Healing the Father Wound (Click here to listen to an mp3 talk on this topic.) It is a modern epidemic that fuels rebellion, homosexuality, promiscuity and all manner of sin in the Church and in individual Catholics. "The hearts of fathers must be returned to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers" (Mal. 4:6). So many people carry "daddy wounds," from relationships with fathers, stepfathers, priests, grandfathers, etc. that negatively affect their relationships with God and other men. Even careful fathers cannot meet every need of their children, but they can avoid major pitfalls. A Scriptural study of God as our "Abba" through the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, we learn what it means to have a safe place to acknowledge weakness and receive strength. We explore worship as an act of love, and the Our Father, in which some of the deficits that proceed from a father wound become clear - anger/rage vs. rest; rebellion vs. faith; forgiveness vs. revenge; abandonment vs. presence; perfectionism vs. grace; fear vs. love. As we reach beyond our deficits to God, we learn from Jesus how to climb into the bosom of a loving Heavenly Father (Jn. 1:18).
Soul of the World, the Heart as God's Dwelling Place Where does God speak to me? How can I draw Him more deeply into my heart and life? “Make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell with them … and there I will meet with you” (Ex. 25). Discover how the “old fashioned” trappings, rituals, and practices of the Catholic Church are scripturally rooted in the Old Testament tabernacle; how they connect you to God in the ways you long for right now; how all the “outdated rules” are relevant and absolutely necessary to your quality of life and daily experience; and how your individual soul is meant to reflect all of it.
What to Do When You're Angry With God A study of some of the Biblical people who were angry with God, including Cain, Elijah, Jonah, and the prodigal son, the Scriptures allow us to "eavesdrop" on their frank conversations with God regarding strong negative emotion, and how God dealt with them as their Heavenly Father.
Bed of the Soul In our often graceless age we encounter people everyday, sometimes ourselves, who wonder, "Does God really love me?" The Scriptures probe this question very deeply, and it is through an exploration of the ancient, mystical insights of the Song of Solomon that we discover a love song from God revealing His shocking passion for the soul.
Dew of Heaven In this culture of economic stress, widespread depression and anxiety, high pressure, and chronic busyness, we discover that times of refreshing are not only a welcome luxury but a spiritual discipline. Find out what provisions God makes for His children.
When God Breathes: How God Produces Deep Spiritual Growth Using Your Current Circumstances and Relationships The desire to grow and thrive runs deeply through the human race. Yet the issues in our lives and relationships that we wish would change often become stagnant despite what we consider our best efforts. Change and growth are a promise of God, as inevitable as the sprouting of a bean seed that has been buried under the seeming darkness and suffocation of dirt. What I discovered about how God produces change and growth in our lives did more than surprise me; it has formed the bedrock of my entire approach to life.
The Burning Bush God is always speaking, but we don't always hear Him. By understanding how He speaks, and how personally God is working through us, we begin to clearly know and do His will, and appreciate how carefully we are being transformed from faith to faith.
The Secret Place A study of "secrets" in the Scriptures and St. John of the Cross' Ascent, what we discover through the search is a practical structure of the stages of holiness and what awaits us in the secret place.
The Spirit of Error: A Celebration of Salvation One of the saddest realities in the church today is the bored Christian. Sonja believes this is a result of a much too shallow view of sin, both in one’s ability to deal with it, as well as the depth at which it must be dealt with. A Scriptural exploration of evil and a comprehensive, applied study of the word "sin," more importantly, this study is a contemplation of love, for Love is the only possible weapon against the Spirit of Error.