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Register for Our FREE Virtual Workshops in May and June!sophiainstituteforteachers.org/virtualworkshops#Free #Virtual #W...
05/08/2020

Register for Our FREE Virtual Workshops in May and June!

sophiainstituteforteachers.org/virtualworkshops

#Free #Virtual #Workshop #NoBrainer

We're so happy to be with Denver teachers & catechists today! It's a bummer we can't come to you in person, but it's tru...
05/08/2020

We're so happy to be with Denver teachers & catechists today! It's a bummer we can't come to you in person, but it's truly a joy to be with you virtually!

#Virtual #Workshop #MissYouGuys #KindOfABummer #ButVirtualIsCoolToo

It’s MAY! The month we honor our Blessed Mother. Mother’s Day is coming up, too!Mother’s Day provides us with an opportu...
05/07/2020

It’s MAY! The month we honor our Blessed Mother. Mother’s Day is coming up, too!

Mother’s Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the wonderful and miraculous gift of motherhood as we experience it both in our families and in the universal Church.

Check out our FREE Mother's Day lesson here:
https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/elesson/free-current-events

Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!

#MothersDay

Aren't Catholic books awesome? What about discounts?? What about BOTH?!In honor of #TeacherAppreciationWeek we're offeri...
05/07/2020

Aren't Catholic books awesome? What about discounts?? What about BOTH?!

In honor of #TeacherAppreciationWeek we're offering 40% OFF Catholic titles from Sophia Institute Press! And since you deserve more than just a week's worth of appreciation, the discount is good until May 15th.

Use promo code TEACHERS40 at checkout.

We love you. Go snag some at-home reading.

- The Sophia Team

Hey teachers,It's teacher appreciation week. We want you to know that everything we do, every moment of the day, is in s...
05/05/2020

Hey teachers,

It's teacher appreciation week. We want you to know that everything we do, every moment of the day, is in support of you and your incredible vocation. There's a lot that's uncertain right now, but one thing's for sure: the world needs people like you.

We appreciate your work so much and have been honored to dedicate our time and resources to supporting you as much as we can through this crisis.

Keep up the good work. We've got your back.

#TeacherAppreciationWeek

Sophia Institute for Teachers staff gathers to pray every morning -- those of us here at the office, and the rest of us ...
05/02/2020

Sophia Institute for Teachers staff gathers to pray every morning -- those of us here at the office, and the rest of us working from home--and each time we ask God to bless all of you. Thank you for all you do for Catholic education.

It's May, the month we especially honor our Blessed Mother. How has Mary touched your life and helped led you to her Son...
05/01/2020

It's May, the month we especially honor our Blessed Mother. How has Mary touched your life and helped led you to her Son?

Mark your calendars! Join us this Tuesday, May 5th, for a virtual workshop on "The Transforming Power of the Cross: The ...
04/30/2020
The Transforming Power of the Cross: The Catholic Response to Suffering | Sophia Institute for Teachers

Mark your calendars! Join us this Tuesday, May 5th, for a virtual workshop on "The Transforming Power of the Cross: The Catholic Response to Suffering."

See you there!

Join us for a FREE virtual workshop from 3:00-5:00PM EST on Tuesday, May 5th! We will explore how Christ redeems suffering and death and how we are called to respond to it in our lives. Participants will explore content as well as practical strategies to implement with t...

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us!
04/29/2020

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us!

St. Joseph is a go-to saint for many faithful throughout the world. He is the loving father figure to Jesus and also the...
04/24/2020
5 Saints to Call Upon During a Pandemic

St. Joseph is a go-to saint for many faithful throughout the world. He is the loving father figure to Jesus and also the spouse of Mary, whom he protected and loved his whole life.

Like many people in this pandemic, I’ve found myself taking up some old practices that my big Catholic family practiced so long ago. This includes baking, of course, as well as canning, fermenting, and other techniques to get more out of your food. But more importantly, I’ve found myself drawn t...

"Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us: in your love and tenderness remake us. In your compassion bring grace and forgivenes...
04/21/2020

"Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us: in your love and tenderness remake us. In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness: for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us."

St. Anselm, pray for us!

Jesus, we trust in You! Happy #DivineMercySunday!
04/19/2020

Jesus, we trust in You! Happy #DivineMercySunday!

To celebrate Palm Sunday, hold a family procession! Children love processions, and even if you are just processing aroun...
04/05/2020
Holy Week At Home 2020 | Sophia Institute for Teachers

To celebrate Palm Sunday, hold a family procession! Children love processions, and even if you are just processing around your yard, singing, it will be a fitting way to start your Palm Sunday home liturgy.

More ideas: https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/holyweek2020#PalmSunday

We offer Catholic teachers and parish catechists ready-to-use lesson plans, professional development programs, Catholic religion textbooks, Catholic online courses, and more.

"This year we have an opportunity to celebrate Holy Week in a more real way as the domestic church, in our homes."
04/03/2020
Celebrating Holy Week With Your Family During Quarantine

"This year we have an opportunity to celebrate Holy Week in a more real way as the domestic church, in our homes."

