Sonja Corbitt 2019-05-05T11:11:08-04:00

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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05_The Sending

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?' Then I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'” (Isaiah 6:8).

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Please forgive the weird sound issue; it is resolved halfway through the second segment.
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This is the last show of the series. I will be taking a few week's break for Holy Week and to prepare for the next series. Blessed Triduum to you.

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Denise; Jennifer; and Mary. 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 – To whom can you go this week to share Jesus and your faith?

I | Ignatian – See yourself in Isaiah's narrative, above. God is calling  you to mission by virtue of your baptism. What does He want you to do?

A | Augustinian – Imagine the Lord sitting knee-to-knee across from you, looking at you intently, saying to you the words from Isaiah 6:8, above.

T | Thomistic – What do your new knowledge of the prophets throughout this series tell you about the corruption in the Church?

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.
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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.
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
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04_The Straightening

“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her forced labor has been completed, her iniquity has been pardoned; for she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins.

“A voice of one calling: 'Prepare the way for the LORD in the wilderness; make a straight highway for our God in the desert. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill made low; the uneven ground will become smooth, and the rugged land a plain.…'” (Isaiah 40:1-4).

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Jerinel M; Eileen T; Mary E.; Bev H; Jennifer H; Patricia M; and Thomas F. 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 – On your next drive, pay attention to the terrain and how the road is built. What can you discern about what Isaiah 40:1-4, above, means? What is God saying to you about what the Lenten “desert” is meant to accomplish?

I | Ignatian – I find it interesting that Isaiah 40:1-4, above, speaks about the highway being in the desert, or the wilderness. What is your current desert? Using all your senses, try to imagine a highway through this desert. What is the scenery around you? Where does the highway lead?

A | Augustinian – Imagine the Lord sitting knee-to-knee across from you, looking at you intently, saying to you the words from Isaiah 40:1-4, above.

T | Thomistic -Research road construction here.

What does the process tell you about the meaning of Isaiah 40:1-4, above?

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.
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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.
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!

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By | April 8th, 2019|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

03_The Sifting

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:31-32).

Have you been sifted? Are you being sifted?

Every Christian is sifted. But when we have turned back, we must strengthen our brothers and sisters.

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Corey P; Gloria D; Sarah D; Shyanne P; Katharine G; Dennis A; Linda S; and Robert J. 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 – In Jesus' exhortation to Peter, above, you are likely most drawn to this part: “when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Where have you been sifted by God? How can you strengthen your brother or sister?

I | Ignatian – Threshing is the process of loosening the edible part of grain from the husks and straw to which it is attached. It is the step in grain preparation after reaping and before winnowing, which separates the grain from the chaff.

With all your senses, imagine yourself as Peter in this passage. “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:31-32).

How do you think this “sifting” feels? What happens? Have you experienced it, yourself?

A | Augustinian – Where have you been guilty of anger toward public sin and corruption in the Church, without the same anger and sadness toward your own private sin?

T | Thomistic – “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:31-32).

Look at the winnowing, or sifting, process here.

In researching the process, what do you learn about what Jesus was saying to Peter in this passage? What was Satan asking to do, and what did Satan actually do with Peter? How is this sifting process part of each Christian's life? Does this knowledge make you more or less inclined to mercy toward others whose sin you see plainly?

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.

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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!

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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.

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