02_Arise, It Is Time – Premium Content

By sending his only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed his innermost secret: God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange (CCC 221).


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Study Audio

Action Items

In Your Gethsemane:

  • Seek support from God.
  • Identify your predominant fault.
  • Enter into suffering, rather than temptation (self-medication).
  • Serve rather than seeking to be served.

LOVE the Word™ is a Bible study method based on Mary’s own practice: lectio without the Latin. This week’s LOVE the Word™ exercise is according to a Franciscan* personality approach.

Listen (Receive the Word.)

Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour?” (Mat 26:38-40)

Observe (Connect the passage to recent events.)

In Catholic tradition, Matthew 26:40 is the basis of the Holy Hour devotion for Eucharistic adoration. The tradition of Holy Hour devotion dates back to 1673 when Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque stated that she had a vision of Jesus in which she was instructed to spend an hour every Thursday night to meditate on the sufferings of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

I’d like you to participate in a holy hour of Adoration this week: “Watch and pray,” specifically for your woundedness. Where have you been sleeping through or distracting yourself from your agony? How can you enter into that agony, and give to others out of it, rather than “entering into temptation” to somehow run away from it?

Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

In your journal or on your journal page (get a free page to the right), write down your answers, and what you believe the Holy Spirit is saying to you through the mystery of Jesus’ Agony in the Garden.

Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Abba, Father, lead me not into temptation, for my spirit is willing, but my flesh is weak.


*LOVE the Word™ exercises vary weekly according to the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Ignatian, Augustinian, Franciscan, and Thomistic. These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.

Episode Resources

Out now! My newest book with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers: Ignite, Read the Bible Like Never Before. Get a preview of the introduction and first chapter here. 

Here’s the private Facebook discussion page for the Healing the Father Wound series, if you want to join in the conversation with a little more privacy, as I do.

JPII’s Encyclical Letter, Dives in Misericordia, on God as Father

Catechism references

221 But St. John goes even further when he affirms that “God is love”:44 God’s very being is love. By sending his only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed his innermost secret:45 God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange.

Scripture references

Mar 14:36 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to thee; remove this cup from me; yet not what I will, but what thou wilt.”

Rom 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Gal 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

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13 thoughts on “02_Arise, It Is Time – Premium Content

  1. God Bless! Your words of encouragement and wisdom helped me to cry healing tears! I have realized that there is so much more work to do! I am ready to arise and get on with it! Thank you!

  2. Thankyou, Sonja, for this pod-cast. I have learned so much.Today is my son Christophers’
    birthday. He is 38 years old. and I haven’t seen him for eight years. Am praying for a healing of his wounds-this study has helped me to pray for the healing of my family’s wounds, as well as my own.
    God bless you/
    Elizabeth Leurer.

  3. Dear Sonja!
    I love the ideas you are sharing in the father wound series. This really does totally apply to me. I have been struggling with not really liking people telling me what to do. I was raised by a strict father and codependent mother. I know what my predominant fault is and I kept asking God to heal me but I don’t get healed of it. I hope this series works to help relieve it.
    Thanks again for all you are doing. You are so awesome and give me hope.

    1. No, He does not usually heal us immediately, simply because He created things and processes, and likes using their “normal” ways. Those “normal” ways take longer but are meritorious in their difficulty. He is making saints out of us!

  4. Thank you again, Sonja, I really appreciate how you challenge me, anyway, with your Bible Study.I never thought about the predominate sin of which is easy to ID and go to, now I know what I must do to correct this. Thank you for challenging me, always looking for your Bible study on Monday’s.

    1. They’re under LOVE the Word: LOVE, L – Listen, O – Observe, V – Verbalize, E – Entrust. Follow the prompts on the webpage that contains the audio.

      1. Just saw this question as I am reflecting on entering into temptation! Wow, just wow! Helped answer things big time!

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