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 01_O Wisdom, The O Antiphons | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

Wisdom is the first and highest gift of the Holy Spirit. It makes the soul responsive to God in the contemplation of divine things. Where faith is a simple knowledge of the articles of Christian belief, wisdom goes on to a certain divine penetration of the truths themselves. Built into wisdom is the element of love, which inspires contemplative reflection on these divine mysteries, rejoices dwelling on them, and directs the mind to judge all things according to their principles (Catholic Dictionary). Simply put, wisdom is seeing things from God's perspective.  Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Ed P; Cindy K; Regina L; Jo K; Maribel M; Mary R; Julie F, and Roger D for loving and lifting me! Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin. Get the book based on Sonja's method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary. L - Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.) O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.) What event or circumstance in your life do you need God's perspective on? What does God's promise of wisdom in James 1:5 tell you about that? 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, Who instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, Grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen + Show Notes Topics Discussed: Plato and Thomas Aquinas, biblical "wisdom", St. Athanasius on wisdom Overview: Minutes 00:12:00 – History of the O Antiphons, wisdom defined, Plato and Thomas Aquinas, cardinal virtues    Minutes 12:01-24:00 – Old Testament and New Testament uses of "wisdom", biblical personification of wisdom Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Three types of wisdom: the art of living, thinking deeply, and wisdom from God Minutes 36:01-48:00 – St. Athanasius on wisdom; wisdom as seeing things from God's perspective Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Facebook Discussion Community We're talking over on the Bible Study Evangelista Facebook Discussion page. Come chat with us. Read the Transcript Download a complete, word-for-word transcript of this show, here.

 Spiritual Rosary Pilgrimage | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

Join me, Christopher West, Scott Hahn, Edward Sri, Fr. Calloway, Fr. Larry Richards, Fr. Patalinghug, Fr. Pacwa, Jason Evert, Fr. Spitzer, Ralph Martin, Sisters of the Immaculata, Christine Wood, and a slew of other top-notch Catholic speakers for the The Spiritual Rosary Pilgrimage, FREE ONLINE event starting this week of the Feast of the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary and finishing on the 7th of October, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary! Join over 50000 pilgrims ready to celebrate the Blessed Virgin & the Life of Christ! Daily rosary video meditations by the speakers come to you via email when you Sign up here! New series will begin in October.  Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Cindy T; Petra T, and Jamie O, 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 Sonja's method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary. L - Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)     O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.)   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!)   Show Notes Topics Discussed:   Overview:   Additional Resources:   Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Facebook Discussion Community We're talking over on the Bible Study Evangelista Facebook Discussion page. Come chat with us. Read the Transcript Download a complete, word-for-word transcript of this show, here.

 09_Justice & Society, A CSJ Series Summary | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

Justice is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor. Justice toward God is called the "virtue of religion." [Worship.] Justice toward men disposes one to respect the rights of each and to establish in human relationships the harmony that promotes equity with regard to persons and to the common good. The just man, often mentioned in the Sacred Scriptures, is distinguished by habitual right thinking and the uprightness of his conduct toward his neighbor (CCC 1807). "Justice is a habit whereby a man renders to each one his due by a constant and perpetual will" (St. Thomas Aquinas). "For the rich man in the Gospel who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and feasted sumptuously every day, is not said to have stolen what belonged to others, but to have used what was his own unfruitfully; and hell received him after this life, not because he did anything unlawful but because by immoderate indulgence he gave up his whole self to what was lawful" (St. Augustine).  Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Ban A; Ella C; Bonnie C; Lynn T; Gerry C; Rowena A; Nancy B; and Paul S, 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 Sonja's method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary. L - Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)      O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.) Do I vote and live each day with human dignity, marriage and family, the poor, and the other principles of Catholic Social Justice in mind? Do I search for purpose, the interior life, for God in those I meet in my daily interactions? Do I hold myself and others responsible for the rights we are gifted with? Do I consider the rights of workers over the rights of those who will not work? Do I serve the poor with a consideration that justice demands what I offer them? Do I meditate on my own oneness and connectedness with my neighbor and God? Have I taken measures to simplify my consumption? Have I stopped littering? Do I recycle as much as I can? 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, who would fold both heaven and earth in a single peace, Let the design of your great love lighten upon the waste of our wraths and sorrows. Give peace to your Church, peace among nations, peace in our dwellings, and peace in our hearts, through your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen +  Show Notes Topics Discussed: Summary of the seven Catholic social justice principles Justice as a biblical concept Justice in society Overview: Minutes 00:12:00 - Recap of series, CSJ principles 1-5    Minutes 12:01-24:00 - CSJ priciples 6-7, justice and righteousness in the Bible Minutes 24:01-36:00 - Human justice and God's justice Minutes 36:01-48:00 - Some Church Fathers and Doctors on justice, justice as redemption and forgiveness Additional Resources: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching Book, Amazon: Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and USCCB Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Facebook Discussion Community We're talking over on the Bible Study Evangelista Facebook Discussion page. Come chat with us.

