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.
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
Commentary by Mike Aquilina - presented by Fr. Mitch Pacwa
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." But how often do we really think about these unseen creatures who are always ready to help us?
In 10 well-researched lessons, Mike Aquilina and Fr. Mitch Pacwa draw on the saints, the Catechism, and Scripture to remind you of the precious gift God has given us in the good angels. You will also find that learning about them helps you discover more about the God who created them!
Discover that angels are spiritual, personal, and immortal creatures, with intelligence and freewill, who glorify God without ceasing and serve him as special messengers of his saving plan!
Starting at: $21.95
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.
Commentary by Scott Hahn and Mark Shea - presented by Fr. Matthew Kauth
Revelation is one of the most confusing and misunderstood books of the Bible. Thankfully, we have the one true Church of Jesus Christ to interpret its dramatic signs and symbols.
Scott Hahn, Mark Shea, and Fr. Matthew Kauth help you dive into the 22 engrossing chapters with renewed understanding and relevant historical context, all guided by the Magisterium of Christ’s bride, the Church.
In 25 powerful lessons, you will learn:
-Why the Marriage Supper of the Lamb is the ultimate end of all our labors
-How sacramental marriage is a small foretaste of our final union with God
-What God does when faced with obstinate unfaithfulness from his children
Don’t let this book remain an unsolvable mystery—take the plunge into John’s rapturous vision, and find a new appreciation for the beautiful foretaste of the sacraments.
- 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
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 revealing lessons and 650+ verses, 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.
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
Commentary by Scott Hahn and Mark Shea - presented by Fr. Patrick Winslow
John is known as both the Beloved Disciple and the apostle who was closest to Jesus, and we ought to study his Gospel with special attention, so that we can learn from his example to draw even closer to Christ.
John’s Gospel is the written witness to his constant, loving pursuit of the Lord. To guide you through the intricate symbols within, Fr. Patrick Winslow carefully explains why this is one of the most beautiful and spiritually powerful books in the whole canon of Scripture. In 28 revealing sessions, written by Scott Hahn and Mark Shea, you will learn:
-Why John’s Gospel has the most profound theology of the four Gospels
-Its unique focus on a Christian understanding of the Family
-Why love constitutes the New Law for John and for all of us
John’s relationship with the beating heart of Christ is not limited to one person. It is something that Christ begs us to share, if only we will study his beloved disciple’s words carefully, and with much prayer. This is exactly the attitude that Fr. Winslow, Scott Hahn, and Mark Shea bring you in this 850+ verse journey into the heart of John’s poetic Gospel, as he bares the heart of our Lord to us.
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 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.