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Bible Study Evangelista Show

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 03_All in the Family | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:01

"It is certain that when the husband and wife are subject to one another 'out of reverence for Christ,' a just balance will be established such as to correspond to their Christian vocation in the mystery of Christ (Pope St. John Paul II, General Audience of Wednesday August 11, 1982).  How to Really Love Your Child, by Dr. Ross Campbell, explains the three ways children receive and feel love. They are 1) loving eye contact; 2) loving physical touch, and; 3) quality time. Because women feel and receive love similarly, they are often inherently better at communicating love to their children, whereas men sometimes have to work harder to communicate their love to wives and children, as this type of communication sometimes does not come as naturally to them. Ross goes so far as to say parents should never punish their children for misbehavior until they have cycled through these three ways of love, since misbehavior is often the child's way of communicating their need for love. I have found this to be true in my own experience with my kids. Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Keith Y; Beth W; Michele M; Katrina I; and Allyson M (welcome back!), for loving and lifting me! 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.) As you choose and work through your FIAT action item(s), keep in mind we are discussing both physical and spiritual children. F | Franciscan – As you listened to the show, were you inspired to some charitable action toward your family or a particular family member? How will you obey that inspiration from the Holy Spirit?  I | Ignatian – One of our texts for this week's show talks about the joy of having a “full quiver,” that is, the blessings of children (physical/spiritual). An archer with a quiver full of arrows goes into battle and fires, fully armed.  Using all your senses, imagine the "battle" for which your physical and/or spiritual children are the arrows in your quiver. Are you on offense or defense? What is the Lord saying to you through this passage?  A | Augustinian – What was the most significant thing you heard in this show? If anything particularly struck you, could it be the voice of God, already acting and moving in your heart and life? How can you use the principles from this show to improve the relationships in your family and/or community?  T | Thomistic – Take a look at this text from the show. Then, read this brief bit of info on the use of modern archery in warfare. Why do you think the Bible calls physical and/or spiritual children "arrows" in a quiver?  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!) We thank you, O God, for the Love You have implanted in our hearts. May it always inspire us to be kind in our words, considerate in our actions, and concerned for others' needs and wishes. Help us understand and forgive human weakness and failure. Increase our faith and trust in You, and may Your Prudence guide our life and love. Bless our Marriages O God; bless the world with many more holy marriages; bless us with Peace and Happiness, and make our love fruitful for Your glory and our Joy both here and in eternity. Amen.+ . *Find out your prayer temperament with this quiz!

 02_Back to the Basics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

Rest is not a luxury, it is a spiritual discipline. The key to finding balance in your life, to having a well-ordered life, is to follow the pattern God embedded in creation. And that rhythm involves worship/rest as the crown of the week, followed by six days of work. Worship/rest is a commandment. A proper Sunday observance helps balance our lives and gives meaning to our time. "[Christians] are obliged in conscience to arrange their Sunday rest in a way which allows them to take part in the Eucharist, refraining from work and activities which are incompatible with the sanctification of the Lord’s Day, with its characteristic joy and necessary rest for spirit and body . . . Understood and lived in this fashion, Sunday in a way becomes the soul of the other days, and in this sense we can recall the insight of Origen that the perfect Christian “is always in the Lord’s Day, and is always celebrating Sunday”  (St. John Paul II, Dies Domini)  Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Joseph R; Joy F; Elizabeth K; Candice Z; and Ed P, for loving and lifting me! 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 – Does it change how you see Sundays to know that rest/worship is a Commandment and not optional? What gesture can you offer God this week to make your Sunday more worshipful and restful, for you and your family? I | Ignatian –  After Communion this Sunday, kneel with God and remember how your past work week went. What was good, what was bad, what was expected and unexpected? How did you cooperate with God's work in the world in the week past? Imagine how the coming work week will look. Ask Him for a new consciousness of how you can work with Him more deliberately next week.  A | Augustinian – Often we have a hard time resting on Sundays because the laundry screams to us from the laundry room, the dirty dishes demand attention from the sink, and the Monday schedule creeps in with it's looming morning gauntlet and must-do checklists. List three concrete steps you can take this week to prepare early for Sunday, so that these distractions do not prevent a real worship/rest for you and your family. T | Thomistic – Use this guide to help you memorize the Ten Commandments. Teach your children and grandchildren to memorize them too! 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 God, by the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ on the first day of the week, you conquered sin, put death to flight, and gave us the hope of everlasting life. Redeem all our days by this victory; forgive our sins, banish our fears, make us bold to praise you and to do your will; and steel us to wait for the consummation of your kingdom on the last great Day; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.+ . *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. Tour Italy with Sonja ~ Click the pic to register Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app!