 08_Care for Creation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

“On this earth there is room for everyone: here the entire human family must find the resources to live with dignity, through the help of nature itself—God’s gift to his children—and through hard work and creativity. At the same time we must recognize our grave duty to hand the earth on to future generations in such a condition that they too can worthily inhabit it and continue to cultivate it.” —Pope Benedict XVI, Charity in Truth (Caritas in Veritate), no. 50 Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Mary McJ; Gina G; Amanda B; Richard T; and Allyson 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 Sonja's method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary. L - Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)      O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.) Read about all the ways you can volunteer with The National Park Service in caring for our federally protected spaces. From the Examination of Conscience in Light of Social Teaching Do I live out my responsibility to care for God’s creation? Do I see my care for creation as connected to my concern for poor persons, who are most at risk from environmental problems? Do I litter? Live wastefully?  Use energy too freely? Are there ways I could reduce consumption in my life? Are there ways I could change my daily practices and those of my family, school, workplace, or community to better conserve the earth’s resources for future generations? 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!) Father of all, Creator and ruler of the universe, You entrusted your world to us as a gift. Help us to care for it and all people, that we may live in right relationship--with You, with ourselves, with one another, and with creation. Christ our Lord, both divine and human, You lived among us and died for our sins. Help us to imitate your love for the human family by recognizing that we are all connected—to our brothers and sisters around the world, to those in poverty impacted by environmental devastation, and to future generations. Holy Spirit, giver of wisdom and love, You breathe life in us and guide us. Help us to live according to your vision, stirring to action the hearts of all—individuals and families, communities of faith, and civil and political leaders. LORD God, help us to hear the cry of those in poverty, and the cry of the earth, so that we may together care for our common home. Amen +  Show Notes Topics Discussed: Catholic social justice principle #8, Care for Creation Creation as home-building, covenant making, and Sabbath keeping Church documents on caring for creation Overview: Minutes 00:12:00 - Solidarity with creation and the poor    Minutes 12:01-24:00 - Creation as home-building, covenant making, and Sabbath keeping Minutes 24:01-36:00 - Transgressing the land's Sabbaths causes slavery Minutes 36:01-48:00 - Church documents on care for the earth: Laudato Si, On the Hundreth Year, Caritas in Veritate Additional Resources: More on Care of Creation from the Bible and Church documents  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching Book, Amazon: Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and USCCB

 07_Solidarity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

This highly detailed image of the Crab Nebula combines data from telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum. The picture includes data from five different telescopes: the Spitzer Space Telescope (infrared) in yellow; the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (radio) in red; Hubble Space Telescope (visible) in green; XMM-Newton (ultraviolet) in blue; and Chandra X-ray Observatory (X-ray) in purple. Notice that the green color is all we can (could) see with our own eyes. The rest is invisible to natural human sight. Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: George S; Valerie K; Erin K; Stacy C; and Dori S, 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 Sonja's method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary. L - Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)    O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.) Read this article to learn how college students are living out the call to solidarity as CRS Student Ambassadors. How can you work to educate others about issues that impact our brothers and sisters at home and around the world? or Explore quantum mechanics here.  From the Examination of Conscience in Light of Social Teaching Do you believe that “we are all really responsible for all”? If so, how does this challenge you? How can you join with others to take concrete steps—big or small—to help build a society of solidarity? Does the way I spend my time reflect a genuine concern for others? Is solidarity incorporated into my prayer and spirituality? Do I lift up vulnerable people throughout the world in my prayer, or is it reserved for only my personal concerns? Am I attentive only to my local neighbors or also those across the globe? Do I see all members of the human family as my brothers and sisters? 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, Creator, and Father of all people, sensitize me to the suffering of others so that I can overcome indifference and build up a civilization of love and solidarity. Amen +  Show Notes Topics Discussed: Catholic social justice principle #6, solidarity and connectedness Quantum mechanics and God Pope Benedict XVI, Charity in Truth (Caritas in Veritate) St. Catherine of Sienna's Dialogue  St. Thomas Aqunias' Summa on being (existence), evil, and angels Overview: Minutes 00:12:00 - Solidarity as oneness, the science behind oneness    Minutes 12:01-24:00 - Quantum mechanics and God  Minutes 24:01-36:00 - Love as the connecting energy, Matthew 18:21-34 and the parable of the unforgiving servant Minutes 36:01-48:00 - Gratitude and forgiveness as ways to act in solidarity with all Additional Resources: More on Solidarity from the Bible and Church documents  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching Book, Amazon: Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and USCCB Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Facebook Discussion Community We're talking about solidarity over on the Bible Study Evangelista Facebook Discussion page. Come chat with us. Read the Transcript You can download a complete,

 06_Dignity of Work & the Rights of Workers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

For us as believers the dignity of work comes out of the whole theology of creation. Work is part of human dignity and written in natural law. As the parables of the talents and vineyard illustrate, every human being is created and gifted with special privileges - physical privileges, spiritual privileges, mental privileges, economic privileges, social privileges - precisely in order to use and work in them as God's hands and feet on behalf of others, to make the world a more just and loving place.  The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in Gods creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected--the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property, and to economic initiative. Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: LeDeana O'N; Donna H; Marc P; Ellen G; Jamie R; and Mary 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 Sonja's method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary. L - Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)    O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.) Read about one school’s efforts to educate others about how purchasing fair trade products can help vulnerable persons around the world. How can you act in solidarity with workers in your community, or around the world, whose rights are violated? From the Examination of Conscience in Light of Social Teaching As a worker, do I give my employer a fair day’s work for my wages? As an owner, do I treat workers fairly? Do I treat all workers with whom I interact with respect, no matter their position or class? Do I support the rights of all workers to adequate wages, health insurance, vacation and sick leave? Do I affirm their right to form or join unions or worker associations? Do my purchasing choices take into account the hands involved in the production of what I buy? When possible, do I buy products produced by workers whose rights and dignity were respected? 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, help me use my power as a consumer and voter to ensure that the dignity of workers is respected. May we urge business owners and policymakers to place the dignity of the human person at the center of economic decisions.   Amen +  Show Notes Topics Discussed: Catholic social justice principle #5, the dignity of work and the rights of workers  Pope Benedict XVI, Charity in Truth (Caritas in Veritate) Equity vs. equality Privilege  Overview: Minutes 00:12:00 - The dignity of work and theology of creation, the parable of the talents    Minutes 12:01-24:00 - Equality vs. equity, privilege  Minutes 24:01-36:00 - The parable of the vineyard Minutes 36:01-48:00 - Ways to protect and defend the dignity of work and the rights of workers Additional Resources: More on the Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers from the Bible and Church documents  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching Book, Amazon: Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and USCCB

 05_Option for the Poor | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first. “The poor not only suffer injustice, they also struggle against it! . . . [Solidarity] means that the lives of all take priority over the appropriation of goods by a few. It also means fighting against the structural causes of poverty and inequality; of the lack of work, land and housing; and of the denial of social and labor rights. It means confronting the destructive effects of the empire of money: forced dislocation, painful emigration, human trafficking, drugs, war, violence and all those realities that many of you suffer and that we are all called upon to transform . . . Love for the poor is at the center of the Gospel.” —Pope Francis, Address to the First World Meeting of Popular Movements Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Hannah M; Lorraine C; and Mike H, 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 Sonja's method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary. L - Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)    O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.) Read the stories of Syrian refugees who have fled to Europe in search of a better life and learn about Catholic Relief Services’ response with the support of Catholics in the United States. How are you called to stand with those who are vulnerable? From the Examination of Conscience in Light of Social Teaching Do I give special attention to the needs of the poor and vulnerable in my community and in the world? Am I disproportionately concerned for my own good at the expense of others? Do I engage in service and advocacy work that protects the dignity of poor and vulnerable persons? 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!) Saint Teresa of Calcutta, may we never fail to recognize and encounter Jesus in what you called his “most distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor.”  Amen +  Show Notes Topics Discussed: Catholic social justice principle #4, the preferential option for the poor and vulnerable  How to serve without superiority What Jesus meant by "take my 'yoke' upon you"  Overview: Minutes 00:12:00 - The secret to successful ministry, the preferential option for the poor    Minutes 12:01-24:00 - Who are the poor, how do I serve them? Minutes 24:01-36:00 - Serving without superiority, enabling the poor to thrive Minutes 36:01-48:00 - The primary purpose of the option for the poor: to enable them to become active participants in society. Additional Resources: Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) St. Ambrose, "You are not making a gift of what is yours to the poor man, but you are giving him back what is his. You have been appropriating things that are meant to be for the common use of everyone. The earth belongs to everyone, not to the rich." (Populorum Progressio, Pope Paul VI, 23) United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching Book, Amazon: Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and USCCB  

 04_Responsibilities & Rights | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

"In human society one man’s natural right gives rise to a corresponding duty in other men; the duty, that is, of recognizing and respecting that right. Every basic human right draws its authoritative force from the natural law, which confers it and attaches to it its respective duty. Hence, to claim one’s rights and ignore one’s duties, or only half fulfill them, is like building a house with one hand and tearing it down with the other.” —St. John XXIII, Peace on Earth (Pacem in Terris), no. 30 Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Erin P; Carmen L; Stephanie S; Leda D; Cindy M; Sara Jean S; and Frank 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 Sonja's method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary. L - Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)    O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.) Read about how the Orange, CA Diocese is providing support programs to Catholic adults and juveniles incarcerated in the Orange County jail systems and the victims of their crimes through detention ministry. From the Examination of Conscience in Light of Social Teaching Do I recognize and respect the economic, social, political, and cultural rights of others? Do I fulfill my responsibilities regarding my rights? Do I live in material comfort and excess while remaining insensitive to the needs of others whose rights are unfulfilled? Do I take seriously my responsibility to ensure that the rights of persons in need are realized? Do I urge those in power to implement programs and policies that give priority to the human dignity and rights of all, especially the vulnerable? 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, show me how I can help build a society where all people are able to fulfill their responsibilities and exercise their human rights. Amen +  Show Notes Topics Discussed: Catholic social justice principle #3, rights and responsibilities  The parable of the rich man and Lazarus US foreign aid  Overview: Minutes 00:12:00 - Responsibilities and rights are inseparable, the contemporary imbalance    Minutes 12:01-24:00 - The Bill of Rights, healthcare, single-parent families, smoking, abortion Minutes 24:01-36:00 - Rights begin with responsibility, Lazarus and the rich man Minutes 36:01-48:00 - Freedom is for responsibility, the responsibility of the wealthy toward the poor Additional Resources: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching Book, Amazon: Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and USCCB Pacem in Terris, Peace on Earth, Pope John XXIII Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Facebook Discussion Community We're talking about how to balance responsibilities with rights better in our culture and nation over on the Bible Study Evangelista Facebook Discussion page. Come chat with us. Read the Transcript You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript of this show here.

