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Sonja Corbitt 2018-08-23T20:45:36+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.

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A Reflection on the Our Father

What if, when the disciples said to Him, “Teach us to pray,” Jesus knew they were looking for something “special,”some new prayer that was particular to Him and His followers? What if He surprised them by telling them to simply continue praying the prayer they had been praying all their lives?

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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 – Pray an Our Father, facing East, with feet planted firmly together!

I | Ignatian – Using all your senses, imagine you are in the group when Jesus “teaches” the disciples the Our Father, either at the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5 & 6), while Jesus is alone praying “in a certain place.” What do you see? Hear? Smell? Feel? What do you all talk about afterward?

A | Augustinian – Take turns emphasizing the words of the Our Father in turn, until you have done them all, like this:

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.”

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.”

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.”

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.”

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.”

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.”

What new insights do you gain by using this approach?

T | Thomistic – Choose one of the words in the Our Father prayer to research in a concordance. 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!)

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen +
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*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.
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By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

05_Leviathan

In highly poetic symbolism, in Job 41, and elsewhere throughout the Bible, Leviathan is presented as different from an ordinary sea monster, because it cannot be captured; at least not by man, as Job exemplifies. God, however, is aloof and unaffected by the terror with which He ascribes to Leviathan. Through the context of the Book of Job, we understand that He alone possesses the power to conquer it (41:10-11).

 

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 – Visit a cemetery and pray for the dead, or alternatively, visit a hospital or nursing home and pray with those who will let you.

I | Ignatian – Place yourself in this narrative, using all your sense to imagine the scene.

1:17  And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. 2:1 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 2 saying,

“I called to the Lord, out of my distress,  and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried,  and thou didst hear my voice. 3 For thou didst cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood was round about me; all thy waves and thy billows passed over me. 4 Then I said, ‘I am cast out from thy presence; how shall I again look upon thy holy temple?’ 5 The waters closed in over me, the deep was round about me; weeds were wrapped about my head
6     at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me for ever; yet thou didst bring up my life from the Pit, O Lord my God. 7 When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer came to thee, into thy holy temple. 8 Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their true loyalty. 9 But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to thee; what I have vowed I will pay. Deliverance belongs to the Lord!”

10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah
A | Augustinian – Think about small ways you can increase penances or sacrifices on behalf of the Church at this difficult time? How can you be more pure, so that you contribute to her renewal from within, rather than attempting to change Her from without?

When have you behaved tempestuously or acted stormily? Is there a pattern to this behavior in your life?

T | Thomistic – What conclusions can you draw about Evil as the god and ruler of this world, the one who influences earthly governments, institutions, and current intellectual philosophies? What responsibility do you have in light of this knowledge? What might God want you to do 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!)

I know that you can do all things and no purpose of yours can be thwarted (Job 42:1). Amen +
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*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.
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By | October 8th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

04_The Gospel According to Job

Grace was bestowed upon Christ, not only as an individual, but inasmuch as He is the Head of the Church, so that it might overflow into His members; and therefore Christ's works are referred to Himself and to His members…(St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa III, 7:9, 8:5).

 

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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 – Listen to this musical rendition of Job 19:25-26 and 1 Corinthians 15:20 from Handel's Messiah.



I | Ignatian – Take some time to go to Confession and Adoration this week, keeping especially in mind how Jesus is your mediator in Confession and redemption.

A | Augustinian – In what matter or circumstance do you especially need to experience Jesus as your mediator right now? A relationship? A financial, or medical, or other difficult circumstance? How, also, can you mediate for someone else this week?

T | Thomistic – How do you know your Redeemer lives? List some concrete reasons for your faith.

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!)