 01_ Putting God First | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

As we consider all of the areas we want to improve, where is God in this new year? Make 2020 a year when you are focused on Jesus: God and rest first. Yes, rest! Vocation second, work third. This series looks at key passages in the Old and New Testaments, and explores ways we can place Jesus at the center of our everyday living. Action items are in the LOVE the Word® exercises, below. Choose one! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Natalie K, and Bob R, for loving and lifting me! 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 – "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" (Eph 2:10). What comes to mind when you read this verse? What "good work" is the Holy Spirit inspiring you to do? Use the gift of your spontaneity to offer that sacrifice this week. I | Ignatian –  Consider your go-to sin, then one you fall into over and over without even thinking, until you've done it, or failed to do it, and feel the guilt hanging over you. Notice the situations that provoke that reaction. This is called "the near occasion of sin," and the Church exhorts us to avoid these situations. How can you avoid your near occasion of sin? Outline a two or three-step strategy for dealing with this reaction when it comes up next. Use all your senses to visualize yourself using the strategy and winning. Expect a pop quiz in the near future!   A | Augustinian – "What shall I render to the Lord, for all the things he has rendered unto me? I will take the chalice of salvation; and I will call upon the name of the Lord" (Ps 115:12-13). Meditate on this passage for a few moments. What does Jesus ask of you? How can you obey? T | Thomistic – "Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights..." (James 1:17). Make a list of all your blessings; list as many as you can in ten minutes. How can you thank Him? 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!) May Your name be glorified for You alone are worthy, for You looked down on our pitiful world and chose to give Your only Beloved Son to be the perfect sacrifice to pay the price for the sins of all of Your people. There are no words sufficient enough to praise and bless You for all that You have poured over the heads of Your children, and into the hearts of those that love and trust You. You alone are worthy of our thanksgiving and praise, and we bless Your name forever and ever. Amen.+ . *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. Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Share the LOVE Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.   Read the Transcript You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here,  courtesy of Dora Donovan who does our transcripts for you.  

 12_What to Take Away: Taming the Monster Within | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:00

Not all anger is bad: “He who is not angry, whereas he has cause to be, sins. For unreasonable patience is the hotbed of many vices; it fosters negligence, and incites not only the wicked but the good to do wrong” (St. John Chrysostom). How do we tell the difference? God always confronts and helps us work through our anger, if we let Him. He helps us tame the monster within by asking us specifically about it. Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Keith S; Leslie A; Gail R; Elizabeth M (thank you for the extra lift ;) and Rosemary K, for loving and lifting me! 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.) If you'd rather watch the video, you can do that here.  O - Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.) Take a look at this list of questions God asks His angry people in the Scriptures throughout this series. Does any one of them stand out for you? Choose the one that resonates most. Cain, Genesis 4:6, “Why are you angry?” Esau, Genesis 27:36, “Is he not rightly named Jacob (cheater)?” Moses, Exodus 2:14, “Who made you a prince and judge?” Balaam, Numbers 22, “What have I done to you?” Haman, Esther 7:2, “What is your request?” Elijah, 1 Kings 19:9, “What are you doing here?” Saul, 1 Samuel 15:19, “Why did you not obey?” David, 2 Samuel 12:9, “Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord?” Jonah 4:4, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Prodigal’s Brother, Luke 15: 28, “Won’t you come to the party?” Judas, Luke 22:48, “Are you betraying me?” Paul, Acts 9, “Why are you persecuting me?” F | Franciscan – Make a list of all the good, virtuous, and admirable qualities in the person you are most angry at. List at least ten. And if you can get 25, I'll offer a Mass for you both. Drop me a comment or message me on Facebook. I | Ignatian –  Imagine you are sitting knee to knee, facing Jesus. You are in a room alone together as He says these words (questions, above) to you. What are your thoughts and feelings? What will you do?  A | Augustinian – Which episode of this series resonated with you most? What does the Lord want you to do now? T | Thomistic – See if you can commit the list of people and questions, above, to memory.  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 Lord Jesus Christ, Who said to Your Apostles: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you," regard not my sins but the faith of Your Church, and deign to give her peace and unity according to Your Will: Who live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.+ . *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. Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Share the LOVE Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.   Read the Transcript You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available, courtesy of Dora Donovan who does our transcripts...

 11_Paul: Kicking Against the Goads | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:00

We can have the faith and attend the church of our parents. We can be about God’s business. We can be doing great good. But what if we don’t realize we are fighting against Jesus Himself? Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Keith S; Leslie A; Gail R; Elizabeth M (thank you for the extra lift ;) and Rosemary K, for loving and lifting me! 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.) If you'd rather watch the video, you can do that here.  O - Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.) F | Franciscan – Saul had “inherited religion” – but he didn’t have faith until he encountered the risen Jesus. Get in touch with your parents (via prayer if they are no longer alive) and thank them for your faith.  I | Ignatian – Try to recall your first memories of faith. Using all your senses, try to remember each detail. Thank the Lord for those moments. Perhaps you want to offer a Mass of thanksgiving?  A | Augustinian – Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus? Are you in contact with Him every day? Where are you kicking against His goading in your life right now? T | Thomistic – Take a look at this entry on goads. What do you learn about Paul, and yourself? 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!) Help us, O Lord, to be obedient children but help us also to cast out of our hearts and minds all things that might hinder us in a whole and holy love for You. As You did love the world, help us to love. As You gave Yourself for us, help us to give ourselves for You. Amen.+ . *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. Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Share the LOVE Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.   Read the Transcript You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available, courtesy of Dora Donovan who does our transcripts for you.

 10_Judas: Dealing With Disillusion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:59

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). Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Melissa O'N; Julie F; and Patrick C, for loving and lifting me! 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.) If you'd rather watch the video, you can do that here.  O - Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.) F | Franciscan – If you don't already, receive the Eucharist on the tongue at your next Mass, remembering that Jesus is offering you the honored bread. (Go to Confession, first, if you have sinned mortally.) I | Ignatian –  Take a moment to read this poem; try your best to imagine yourself as Judas. A | Augustinian – If you don't already, receive the Eucharist on the tongue at your next Mass, remembering that Jesus is offering you the honored bread. (Go to Confession, first, if you have sinned mortally.) T | Thomistic – This one may be harder for you, Thomistic one, but take a moment to read this poem. What is Jesus telling you? 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 God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee and I detest all my sins, because I fear the loss of heaven and the pangs of hell, but most of all because You are all good and worthy of all my love. I resolve, therefore, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.+ . *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. Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Share the LOVE Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.   Read the Transcript You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available, courtesy of Dora Donovan who does our transcripts for you. Image Credit - Image by Peggy Choucair from Pixabay 

 09_The Prodigal Son: Overlooked | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:00

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? Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Jamie D, and Jonathan M, for loving and lifting me! 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.) If you'd rather watch the video, you can do that here.  O - Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.) F | Franciscan – Invite someone single or lonely to your home or out for a meal.  I | Ignatian –  When you imagine this parable, do you see yourself as the rude prodigal, the angry older brother, or the father caught between them? Using all your senses, imagine the ending of this story, the way you hope it goes in your own life. A | Augustinian – One of the most wonderful truths in this parable is that God cares more about His relationship with you than anything you do for Him: "You are always with me, and all that is mine is yours" (Luke 15:31). In what situation or with whom do you feel yourself resentful toward?  has given you all that He has (vs 31), “everything I have is yours” pleads with you to come to His party (vs 28). In the situation that came to mind, above, go out of your way to treat someone better than they deserve this week. T | Thomistic – Take a moment to take a little quiz on your resentment level.  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 God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee and I detest all my sins, because I fear the loss of heaven and the pangs of hell, but most of all because You are all good and worthy of all my love. I resolve, therefore, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.+ . *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. Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Share the LOVE Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.   Read the Transcript You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available, courtesy of Dora Donovan who does our transcripts for you. Image Credit: Esi Grünhagen, Pixabay

 08_Jonah: When God Blesses the Enemy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:00

