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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02_The Bread of Life

Throughout history, bread has been the basis of physical nourishment for all people. Because it was such a basic staple, God used bread in many forms and ways in the Old Testament to prepare His people for the fulfillment of them all: the Bread of Life.

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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 – Cook a meal for someone or volunteer in a soup kitchen this week, conscious that you are nourishing them as God's hands and feet.
I | Ignatian – Make a point this week to have a bit of your favorite bread. Think of the preparation that went into your being able to eat it. What does it smell, feel, look, and taste like. Does it make a sound as you bite or chew? What do you discern about Jesus' Bread of Life discourse as you meditate?

A | Augustinian – Every meal and every Eucharist you eat comes, in some way, from God's hand. What does that mean for you?

T | Thomistic – Take a look at the guidelines for Eucharistic bread and wine in the following Church document, Redemptionis Sacramentum (Chapter III.1). 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!)

You Who have willingly given me Your Flesh as food, Who are a burning fire to the unworthy, do not consume me. No, my Creator; rather penetrate into my members, all my joints, my organs, and my heart. Burn all my iniquities like thorns; cleanse my soul, make holy my thoughts, make firm my knees and my bones as well. Illumine my five senses and make vigilant my entire being with the fear of You. Watch over me always; shield and protect me from every deed and word which corrupts the soul.
Cleanse me, purify me, and put me in order; adorn me, give me understanding, and illumine me. Show me to be the dwelling of Your Spirit alone, and not the dwelling place of sin; so that when You enter into the home of Your communion, every evil doer and every passion will flee from me as from fire. As intercessors I bring to You all the saints, the chiefs of the bodiless hosts, Your Forerunner, the wise Apostles, and moreover Your immaculate and pure Mother; accept their prayers, my compassionate Christ, and make Your servant a child of light. For in Your goodness You alone sanctify and enlighten our souls, and to You, our God and Master, as is right we send up glory every day. (Saint Symeon Metafrastes)
+ 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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I AM WHO AM

Moses dares to ask God – the Creator of all that is – His Name, and God condescends with the most beautiful tenderness to accommodate his servant's sincere request.
What might He grant me of His secret treasures if I only ask with love?

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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.)

Please do not attempt these exercises until you've heard the show. They won't make sense if you do otherwise.
O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)
F | Franciscan – What's your favorite charity work? Your preference does not matter, because your very next neighbor is God reminding you that he or she is your real charity: that every single person and circumstance is somehow willed and loved by Him and is worthy of your love and service.
I | Ignatian – You're used to feeling and imaging with your senses. So every single thing you encounter in this very moment, feel and sense it all – focus on the next five minutes- and then remember it ALL exists because God wills it/him/her/.
A | Augustinian – Everything you experience in every moment is allowed to exist because God wills it. Minus the sin in every encounter, how do you see Him differently?

T | Thomistic – Read the full teaching from 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!)

Praise and eternal glory to God the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Paraclete through all ages. + 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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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.

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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 – 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
The pilgrimage is sold out. Plan to go next year!

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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).

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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 – 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!
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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 – 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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