Blog and in Magnificat magazine, and speaks around the world.

LOVE the Word™ with Sonja and thousands of others each week; subscribe by visitng her site at www.biblestudyevangelista.com. You’ll automatically get every episode of her newest Bible study series for free on Monday morning of each week – or on a monthly, or semi-annual basis as you choose – and no spam.

02_The Separating

“And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not pass over it…” (Is. 35:8).

unclean
טָמֵא
ṭâmê'
taw-may'
A primitive root; to be foul in a religious sense, especially ceremonial or moral (contaminated): – defile (self), pollute (self), be (make, make self, pronounce) unclean, utterly.

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Caron P; Karen A; Sharla M; Hydi Y; Nancy B; Sarah D; and Megan Z. Thank you for loving and lifting me!
Bible Study Evangelista is now available on the Laudate app!

LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin.

L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

F | Franciscan – Franciscans sometimes have a hard time believing anyone or anything is corrupt or “unclean.” Pray a decade of the Jesus Prayer for the healing of corruption in the Church: “Jesus Christ, have mercy on me a sinner.”

I | Ignatian – Take a look at the definition for “unclean,” above. What do you think it means to be “ceremonially unclean” or “defiled” in our day and time? Do you think such a thing is possible? Using all your senses, imagine you are on the Highway of Holiness, where “the unclean” are not allowed. What happens?

Ignatians sometimes have a hard time practicing charity toward those who are “unclean” or “defiled.” Make a goal of praying regularly for the healing of corruption in the hierarchy of the Church.

A | Augustinian – How is God calling you to deeper faith by asking you to trust Him through the leadership of the Church? What was one thing God said to you through this show?

T | Thomistic – Take a look at the definition for “unclean,” (at the top of the page, above). How do you think the definition applies today? What are your thoughts about that?

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love only what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me so, O Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy. + Amen.
.

*LOVE the Word® exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
Series Preview
I. The Summons – History
A. Isaiah’s call
B. History of the Book of Isaiah
C. History of God’s people’s corruption
D. Corruption causes disunity
II. The Separating – First Isaiah
A. Public scandal and corruption
B. Idolatry
C. Corruption causes public disunity
D. Assyria and Samaria
E. Samaritans and Protestants
F. Protestants and Catholics
G. The “unclean” (Is 35:8)
H. Judas
III. The Sifting – Second Isaiah
A. Private scandal and corruption
B. Hypocrisy
C. Corruption causes private disunity
D. Babylon and Judah/Jerusalem
E. Two types of Catholic
F. The “fool” (Is 35:8)
G. David
H. Peter 1
IV. The Straightening – Third Isaiah 1
A. Survival
B. Sorrow
C. Solution
D. Salvage
E. Strengthen
F. Safety (Is 35:9)
V. The Sending – Third Isaiah 2
A. Salvation (Is 35:9)
B. Celebration (Is 35:10)
C. Stages
Pray for Us
The pilgrimage is sold out. Plan to go next year!

Share the LOVE
Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.  

By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

01_The Summons

“Man is an abyss; what will rise out of these depths, no one can see in advance. And whoever believes that the Church is not only determined by the abyss that is man, but reaches down into the greater, infinite abyss that is God, will be the first to hesitate with his predictions, for this naïve desire to know for sure could only be the announcement of his own historical ineptitude” (St. Augustine).

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Dennis C; Connie L; Steven M; Martha H; and Mark C. Thank you for loving and lifting me!
Bible Study Evangelista is now available on the Laudate app!

LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin.

L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

F | Franciscan – Make a Holy Hour of Adoration and pray for your pastor and bishop, and all pastors and bishops.

I | Ignatian – Using all your senses, imagine you are a modern-day Isaiah, called to preach repentance and judgment to the people of God. How does God want you to go about sharing His message? How do you feel about having volunteered? Do you think the people will listen to you? What is the message in your heart, and how do you communicate it to others? Are you fire-and-brimstone or gentle? Impatient or quiet? Do you preach to the leaders or the laity?

A | Augustinian – How is God calling you to deeper holiness? What specific action can you take this week, small or large, to move in the direction of deeper holiness?

T | Thomistic – How does knowing the historical background of the Book of Isaiah and the Israelites help you understand our own time in Church history?

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love only what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me so, O Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy. + Amen.
.

*LOVE the Word® exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
Series Preview
I. The Summons – History
A. Isaiah’s call
B. History of the Book of Isaiah
C. History of God’s people’s corruption
D. Corruption causes disunity
II. The Separating – First Isaiah
A. Public scandal and corruption
B. Protestants and Catholics
G. The “unclean” (Is 35:8)
H. Judas
III. The Sifting – Second Isaiah
A. Private scandal and corruption
B. Hypocrisy
C. Corruption causes private disunity
D. Babylon and Judah/Jerusalem
E. Two types of Catholic
F. The “fool” (Is 35:8)
G. David
H. Peter 1
IV. The Straightening – Third Isaiah 1
A. Survival
B. Sorrow
C. Solution
D. Salvage
E. Strengthen
F. Safety (Is 35:9)
V. The Sending – Third Isaiah 2
A. Salvation (Is 35:9)
B. Celebration (Is 35:10)
C. Stages
Pray for Us
The pilgrimage is sold out. Plan to go next year!

Share the LOVE
Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.  
Read the Transcript
You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available, courtesy of Dora Donovan who does our transcripts for you.

