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Sonja Corbitt 2018-08-19T15:12:32+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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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.

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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 – 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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13_A Woven Veil: The “How” of the OT

The stunning vintage samplers crafted by my mother’s respectful fingers might take your breath away.

Hundreds of thousands of colorful hand-stitches and hours of painstaking concentration and deliberation go into these linens of love, such as this Quaker Sampler called “Vierlande 1826.” Doesn’t it make your soul sigh just to look at the joy that left her hand? Delicate finery is fearfully, wonderfully made.

The Old Testament tabernacle veil teaches that you, Dear One, are also uniquely “stitched” together with a similar unrepeatable purpose, careful respect, and wondrous appreciation. Do not doubt your wonderful nature, for you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).


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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 – As you go into the marketplace, practice really seeing and looking into the people you speak to.

I | Ignatian – Spend some time in Adoration this week. Using all your senses, try to “see” and sense Jesus in the monstrance. What happens?

A | Augustinian – Mother Teresa of Calcutta spoke repeatedly about Jesus in “distressing disguise.” While she spoke specifically of the poor, it is also true of other people. Who in your life is currently most distressing to you?

T | Thomistic – Maybe you'd like to ask your priest to offer a special blessing over you and your family.

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, that we “live and move and have our being” in You (Acts 17:28). 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
Old Testament Veil

Exodus 26:31-35, directions and description of the tabernacle curtain
Genesis 3:24, Cherubim guard the way to the Tree of Life.
Numbers 4:5, The tabernacle veil was used to wrap the ark of the covenant for protection when the Israelites journeyed through the wilderness.

New Testament Veil in Christ’s Flesh

Psalm 22:6, “I am a [tola] worm, and no man; scorned by men, and despised by the people.”
Matthew 27:46, Jesus quotes Psalm 22 on the cross as prophetic of Himself.
Exodus 40:21, In Hebrew, the word used to describe the veil is sakak, translated twice in this verse as “screen(ed).” It is sometimes also translated in the Scriptures as “covered,” “woven” or “knit.”
Psalm 139:6, “You ‘stitched’ me together in my mother’s womb.”
John 2:19-22, Jesus’ own flesh veils the Presence of God.
Luke 9:28-36, The transfiguration reveals the presence of God beneath Jesus’ veil of flesh.
Matthew 27:46-51, In the agony of His Passion, just after Jesus quotes Psalm 22:1 “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”, the veil in Herod’s Temple was split from top to bottom.
Hebrews 9, The Holy of Holies was a type of Heaven, and the veil signified that it was closed till Christ burst through it by His death.

Human Flesh as a Veil for the Presence of God

Matthew 18:10, Jesus says my flesh is guarded by angels, as was the Holy of Holies.
1 Corinthians 6:19, Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Hol…

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12_”How”: Holy Smoke!

My pastor loves the liturgy; he uses incense like a fumigator when it’s called for. By the end of the weekend’s Masses you have to part the smoke with your hands to see the altar. The old ladies cough and sneeze and dab their rolling eyes, but I love the way it gets in my clothes and hair. I take it home and inhale the scent of prayer for the rest of the day. Combining incense, liturgy, sacrifice, and prayer was God’s idea!

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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 – Perhaps you might plan an old-fashioned prayer meeting at your parish? Let's just pray for each other!

I | Ignatian – Spend some time in Adoration this week. Take careful note of all you sense there. You might also burn liturgical incense in your home. How do you feel when you smell it?

A | Augustinian – When do you find it difficult to pray? Consider how precious and potent your prayer is when you offer it as a sacrifice in those moments. What comes to mind? What was the most sacrificial prayer you remember ever praying? What has God said to you about your prayer habits through this week's show?

T | Thomistic – Maybe you'd like to obtain some blessed salt, this week, and sprinkle it around your house.

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, for granting us the petitions you have inspired us to ask, through Christ our Lord. 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
Old Testament Incense

Exodus 30:1-10, description of the tabernacle incense altar
Exodus 37:29, second description of the tabernacle incense altar

Incense included salt

Ezekiel 16:4 – salting newborns

2 Kings 2:19-22, salt used to cleanse undrinkable (bitter) waters

Numbers 18:19, “covenant in salt”

2 Chronicles 13:5, David is an eternal king through a salt covenant

Psalm 141:2, incense = prayer
Malachi 1:11, Old Testament prophecy of the time when Gentiles (non-Jews) would offer a “pure offering” accompanied by incense

New Testament Incense

Luke 1:8-11, Zechariah offers incense in the temple at the hour of prayer
Mark 14:32-36, “Not my will but yours.”
John 17, Jesus prays for us
1 Thessalonians 5:17, Pray without ceasing.
James 5:16, The continual prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.

Heavenly Incense

Revelation 5:8, incense = prayer
Revelation 8:3-5, incense = prayer

St. Therese of Lisieux, Autobiographical Manuscript C, 25: “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and love, embracing both trial and joy.”

Episode Resources
Fulfilled, Uncovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism, Chapter 10, Holy Smoke

Ignite, Chapters 6 & 7, The How of the Bible

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11_”How”: Presence Bread

The fulfillment and interpretation of all Old Testament things, Jesus is present in the Eucharist. He feeds us; we can live forever with God by becoming one with, eating, this new Bread of the Presence.

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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 – Bake bread or make a special meal for someone you love or for a neighbor.

I | Ignatian – Choose one of the references below (under Notes and References) and place yourself in the situation. What do you hear, see, feel, smell?

A | Augustinian – How has God called you through this show to be broken bread and spilled out wine for others today and this week?

T | Thomistic – Memorize the types of Old Testament bread listed below.

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!)
Lord God, giver of bread, there can be no famine while the bread of Heaven endures, and help us to remember that when we are forgetful of Your infinite kindness. As we eat of the bread of Heaven we shall continue to prosper on earth. Kind Lord, feed me until I shall want no more. 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 25:23-30, Table of “presence bread,” also translated “bread of the Face”; “bread of propitiation”; “loaves of setting forth”; or “showbread.” Directly across from the golden lampstand in the tabernacle sanctuary, outside the holy of holies, it was a crowned, gold table, set to the right.

Leviticus 24:5-9, 12 loaves of Presence Bread on the table for 12 tribes, a communal offering rather than a sacrificial one. Because the bread belonged to God, it was to be eaten by the priests every Sabbath “in the sacred place,” the sanctuary, as they replaced the previous week’s bread with fresh each week. Along with the bread, there were also offerings of incense, wine and oil.

Other “types” of Old Testament bread

Genesis 14:18, The first priest in the scriptures, Melchizedek, offers bread and wine
Exodus 12, unleavened Passover bread
Exodus 16:14-31, manna, “bread from heaven”; angels’ food “suited to each man’s taste” (Wis 16:20-21).

The Eucharist – the anti-type of all Old Testament breads

Matthew 4:4, Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 8:3, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by the word of God.” As a spiritual being, man cannot live only in the physical realm.

John 6, Jesus teaches on the Eucharist before He institutes it for the first time, “I am the bread of life.”

John 6:63, “the spirit gives life, flesh profits nothing.” Jesus means our flesh, not His flesh, which gives eternal life (John 6:54). The “spirituality” of the teaching does not make it merely symbolic. To be spiritual does not necessitate a “symbolic” meaning. In fact, in this case the exact opposite is true, according to Jesus in this chapter.

Episode Resources
Fulfilled, Uncovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism, Part Two, Chapter 9, The Bread of Life

Ignite, Chapters 6 & 7, The How of the Bible

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10_”How”: Light of the World, Lampstand and Magisterium

Like Moses, his priesthood and elders, and the Jewish Sanhedrin after them, the Church is “watched over” and illuminated by the ministry of the priestly and apostolic Magisterium. The Deposit of Faith, which includes the Bible and Sacred Tradition, has been guarded and preserved for us for two millennia by the teaching authority of the Church.

As Saint Paul commands, we need both scripture and tradition: “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth [tradition] or by letter [scripture]” (2 Thess 2:15).

The world needs this light and truth. “There is an organic connection between our spiritual life and the dogmas. Dogmas are lights along the path of faith; they illuminate it and make it secure. Conversely, if our life is upright, our intellect and heart will be open to welcome the light shed by the dogmas of faith” (CCC 89).

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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 – How can you be light to a neighbor today? Who can you actively serve?

I | Ignatian – Choose one of the references below (under Notes and References) and place yourself in the situation. What do you hear, see, feel, smell?

OR…

If you were the priest in charge of the OT tabernacle sanctuary where the lampstand was, and had charge of keeping it lit, what would you be thinking as you entered through the curtain to fill the lamps? What might you hear? Smell? Feel?

A | Augustinian – How will your light shine today and this week?


T | Thomistic – Research how the seven lampstands surrounding Jesus in the heavenly temple could be symbolic of the “seven eras” of 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!)
Jesus, Light of the World, For the many that have followed you today through the darkness of temptation, doubt, or pain, you are the promise of an eternal dawn. We give thanks for all that has been given to us through you, and we ask for the grace to be our faithful disciples. May we praise you all the days of our lives. 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 25:31-40, The golden lampstand, or menorah, in the tabernacle

Exodus 27:20-21, Perpetual light

Leviticus 24:3-4, The priests kept the wicks trimmed, the oil topped, and the lamps burning before the Lord continuously.

Exodus 28:29-30, Urim and Thummim in the HIgh Priest’s breastplate of judgment. Urim = “Lights” and Thummim = “Perfect Truths” both superlative plural

Sirach 45:10, together the names mean something similar to “Perfect Knowledge.”
Numbers 27:21, used to consult God about His selection of leaders
1 Samuel 14:41, used to determine guilt or innocence
 Ezra 2:63, used to determine God’s will regarding returning captives

Other occurrences of “light” in the Old Testament

Genesis 1:1-5 – light of creation
Exodus 10:21-23 – Egyptian plague of darkness in which only the Israelites had light
Exodus 13:17-22 – pillar of cloud and fire

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