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.” Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Julie L; Pam DiM; Kelly K; and Kathleen M, for loving and lifting me! 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.) If you'd rather watch the video, you can do that here.  O - Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.) F | Franciscan – Make an effort to interact and serve people or a person that you dislike or disagree with. What might God want to teach you through them? I | Ignatian –  As you imagine Jonah's story, what do you sense God is trying to tell you?  A | Augustinian – Jonah, God’s prophet, was prejudiced. What’s the group you seriously dislike? Color, race, education, nationality, religion or “side” of Catholicism or Christianity, sexual preference, politician or political party, social justice issue, ISIS, immigrants, Panthers or Broncos, gun control advocates or pro-lifers, someone else? How are you called to serve them? T | Thomistic – Can a whale really swallow a person, and could that person survive?  What does that tell you about biblical genres and the purpose of Jonah's story? 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 God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee and I detest all my sins, because I fear the loss of heaven and the pangs of hell, but most of all because You are all good and worthy of all my love. I resolve, therefore, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.+  . *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. Let's go to the Holy land! Click the flier for details.  Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Share the LOVE Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.   Read the Transcript You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available, courtesy of Dora Donovan who does our transcripts for you.

 07_David: You Are the Man | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:00

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? Thank you to 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. Get the book based on her method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary. L - Listen (Receive the Word.) If you'd rather watch the video, you can do that here.  O - Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.) F | Franciscan – To whom do you need to go to ask for forgiveness? Do that this week. I | Ignatian –  Read Nathan's story of the rich man who takes a poor man’s pet lamb to feed a visiting guest, despite having a huge flock of sheep of his own. What does the little pet lamb smell and feel like? Are you the rich man or the poor man in the story? What is Jesus saying to you?   A | Augustinian – One of the telling things about guilt is that it creates great anger in our souls towards others who are guilty of the same thing we are guilty of.  Our anger and judgment is focused on them but in reality it is the fear of exposure and the judgment we know we deserve. This is called projecting. At whom are you currently angry or judgmental? Is there any projection occurring in your heart and mind?  T | Thomistic – Psalm 51 is David’s response to the exposure and disclosure of his guilt. Read Psalm 51, here, and take a look at how it breaks down into three simple prayers: Verses 1-6 Prayer of Confession and Contrition Verses 7-12 Prayer for Restoration Verses 13-17 Prayer of Thanksgiving What important lessons do you learn on how to overcome guilt?  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 God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee and I detest all my sins, because I fear the loss of heaven and the pangs of hell, but most of all because You are all good and worthy of all my love. I resolve, therefore, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.+  . *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. Let's go to the Holy land! Click the flier for details.  Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Share the LOVE Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.   Read the Transcript You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available, courtesy of Dora Donovan who does our transcripts for you.

 06_Saul: Obedience Is Better than Sacrifice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:00

Saul was angry because he experienced the consequences of his actions. Are you really following God? Are you living a life of partial obedience to the Church? Do you find it easier to be obedient when you know people are looking? Have you been struggling with some area of your life that you know needs to be surrendered to God? How do you avoid the consequences of disobedience? OBEY. "Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice...For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry" (1 Sam 15:22-23). Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Marianne K; Tom G; Jean R; Stacey B; Eddie R; Rodney H; Melanie T; Erin B; and Tracy Lee P, for loving and lifting me! 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.) If you'd rather watch the video, you can do that here.  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 some area of your life that you have withheld from God? What's the first small step you can take toward full obedience? What might the consequences of your continued disobedience be? I | Ignatian –  As you read the passage and imagine the exchange between Samuel and Saul, what thoughts arise? Are you Samuel, or are you Saul?  A | Augustinian – In what area of your life have you been less than fully obedient to God or to the Church? What's the first small step you can take toward full obedience? What might the consequences of your continued disobedience be? T | Thomistic – "Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice... For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry" (1 Sam 15:22-23). Why is disobedience likened to witchcraft and/or idolatry in this verse? 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, Almighty Lord, You Who obeyed Your Father to the end, teach me the meaning of obedience. I long to please you and to obey Your will. My worldly nature seeks one way, while my spiritual nature seeks another. Bless me with the strength to obey, that my soul may subdue both natures, blending them into perfect prayer. Grant me the grace to always obey You until my last breath. Amen.+  . *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. Let's go to the Holy land! Click the flier for details.  Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Share the LOVE Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.   Read the Transcript You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available, courtesy of Dora Donovan who does our transcripts for you.

