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.
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
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
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
Commentary by Cindy Morales
Marriage is under attack. The encyclical Humanae Vitae has never been more relevant than it is today. Released in 1968 by the fearless Pope Paul VI, it was immediately controversial, even though it reaffirmed constant Church teaching. The 31 paragraphs within concern the sanctity of marriage and of human life itself, but today, many Catholics ignore this outright in favor of convenience.
What they fail to realize, as you will discover in this study, is how much happier their marriages and families would be if they simply trusted the words of Christ and his bride, the Church. Cindy Morales takes you step-by-step through all of Humanae Vitae, revealing its unappreciated beauty.
In 4 comprehensive lessons, you will learn:
-How Pope St. John Paul II built on this encyclical in his Theology of the Body
-Why total self-giving is the key to a happy, peaceful marriage
-The four elements of authentic love: Freedom, Totality, Faithfulness, and Fruitfulness
Since the 1960s especially, we have seen a heartbreaking degradation of marriage, the family, and the marital act itself. The Catholic Church understands that human sexuality is sacred and signifies the love of God. The Church follows Christ in saying: “True love is why you exist. God loves you more than any two people ever could. He wants you to bring the delight of this love out to others, just as he did for you on the cross!”
Starting at: $12.95
- CSS is pleased to bring you this short study series exploring the documents of the Second Vatican Council. Most Catholics are familiar with Vatican II and have likely heard the phrase, "…in the spirit of Vatican II…". However, few Catholics have actually read the documents. Consequently, the "Spirit of Vatican II" has come to mean many different things depending upon the source. We encourage all Catholics to take the time to study these important documents for themselves to discover the ideas that accurately reflect the Council teachings.
Starting at: $10.95
Commentary by Steve Ray - presented by Fr. Patrick Winslow
The Acts of the Apostles is the first history of the Church, and as such, merits a study as careful as it is well-researched. Luke’s motive in writing this book was very simple: to defend and teach the new faith in a beautiful work of apologetics.
Steve Ray and Fr. Patrick Winslow are your guides on this 1,000+ verse journey into the hearts and minds of the early Christians. Harmonizing history, theology, and eternal truth, St. Luke’s witness is a stirring invitation to follow the one he followed—the one who brought death to its knees.
In 28 comprehensive lessons, you will learn:
-How the Apostles’ message of repentance is just as vital for us today
-Why the Church was able to survive brutal, constant persecutions
-How we can be filled with the same Holy Spirit that inspired Peter, Paul, and all the early Christians
The Acts of the Apostles are the acts of those with hearts on fire. We are called to the same fearless love, no matter what challenges or persecutions come our way. Let Steve Ray and Fr. Winslow unpack this story of hope for you, and let your heart beat with the same fervor that inspired the first Christians.
Starting at: $46.95
The study examines the Scriptural basis of Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ, and looks at how this powerful portrayal of the suffering and death of Jesus relates to the Bible and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Designed to be used alone or in conjunction with the movie, Jesus' Passion is suitable for individual or group study.
Starting at: $14.95
NEW! Catholic Scripture Study for Fall 2016
Call 800-437-5876 for more details and scheduling options.
Join us for Luke: The Gospel of Mercy the exciting, all-new Bible Study from Catholic Scripture Study! ”
This Fall, join prolific author and speaker, Dr. Paul Thigpen and Doors of Mercy host Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, in exploring Luke as never before. See Luke brought to life with world-class video shot on location in Rome and Assisi, with all-new full-color study materials.
Intimately discover God’s heart for you with profound insights into the Prodigal Son and other parables. Go deeper with God than ever before with the new “Living It Out” segment that helps you hear what God is asking and draw closer to Him.
Each lesson includes a powerful Teaching Video with comprehensive written commentary, and a Life Application video for each of its 18 sessions. The Teaching Videos are approximately 10 minutes each, and the Life Application videos are approximately 5-6 minutes each.
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.
Starting at: $174.95
Advent Cycle B: Preparing for Christ – December 2017
4 Week Personal or Group Study with Fr. Mitch Pacwa
(Cycle B begins December 3, 2017)
Join us this Advent as we take 4 weeks to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ! Are we ready for the King? Are our hearts ready to receive our Savior? The four weeks leading up to Christmas mark the beginning of the Western Church's liturgical year. Advent is our time for reflection, meditation and preparation.
This year the Sunday gospel readings at Mass come from the Gospel of Mark. Our engagement with this gospel, woven with other parts of Scripture, like Isaiah, 1 Corinthians, and 2 Samuel creates a beautiful tapestry of prepared anticipation for the Christ Child coming to the world and 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 Connections, Rome to Home and Voices of the Saints.
Individual Study Guide (answers included separately)
Author: Cindy Morales
Presenter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa
Starting at: $12.95
Embark on a journey that begins before time itself, when Mary was only an eternal thought in the Mind of God, and extends into her life in Scripture. Discover Our Mother throughout centuries of Church history, as she intervenes at pivotal periods—especially at her most famous apparitions, when she made roses bloom on a hillside in Mexico, when she made a miraculous spring of water rise from the ground in Lourdes, and when she made the sun dance at Fatima.
See the maternal care she has given to humanity and the battle she has waged against the evil one, the one she was put in enmity to for all time. After seeing how she pursues us in love, learn how to grow closer to Mary, Our Mother by making devotion to her part of our daily life.
Take this journey now and discover the woman who, from the very beginning, was destined to be the Queen of Heaven.
Queen of Heaven Study Guide is now available in Spanish as a Downloadable PDF.
DVD with Spanish Subtitle available after August 15th .
Provide this trusted guide to each Study Leader and Small Group Discussion Leader through the eight-part Queen of Heaven
• Video recap notes helpful for discussion
• Discussion Question Answers
• Leader Resources to save you time
• Effective ways to build attendance and much more
It's so helpful for running QOH, that we're giving you a Leader Guide FREE with every 10 Study Guides! It makes the Small Group Discussion Leader’s role so clear, that recruiting is easy. With this helpful Leader Guide, leading your Queen of Heaven program will be seamless, enriching and enjoyable! 80 pages.
To be used by: Study Leader, Small Group Discussion Leader, Core Team
Provides each Leader and Participant through the eight-part program Queen of Heaven, and provides you with additional content to complete the study. Contains:
• Over 50 full-color sacred art images
• Discussion questions
• Glossary of Key People and Words to Know
• A section to help you apply each lesson to your daily life
• Further Suggested Reading
• Profound reflections on Mary from the Bible, the Popes, the Catechism and the Saints
• NEW! Quality, Lay-flat binding
Designed to be used in tandem with the program’s video content, this Study Guide leads you to take what you’ve learned during the session and apply it to your own life during each week and for years to come. 176 pages.
To be used by: All Participants, Study Leader, Small Group Discussion Leader, Core Team
Designed to be used in tandem with the Queen of Heaven Study Guide, which contains important additional content, prompts lively discussion and helps participants apply what they’ve learned to their everyday lives. Each of the 8 sessions feature:
• A Teaching Video (25 min) hosted by Leonardo Defilippis with over a dozen top Catholic teachers and experts
• A Spiritual Life video (5-7 min) hosted by beloved Fr. Patrick Winslow.
• 2 DVD Set with 2 sided discs (16 Video Segments with over 4 hours of content).
Streaming Video Group License:
As part of the Leader Pack purchase, the Leader can register their group and all registered participants can access the video as part of the group study. The Streaming Video License:
• Enables Leaders to view the video lessons online to prepare the lesson ahead,
• Helps participants who missed a session to catch up, and
• Allows those unable to attend sessions to join your group ‘virtually’.
Includes Registration Form, Bulletin Announcement, Scheduling Options, and other time saving resources.
Starting at: $249.50