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Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 10 - Judas: Dealing With Disillusion

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 10 - Judas: Dealing With Disillusion

January 2, 2020

 

 

 
Judas had a plan, but Jesus was not cooperating. What do we do when the Church and even God Himself seems to let us down? To be “disillusioned” means to have illusions stripped away, and that’s a good thing: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 9 - The Prodigal Son: Overlooked

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 9 - The Prodigal Son: Overlooked

December 30, 2019

Category: Dealing with AngerTag: anger, Bible reading, holy spirit, Old Testament

Everyone feels unappreciated and overlooked sometimes. The prodigal son has an older, clearly responsible and obedient brother. Scholars tell us this brother represents the Pharisees, with whom Jesus shares this parable. How does God deal with our resentment when we feel our efforts are unacknowledged?

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 8 - Jonah: When God Blesses the Enemy

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 8 - Jonah: When God Blesses the Enemy

December 17, 2019

 

 

God tells Jonah to preach salvation to his enemy. So Jonah does the only sensible thing; he heads in the opposite direction! Jonah tried to thwart God’s will by doing the opposite of what he was asked. As a result, he finds himself in “deep.”

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 7 - David: You Are the Man

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 7 - David: You Are the Man

December 9, 2019

 

Note: Did you notice that I got the last two CatholicTV shows mixed up? Last week said it was David, but it was Saul. This week is actually David. Sorry about that! You might want to go back and look at that LOVE the Word reflection.

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Often we are not sorry for our actions because we are willfully ignorant of how they affect others. When Nathan confronts David over his sin, he becomes deeply angry at the injustice of his own actions. How do we deal with being confronted by someone else, especially when they are right and we are in the wrong? How do we deal with the guilt of doing wrong?

Bible Study Evangelista - An Advent Reflection on Thanksgiving

Bible Study Evangelista - An Advent Reflection on Thanksgiving

December 2, 2019
 

 

I spent Thanksgiving with my family, and we had an unexpected tragedy. My sister and brother-in-law lost everything in an electrical fire Thanksgiving morning at 6:30 AM. If you’re in the mood to donate for Giving Tuesday tomorrow, their Go Fund Me page is here.

Until next week, here is a reflection on how the Bible relates thanksgiving with praise and God’s presence that I did the Friday after Thanksgiving with Guadalupe Radio, and another show on How to Pray Like Mary with Brook Taylor over at Good Things Radio. 

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 6 - David: You Are the Man

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 6 - David: You Are the Man

November 18, 2019

Often we are not sorry for our actions because we are willfully ignorant of how they affect others. When Nathan confronts David over his sin, he becomes deeply angry at the injustice of his own actions. How do we deal with being confronted by someone else, especially when they are right and we are in the wrong? How do we deal with the guilt of doing wrong?

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 5 - Elijah: Digging Out of Depression

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 5 - Elijah: Digging Out of Depression

November 11, 2019

Elijah was one of God’s two greatest prophets, and he dealt with extended depression over what God was not doing in his life and ministry. He experienced fear, suicidal tendencies, excessive tiredness, and feelings of rejection for over two months, well past the time modern doctors would diagnose clinical depression. Elijah was angry at God.

In Romans 11:2-5, St. Paul uses Elijah as an example of how God considers our complaints against the people we serve, and our dejection when we think He’s not busy “doing something.” Find out how God helped Elijah dig out of depression.

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 4 - Balaam and Haman: Stubborn as a Mule

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 4 - Balaam and Haman: Stubborn as a Mule

November 4, 2019

Balaam got really ticked off at his donkey. The animal just would not do what he wanted it to do. Balaam had a goal in mind and circumstances were not cooperating with his objectives. It is natural for us to pursue objectives and goal, but what if they don’t work out?

The obstacle Balaam was encountering in his donkey was actually a merciful blessing from God, a hindrance designed by God for his guidance and protection. Rather than receiving God’s message to him in the event, Balaam got angry at the donkey. Of course, Balaam’s motives were not right to begin with. But even if I am trying to do a good thing, how do I respond to circumstances I cannot control?

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 3 - Moses: Whack a Rock

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 3 - Moses: Whack a Rock

October 28, 2019

Moses suffered from an inability to control his temper. He killed an Egyptian, smashed the Ten Commandments to bits, and eventually forfeited the Promised Land. Like Moses, our anger may be justified, but our actions often lack self control.

 

 

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 2 - Esau: Cheaters & Losers

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 2 - Esau: Cheaters & Losers

October 21, 2019

 

 

Esau’s life is the story of a man who traded his soul for fleeting pleasure, and grew incensed when he experienced the consequences of his presumption. He sold his birthright, which included not only material benefits and family privileges, but spiritual blessings as well, for a single bowl of stew. “He ate and drank, and rose and went on his way” (25:34) without giving a second thought to what he had done. He did it, it felt good, and only much later did he come to regret it.

