Over and out...

Ok, so when I began this blog it was intended to be a platform for my articles and the individual lessons of my Bible studies. I was using it, to begin with, as a way to articulate and structure what was in my heart, and an opportunity for feedback about my writing and its content. Now that I am a contributor for Catholic Online, CO has become the springboard that the blog used to be, and the blog is becoming more like my Facebook account, and therefore a little redundant.

I am finding that trying to keep up with all of it on a daily basis is stressing me out, and the content you have come to expect, and I think love, is now part of a yet-to-be-released Bible study or a re-post of what I have already offered on CO or FB.

In addition, happily, we are close to being able to offer my Bible studies on Catholic Online. My pitch/idea was accepted, and we have been waiting for the technology on the site to catch up to my vision for how the studies should be offered. I have waited for this moment for so long, and I believe it is the fulfillment of what God told me many years ago, only in different packaging.

"The dream" looks different than I thought then, and all the way up till about a couple months ago, but I have accepted what God's plan is to be (whatever that is) and am looking forward to participating in and discovering what He is about to do in the world. I shared much of my struggle with you in the "union posts," and sincerely appreciate your help in getting through that bit. Please make all this, and me personally, a matter of your regular prayers. You know, after months of reading me, how desperately I need them!

CO is the largest Catholic website on the internet, second only to the Vatican's. It will be interesting to see how all this pans out, if people will participate in the studies, if they will benefit from them, and if they find God more closely through them. That is the most fervent desire of my heart and has been for almost 12 years, aside from issues related to my vocation as a wife and mother.

So, this is my last post. I will leave the blog up until I can get all the files transferred, and then I will remove it. I have made dear friends here, however, and do not want to lose touch with you. Please, if you don't have one, set up a Facebook account and "friend" me! I do not know your last names, and feel pretty sure that some of you (namely the Abnormals) do not have accounts. Even if you hate the idea, just set up an account. I only recently got on at the urging of my dad (who left me high and dry after I signed up!), and it's a lot of fun. You don't have to post anything. Just let me stay in touch with you!

If not, I know by faith I will see you in the Great By and By. It has been my sincere pleasure to travel with you a while. Thank you for holding my trembling hand along the way.

With Great Love,
Sonja Corbitt
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The Shadow of Death

Job 12:22  He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth up to light the shadow of death.

This weekend we were headed to my son's piano recital and I was in the passenger seat while my husband drove along the back roads toward the highway. I noticed that the clouds were moving really quickly across the sky, and they were fat, puffy cumulus clouds, so their shadows were very visible and rushing toward us on the road as we drove. It seemed as though we were about to be swallowed by shadows, and that made me think about
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Beautiful Feet: Beloved Priests Attacked By Demons in Broad Daylight

"And how can men preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!'" (Rom 10:15).  

According to tradition, typical demonic responses during exorcism include foul language, references to sexual perversion, deceit, and profuse blasphemy. Similarly, prayers for exorcism outside the Northern Illinois Women's Center abortuary in Rockford have provoked just such a reaction from pro-abortion workers and activists within. Continue reading this post>>


He is not the God of the dead, but of the living

Why is it that the hardest thing to get over in any serious loss is the "what might have been's"? I mentioned yesterday that I spent an exhausting weekend "being present" with people I love in this quagmire, and I remember it being the hardest thing to get through when grieving myself.

We have these pictures, these ideals, in our hearts of the way things are "supposed" to be, and when for some reason they don't pan out we are devastated by the inability to see past the past. This is especially difficult if our dream is destroyed by someone else, say through a betrayal, divorce, murder, accident, or other horrible turn of events, or ourselves through addictions or other sin.
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Missed you

I have missed you all! I hope your weekend was relaxing.

I was on "vacation," which turned out to be more of a stress marathon. The situations some of my family are in are just so difficult, and attempting to be supportive, or at least compassionate, completely drained the virtue out of me.

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The Finger of God for Healing: Faith Healing Priest Draws Thousands

"The Spirit of God is on me. He anointed me to bring Good News to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted and to free the oppressed" (Is. 61:1).
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Do Catholics Worship Mary?

Here's my latest newspaper article. Been some time in coming...
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Four more big little things!

Unless you are as fascinated by this kind of unlikely stuff you probably will not appreciate it, but can you believe this?
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OK, so has anyone else been following LOST? I hesitated to blog anything on it until I got the final premise of the show, just in case it was utterly horrible, but I have to say it was the best show I've seen on TV in years. YEARS!!

So many of the themes are those we have discussed here previously, but by far the one I identified with most was Jack's sense of purpose and "destiny," and how driven he was to fulfill it.
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A big little thing

is completely enchanted with the couple next door. You have to click the picture and look closely, top right and bottom left. They answer when you call to them, and live in the tree just 50 feet from our porch. Stunningly beautiful. I have never seen one in the wild, and here they seem to have adopted us...

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Disaster in Nashville

A week after The Great Flood of 2010, Tennesseans are proving their grit. They were some of the darkest days in Tennessee history, when 13.57 inches of torrential rain fell in two days last weekend, leaving the city and great portions of the state in darkness due to flood deaths and lack of power.
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I'm so sorry I haven't blogged: I am still puking! I just haven't felt like doing anything at all. I am starving, but cannot keep anything down. Great way to lose weight. (Totally kidding; this is probably one of the worst things I've ever been through, worse than childbirth, naturally with no drugs!!) It's like one long labor that never stops. Who needs me to offer up my suffering? Continue reading this post>>



I spent Mother's Day and the next two days cleaning up vomit and diarrhea from the carpet and bedclothes and everywhere else at every hour of the day and night. What was my reward? A personal day of vomit and diarrhea beginning at 1am.

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The Bed of the Soul

In the midst of the daily grind, and the cares of life and family, there are times when I wonder if anyone loves me. It’s usually when I am pouring myself out for thankless others or something depressing has happened and I am in the throes of a raging pity party.
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Lemons out of lemonade

I never posted the coon hat my son made out of that neighbor's raccoon. Before: 

And after:
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Anatomy, the Woven Veil

It is modernity, maybe post-modernity, but we are not doing a new thing. We are doing a very old thing. Natural life waxed and waned before our noisy arrival, but life, human life, is uniquely God-breathed, and the context of His epic ambition—restoration and wholeness. We dare not, under penalty of death (Matthew 26:52), presume to transgress this sacred ambition, for it is the holy of holies.

The evidence is in the habitation of the eternal soul in a body. Psalm 139:13-16 rejoices, "My frame was not hidden from You when I was being made in secret." Earlier in the chapter, verse 13 marvels, "You formed my inward parts; You knit me in my mother's womb." This word "knit" is also sometimes translated "wove" or "woven."

David sings that his being was woven together secretly by God. Often this section of Scripture is used by anti-abortion activists to emphasize the inherent sacredness of conception and birth, the invisible invasion of created body by God-breathed soul in the protected covering of a mother's person. But more than a wonder, it is the holy preparation of God.
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