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then from my flesh I shall see God. Amen +
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*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.
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By | October 1st, 2018|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Uselessness of Platitudes

The word “compassion” means to suffer with. More than Jesus' healings, teachings, and even post resurrection-appearances, the Bible emphasizes Jesus' passion. Theological reflection suggests that communion in suffering, “compassion,” is really what Jesus offers humankind. It seems the gospel writers, particularly, were most inspired to remember that Jesus came to be with us, inseparably. No illness, no loss, no death, no suffering, no storm, no scandal, no sin, no unruly feelings, no craziness, no darkness of spirit, no self-hate can drive him away. Not just over us or ahead of us – but with us – he saves us.

Job teaches us that when others are going through trials, the last thing they need is for us to tell them what we think we know about God or to try and speak on God’s behalf. Instead, in our service to those who grieve, we imitate Christ, and simply “suffer with” them.

 

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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 – Is there another icon in so many pockets and purses, hung on more bedroom walls, gracing as many sanctuaries, as the crucifix? The attraction of the crucifix attests to our need for the compassionate companionship of God-become-human. Take some time to touch the five wounds of Christ on a crucifix, remembering the times He has suffered with you personally.

I | Ignatian – Using all your senses, imagine you are Job, sitting in your pile of ashes, mourning the loss of your children and property, scratching your oozing sores with a piece of pottery, listening to the droning of your wife and “friends.” What can you sense about Job's state of mind and heart? How does he feel? How do you feel?

A | Augustinian – If you’re going through your own personal trial of some kind right now, will you ask God to deepen your relationship with Him? Will you tell God that you no longer want to seek answers, but that you want to seek Him?

If you know someone else who is suffering right now, how can you “suffer with” them? Will you pray for God to deepen that person’s relationship with Him through this trial? What action can you take to show your willingness to suffer with them through their trial?

T | Thomistic – The Thomists often have a more difficult time building and experiencing community than other temperaments, therefore they need community as much or even more than others. Let's get you out of your comfort-zone, Thomist: resolve to approach someone whom you know is experiencing trials right now. Ask them how they are feeling, and patiently listen to all they are willing to share with you. Perhaps you repeat their feelings back to them to show your understanding. If you are the one experiencing suffering, use your Verbalize step to talk to God about your emotions, knowing that expression is a necessary part of the grief process.

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!)

Dearest Jesus, who wept at the death of your friend
and taught that they who mourn shall be comforted,
grant us the comfort of your presence in our loss.
Send Your Holy Spirit to direct us
lest we make hasty or foolish decisions.
Send Your Spirit to give us courage
lest through fear we recoil from living.
Send Your Spirit to bring us your peace
lest bitterness, false guilt,

By | September 17th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

02_When All Hell Breaks Loose

“The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD!” (Job 1:21).

Job shows us that God gave Satan access to the world, but not control over the world: he can only do what God allows him to do, he can only go where God allows him to go, he can only touch what God allows him to touch.

Before the enemy can even drive up in your driveway, he must have permission from God!

Thank you, Theresa VdP, Gina G, Debbie P, Carol R, Kristine R, Paulene E, and Sheri G, my newest Friends of the Show, 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 – Perhaps, after this study, you realize the suffering of someone near you is more attack of the enemy than personal fault. What action did you feel inspired to take to help ease that suffering? Take the time, now or sometime this week, to do what was in your heart.

I | Ignatian – Using all your senses, imagine you are Job, watching the scene in the Throne Room of heaven when Satan appears before God and accuses you of loving God selfishly. What are your thoughts when God Himself says there is no one who fears God and turns away from evil like you?

A | Augustinian – Listening to the show, what current circumstance in your life did you discern might be an attack of the enemy? How will you change the way you approach the people and “stuff” involved in that circumstance?

T | Thomistic – What did the author of Job mean by the word “satan” in Job 1? What is the definition of “satan”? In some translations, the word is “Satan”, with a capital letter. Which do you think the Holy Spirit meant in Job 1? Verbalize.

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!)

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits, who prowl the world seeking souls whom they may devour. Amen +
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*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.
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By | September 10th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments