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 04_Confession, A Biblical Walk through the Sacraments | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

Where is confession to a priest in the Bible? Everywhere! Throughout the Old Testament and into the New, God demonstrated His desire that we come to him when we fall into sin. Jesus gave the apostles power and authority over unclean spirits, to forgive sins, to heal, and to raise people from the dead, all of which testify to the power and authority in them through Christ. They, in turn, passed that power and authority to those whom they ordained. This power does not come from them, but from God. Confession restores the soul.  Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Maria M; Ashley B; Cindy G; Kelly K; Jeffry P; Maribel M; Mary L; and Carl 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.)  O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.) Did the Holy Spirit convict you of sin through this show? Do you cherish sin in your thoughts, actions, or habits? What does He want you to do now?  V - Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.) Perhaps you'd like to make a firm purpose of amendment to sin no more.   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, 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 my love. I resolve, therefore, with the help of Your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. 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. Photo Credit Michelangelo's Creation of Man   

 03_Eucharist, A Biblical Walk through the Sacraments | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

Part of the beauty of the sacraments is that God cares for and provides for us through them from birth to the last breath. Throughout the series, we are discussing the sacraments in that order: Baptism for new birth, Eucharistic nourishment, Reconciliation as medicine, Confirmation to sustain one's holy witness, Marriage and Holy Orders for life-giving vocation, and Anointing for healing and the final journey home. There are seven sacraments, for complete preservation and salvation throughout human life. Glorious!     Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Joseph T; Becky T; Cindy R; Nora A; Bonnie S; Ruth F; Liz B; Karen M; Amanda F; Mitchie H; Diane C; Maureen B-A, 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.) Have the quarantine and withheld public Masses changed the way you view the privilege of receiving the Eucharist? What are your thoughts on God removing His presence from His people throughout salvation history in times when they had abandoned Him? V - Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.) Perhaps you'd like to tell Jesus how much you miss Him in the Eucharist.  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!) Grant us, we pray, Almighty God, restoration of your Eucharist to us, your people, and that the true divinity of your Only Begotten Son, which we firmly profess with all the Saints, may, through the Sacrament of the Eucharist, ever give us life and protection. Through Christ our Lord. 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. Photo Credit Image by fancycrave1 from Pixabay   

 02_Baptism, A Biblical Walk Through the Sacraments | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus.  Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist in the River Jordan, shown above.  The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters.  . . .  Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin.  However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin – Original and actual – and begin to live a new life with God. Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Jamal K; Vicky D; Karen B; Sharon B; Katriona L; Amy O; Lisa H; Carlene G; Elizabeth B; Phyllis T, Donna K; and Denise 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.)    O - Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.) Do you remember your baptism? What were your thoughts and feelings the last time you witnessed a baptism?  V - Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.) Perhaps you'd like to renew your baptismal promises. This can also be a family service, directed by a parent. The family members renew their baptismal vows aloud and sprinkle themselves with holy water. V. Do you reject Satan? R. I do. V. And all his works? R. I do. V. And all his empty promises? R. I do. V. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth? R. I do. V. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father? R. I do. V. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting? R. I do. V. God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever. R. Amen. _____ Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin. E - Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!) Holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, source of light and truth, we appeal to your sacred and boundless compassion on behalf of we, your servants. Be pleased to enlighten us by the light of your eternal wisdom. Cleanse, sanctify, and endow us with true knowledge. For thus will we be made ready for the grace of eternal life and ever remain steadfast, never losing hope, never faltering in duty, never straying from sacred truth; through Christ our Lord. 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 Karen Cross who did this transcript for you.  

 01_The “Masterwork” of God, A Biblical Walk Through the Sacraments | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

Are "sacraments" biblical? Sacrament comes from the Latin for "oath" or "swear," and oath-taking is as old as Creation, as old as the Old Testament, as old as Christianity. God Himself swears an oath to you in every sacrament, and you swear one to Him every time you receive one. Jesus instituted seven Christian sacraments, or covenants, for His one; holy; catholic (meaning universal); and apostolic church. The sacraments are "the masterworks of God" (CCC 1116), that administer and affect saving grace in the soul. Together, they equip us for a complete self-donation to God that draws us deeper and deeper into the mystery of God's Trinitarian life for all eternity. Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show: Jose S; Katie P; Connie E; Elizabeth B; Dana T; Susan J; Kathy R; Kathy H; Jennifer M; Mary Z; Vicky D; Dawn B; Karen S; Sonia V; Tracy B; Tessa W; Jill A; Tricia H; Michele R; Coleen W; Patty G; Kathleen Marie A; Debrah M; Mary Beth B; Carolyn S; Abigail M; John U; Bethany B; Margarita Y; Maria M; Samantha W; Veronica W; Jane J; and Mary 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 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.) Can you trace the progression of your spiritual life through your reception of the sacraments? Does knowing the sacraments are a participation in a solemn swear and covenant with God, a self-donating gift to Him of your whole life, make a difference in how you will receive them going forward?   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, we thank you that you gave us everything you had to give on the cross, and that you continue to make that self-donation present to us in the sacraments of the Church. Help us to never again take them for granted. We thank you that the quarantine has made us more mindful of the gifts and mysteries in our sacraments, and may we receive them enthusiastically and joyfully for the rest of our days. 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 who does our transcripts for you.  

 07_He Has Borne Our Griefs, Servant Song 4.2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

Surely He hath borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him. Isaiah 53:4-5 Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Elva R; Courtney H; Lisa W; Angelica P; and Thomas 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.) I never read Isaiah 53 without hearing Young Messiah's He Hath Borne in my heavy heart.   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!) You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. Amen.+  Tour Italy with Sonja ~ Click the pic to register 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 Karen Cross who did this transcript for you. Photo Credit The Passion of the Christ movie.

 06_Sprinkler of Nations, Servant Song 4.1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

Yes, friends, this last Servant Song of Isaiah extols the Suffering Servant's purifying, saving power over even infectious diseases. I'm not kidding. The Suffering Servant "sprinkles the nations" - outside the place of worship - purifying them of sickness and sin. Who could have ever planned such a series with such a show at this time?!  The supreme self-sacrifice prophesied in the main part of the text is as surprising as the spin Isaiah gives it. Any religious person of his day would have viewed the Servant’s suffering as rightful punishment for sin. But the prophet sees through a different lens. Through beautiful imagery, Isaiah announces three-fold vindication for the Servant whose vicarious suffering will “justify the many.” God greatly rewards the selfless Servant and turns his suffering into the balm that heals the world. Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Tim G; Cheryl C; Jalisa A; Denise S; Heather W; Patti D (hey girl : ); Joseph B; Yajaira O-W; Susan B; James Y; and Rowena A, 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.) Sonja's Covid-19 article, Redemption Happens in the Dark. It's no coincidence "quarantine" means forty days... O - Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.) What stirs within you when you observe innocent suffering? What about your own pain? Do you feel you suffer alone, or do you sense Christ suffering with 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, protect us against the ravages of illness. Stop the advance of the Coronavirus disease that threatens the human family across the globe. We pray through the intercession of Your Mother, Refuge of the Sick, and in the name and power of Your Son, Jesus. Amen.+ (Bishop Robert Reed, via Twitter)  Tour Italy with Sonja ~ Click the pic to register 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. Photo Credit  

 05_Ears to Hear, Servant Song 3 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

The author of the Letter to the Hebrews tells us that “Whom the Lord loves he chastises” (12:6). In the third Servant Song centuries before, Isaiah prophesied that the Lord’s Servant would endure suffering without complaining. By embracing sorrow without losing heart and by accepting discipline as instruction, the Servant would gain a share of the holiness of God. As a result, the student would become a teacher. Having learned at the feet of the loving and merciful Lord, the Servant now instructs the nations in the ways of obedience and discipleship. But most of all, he models fidelity and long suffering. Remarkably, the Servant’s sufferings have not led him to turn away from God; he neither feels abandoned nor betrayed. Confidently, he stands before those who mock him, knowing their power will wear away like a threadbare garment, while God’s help lasts forever. The proof of discipleship, he says, is walking in darkness without any light, save that of faith in the Lord! Woe to those who walk by their own light, trusting neither the Lord nor his Servant. They do so at great peril, he says, risking utter destruction. Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Mary C; Jackie M; Lucy S; Liz K; Cindy C; Friar Thomas; Gregory M; Ann B; Tim G; Diane K; Diego G; Julie M; Tara B; and Cheryl C; and Karin A 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.) The confidence with which the Servant speaks of God’s vindication challenges our faith. Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you; you have only to keep still.” Could you do what the Servant does, silently trusting in God to bring you justice and vindication? If you have not experienced suffering like that of the Lord’s Servant, surely you don’t have to look far to learn of others who experience it everyday. What modern-day individuals have inspired you by enduring suffering in this heroic and godly manner? Pain, whether physical or psychological, is never far off. But if we are Christ’s body, then Christ suffers with us, uniting our pain to the suffering he offered to God on the Cross. Pope John Paul II wrote that because it was through suffering that Christ saved us, suffering was itself redeemed and “raised to the level of redemption.” Now, anyone who suffers can become “a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ.” (Salvifici Dolores) Do you see your suffering as untied to Christ’s? Do you believe it can participate in his act of redemption? 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,  Behold me, my beloved Jesus, weighed down under the burden of my trials and sufferings. I cast myself at Your feet, that You may renew my strength and my courage, while I rest here in Your Presence. Permit me to lay down my cross in Your Sacred Heart, for only Your infinite goodness can sustain me; only Your love can help me bear my cross; only Your powerful hand can lighten its weight. O Divine Servant-King, Jesus, whose heart is so compassionate to the afflicted, I wish to live in You; suffer and die in You. During my life be to me my model and my support; At the hour of my death, be my hope and my refuge.Amen.+ Tour Italy with Sonja ~ Click the pic to register

 04_King of Kings, Servant Song 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

In this second Servant Song, we see the mission of Christ expressed in vivid detail. The people of Israel had lost their way. These were the Chosen People. God had made a covenant with them. But they did not keep their part of the bargain. They wandered away, until they were without hope. They forgot God; they had forsaken Him for other gods, and been overrun by foreign powers, dispersed to the ends of the earth. But Jesus came to reach those who were lost. He came to restore them back to a right relationship with God. Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Stephanie S; John Q; Bonnie T; and Maureen B-A, 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.) Have you ever let the awareness that God has known you from your mother’s womb penetrate your heart? Does the realization bolster your confidence or does something in you deflect it? God’s Servant is a “suffering” Servant. Why do you think suffering is so often a reality in the lives of God’s chosen ones? When you think of the suffering you have endured, do you perceive a salvific component in it? When dealing with struggle and failure, what helps you to remember that God’s opinion of us is far more important than the world’s? 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 release my fear of failure to you. I know Satan wants to use my fears to prevent my living boldly for You. Remind me that You are often glorified in our failures by showing us that "it's not about me." Forgive me for when I do not walk in faith, and help me from this moment on to live with bold confidence in You. Lord, help me not compare myself to others around me. I pray instead that I keep my eye on You and live a life of excellence that proclaims Your glory. Amen.+ Tour Italy with Sonja ~ Click the pic to register 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. Photo Credit Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay. 

 03_Broken Reeds, Servant Song 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

Lent comes around each year to invite those of us who have grown weak or dim to hear afresh God’s promise and receive anew the Servant’s healing touch. The ends of the earth await his teaching and they will not be disappointed. And neither will the recesses of our hearts that await the warmth of his healing and reconciling love. Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Loretta P; Joymarie R; Lucy S; Paul C; and Wanna L, 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.) "Some of us tend to do away with things that are slightly damaged. Instead of repairing them we say: “Well, I don’t have time to fix it, I might as well throw it in the garbage can and buy a new one.” Often we also treat people this way. We say: “Well, he has a problem with drinking; well, she is quite depressed; well, they have mismanaged their business…we’d better not take the risk of working with them.” When we dismiss people out of hand because of their apparent woundedness, we stunt their lives by ignoring their gifts, which are often buried in their wounds. We all are bruised reeds, whether our bruises are visible or not. The compassionate life is the life in which we believe that strength is hidden in weakness and that true community is a fellowship of the weak" (Henri Nouwen). Who comes to mind as you read this? How might you share in the ministry of God’s Servant of healing and strengthening the weak and oppressed? What parts of you are “bruised” or “dimly burning?” Do these areas distance you from God or do they open you all the more to his merciful grace? 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, you are near to the brokenhearted and save the crushed in spirit. I lift up to You the brokenness and dimly burning wick of XXXX, whom You brought to mind during this show and this meditation. I come to You and offer You my own brokenness and emptiness, and ask You to fan our unsteady flames into brightly burning lights this Lent. Lord, hear my prayer. Amen.+ Tour Italy with Sonja ~ Click the pic to register 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 Karen Cross who did this transcript for you. Photo Credit Image by Screamenteagle from Pixabay. 

 02_The Five Ds | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

There is an important difference between the teachings that we must believe, which are infallible (deposit, dogma), and/or unchangeable (doctrine), and the rules that we must obey but which are changeable (disciplines). Finally, there are areas where we are free to believe or not believe, practice or not practice, without offending against faith (devotions). Except for fasting and abstinence, most of what we practice at Lent is under the realm of "devotion." What's the difference? And is it relevant? Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Paul W; Barbara G; Rebecca B; Linda P; Rebekah H; Debbie C; Donna B; Dorothy T; Davielle H; and Deanne 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.) O - Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.) Listen to Allegri’s Psalm 51, the Miserere (sung in Latin) while reading the words in English here.  According to tradition, this is the song King David composed in his remorse after the prophet Nathan confronted him for his adultery with Bathsheba, as recounted in 2 Samuel 11-12. For both Jews and Christians since, the Psalmist’s plea for mercy and a clean heart has been at the heart of worship and prayer, and is the attitude we cultivate at Lent.  Written in the late 1630s, this music was considered so sacred that it was forbidden to transcribe it, and to perform it anywhere except in the Sistine Chapel was grounds for excommunication. The choir sings in nine parts, divided between two choirs and a treble voice that soars above the plainsong to high C. Legend has it that Mozart heard the Miserere performed at age fourteen, and later transcribed it from memory. Mozart’s transcription was published, and he was summoned to Rome by the pope who commended him rather than excommunicating him. Performed here by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. 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!) Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love; according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Amen.+ Tour Italy with Sonja ~ Click the pic to register 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.  

 01_Fisheaters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:55

We're preparing to sow to the Spirit this Lent through prayer and fasting. Until I was Catholic, it never occurred to me that the Filet-O-Fish' sandwich is not an ordinary staple at McDonald's except in the spring, or that the sudden flurry of Red Lobster commercials just before Easter was similarly calculated. Where does this traditional Lenten Catholic practice originate? Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Paul W; Barbara G; Rebecca B; Linda P; Rebekah H; Debbie C; Donna B; Dorothy T; Davielle H; and Deanne 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.) O - Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.) The Harvest Is the End of the World and the Reapers are Angels from Mathew 13:39 by Roger Wagner "The essential sign that we are grown up is that we can accept responsibility. All actions have consequences, but the consequences may not be visible. Jesus is adamant that he will not destroy the wheat and the tares, that he will let the sheep and goats pasture together until the time of judgment. None of us is wholly wheat or wholly tare: we are a mixture of both. But every tare we have sown must be destroyed so that we can be pure wheat for God's holy bread. Either we must wait until the time of judgment for the angels to reap God's harvest or we must cooperate with him and do it while we are still alive. Wagner's picture, with a dark, threatening sky and the angels with their sickles, forewarns us of what is to come. We may look over our lives and see a vista like the golden grain, but God knows there are tares hidden there. He will destroy them if we truly desire him to make us pure." Sister Wendy Beckett, The Art of Lent 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, Hear my prayer as I discern and select my Lenten devotions and begin this wilderness journey with you. Transform me this Lent, heavenly Father. Give me the strength to commit myself to grow closer to you each day. Amen.+ Tour Italy with Sonja ~ Click the pic to register 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.  

 04_God’s Work, Our Hands | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:00

"Hence the laity, dedicated as they are to Christ and anointed by the Holy Spirit, are marvellously called and prepared so that even richer fruits of the Spirit maybe produced in them. For all their works, prayers, and apostolic undertakings, family and married life, daily work, relaxation of mind and body, if they are accomplished in the Spirit - indeed even the hardships of life if patiently born - all these become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (CCC 901). Friends of the Show get all Premium Content! Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Dora D; Rowena A; Julie B; and Thomas 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.) O - Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.) F | Franciscan – As an image-bearer of God, how does your work reflect some aspect of God’s work? Do you work with justice and charity? I | Ignatian –  As you read John the Baptist's exchange with those who ask about work and calling, what are your thoughts? Can you imagine yourself in this scenario? What does God want you to do? A | Augustinian – In Genesis 2.15, the Hebrew word for work is ‘abad, which is also the same word used to describe the work of the priests in the temple when they lead the people in worship of God. What does this mean for you? How does it apply to your work?  T | Thomistic – Thomist personality types often have the hardest time balancing their priorities properly because they are so goal-driven and not as relationship-driven. What has God said to you about the level of balance or imbalance in your life through this series?  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!) Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my many sins; to work with thankfulness and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop, by means of labor, the gifts received from God; to work with order, peace, prudence and patience, never surrendering to weariness or difficulties; to work, above all, with purity of intention, and with detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account which I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success so fatal to the work of God. 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! 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.  

 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.  

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