 03_Call to Family, Community, & Participation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

The person is not only sacred but also social. "We have all known the long loneliness, and we have learned that the only solution is love, and that love comes with community" (Servant of God, Dorothy Day). How we organize our society -- in economics and politics, in law and policy -- directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. “The family… is the first and most important school of mercy, in which we learn to see God’s loving face and to mature and develop as human beings” (Pope Francis). We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.    Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Lynne A; Barbara D; Gloria D; Sarah F; Amy B; and Julie S, 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 Sonja's method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary. L - Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)    O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.) Read about how the Diocese of Trenton is strengthening families by providing assistance at every stage of family life through Comprehensive Parish Marriage Ministry, a peer-to-peer ministry and lay initiative that enables married couples to use their unique gifts in service to the parish community. How can you strengthen your own marriage and family? If you have never done so, take a spiritual gifts inventory to identify your spiritual gifts and where to use them to serve your parish.    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, help us to find and join with other disciples who seek to live the Gospel in strengthening our families, parishes, and communities. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen +  Show Notes Topics Discussed: Catholic social justice principle #2, the call to family, community, and participation  Genesis 2; God's covenant with marriage and family; the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: the God of family Participation in parish community and politics  Overview: Minutes 00:12:00 - Call to family, community, & participation Minutes 12:01-24:00 - Strengthening and supporting marriage and family Minutes 24:01-36:00 - Subsidiarity, and the duty to participate in the parish through spiritual gifts and works of mercy Minutes 36:01-48:00 - Moral obligation to participate in politics, and the well-formed conscience Additional Resources: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching Book, Amazon: Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and USCCB Marriage and family resources Spiritual gifts inventory Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Facebook Discussion Community We're talking about our participation in the social justice sphere this week, over on the Bible Study Evangelista Facebook Discussion page. Come chat with us. Read the Transcript You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, courtesy of Dora Donovan who did this transcript...

 02_Life & Dignity, The Seven Principles of Catholic Social Justice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:58

"Human persons are willed by God: they are imprinted with God's image. Their dignity does not come from the work they do, but from the persons they are." -St. JPII   Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Gaylene M; Robyn K; Marie B; Sergio O; Jill H; and Roger 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 Sonja's method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary. L - Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)    O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.) Read about the youth from St. Catherine of Siena parish, in Austin, Texas, who witness to the life and dignity of every person through their prayer and action against the death penalty. In your family, neighborhood, school, or parish, how might you be called to act with others to protect human life and dignity? What can you do to serve your own life and dignity more fully? 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 and Creator, help us honor the dignity of all people, especially those in whom Your face may be difficult to recognize. Inspire us to help protect human life in all its stages, at home and around the world. Amen +  Show Notes Topics Discussed: Catholic social justice principle #1, the life and dignity of the human person The Beatitudes as model for the justice of the Kingdom of God Overview: Minutes 00:12:00 - Life and dignity of the human person Minutes 12:01-24:00 - Beatitudes 1 &5 and 2&6 Minutes 24:01-36:00 - Josh, my nephew with Downs Syndrome Minutes 36:01-48:00 - Beatitudes 3&7 and 4&8, how two seemingly opposite "sides" of social justice issues can actually be working toward social justice in two equally important, but different, areas Additional Resources: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching Book, Amazon: Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and USCCB Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app! Facebook Discussion Community We're talking about masking and non-masking this week over on the Bible Study Evangelista Facebook Discussion page. Come chat with us. Read the Transcript You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here.

 01_The Seven Principles of Catholic Social Justice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

One of the most unique and attractive beacons in the Catholic Church is her well-defined, carefully articulated, deeply-held, and concisely packaged body of social teachings, a body of doctrine with which, the bishops say, "far too many Catholics are not familiar." In fact, they add, "many Catholics do not adequately understand that the social teaching of the Church is an essential part of Catholic faith." Our times have made us hungry for guidance on how to live social justice with catholicity. We acknowledge that every baptized Catholic must live his or her faith in truth and justice. If you don’t get anything else out of all God is allowing in our world right now, get this week’s overview of the Seven Principles of Catholic Social Justice, and hear the Holy Spirit guide you in *your* next steps.   Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Shannon B; Alma W; Staci D; Jayne Mc; Norma C; and Arthur T, 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 Sonja's method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary. L - Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)  O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.) As you listened to the show, which Catholic social justice principle has been part of your life recently, through your relationships or circumstances? Which principle was most attractive to you? Which provoked negative thoughts or emotions, and why? Which principle was least attractive? Are you active in any of the principles already? Were you stirred by one in particular? 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, I am overwhelmed by the scale of injustice in the world and your call to fight against it. Teach me what that means for me. My heart is open to the love that will starve soulless practices and nourish a spirit of mercy, truth, justice, and compassion in the world. While we work toward your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven, give us the fortitude to start and the wisdom to listen so we will know where and how to begin answering your call to justice. Amen +  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.

 08_Anointing of the Sick, A Biblical Walk through the Sacraments | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

Like all the sacraments, holy anointing was instituted by Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry. “This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. It is alluded to indeed by Mark, but is recommended to the faithful and promulgated by James the apostle and brother of the Lord” (CCC 1511; Mark 6:13; Jas. 5:14-15). The anointing of the sick conveys several graces and imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude (CCC 1520). These graces flow from the atoning death of Jesus Christ, for “this was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases’” (Matt. 8:17).   Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Antonia R; Holly R; Sheila J; Maribeth S; Michele V-W; Theresa V; Erin C; Jason R; Muriel C; Lynda S; Jody R; Melissa O'N; and Keith 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 Sonja's method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary. L - Listen (Receive the Word.)  O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.) Has this series on sacraments as covenants and their roots in the Bible made you more likely than before to receive one or more sacraments? What was the most significant thing you learned throughout the series? What do you want to say to the Lord about that? 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 beseech you, Savior of all men, you that have all virtue and power, Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and we pray that you send down from heaven the healing power of the only-begotten [Son] upon this oil, so that for those who are anointed . . . it may be effected for the casting out of every disease and every bodily infirmity . . . for good grace and remission of sins.” Amen + (The Sacramentary of Serapion 29:1; 350 AD). 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.

 07_Marriage, A Biblical Walk through the Sacraments | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

The Bible begins and ends with marriage. "Scripture speaks throughout of marriage and its 'mystery,' its institution and the meaning God has given it, its origin and its end, its various realizations throughout the history of salvation, the difficulties arising from sin, and its renewal 'in the Lord' in the New Covenant of Christ and the Church. 'From a valid marriage arises a bond between the spouses which by its very nature is perpetual and exclusive; furthermore, in a Christian marriage the spouses are strengthened and, as it were, consecrated for the duties and the dignity of their state by a special sacrament'" (CCC 1602, 1638). Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Kathy D, and Fred F, 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 Sonja's method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary. L - Listen (Receive the Word.)  O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.) What did you learn or remember about marriage through this show? What did the Holy Spirit bring to the surface for you? What does He want you to do now? V - Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.) If you are married, what is one affirming statement you can make to your spouse this week? What is one affirming action you can take in obedience to the readings today?  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 of feeling, and concerned for each other's needs and wishes. Help us to be understanding and forgiving of human weaknesses and failings. Increase our faith and trust in You and may Your Prudence guide our life and love. Bless our Marriage O God, with Peace and Happiness, and make our love fruitful for Your glory and our Joy both here and in eternity. Amen +  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.

 06_Holy Orders (Priesthood), A Biblical Walk through the Sacraments | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

Institutional priesthood was God's idea! In the Old Testament, God commanded that "the priest's office shall be theirs by perpetual statue" (Ex 29:9). "Perpetual" does not mean "until Jesus comes," but forever. Obviously, God desires there be an institutional priesthood, now, in His New Testament church. Jesus, our true and eternal High Priest, ordained the twelve apostles as bishops. With apostolic authority, they, in turn, ordained others as deacons, priests, and bishops, maintaining the Old Testament hierarchical structure and establishing the apostolic authority that continues today in Catholic and Orthodox Churches. For this reason, the "office" of apostolic priesthood was filled by Matthias when vacated by Judas (Acts 1:20). This was done before the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit fell on all the apostles, including Matthias, demonstrating that God approved of and accepted Matthias, and ordination as the apostles' process of passing on their authority. Priests continue to be ordained through the Sacrament of Holy Orders throughout the New Testament to today. Jesus is the High Priest at the center of the pastors of church history pictured in Revelation 1. Jesus teaches, "watches" over, and guides His Church through salvation history through the priesthood He established and chooses. Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Gary B; Patricia T; Karen B; Carmen I; Elizabeth G; Susan U; and Hal W, 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 Sonja's method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary. L - Listen (Receive the Word.)  O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.) What is your most comforting memory or recollection of the priests you've known? What is your worst? Perhaps you'd like to contact your favorite priest and let him know how much you appreciate and love him, and why. Maybe you could offer him a spiritual bouquet, or join a prayer group dedicated to praying for priests. V - Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.) Good or bad, what do you want to tell the Lord about the priests you've known, or the priest you have?  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!) Gracious and loving God, we thank your for the gift of our priests. Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments. Help our priests to be strong in their vocation. Set their souls on fire with love for your people. Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom. Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel. Allow them to experience joy in their ministry. Help them to become instruments of your divine grace. We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest. Amen +  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.

 05_Confirmation, A Biblical Walk through the Sacraments | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

"...[T]he apostles, in fulfillment of Christ's will, imparted to the newly baptized by the laying on of hands the gift of the Spirit that completes the grace of Baptism. For this reason in the Letter to the Hebrews the doctrine concerning Baptism and the laying on of hands is listed among the first elements of Christian instruction. The imposition of hands is rightly recognized by the Catholic tradition as the origin of the sacrament of Confirmation, which in a certain way perpetuates the grace of Pentecost in the Church. "Very early, the better to signify the gift of the Holy Spirit, an anointing with perfumed oil (chrism) was added to the laying on of hands. This anointing highlights the name 'Christian,' which means 'anointed' and derives from that of Christ himself whom God 'anointed with the Holy Spirit.' This rite of anointing has continued ever since, in both East and West. For this reason the Eastern Churches call this sacrament Chrismation, anointing with chrism, or myron which means "chrism." In the West, the term Confirmation suggests that this sacrament both confirms Baptism and strengthens baptismal grace" (CCC 1288-1289). Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Tiffany S; Samantha C; and Julie 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 Sonja's method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary. L - Listen (Receive the Word.)  O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.) Part of the grace of confirmation is the grace to overcome our human pettiness, our cowardice in the face of human opinion, our fearfulness of sacrifice, and the ability to give an authentic witness to Christ through an apostolate (ministry). In which of these areas are you strong? In which are you weak and in need of strength?  V - Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.) What does the Lord want you to do now? What do you want to say to Him? 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!) God of Grace, I informally reconfirm my faith today as a small token of my love for You, for You are holy. I will serve you faithfully, and I reject anything that I hold in my heart above You. I will serve You and follow You, Lord, wholeheartedly, for the rest of my days (Joshua 23:11,14). Amen +  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 and Karen Cross who do our transcripts for you.

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