Sonja Corbitt2019-05-05T11:11:08-04:00

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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08_I AM the True Vine

What sustains or energizes me? My job? My children or family? The good opinion of others? Some vision of success or position? Financial comfort or security? A pastor or other church leader? To whatever degree I am relying on anything other than Christ to sustain me, I am attempting to draw nourishment from a false vine.  
Jesus is the true vine that sustains us as we grow in faith and bear eternal fruit.

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LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin. Get the book based on her method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary.
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 walk outside and observe the living things that surround you. Does any one of these things exert effort to grow or bear fruit? 

I | Ignatian – Use all your senses to imagine this conversation Jesus had with His disciples on the way to the Garden of Gethsemane where He will sweat blood as His Passion begins. Would they be passing through a vineyard on the way to the Garden that evening? Think about how many times Jesus used the metaphor of grapes and wine in this conversation. What is He saying to you? 
A | Augustinian – When we work in a garden, we take pride in what we grow. Endless hours are spent making sure the soil is correct, we dig out the weeds, and prune the plants so that our harvest is healthy and abundant. When the word of God enter us and remains in us, God becomes our gardener. He enriches our soil (soul) with much needed nutrients, he removes all the weeds (sin) that crowd around us and stunt our growth, and he prunes off the dead leaves and branches that hinder our togetherness with Him and others.
Sink back into your chair…take deep breaths…inhaling the goodness of God and exhaling the pressure and stress of your day. Bring yourself in His presence. Ask God for the grace you need to hear what He is saying to you today. What shape is your garden in today? How is God and His word tending to you? What dead leaves or branches need to be removed or pruned from you? What do you need to remove from our life that stops you from blooming into the person God wants you to be?
T | Thomistic –
μένω
menō
men'-o
A primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy): – abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), X thine own.
a-bı̄d´: Old English word signifying progressively to “await,” “remain,” “lodge,” “sojourn,” “dwell,” “continue,” “endure”; represented richly in Old Testament (King James Version) by 12 Hebrew and in New Testament by as many Greek words. In the Revised Version (British and American) displaced often by words meaning “to sojourn,” “dwell,” “encamp.” The Hebrew and Greek originals in most frequent use are ישב, yāshabh, “to dwell”; μένω, ménō, “to remain.”
How does the dictionary entry for “abide” add to your understanding of what Jesus meant when He said, Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing”?
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!)

Jesus, You watered this tree with Your Blood. This Blood, by its warmth makes it grow, if man with his free will grafts himself onto You, and unites and binds his heart and affections to You, tying and binding this graft with the bond of charity and following Your doctrine.

By |August 19th, 2019|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

07_I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Up-Hill, BY CHRISTINA ROSSETTI
Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
   Yes, to the very end.
Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
   From morn to night, my friend.
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But is there for the night a resting-place?
   A roof for when the slow dark hours begin.
May not the darkness hide it from my face?
   You cannot miss that inn.
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Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
   Those who have gone before.
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
   They will not keep you standing at that door.
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Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
   Of labour you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
   Yea, beds for all who come.

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LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin. Get the book and/or videos based on her method, How to Pray Like Mary.
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 – Look intently at these pictures of the Shroud of Turin and the 3D image made from it. Can you imagine this Man saying these words to you? “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Can you imagine what death feels like? 
I | Ignatian – Take a close look at these pictures of the Shroud of Turin and the 3D image made from it, and read the details of his height and weight and other physical features. While in the Holy Land it was proposed to us that Jesus had deeply dark, almost brown-red hair. Can you imagine what He looked like, what His voice sounded like? Using all your senses in turn, imagine Jesus washing your feet, predicting His imminent death, and then uttering this week's I AM statement to you, directly. 
A | Augustinian – Jesus was a real man of flesh and blood. He had chest hair. Does studying these pictures of the “man of the shroud” change the way you hear Him say, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life”? Is it hard to imagine believing a man of flesh and blood to truly be GOD?
T | Thomistic – Recently, a 3D image was made from the Shroud of Turin that depicts “the man of the shroud.” Read through this article, keeping in mind that He said, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” What does this statue and article tell you about Jesus' meaning in saying this?
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 God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life for all creation; grant us grace to walk in his way, to rejoice in his truth, and to share his risen life; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. + Amen.
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*Find out your prayer temperament with this quiz! LOVE the Word® exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in How to Pray Like Mary and based on 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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06_I AM the Resurrection & the Life

Augustine once said that if Jesus had not designated Lazarus by name, rather than simply saying “Come forth”, every dead and buried person would have risen at the command.
“The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many” (Matt 27:52-53).