 05_Elijah: Digging Out of Depression | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:34

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. Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Stacey B; Eddie R; Rodney H; Melanie T; and Erin B, for loving and lifting me! 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.) If you'd rather watch the video, you can do that here.  O - Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.) F | Franciscan – Step one in God's treatment plan was to send Elijah to His Word. Do you have a daily scripture habit? I | Ignatian –  Step two in God's treatment plan for Elijah's depression was to go to Mt. Horeb, a type of "church," if you will.  Science confirms that that attendance at a house of worship is related to lower rates of depression and anxiety. Prayer and meditation have been shown to lower the risk of depression and heart disease and improve immune function. Time alone with God in prayer and Bible study is a powerful anti-depressant. Do you go to Mass at least every week? A | Augustinian – Twice, God asked Elijah, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (I Kings 19:13). Hear God ask you that question. What is your answer? T | Thomistic – Take a look at the following studies on depression and faith. What do you learn? Smith et al, 2003. “Religiousness and depression: Evidence for a main effect and the moderating influence of stressful life events”. http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/bul/129/4/614/. Dew et al, 2008. “Religion/Spirituality and adolescent psychiatric symptoms: a review”. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18219572. Law et al, 2009. “The Effects of Church Attendance and Marital Status on the Longitudinal Trajectories of Depressed Mood Among Older Adults”. http://jah.sagepub.com/content/21/6/803.abstract. Blazer, 2011. “Religion/Spirituality and Depression: What Can We Learn From Empirical Studies?”. http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleID=181239. 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 Christ Jesus, When all is darkness, And we feel our weakness and helplessness, Give us the sense of Your Presence, Your Love and Your Strength. Help us to have perfect trust In Your protecting love And strengthening power, So that nothing may frighten or worry us, For, living close to You, We shall see Your Hand, Your Purpose, Your Will,  through all things (St. Ignatius of Loyola). Amen.+  . *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. Join me! 2020 Holy land pilgrimage,

 04_Balaam and Haman: Stubborn as a Mule | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:41

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? Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Marianne K; Tom G; and Jean R, for loving and lifting me! 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.) If you'd rather watch the video, you can do that here.  O - Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.) F | Franciscan – Take some time to cuddle your pet. Have you every thought of pets as gifts from God?  I | Ignatian – Using all your senses, imagine you are headed on an important errand, but your donkey will not cooperate. What do you do when your donkey speaks to you?! A | Augustinian – Chances are you will face a pop quiz soon involving an unexpected and unwelcome delay. How is that delay a gift from God? T | Thomistic – Can you list the who, what, where, when, why, and how of this story about Balaam and his donkey? 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. Anthony, how tongue-tied I can be when I should be praising God and defending the oppressed. My cowardice often strikes me dumb; I am afraid to open my mouth. St. Anthony, Restorer of Speech to the Mute, release me from my fears. Teach me to praise God and to champion the rights of those unjustly treated. Amen.+  . *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. Join me! 2020 Holy land pilgrimage, April 13-24 Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Share the LOVE Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.   Read the Transcript You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available, courtesy of Dora Donovan who does our transcripts for you.

 03_Moses: Whack a Rock | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:00

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. Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Josh C; Jane L; Linda B; and Alejandra E, for loving and lifting me! 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.) If you'd rather watch the video, you can do that here.  O - Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.) F | Franciscan – When you get angry, are you angry against the person rather than the offense?  Do you cherish a desire for revenge?  Do you have a hard time forgiving others?  Do you get angry easily?  Do you have a reputation for losing your temper?  If your answer is yes, then you likely have a problem with your temper.    I | Ignatian – When you place yourself in this narrative, which of Moses' angry episodes do you identify with most? Are you angry at those you serve, angry at injustice, or angry at experiencing the consequences of your actions? A | Augustinian –Moses' main difficulty was lack of balance. He was angry at the right things in the wrong ways. He broke the Ten Commandments, written by the finger of God Himself (Ex 32:16), after having spent forty days and nights talking face-to-face with God! When have you left prayer and launched into an angry outburst?  T | Thomistic – Take a look at this entry on anger. What do you learn about your own anger? 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 Lord, must I fear Your wrath? Retribution is Yours by right! May I never dishonour Your Divinity, My soul seeking to maintain Your love. Shape my being into earnest kindness, A reflection of Your perfection. Grant me the grace of self-control, That I may not display any anger. Should I have such an outburst, Instantly remind me to seek redress, For such is offensive to You. Anger is Yours alone to avenge! Amen.+  . *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. Join me! 2020 Holy land pilgrimage, April 13-24 Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Share the LOVE Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.   Read the Transcript You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available, courtesy of Dora Donovan who does our transcripts for you.

 02_Esau: Cheaters & Losers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:00

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. . [Special note: Thank you for your patience as we worked through the logistics for being able to offer you the audio for the TV series; we are back on the regular every-Monday email schedule. If you have been largely clueless for the last month or more, please like the Sonja Corbitt Facebook page, where we keep you in the loop on the latest updates - including showtimes, online viewing, when the next email will arrive in your inbox, when the newest series will begin, what new books or study I've begin writing, etc.] Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Dahn W; Tami S; Lisa P; and James C, for loving and lifting me! 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.) If you'd rather watch the video, you can do that here.  O - Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.) F | Franciscan – The story shows that if you trade your soul to satisfy your flesh, you’ve made a bad deal. Do you eat because you're hungry, or because you're bored, or hurt, or something else? As you eat your next meal, or catch yourself in your next self-medicating habit, consider what you trade for it: health? sin? wasted time? wasted money? a bad example or reputation?  I | Ignatian – When you place yourself in this narrative, are you Jacob, the sneaky one, or Esau, the presumptuous one? When you imagine this exchange using all your senses, what feelings rise to the surface? When have you been angry like Esau for being tricked and/or presumptuous? A | Augustinian – Someone said the difference between school and life is that in school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test which teaches you a lesson.  Esau’s decision to sell his birthright to Jacob was like that. My guess is this wasn’t the first time the birthright had come up. Perhaps on other occasions Jacob had tested him: “Hey, Esau, what would you take for your birthright?” Had Esau said flat out, “It’s not for sale for any price,” that might have ended the matter. But maybe he left the door open a crack. Perhaps Jacob could tell the birthright just wasn’t very important to Esau. Maybe Jacob was shrewd enough to spot Esau's attitude, and used it to take the advantage. Possibly he waited for Esau to come in from the field famished. As his brother, Jacob should have gladly given Esau a bowl of soup. But instead he used it to take away Esau’s birthright. Where are you in danger of losing something priceless because of fleshly craving and presumption?    T | Thomistic – Here are four possible lessons from this passage on Esau and Jacob: 1. You will lose the greatest blessings if you fail to appreci­ate them. 2. Small choices can have drastic consequences. 3. The flesh makes things seem essential that really are not. 4. It is sin to grab the right things for the wrong reasons or in the wrong way. What area of your life is the Lord speaking to you about through these lessons? 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.

 01_Cain: Sibling Anger | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:06

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? . Special note: Thank you for your patience as we worked through the logistics for being able to offer you the audio for the TV series; we are back on the regular every-Monday email schedule. If you have been largely clueless for the last month or more, please like the Sonja Corbitt Facebook page, where we keep you in the loop on the latest updates - including showtimes, online viewing, when the next email will arrive in your inbox, when the newest series will begin, what new books or study I've begin writing, etc.   Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Anne S; Diana C; Lynda S; Traci L'P; Christina Car; Tammy T; Christina Cav; Esther A; and Helen H, 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.) If you'd rather watch the video, you can do that here.  O - Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.) F | Franciscan – Chances are you might experience what I call a pop quiz with a sibling or person in your family or church family in the next week or so.  How do you typically deal with anger? Consider taking it out on a pillow or tree limb, expressing all your pent up emotion as you enjoy harmlessly tearing something up. I | Ignatian – Use all your senses to imagine this conversation God had with Cain: "Why are you angry? Why has your face fallen?" What would you say to God about your own emotion?   A | Augustinian – Did you hear the Holy Spirit speak to you personally through this episode? What, specifically, does He want you to know or work on?  T | Thomistic – Science tells us that anger provokes a "flight or flight" response in the body. How does your body feel when you are angry? Can you feel that your anger is localized somewhere (an aching stomach; perhaps, a migraine?), or does it wash over you somehow? What does God want you to know about how your body expresses anger, even if you don't express it outwardly? 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 Jesus, there is anger in my heart and I cannot root it out. I know that I should calm down and offer the hurt and disappointment to You, but my emotion is running away with me. Help me to overcome this weakness and give me peace of heart as well as mind. Let me learn from this experience and grow into a better human being. Amen.+  . *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. Join me! 2020 Holy land pilgrimage, April 13-24 Share the LOVE Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.   Read the Transcript You can download a complete,

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