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Bible Study Evangelista Show

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 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.

 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. 

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