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LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin. Get the book and/or videos based on her method, How to Pray Like Mary.
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 faithful dead there as they wait in “sleep” for the Resurrection. 
I | Ignatian – Using all your senses in turn, imagine you are Mary or Martha at the scene, witnessing the resurrection of Lazarus, your brother. Now that we have explored five of the seven I AM statements, how do you feel when the Pharisees convene a council to strategize how to kill Jesus? What are your thoughts?  
A | Augustinian – What in your life needs Jesus's resurrection? Where could your prayer and faith use more of the life that Jesus promises us in this I AM statement? 
T | Thomistic – Read through what the Fathers wrote on John chapter 11. What new insights do you gain? 
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, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. And may the souls of all your faithful departed in the mercies of God rest in peace. + Amen.
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*Find out your prayer temperament with this quiz! LOVE the Word® exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in How to Pray Like Mary and based on 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 |August 5th, 2019|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

05_I AM the Good Shepherd

What if the Name of God is the sound of breathing? What if that is the basis of His being both the Door and the Great Shepherd?

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LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin. Get the book based on her method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary.
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.)
All of the prayer personalities and temperaments – Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic – are included in the exercise this week.  (Read about those in my newest book, How to Pray Like Mary, in the right margin.)
Watch the video, then proceed to this LOVE the Word exercise from Ignite chapter 4.

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Late morning on the shadow side of the distant mountain, the air is already so hot the horizon undulates for miles, when just hours ago the barrenness was so frigid he’d shared breath with huddled animals. He can smell burnt dirt and grass under the harsh odor of either himself or the pissing goats.
Pathetic animals are goats and sheep. Always falling into a crevice or ravine; always running away when you call them; always hungry and thirsty; always head-butting and locking horns; always wandering around in every direction at once; never know where the hell they’re supposed to go; always bleating for something.
The wide-open silence is so penetrating he hears his fingernails scratching against the woolen-felted skull of an ewe that nuzzles and nibbles against his fingers. He strokes her upturned face.
His stomach growls as the wind blows hot air and sand from a long distance up his flapping tunic and rattles the few dried weeds, but all he feels as he leans against his gnarly staff, looking out over the remote wilderness, is useless. Stupid.
Once the educated, accomplished, prodigious Prince of Egypt, but now exiled. A stinking fugitive goat herder. Named to be a deliverer of his Hebrew people, but washed up now. Finished. Abandoned. Punished. If anyone knows he deserves this grit rather than a silver spoon in his mouth, it’s him.
He’s been out here in the “desolate places” of Mt. Horeb, on the run, for forty years, the coulda-beens replaying over and over in his mind. People used to bow to him. But now, not even the sheep hear his voice. There’s nothing left of that life. It’s all been completely stripped down, cut off, and excised out here in the desolation.
Ah, well, the same acute sense of righteousness that once provoked him to murder assures him he deserves this life-sentence. If you can’t run with pharoah’s chariots, then get thyself to the desert, is his attitude as he catches sight of a flame leaping up out of the distant heatwaves.
Is the sand on fire? he thinks, and then feels stupid again. There’s not enough vegetation to burn. But it’s definitely fire. Must be a dittany shrub. Those scraggly bushes burn themselves out in a minute’s puff, so his attention wanders. He watches without seeing it, and wonders about his mothers back in Egypt, one his Hebrew birth mother, the other his Egyptian adoptive mother. Is she ashamed? Angry? Alive? He stabs the staff into the dirt and kicks at the dust he raised. Where is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob out in this forsaken wilderness, this vast open sky, this yawning abyss? Where? Nowhere.
He turns to collect the animals and herd them to shelter for the evening, but the light from the fire is oddly brighter in the growing gloom, and a shiver warns him when he still sees the clear outline of stems and stubby leaves inside its distant glow. Intrigued, now, he peers through the rosemary-scented cloud of smoke blowing over him in the wind. His steps quicken as he hurries to investigate,

By |July 29th, 2019|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

04_I AM the Door

He who keeps the gate, keeps what the gate protects.
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Woops! After recording, I somehow exited my editing software before I saved the last segment, and it made me so mad I just produced this show with three segments without re-recording the last twelve minutes. Heads-up that this show is shorter.

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LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin. Get the book based on her method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary.
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 – Consider that you can also be a type of “door” for someone into the Faith. Sometime this week, make a point to share your faith with someone you know does not have faith or is not Christian.

I | Ignatian – Using all your senses, imagine yourself as one of Jesus's sheep, coming in and out of the sheepfold each morning and evening. How do you interact with one another?

A | Augustinian – For whom are you responsible as a type of shepherd? Spend a few moments praying for their protection from the thief and robber of souls.

T | Thomistic – Do a little reading, here, on Holy Doors. What insights do you gain on Jesus as The Door?
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 Jesus, we know you are gentle and that you gave your Heart for us. It was crowned with thorns through our sins. We know that even today you are praying for us so that we will not be lost. Jesus, remember us when we fall into sin.
Through your most Sacred Heart, make us all love one another. Cause hatred to disappear among men. Show us your love. We all love you and we want you to protect us with your Heart of the Good Shepherd. Come into each heart, Jesus! Knock at the door of our hearts. Be patient and persistent with us. We are still closed up in ourselves because we have not understood your will. Knock continuously, O Jesus, make our hearts open to you, at least in remembering the Passion you have suffered for us. + 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.
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By |July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments