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Sonja Corbitt 2018-07-15T11:39:24+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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09_”How”: The Laver

The Old Testament laver teaches us that cleansing and purity is necessary for all those who would approach God. The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus when John baptized Him in the Jordan River. The dove was real, not symbolic; the Holy Spirit was real, not symbolic. John the Baptist was a witness that Jesus’ baptism was literal, physical, and spiritual. I can know with certainty that through baptism in water the Holy Spirit descends upon me, follows me as the water-Rock in the desert, and reconfigures me into a “new creation” of Christ.

Welcome Kelly K, Diane G, Amanda B, Mark C, Todd S, MaryKatherine B, Allyson M, Marianne F, and Catie W, Bible Study Evangelista's newest friends of the show! Thank you 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 – What does this song inspire you to pray?



I | Ignatian – Have you ever taken a walk or hike, and suddenly realized how parched you were? What did that feel like? Imagine feeling that way, spiritually, for prolonged periods of time. Perhaps you have felt this way for a long time, either recently or in the past. How was/is Jesus your living water?

A | Augustinian – How does this week's show make you understand and appreciate Baptism more? How is Jesus' gift of “living water” meant to help you pour yourself out for others?

T | Thomistic – Perhaps you'd like to renew your baptismal promises:

Baptismal Promises:

Do you reject sin, so as to live in the freedom of God’s children? I do.
Do you reject the glamour of evil, and refuse to be mastered by sin? I do.
Do you reject Satan, father of sin and prince of darkness? I do.
Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth? I do.
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father? I do.
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting? I do. 

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!)
Holy Spirit, I come to You, the Fount of Life, to ask, with humility, that You fill my poor heart with those Living Waters. Let my heart overflow with love for everyone, with every intention of my will, with every word upon my lips, with every deed which I perform. May my heart be a Temple of the Most Holy Trinity, that all who approach me, may find within me, the living and abiding presence of Your love. May the Spirit of Your love never lay dormant within me, but pour forth to embrace, comfort, guide and sustain all the souls who You choose to have cross my path in life. This I ask through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen 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
Water in the Old Testament

Genesis 6:5-18, The Great Flood

Exodus 14, The Red Sea Crossing

Exodus 17:1-7, God miraculously provides water from the rock in the desert.

Exodus 30,

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08_”How”: Altar Fire & Purgatory

The fire that fell from God’s presence onto the Old Testament altar is the same fire spoken of in the NT as the fire of purgatory which purifies, or sanctifies, us now on earth or after death (in the absence of mortal sin). Popes Gregory and Benedict XVI, along with such mystic Saints as Catherine of Genoa, Faustina, and John Paul II, have said the all-consuming fire of God’s presence, the fire of purgatory, and the fire of hell are the same fire: Trials on earth are bitter fire for the sinner, even as they purify the person of God.

Life’s “fiery trials,” then, are the all-consuming, jealous fire of God probing and purifying us deliberately, deeply, and intimately, just as the altar fire once idd in the OT sacrifices. If we offer them to God willingly in Communion with Jesus’ Cross, they contribute to our salvation to the degree that we can be wholly holy at death. When our trials are viewed this way, they become our sacred offerings of love, offered in participation in Jesus’ Cross. They “save” us.

Welcome Alison W, Julie H, and Rachel M, Bible Study Evangelista's newest friends of the show! Thank you 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 – Cradle a crucifix in your hand; touch His five wounds; pray a thanksgiving prayer on each one.

I | Ignatian – Imagine you are offering an animal sacrifice at the tabernacle. What can you see around you as you lead your goat to the priest at the altar? As you lay your hand on its head and confess your sins over it, what else can you hear? What do you smell? How do you feel just before you cut its throat with your knife and bleed its blood into the pan? What are your thoughts as the priest pours the blood out around the base of the altar?

A | Augustinian – How does this week's show make you understand and appreciate the Eucharist more? How is Jesus' gift of His Body and Blood meant to help you be more broken and spilled out for others?

T | Thomistic – Make a list of anything new you learned about Old Testament sacrifices, and see if you can connect them to Jesus' sacrifice.

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!)
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. Enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your spirit, and there shall be a new creation, and you will renew the face of the earth. 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
“For our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29).
Fire in the OT:

Genesis 15:1-17 God calls Moses from the burning bush
Exodus 3:1-8 God leads from the pillar of cloud and fire
Exodus 12:8-10 God descends on Mt. Sinai in a fire
Exodus 13:17-21 God and Abraham make a covenant
Exodus 19:18-19 the Passover lamb must be roasted and eaten

Leviticus 9:22-24, And fire came forth from before the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the fat upon the altar.

Leviticus 6:9-13 it is stressed three times that the altar fire, once lit, must burn continuously, because every sacrifice offered in the tabernacle from this time forward was to be incinerated in the fire that originated from God’s presence.

In early Judaism,

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07_”How”: The Bronze Altar

When He says, “This is the cup of the new covenant in my blood that is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins,” He uses the same word for the pouring out of sacrificial blood in the tabernacle and covenant sacrifices. To eat and drink the blood of those sacrifices would have been to drink unto death, so God enacted a protective prohibition against such.

But when Jesus came, He came to give us life (Joh 10:10); He is LIFE (Joh 11:25). Jesus made eating His flesh and drinking His blood the whole point of the New Covenant, because His sacrificial, resurrected, eternal life is literally and uniquely present there. “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life” (Joh 6:54).