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 1 - Cain: Sibling Anger

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 1 - Cain: Sibling Anger

October 14, 2019

Why does God put us in families with crazy people? Turns out there’s a good reason! Although all of us have Jerry Springer moments, “the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:9). How do we deal with sibling anger properly so it doesn’t boil over to something even more dangerous and sinister?
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Bible Study Evangelista - How to Pray Like Mary

Bible Study Evangelista - How to Pray Like Mary

September 9, 2019

Sonja Corbitt is a vital Catholic voice – a best-selling author, speaker, and broadcaster  – who produces high-impact, uplifting multimedia Bible studies.

A Carolina native who was raised as a Southern Baptist, Corbitt converted to Catholicism and served as director of religious education at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Gallatin, Tennessee, and as executive director of Risen Radio in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Sonja is the riveting weekly host of the Bible Study Evangelista Show on CatholicTV and radio. She is a regular guest on EWTN; writes for The Great Adventure Bible Study Blog; Catholic Digest; Catechist Magazine; and Magnificat magazine; and speaks around the world.

Sonja is in formation as a Third Order Carmelite, a columnist at The Great Adventure Bible Study blog, a regular contributor to Magnificat, and a best-selling author who also wrote for the Gallatin News Examiner and Oremus, the Westminster Cathedral magazine. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Bob, with whom she home schools two sons.

In this episode, Sonja talks about her latest book, How to Pray Like Mary, and how Mary led her to write this beautifully insightful book, soaked in Scripture and other Catholic documents.  She gives us a prayer method called LOVE the Word, a modern-take of Lectio Divina, that models Mary’s way of praying.  Sonja also gives intimate details about how her conversion journey, while holding Mary’s hand, has helped her overcome deep-seated wounds and impulses while lighting the fire of evangelization in her heart.

How to reach Sonja:

Website: https://www.biblestudyevangelista.com/

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Podcast The Bible Study Evangelistahttp://breadboxmedia.com/sonja-corbitt/

 

 

 

Our last two popes have called Mary the “model of prayer” and “mother of listening.” Why is that? And how can we follow her lead in deepening our prayer so that it is more powerful and fruitful?

 

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Theresa VdP (the extra lift is so helpful!); Lucille M; Patricia G; Michelle R; Yvette K; Mary Jo K-B; and Paul C 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.)

Click here to listen to this interview with Catholic Servant Podcast.

O – Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

Where do you need to love the Word more?

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, I trust in You! + 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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Bible Study Evangelista - How to Be a Monstrance, Atlanta Eucharistic Congress, 2019

Bible Study Evangelista - How to Be a Monstrance, Atlanta Eucharistic Congress, 2019

August 26, 2019
 

Have you prayed and prayed about, and worked and worked on a situation, but it has not changed in the least? Could it be because you are operating in your flesh, rather than in the Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit want to do?

Here’s a little different treat: my talk from this year’s Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Eucharistic Congress.

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Janet L; Patricia H; Lindsay B; Lisa P; Christina S; Gail & Chuck D; Shawn S; Shelley M; and Janette S, 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.)

Every FIAT temperament gets the same Observe step this week:

In what relationship or circumstance have you been relying solely on your own understanding rather than seeking God’s will? How can LOVE the Word help you discern God’s guidance?

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, I trust in You! + 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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Bible Study Evangelista - I AM the True Vine

Bible Study Evangelista - I AM the True Vine

August 19, 2019

 

 

 

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.

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Celine E; Kathleen Y; Kelli K; Julie L; and Christine L, for loving and lifting me!

Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app!

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. Since it is through You, O Life, that we bring forth fruits of life, we wish to be grafted onto You. When we are grafted onto You, then the branches which You have given to our tree bear fruit” (St. Catherine of Siena). + 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 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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Bible Study Evangelista - I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Bible Study Evangelista - I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life

August 12, 2019

 

 

 

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.

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Trish F; Janet L; Matt M; Jennifer D; and Viviana V, for loving and lifting me!

Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app!

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.

Join me! 2020 Holy Land Pilgrimage, April 13-24

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Bible Study Evangelista - I AM the Resurrection & the Life

Bible Study Evangelista - I AM the Resurrection & the Life

August 5, 2019

 

 

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).

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Deb B; Cloe R; Julie L; and Marcus R, for loving and lifting me!

Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app!

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.

Join me! 2020 Holy Land Pilgrimage, April 13-24

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Bible Study Evangelista - I AM the Good Shepherd

Bible Study Evangelista - I AM the Good Shepherd

July 29, 2019

 

 

 

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?

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Melissa M; Patricia P; Brooke E; Michelle S; Teresa D; Carolyn W; Celine E, for loving and lifting me!

Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app!

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.

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, and he is utterly horrified when a disembodied voice flares out from the crackling flames and erupts in a burst of popping light that burns through him with its terrible snapping sound: “MOSES.”
As though Moses had earlier spoken his thought aloud, the blazing bush thunders, “I AM the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,” as He calls him out of the desert to the salvation Moses was named and had been preparing for all along.

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Dear Jesus, forgive me for believing I could run from my sin. I pretended that you did not see me and expected no one would know, but it has separated me from what I love and exiled me to a lonely barren land.

Today, help me to cooperate with my desert surroundings to do away with all the trappings of sinful Egypt that crowd and drown and suffocate your work in me and deceive me into thinking I am where you are. Help me to hear your voice in my desolations, so I can encounter you on a level that will transform me forever.

Like Moses, I know what failure feels like. But I also want to experience you, to hear you speak in that fire and flame, to remove my shoes in awe, and leave your presence ready to change the world. Please call me forward, Lord, to where you are, be it desert loneliness or barren wilderness. I am at the foot of the desolate mountain, wandering around, killing time, awkwardly groping for you. And as you summon me, make me know in my depths that even while I ran from my guilt, you were already waiting for me in the desert.

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Perhaps you want to rest your little woolen head in the Good Shepherd’s lap and let him hold you tight, or reflect on how you can be a better shepherd to serve, protect, and defend your family and the Church against the wolves and hirelings of the culture. 

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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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Bible Study Evangelista - I AM the Door

Bible Study Evangelista - I AM the Door

July 22, 2019

 

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.

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Agnieszka T; Carmen D; and Diane S, 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. 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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Bible Study Evangelista - I AM the Light of the World

Bible Study Evangelista - I AM the Light of the World

July 15, 2019

All the “lights” of the Old Testament symbolized the light of God’s authoritative presence in his Word through the institutional priesthood. Jesus fulfills them all as High Priest and Word of God. By filling the “lights” with the power of salvation, he carries the lampstand forward into the New Testament Church, where Jesus is the center of all the light emanating from the historical, institutional priesthood in the heavenly tabernacle, as we see him in Revelation 1:12-13.

Because God commanded it as part of their duty on his behalf, separating the priesthood from teaching and instruction in the Law would have been unthinkable to the Jewish mind. Certainly, God was not preventing the people from learning, praying, or studying the Law on their own; he was protecting them from doctrinal error and preserving them in unity. The priesthood was the office of authoritative judgment for the people, a way of justice for them. The prophets saw that this would be so in the Messianic Kingdom as well (see Ezekiel 44:23-23). Can you see how a priestly, magisterial body on matters of faith and doctrine was God’s idea? Now as then, they are anointed at ordination with a special discernment charism.

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Gerard O’R and Chris C, for loving and lifting me!

Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app!

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 – Take tour of your home with your eyes closed as though you were blind. What does it mean to you that the light of truth comes to us most fully and completely through the Church?

I | Ignatian – Aside from the historical, Jewish context of “light”, St. John places this I AM statement in the context of Jesus forgiving the adulterous woman in John 8:1-12. Imagine you are present at the scene as one of the would-be stoners. Imagine with all your senses that Jesus has written the Ten Commandments in the dirt before you, and challenged you to throw a stone if you, yourself, have never mortally sinned. What does this mean to you, now: “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

A | Augustinian – Are there Catholic teachings, either in Tradition or Scripture, that you “don’t agree with”?  What has God said to you about Catholic teaching through this show?

 T | Thomistic – Spend a few minutes, here, researching light. What correlations can you make between light as temporal and spiritual energy? Do these connections speak you you in any way?

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 who have followed you today through the darkness of temptation, confusion, depression, sin, 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 your faithful disciples. May we praise you all the days of our lives and throughout eternity. + 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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Bible Study Evangelista - Deep in Scripture with Marcus Grodi of Journey Home

Bible Study Evangelista - Deep in Scripture with Marcus Grodi of Journey Home

July 8, 2019

 

You didn’t get an email last week because I was on vacation with my family, which was something of a surprise, as we expected to only be gone the 4th of July weekend. Instead we enjoyed the whole week together.

This week I am interrupting our usual programming for a little treat: a show Marcus Grodi and I did last week on memorable scripture verses. Take a listen. We will resume the I AM statements next Monday.

Thank you to my newest Friend of the Show, Gerard O, for loving and lifting me!

Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app!

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.)

Every FIAT temperament gets the same Observe step this week:

Maybe you do not have an anger issue, but what is your issue? What is your emotional vomit? Have you had a recent pop quiz? The S-T-O-P acronym works for all sin. Where is God speaking to you about your out-of-control behavior? How is your behavior related to your wounds?

What about the desires of your heart? What has God said to you about that today?

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, I trust in You! + 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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