By | March 11th, 2019|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

08_The “Rest” of the Story

“Return, O Israel. Take with you words and return to the LORD; say to him, 'take away all iniquity; accept that which is good and we will render the fruit of our lips. Assyria shall not save us, we will not ride upon horses; and we will say no more, “Our God,” to the work of our hands. In thee the orphan finds mercy.' I will heal their faithlessness; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them. I will be as the dew to Israel; he shall blossom as the lily” (Hosea 14:5).

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Regina L; Sandra M; and Justine C. Thank you for loving and lifting me!

LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin.

L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

F | Franciscan – As you receive ashes Wednesday, lean into the weight of their meaning. How does such a reminder of death help you appreciate “rest” more?

I | Ignatian – Using all your senses, imagine you are present at the Creation event throughout all six days  (read it here). How do you feel on the seventh day?

A | Augustinian – What was the most significant sentence, verse, or idea you heard in this week's show? Do you desire refreshing from the Lord? How can you spend your Lent preparing for that refreshment on Easter Day?

T | Thomistic – How many “Times of Refreshing” can you list from what you know of the Bible? What do you think God is saying to you about His desire to refresh you?

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Eternal rest grant unto them, and us, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon us all. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercies of God, rest in peace. + Amen.
.

*LOVE the Word® exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
Pray for Us
The pilgrimage is sold out. Plan to go next year!

Share the LOVE
Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.  
Read the Transcript
You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available, courtesy of Dora Donovan who does our transcripts for you.

By | March 4th, 2019|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

07_Sabbath Rest

“The Sabbath was the consecration of one day of the weekly period to God as the Author of the universe and of time. The day thus being the Lord's, it required that man should abstain from working for his own ends and interests, since by working he would appropriate the day to himself, and that he should devoted his activity to God by special acts of positive worship” (Catholic Encyclopedia).

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Viviana V; Cynthia C; Angela C; Catherine H; Shannon M; and Melanie M. Thank you for loving and lifting me!

LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin.

L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

F | Franciscan – Spend your entire next Sunday after Mass at home, at rest. Without forcing or browbeating other adults into your observance, make sure every member of your household also has the opportunity to go nowhere and do only what is restful. How can you make this a regular practice, especially the “staying at home” part?

I | Ignatian – The Sabbath is first mentioned in connection with the manna (Exodus 16). Imagine you are an Israelite gathering manna for the first time. It has fallen with the dew, “flake-like and fine as hoarfrost.” What does it smell like? What does it feel like, to the touch? Is it filling? Nutritious? How does it taste?

In your LOVE the Word® journal. or your free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin, try to draw what  you think it looked like. Can you hear it fall with the dew? Do you follow the instructions and collect only enough for that day, or do you try to gather more, just in case? Either way, using all your senses, imagine what happens as you collect manna that first day.

A | Augustinian – What one, small thing can you do this week to begin clearing out your Sunday in order to make it a true worship-rest day, both for yourself, and for your household? This week after Communion at Mass, consciously look back over your past week at how God used you and formed you through your work. Consider, in His presence, how He might do so in the coming week.

T | Thomistic – Read the following entry for “Sabbath” from the Catholic encyclopedia. What do you learn?

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

O God our King, by the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ on the first day of the week, you conquered sin, put death to flight, and gave us the hope of everlasting life: Redeem all our days by this victory; forgive our sins, banish our fears, make us bold to praise you and to do your will; and steel us to wait for the consummation of your kingdom on the last great Day; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. + Amen.
.

*LOVE the Word® exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
Pray for Us
The pilgrimage is sold out. Plan to go next year!

Share the LOVE
Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.  
Read the Transcript
You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available, courtesy of Dora Donovan who does our transcripts for you.

By | February 25th, 2019|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

06_The Bondage of Busyness

“And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He shall dwell with them, and they shall be His peoples, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God: and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any more: the first things are passed away. And He that sitteth on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new” (Rev 21:2-5).

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Nancy H; Anneleisa F; Brigid O; Kay C; Kathleen A; and Jill D. Thank you for loving and lifting me!

LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin.

L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

F | Franciscan – Take a few moments to identify someone who is “busy” with their duties and service to others. Offer to take one of those practices or services on yourself, and commit to doing so on their behalf for an agreed upon period of time.

I | Ignatian – Using all your senses, spend some time imagining Sarah's predicament regarding Hagar and Ishmael, particularly the scene where Sarah witnesses Ishmael “mocking” Isaac. What do you hear, see, feel, taste, touch and smell? How do you feel? How do you react?

A | Augustinian – Meditate on how God always refreshes and even blesses those in the midst of judgment and discipline, namely both Hagar and Sarah, and the whole people of God in Babylonian exile (as in Is 54).

If you are in a desert place of discipline, can you identify ways that God has also provided refreshment for you? Identify another person who is in a desert place of discipline. How can you offer refreshment to them this week?

T | Thomistic – Although Hagar's son was born first, because she was a slave and Sarah was freeborn, Isaac would have, and did, immediately become Abraham's ranking heir over Ishmael. This younger-over-older preference (especially among brothers) is a repeated theme in the Bible that foreshadows the New Jerusalem having eventual position over the older. How many instances of this younger-over-older principle can you list? What do you learn from that?

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

As a member of the New Jerusalem, Lord, living under the law of your love and grace, may I always seek charity for my neighbor, but also for myself in seeking, depending on, and hoping in your freedom from my sin. Amen +
.

*LOVE the Word® exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
Pray for Us
The pilgrimage is sold out. Plan to go next year!

Share the LOVE
Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.  
Read the Transcript
You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available, courtesy of Dora Donovan who does our transcripts for you.

By | February 18th, 2019|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments