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Catholic Scripture Study International

Catholic Scripture Study International was founded in 2003 and publishes more than 30 Bible and faith-related study programs. CSS studies are authored by well-known Bible scholars - such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Steve Ray, Mike Aquilina and Mark Shea - and are led in hundreds of parishes, universities, and organizations across the country.






 




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  1. Amos (6 Lessons)

    Commentary by Cindy Morales

    Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a prophet in the days of the Old Testament? The answer is pretty simple: being a prophet was a divine challenge, and their speeches all shared a common theme: “Repent, and be faithful to God as he is faithful to you!”

    The main theme in the Book of Amos is social justice, and the titular prophet spares no expense in calling out the Israelites for their mistreatment of the poor and stunning neglect of God’s law. Cindy Morales is your guide on this enlightening, 9-chapter journey of judgment, which is a judgment based not on revenge, but rather on God’s enduring love.

    In 6 well-researched lessons, you will learn:

    -How being chosen by God is a responsibility, not a privilege

    -What happens to those who neglect the poor

    -How God mourns for sinners like a rejected suitor for his intended bride

    Amos is famously full of “woes.” However, this book ends on a note of hope: Amos describes the magnificent Day of the Lord, on which there will be ultimate salvation for the righteous. Dive into the powerful prophecies within this book, and feel your heart burn with renewed commitment for authentic social justice.

    Starting at: $16.95

  2. Genesis (28 Lessons)

    Commentary by Steve Ray - presented by Fr. Matthew Kauth

    Without Genesis, the rest of the Bible is incomprehensible. Unveiling no less than the creation of the world and everything in it, including human life, as well as the birth of sin and the promise of a Savior, Genesis is packed with fascinating images and layered theological insights that require careful study.

    In this powerful 28-session study, author Steve Ray and presenter Fr. Kauth will help you uncover what you need to know about this crucial first book of the Bible, including:

    -The theological significance of covenants: what they meant for the ancient Jews, and what they mean for us today

    -What the Binding of Isaac actually signifies, and what Noah’s ark represents

    -How to have a personal relationship with the “God of your fathers” (Exodus 3:15)

    Genesis is the first key to unlocking the chest that enables us to understand the Bible as the Universal Church always has. To find the priceless gems inside, we need a good roadmap to learn how the 50 chapters fit together and fit with the rest of the entire Bible. Let Steve Ray and Fr. Kauth guide you on a 1,500+ verse deep-dive into the richly puzzling spiritual depths of Genesis.

    Starting at: $46.95

  3. 1st Corinthians (16 Lessons)

    Commentary by Steve Ray - presented by Fr. Patrick Winslow

    1st and 2nd Corinthians are two of the most beautiful and heart-wrenching epistles Paul ever wrote. They reveal that Paul’s life, and the life of every Christian, is never easy. As you will discover, however, he never stopped fighting for unity and charity to his last breath.

    In the first letter, his concerns are very practical, as he helps the Corinthians confront and overcome their constant spiritual struggles.

    By the time the second letter is finished, much has changed, and Paul is a victim of slander. Steve Ray and Fr. Patrick Winslow return to guide you through this intimate, heartbreaking letter.

    In 28 lessons and 650+ verses combined in these two letters, you will learn:

    -What it really means to be a temple of the Holy Spirit
    -How knowledge affects us vs. how love affects us
    -What to do when you feel tempted beyond your strength

    Both of these letters were penned in hardship, but St. Paul’s immense kindness and virtues flow through each one. Let Steve Ray and Fr. Winslow help you explore the contents of his loving heart, and feel your own heart surge with the same charity he died for.

    Starting at: $29.95

  4. A Scriptural Study of Angels (Two-Part Study - 25 Lessons)

    Commentary by Mike Aquilina and Richard Bulzacchelli - presented by Fr. Mitch Pacwa

    A Scriptural Study of Angels includes both of our studies on the angels: Entertaining Angels and Angels throughout the Ages.

    Every Sunday, Roman Catholics (like many other Christians) stand to profess their faith in the God who created "all things visible and invisible." We also confess our sins in the presence of "all the angels and saints." We hear Scripture readings that tell stories of angelic interventions in history. There's a flip side, of course, to the angels. There are also fallen angels: the demons.

    In these lessons, we're going to meet some of the angels and demons featured in the Bible as distinct spiritual persons, with names and identities. We'll treat them like real people we would actually meet in our lives, because that's how they're portrayed in the Bible. Who are they? What do they do? And what do their names teach us about who they are?

    Throughout the course of this study, in addition to Scripture, we will draw from Pope St. John Paul II's 1986 catechetical series on the angels, the Catechism, the Compendium of the Catechism and other official documents, as well as the Church Fathers. You will find that learning about the angels helps you discover more about the God who created them!

    Starting at: $46.95

  5. Lent Cycle B: The Road to Redemption (March 2018)

    Join us this Lent as we take 6 weeks to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ! Are we ready for the King? Are our hearts ready to accept the passion of our Lord so that we may share in his glorious Resurrection? The six weeks leading up to Easter mark our own 40 days in the desert with Jesus. Lent is an intense time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving for the entire Church.

    This year the Sunday gospel readings at Mass come from the Gospels of Matthew and John. Our engagement with these gospels creates a beautiful tapestry of prepared anticipation for the Easter season into our hearts.