Each year as a priest I look forward to the celebration of Holy Week. The same is true this year, even though it will be a somber Holy Week, one like none other. Maybe your family has Holy Week or Easter traditions. How can we still mark Holy Week with faith and devotion during such …

We're incredibly grateful for the strong spiritual leadership of our Bishop, Peter Libasci. May God bless and protect al...
03/31/2020
Bishop traveling around state to bless those on front lines of pandemic

We're incredibly grateful for the strong spiritual leadership of our Bishop, Peter Libasci. May God bless and protect all men and women working on the front lines of #COVID19.

The bishop of the Diocese of Manchester is traveling across the state this week to bless those working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join us live this Thursday, April 2nd from 2:00-4:00pm EST for a FREE virtual retreat! Listen to dynamic presentations, ...
03/30/2020
Called to Hope: A Virtual Retreat for Catholic School Teachers and Catechists | Sophia Institute for Teachers

Join us live this Thursday, April 2nd from 2:00-4:00pm EST for a FREE virtual retreat!

Listen to dynamic presentations, be renewed in your faith, and share and collaborate with fellow teachers and catechists from around the country.

Register here: https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/workshops/details/called-to-hope-a-virtual-retreat-for-catholic-school-teachers-and-catechists

Join us live on Thursday, April 2nd from 2:00-4:00pm EST for a FREE virtual retreat with Jose Gonzalez from Sophia Institute for Teachers and Sr. Johanna Paruch, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University. Listen to dynamic presentations, be renewed in your faith, and share and collaborate with....