Welcome Jennifer R, Bethany, and Roland, Bible Study Evangelista's newest friends of the show! Thank you 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 – Cradle a crucifix in your hand; touch His five wounds; pray a thanksgiving prayer on each one.

I | Ignatian – Imagine you are offering an animal sacrifice at the tabernacle. What can you see around you as you lead your goat to the priest at the altar? As you lay your hand on its head and confess your sins over it, what else can you hear? What do you smell? How do you feel just before you cut its throat with your knife and bleed its blood into the pan? What are your thoughts as the priest pours the blood out around the base of the altar?

A | Augustinian – How does this week's show make you understand and appreciate the Eucharist more? How is Jesus' gift of His Body and Blood meant to help you be more broken and spilled out for others?

T | Thomistic – Make a list of anything new you learned about Old Testament sacrifices, and see if you can connect them to Jesus' sacrifice.

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!)
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds, hide me.
Separated from Thee let me never be.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
At the hour of death, call me.
To come to Thee, bid me,
That I may praise Thee in the company
Of Thy Saints, for all eternity.
+ 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
“For it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul by reason of the life” (Lev. 17:11).
Directly inside the tabernacle courtyard gate was the first facility, a gigantic BBQ-grill-like structure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exodus 27:1-8, God’s instructions regarding the altar are that it should be made of wood overlaid with bronze.

Leviticus 1, The altar was the place where the bloody and burnt animal sacrifices were offered, where judgment and atonement for sin could be made. The blood of the sacrifices was poured out around the base of the altar.

Exodus 29:38-42, Every day, morning and evening, a lamb, bread, and wine were to be offered on the bronze altar.

John 1:29, Jesus is called “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”

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06_”How”: The Resurrection of the Dead Stick

I have found in explaining my conversion that nothing irritates people like the priesthood. The priest is usually a person’s first direct exposure to Church hierarchy, and let’s face it, authority just rubs us all the wrong way when it doesn’t conform to what we think or want.

Institutional priesthood is God’s idea.

Welcome Todd, Kandy, Mandi, and Maribeth, Bible Study Evangelista's newest friends of the show! Thank you 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 – Write a note of thanks and appreciation to your parish priest.

I | Ignatian – Imagine you are present by the Sea of Galilee as Jesus chooses fishermen Peter, James, and John to follow Him. Use all your senses to imagine you are there. How do you feel when He chooses you, too?

A | Augustinian – Did anything about today's show help you appreciate your priest and the priests you know, more? Did anything convict you about how you view and talk about your priest?

T | Thomistic – Use the prayer in the E – Entrust step, below, to list by name the priests that come to mind as you read and pray.

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!)
The Daily Prayer For Priests by St. Therese of the Child Jesus
 
O Jesus, I pray for your faithful and fervent priests; for your unfaithful and tepid priests; for your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for your tempted priests; for your lonely and desolate priests; for your young priests; for your dying priests; for the souls of your priests in Purgatory. But above all, I recommend to you the priests dearest to me: the priest who baptized me; the priests who absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way (especially …).
 
O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.  + 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
The institutional priesthood: “The priest’s office shall be theirs by perpetual statute. Thus you shall ordain them” (Ex. 29:9).

The lay priesthood: Ex 19:3-6, 3 And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel… 6 …you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

1 Peter 2:5-9, And like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Numbers 16:1-11, the people rebel against the institutional priesthood, but they are actually rebelling against God Himself: “Therefore it is against the Lord that you and all your company have gathered together” (vs 11).

Romans 13:1-2, 1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God,

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05_The “When” of the Old Testament

Rest, worship, and celebration are not luxury, they are spiritual discipline. Our liturgical feasts help us re-participate in the saving action of God in Christ by making the past events of His life present to us through our observance, by interrupting and ordering all our doing, and by inherently connecting us to all past, present, and future saints. Whose great idea was the liturgical year? It was God’s!
Welcome Lisa H, Wendy, Sarah, and Scott, Bible Study Evangelista's newest friends of the show! Thank you 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 – What's one thing you can do right now, to make your next Sunday more restful for you and your family? Do it or plan it; right now!

I | Ignatian – What is the most restful scenario you can imagine? Use all your senses in imagining you are there. What happens when Jesus appears?

A | Augustinian – Did anything about today's show convict you about how you treat your Sundays? Do you neglect either worship or rest?

T | Thomistic – Practice connecting the Old Testament feast days with their corresponding Church celebrations. (Hint: They're listed on the show pic.)

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!)

Holy Spirit, Thank you for being Lord of both time and history. Inspire me with ideas for how to make my Sundays with you more worshipful and restful for me and my family. Help me become more deliberate in observing the “sacrament of the present moment.” + 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
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: The following are the festivals of the LORD, my feast days, which you shall celebrate with a sacred assembly” (Lev. 23:2).

Leviticus 23, List of the major Old Testament liturgical feasts:

Sabbath remembers creation & rest
Passover & Unleavened Bread  remembers redemption from Egypt
First Fruits & Weeks celebration of first harvest
Trumpets celebration of New Year
Day of Atonement remembers God’s promise of forgiveness
Booths God’s remembers provision in the wilderness

 
Episode Resources
Fulfilled, Uncovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism, Chapter 3, Keeping Time with God

Ignite, Chapters 5, The When of the Bible

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