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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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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

01_The Wisdom of Job

As we begin our series, we discover the author of Job seems to be attempting to explain to his audience how the Babylonian catastrophe could happen to “good” people too, why faithful Hebrews can suffer with the bad, how the innocent get caught up in the painful judgments of the wicked.

I certainly had no idea that any of our current events would occur when I chose this new study series, but I think the state of our Church is exactly why the Holy Spirit guided us to this biblical contemplation of suffering. Perhaps He is guiding us away from a focus on our Church’s catastrophe, to that of our individual faith and purity, and back again to a collective view. How faithful are we, as the American Catholic Church? How and why am I suffering, myself? How alive is my personal faith, really? When was my faith pur-er and real-er?

Job is a pointed finger into the awfullest parts of our lives. I think we are going to find a great deal of hope in this series for these worrisome times.

Thank you, Lori S and Elizabeth P, 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 – If, for some reason, like Pope Francis, you feel inclined to remain silent in the face of someone else's suffering, I pray you resist that temptation. As you listened to this week's show about the development of suffering as a theology, whose suffering came to mind? 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 – Imagine you are the author of Job, hoping to comfort your people after a national religious catastrophe. Try to see your parish church raided and destroyed by people with total contempt for your faith. Imagine the tabernacle, altar, statues – everything – desecrated. Using all your senses in turn – sight, sound, touch, taste, smell – how do you feel? What might you say in an effort to comfort others and help them through the tragedy you are all experiencing?

A | Augustinian – The Catholic Church is experiencing an upheaval similar to what the author of Job experienced and attempted to address. It has been said that if the priest is a saint, his people will be holy; if the priest is holy, his people will be good; if he is good, his people will be lukewarm; if he is lukewarm, his people will be bad; if the priest is bad, his people will go to hell. How does this “wisdom maxim” apply to your own family?

How can you get back to a pur-er faith with God? What small, additional action can you take to cover your priest in prayer?

T | Thomistic – Define the biblical wisdom genre in your own words. How does this genre uniquely address the deepest human experiences, such as suffering? What can you do to support your parish priest?

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!)
Thank you Lord Jesus for giving us your word to help us through this valley of tears, when the foundations of our faith are shaken by our own unfaithfulness and the unfaithfulness of others. 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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And Here’s the Audio for Today’s Show, “Job Begins Next Week”

This morning's email did not include the audio, so I am re-emailing – I am sorry! I wanted to catch you up on my news in preparation for the new series. Today, we talk about my trips to Israel and Poland, E-Sword Bible software, a car accident, and websites.

Our Job series starts next week! Forward this email to your friends who are suffering.

Thank you to, Lisa D, Laura T, Katrina H, Dawn B, Carmela, Angelica, Patricia H, MaryKatherine, Christine A, Rosemary D, Cieara, Lori C, Angela C, and Maria A, my newest Friends of the Show, for loving and lifting me!

This Week's Show

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By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

14_A Throne for God: The “How” of the OT

When my sister was little, she ran to my mother after a nightmare. Attempting to soothe her fears, my mother told her she should pray to Jesus and remember He is always with her. With worry wrinkling her forehead, my sister replied, “But Mama, I need somebody with skin on ’em!”

The tabernacle and its Ark of the Covenant were the Old Testament expression of God’s desire to be present with His people. Jesus, our new Covenant, and Mary our new Ark, carry this expression forward into the Church, where God is still present on His throne.

Thank you, Terrie and Patricia C, 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 – As you listened to this week's show about the ark, what action did you feel inspired to take? Take the time, now or sometime this week, to do what was in your heart.

I | Ignatian – Imagine you are St. John, now a 90 year old man, to whom Jesus “gave” His mother from the cross when you were still a teenager. In Ephesus, you provided for and loved her on His behalf for years, but she has gone to heaven to be with Him now, and you have been exiled to an island for your faith. As you are “in the spirit on the Lord's Day” (Sunday), you receive a consoling vision from God. Using all your senses in turn – sight, sound, touch, taste, smell – imagine the vision:

“Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm. A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head” (Revelation 11:19-12:1).

A | Augustinian – The OT ark of the covenant was the throne from which God ruled. The Old Testament ark of the covenant, Mary, Jesus, the Church collectively, and you and I individually all express this idea. Jesus said “the Kingdom of God is within you,” meaning, your soul should be the throne of God.

Is Jesus the ruler of your heart and life, completely? What are you holding back?

T | Thomistic – See if you can identify the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the OT and NT ark: Who is the OT arks; who is the NT ark? What is the OT ark; what is the NT ark? And so on…

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!)
Thank you Lord Jesus for giving us your mother to be our own. Help us honor You, by honoring her as You do. 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.
Notes and References
Exodus 25:10-22, the exquisite description of the mysterious contents of the Holy of Holies

Exodus 20:4-5, “You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth…”

Numbers 3:29-31, The Levite tribe of Kohath was responsible for carrying the ark on the wilderness journey.

2 Samuel 6-8, David mistakenly allowed moving the ark by ox cart, resulting in its instability. Uzzah reached out to steady it and died as a result of touching it.

Exodus 25:10-22,

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