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What Type of Servant, or Slave, Are You? Not only does Isaiah see the people of God coming back from imprisonment and exile in Babylon - not only does he give them tremendous words of comfort - words to put strength into these men and women - but he sees a very special servant being sent into the world – and we read of that in Isaiah Chapter 42 We know who that servant was and is - Jesus Christ. These passages may not be all that clear to begin with, but when we reach Chapters 52 and 53 it becomes most clear – it is Jesus Christ, the Son of God – our Saviour and Lord and King. Isaiah sees Jesus Christ the Saviour being born into this world - and he sees something of what kind of man he will be, and what type of ministry he will have. But did Isaiah know the significance of what he was preaching and writing? The doors which are opened by the servant remain open today - but we do not know how much longer they will remain open. Isaiah sees God sending a servant - that is a word we seldom use today. It has almost gone out of use - but it is an important word. If you belong to Jesus Christ then not only are you a servant - but you are a slave - a prisoner of Christ Jesus and a slave of the Son of God - which enables us to experience perfect freedom. That is something which the world just cannot see. What is a servant? A servant is someone who is subservient to someone else - a servant is someone who is at the disposal of someone else. A servant - and this is especially true in the Kingdom of God – a servant is more concerned about serving than any rights he may think he has. The servant is concerned about his responsibilities to his master – and for us that means Jesus Christ. Think of Paul – Paul introduces himself in the opening words of the Roman letter – presenting his qualifications and credentials. He is a servant – or slave. DOULOS is the word used – which means a bond-servant. Such a slave was regarded as a piece of property of the owner – and would have been bought for a high price in the market place. A high price had been paid for Paul – the blood of Jesus Christ – and he now knew that Jesus owned him. But, no slave ever had a more benevolent and loving master – who would take care of Paul, and protect him – open and close doors – and walk with him all his days – this is all such a privilege. Paul would only do what Jesus Christ wanted – and only go where Jesus Christ sent him – and only speak and write what Jesus Christ taught him. It is better to be a slave of Christ, than to be enslaved to anything or anyone else – alcohol, drugs, ambition, reputation, money, or fragile temporary ‘success’. But back to Isaiah - God is going to do more than just speak words of comfort. He is going to send someone who will comfort, fortress and fortify people. God is going to send someone who will be at His disposal - and who will truly desire to do His Will - someone who will be eager to obey Him. That was Jesus. Jesus came to do what God had called Israel to do. God says - I am going to uphold My Servant. Here begins Isaiah’s prophetic picture of the character of the servant who will come to serve and seek and save. In Chapters 40 and 41, God’s servant, Israel, was described as being complaining, fearful, and dismayed. By the end of Chapter 42, God’s servant, Israel, is portrayed as being deaf, blind and sinful – verses 18 and 19, and 23 and 24. These are strong words – do read them – and be warned. By contrast, the coming servant of Lord, in Isaiah Chapter 42, neither falters, nor is discouraged, but he delights in God, and is gentle, persevering, bringing forth justice and faithfulness. This coming servant is an ideal servant who embodies and embraces all that Israel failed to be. This is the background to Isaiah’s announcement. This coming servant is not only someone to follow, but he is someone who will rescue people. This is much more than a word – important though that is – here is God sending a person – personal intervention – to seek and to save and to love and to forgive and to restore and repair what was marred and broken. Even when Jesus was on the Cross being crucified - shedding His Blood to wash away our sin - God was upholding Him - and three days later indicated and showed that to the disciples, when Jesus was raised from the dead. He is my chosen one in whom I DELIGHT - and I will put My Spirit upon Him. Here is God referring to that day when Jesus was baptised in the Jordan River - and as He emerged from the water, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him. Jesus was as saturated with the Holy Spirit as He was with water. Then His dynamic powerful sensitive tender ministry began - preaching - teaching - healing people - setting people free from the influence of bad spirits. Up to this point in the life of Jesus, it had been growth and preparation - now life would never again be the same. Jesus was empowered – He was anointed. This same risen and living Jesus anoints and empowers his servants today, so that they might serve – with all that is involved in serving. “Almighty God – as I think of these words – and as I consider how Jesus came to serve – help me – help us – to serve – in a day when it is not popular to be a servant – and as servants, anoint and empower and equip us with all that we require. We pray in Jesus Name. Amen.” ("Word from Scotland" - 24 February - previous articles may be found at Studylight.org and liveasif.org in the 'Archives' - every prayerful blessing.)
Do We Realise and Fully Understand Who We Are In Christ? We are reading the second half of Ephesians Chapter 2, and last week closed with these words - "Israel - I give you the promises - the prophets - the Word of Light - the promise of the Messiah - now go and share all this with the world." We too must be careful that we do not fall into the same trap. Our ministry must be to others - because we learn here that outside of Christ man cannot get through to GOD. Outside of Jesus Christ man remains a stranger and an alien - sojourners. Israel was called by God to be the light of the world – to take the light of God – the word of God – and the truth of God, to others in the world – but this she did not do. Think of Israel herself - for some 2,000 years she had no home - having rejected the Messiah, they became sojourners - aliens - strangers - hunted down and having to turn for their lives, everywhere they went - persecuted during a series of pogroms. Now, they are back in their land - but they are still looking for their Messiah. There was a day when people said - John Chapter 1 - "We have found the Messiah." But for many, at the moment, they are "without God" - ATHEOS is the word in verse 12. Paul is specifically referring to us who are Gentiles. I remember listening to someone - who told me all that she believed - and I kept silent waiting for something significant to emerge from that mouth. Nothing came that pointed to faith - and I had to say - "Do you know that all you have told me you believe, the devil believes and trembles!" There had been no encounter with the risen and living Lord Jesus Christ. It is possible to have temples and buildings and shrines and meetings and services and doctrines - and be without Jesus Christ. See too how not only has the barrier been demolished - but how the gulf has been bridged. You are now in a JEW - JESUS CHRIST – the King of the Jews. To write that at that time to Gentiles was radical teaching. Walls and barriers which divide have been demolished - and HE brings us into one body - which means sharing one BLOOD. This is astounding. On the Cross - Jesus Christ dealt with those issues which made Jews different from us Gentiles. Verse 19 - Consequently - see the building now - built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets - with Christ Jesus Himself holding everything together. Look where the apostles and prophets are - not lording it over people - but in the foundation upholding and supporting. That is the whole purpose of an apostolic and prophetic ministry - to uphold and support - to prevent people from sinking - what a revelation Paul shares with Gentile believers. The good works which a disciple of Jesus Christ does - or performs - is something which God prepared for us to do. We are in a position to meet people's spiritual needs – with the help of God. This is what Jesus calls us to do - and remember, Jesus does not just tolerate us - He chooses us - He calls us - God the Father adopts us into His Family - we are His sons - His chosen children. ‘Workmanship’ – verse 10 – the word is POEMA - from which we get the word poem. We are God's creative masterpiece - when we yield - when we are pliable in His holy hands - and note the word, "WE". It is what we are together - in fellowship - as we lose our individual identity in Christ. Whenever God wants to change the shape - HE applies pressure - like clay in the Hands of the Potter. That is why we have to be careful at times when we might discover these words coming into our minds. "Why am I having to go through all this? Why am I experiencing all this hassle - all this opposition - all this pressure?” Is this God producing a new poem? Here is a revelation from God - revealed by the Holy Spirit, to Paul - so that the Church could be informed and edified. Remember too - it is being written - it is all being revealed - in prison in Rome. If you want to ascend to the highest, you have to be prepared to experience the lowest. God wants all this down in writing - there is authority when you have something down in writing in a document. There is a degree of permanence - and it is reasonably easy to refer to. There is a line running right through this passage - it divides. We see two categories of people. It separates those who are dead, from those who are alive - spiritually speaking – alive in Christ. Re-read Chapter 2 – we see these two groups - those who are in their sins - or those who are seated with Christ having been raised up by God - in Christ Jesus, or outside of Christ. There is no in between - there is no other spiritual position. Paul is saying - you either have this disease which is a KILLER - or you have the CURE OF GOD which God Himself provides and supplies and offers so generously. Paul begins with Praise - moves into Prayer - and then in our passage today Preaches. On he goes to preach and explain further - what we so need to know. “Lord God Almighty – my loving heavenly Father – continue to show me what you wish me to do – how to serve – how to reach out to those who are in need – how to minister to those who are downcast and sad – hurt and wounded – I look to You and to Your Word – for help and strength – through Jesus Christ. Amen.” (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous articles may be found at Studylight.org and liveasif.org in the 'Archives' - warmest greetings in Christ Jesus.)