    This study follows the Catholic Scripture Study format, but concentrates on the Sunday lectionary readings and incorporates the ancient method of Lectio Divina (praying the scriptures). Lectio Divina is a powerful way to ‘hear’ God speaking to us personally through scripture.

    To prepare, each participant reads the Sunday readings along with the "Points to Ponder" commentary, answers the Study Questions & Questions for Reflection and "prays the scriptures."

    Added elements: Catechism ConnectionsRome to Home and Voices of the Saints.

    Individual Study Guide (answers included separately)
    Author: Leon Suprenant
    Presenter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa

    Starting at: $16.95

  6. The Book of Joshua (13 Lessons)

    Commentary by Steve Ray - presented by Fr. Scott Courtney

    Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the constant challenges of daily life? Do you struggle to “let go and let God?”

    We all need role models to encourage us through the mess that daily life can become. Joshua was no stranger to this challenge—especially when charged with picking up where Moses left off, and leading the Israelites with prudence and patience.

    In the Book of Joshua, through a detailed exegesis of 650+ verses, Steve Ray and Fr. Scott Courtney are committed to showing you how completely Joshua trusted in God. Even while faced with severe setbacks, not once did this prophet doubt that God knew exactly what he was doing.

    In 13 bracing lessons, you will learn:

    -How the crossing of the Red Sea prefigures an essential sacrament

    -What “typology” means, and how it synthesizes the Old and New Testaments

    -That we were slaves, just like the Israelites, until a new Joshua came to sever our chains

    Trust and perseverance are the two virtues you will see most powerfully demonstrated in Joshua. Let his example of constant hope encourage you to leave more of your worries in God’s capable hands.

    Starting at: $22.95

  7. Luke: The Gospel of Mercy (Study Guide) Expanded content, Video outline, Life Application & Living It Out, plus saints, popes, Catechism quotes to learn, discern and live

    We are excited to bring you this insightful new study, featuring powerful videos, dynamic new materials, and beautiful full-color Study and Leader Guides, without sacrificing the depth for which Catholic Scripture Study is known.

    The full-color Study Guide contains extensive supplemental material for each Session, including Biblical commentary, excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, papal encyclicals, and the writings of the Saints, a glossary of key words, beautiful Old Master art, and much, much more.

    We invite you to immerse yourself in the parables of Mercy found in Luke, to uncover God’s Mercy in His own words, and to see how His Mercy is still active in the world today.

    We invite you to discover Luke: The Gospel of Mercy.

    This Fall, join prolific author and speaker, Dr. Paul Thigpen, and Doors of Mercy host Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, in exploring Luke.

    The Teaching Videos are approximately 10 minutes each, and the Life Application videos are approximately 5-6 minutes each.

    Combine the 8-week Doors of Mercy program–which reveals God’s mercy through the covenants of the Bible–with Luke for the 26 Week Year of Mercy Program! Call 800-437-5876 for more details and scheduling options.

    $39.95
  8. Hebrews (16 Lessons)

    Commentary by Scott Hahn and Mark Shea - presented by Fr. Mitch Pacwa

    Hebrews is a masterfully-written work with a fascinating point: the New Covenant of Jesus Christ perfectly fulfills the Old. Even more impressive, however, is the fact that only the New Covenant can free us from sin. The news was so shocking—and so radical—that it literally shook the world, beginning with an earthquake at Calvary, and thundering down to us thousands of years later.

    Scott Hahn, Mark Shea, and Fr. Mitch Pacwa take you through the clear, prudent chapters that make up this theologically piercing letter.

    In 16 powerful lessons, you will learn:

    -Why the New Covenant fulfills, without destroying, the Old

    -How Jesus relates to and surpasses the angels

    -What it means to be a priest “in the line of Melchizedek”

    How often do we think of the crushing sacrifices made by the first Christians to preserve and guard our faith? Hebrews is a glowing testament to their valiant witness. Let these chapters inspire you to be a little bolder in your own witness every day.

    Starting at: $29.95

  9. Understanding the Mystery of the Mass, Revisited (6 Lessons)

    Father Matthew Buettner opens one's eyes to the beauty and sacredness of the Mass by guiding the reader through the parts and elements of the liturgy, revealing the true mystery of Holy Mass. It is designed for individuals or groups desiring to better understand and enter into the mystery of Holy Mass. This is the perfect tool for those interested in better understanding and participating in the new translation of the Mass.

    Starting at: $16.95

  10. Angels Throughout the Ages (15 Lessons)

    We hear Scripture readings that tell stories of angelic interventions in history. There's a flip side, of course, to the angels. There are also the demons.
    In these lessons, we're going to meet some of the angels and demons featured in the Bible as distinct spiritual persons, with names and identities. We'll treat them like real people we would actually meet in our lives, because that's how they're portrayed in the Bible. 

    Who are they? What do they do? And what do their names teach us about who they are?

    Angels Throughout the Ages is a fascinating study on many types of angels, including the fallen angels (demons), and the three Archangels. Some of these sessions cover demons and their evil effects in the world. Entertaining Angels is the best choice to study the good Angels. All teaching is biblically based from the Catholic perspective.

    Starting at: $29.95

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