Bible Studies


  • 6 week series at Our Lady of Mercy hall beginning Monday September 9, 2019

  • LECTIO DIVINA - Prayer
    Prayer is one of the essentials of a thriving faith - why is it so elusive?

    Though prayer is one of the essentials of a thriving faith, we often feel as if we're talking to ourselves - or, worse, as if we're talking to no one at all. How can something so vital to the Faith be so elusive?

    Now, with the clear teaching and artistry of the Augustine Institute's Lectio series, Dr. Tim Gray, a nationally renowned Bible scholar and Catholic speaker, masterfully uses the discipline of Lectio Divina to show you how to make prayer an effective effort of love and intimacy. In six video sessions, Prayer: finding Intimacy with God captures the secret to opening our hearts and minds to Scripture as the means to hear from God and then respond in conversation, basking in His presence and resolving to live in and through his love.



  • Video presentation at St. Benedict on Thursday Sepember 26, 2019

  • JESUS and the JEWISH ROOTS of the EUCHARIST
    In recent years, Christians everywhere are rediscovering the Jewish roots of their faith. Every year at Easter time, many believers now celebrate Passover meals (known as Seders) seeking to understand exactly what happened at Jesus’ final Passover, the night before he was crucified.

    Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist shines fresh light on the Last Supper by looking at it through Jewish eyes. Using his in-depth knowledge of the Bible and ancient Judaism, Dr. Brant Pitre answers questions such as: What was the Passover like at the time of Jesus? What were the Jewish hopes for the Messiah? What was Jesus’ purpose in instituting the Eucharist during the feast of Passover? And, most important of all, what did Jesus mean when he said, “This is my body… This is my blood”?

    To answer these questions, Pitre explores ancient Jewish beliefs about the Passover of the Messiah, the miraculous Manna from heaven, and the mysterious Bread of the Presence. As he shows, these three keys—the Passover, the Manna, and the Bread of the Presence—have the power to unlock the original meaning of the Eucharistic words of Jesus. Along the way, Pitre also explains how Jesus united the Last Supper to his death on Good Friday and his Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

    Inspiring and informative, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist is a groundbreaking work that is sure to illuminate one of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith: the mystery of Jesus’ presence in “the breaking of the bread.”