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Sharon Doran serves as the teaching director of “Seeking Truth.” An experienced Bible Study teacher, Sharon has a passion for scripture that will motivate and challenge you to immerse yourself in God’s Word and apply His message to your every day life.


“Seeking Truth” is an in depth Catholic Bible Study, commissioned by the Archdiocese of Omaha in response to John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelization as well as Pope Benedict XVI’s exhortation for all Catholics to study scripture.  To learn more go to:  www.seekingtruth.net

Catholic Scripture StudyTake a listen to the engaging conversations Sharon and Bruce shared on Spirit Catholic  Radio about St. John, Scripture and so much more:

STSG21 – The Miracles of Jesus (PART 1) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

The Miracles of Jesus (part 1)

In this lecture, Sharon illuminates the miracles of Jesus in the most beautiful way.

As we learn this week, Jesus demonstrates dominion over the elements as he calms the storm on the Sea of Galilee.

Arriving on the other side of the sea, Jesus then displays his Lordship over Satan as He heals the Gerasene demoniac, driving a Legion of demons into 2000 swine, who then hurl themselves over a cliff into the sea.

The power of these miracles comes alive in Sharon’s presentation, with Old Testament prophecies jumping off the pages as they are fulfilled one by one.

Yet, in the gentle, quiet healings of Jairus’ daughter and the woman with a hemorrhage we learn even more of Christ’s plan of salvation for a new Daughter Zion.

In a conclusion that is both rich in scholarly insight and flowing with pastoral mercy, Sharon brings us to the realization that we only have to reach out to receive the abundant healing that God desires to lavish upon us.

STSG20 – The Parables of Jesus (PART 2) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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The Parables of Jesus (part 2)

Through His parables, Jesus both conceals and reveals.

As Sharon teaches us in this lecture,
Jesus uses the parables to reveal the truths of the Kingdom.
Yet, he conceals his true identity as Messiah so that his plan for salvation will not be thwarted before the appointed hour of his death on the cross.
As Sharon shows us, these parables have an even deeper richness when seen through Middle Eastern eyes. Understanding the cultural details contained in parables such as the Sower or the Prodigal Son helps us to appreciate the power of these amazing stories.
Sharon’s lecture breathes new life into our understanding of these familiar stories.

STSG19 – The Parables of Jesus (PART 1) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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Through His parables, Jesus both conceals and reveals.

As Sharon teaches us in this lecture,
Jesus uses the parables to reveal the truths of the Kingdom.
Yet, he conceals his true identity as Messiah so that his plan for salvation will not be thwarted before the appointed hour of his death on the cross.
As Sharon shows us, these parables have an even deeper richness when seen through Middle Eastern eyes. Understanding the cultural details contained in parables such as the Sower or the Prodigal Son helps us to appreciate the power of these amazing stories.
Sharon’s lecture breathes new life into our understanding of these familiar stories.

STSG18 – The Lord’s Prayer (PART 2) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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In this lecture Sharon takes us on a beautiful journey through the Lord’s prayer, which the Catechism of the Catholic Church describes as the summary of the whole Gospel.

Sharon opens the mystery of each line, beginning with God as father throughout salvation history.
His covenant kinship expands over time, including more and more sons and daughters into His worldwide universal family.

She goes on to explore the struggle we all experience: is it My Will or Thy Will?

She then tackles forgiveness, showing us that the measure of God’s forgiveness is determined by our own willingness to forgive.

Scripture covered are Matthew 6 and Luke 11

STSG17 – The Lord’s Prayer (PART 1) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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Episode 17 –

The Lord’s Prayer (part 1)

“Our Father…”

In this lecture Sharon takes us on a beautiful journey through the Lord’s prayer, which the Catechism of the Catholic Church describes as the summary of the whole Gospel.

Sharon opens the mystery of each line, beginning with God as father throughout salvation history.
His covenant kinship expands over time, including more and more sons and daughters into His worldwide universal family.

She goes on to explore the struggle we all experience: is it My Will or Thy Will?

She then tackles forgiveness, showing us that the measure of God’s forgiveness is determined by our own willingness to forgive.

Scripture covered are Matthew 6 and Luke 11

STSG16 – Beatitudes (PART 2) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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Beatitudes (part 2)

“Blessed are…..”

The Beatitudes. So familiar, yet do we really understand them?

In this lecture, Sharon blazes through the history of Israel, setting the stage for a deeper understanding of the meaning of the Beatitudes.

The occupied, oppressed nation of Israel was yearning for a savior, a savior that would rid them of centuries of foreign occupation.

Then Jesus arrives, working amazing miracles.

Could He be the One??

Expectations are high, but expectations are turned inside-out as Jesus proclaims the paradoxical truths of the Beatitudes.

STSG15 – Beatitudes (PART 1) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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Beatitudes (part 1)
“Blessed are…..”

The Beatitudes. So familiar, yet do we really understand them?

In this lecture, Sharon blazes through the history of Israel, setting the stage for a deeper understanding of the meaning of the Beatitudes.

The occupied, oppressed nation of Israel was yearning for a savior, a savior that would rid them of centuries of foreign occupation.

Then Jesus arrives, working amazing miracles.

Could He be the One??

Expectations are high, but expectations are turned inside-out as Jesus proclaims the paradoxical truths of the Beatitudes.

STSG14 – Call of the Apostles (PART 2) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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Call of the Apostles (part 2)

“Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man.”

These are the words of Peter when he realizes he is in the presence of the Lord. But as Sharon teaches us tonight, Jesus is not afraid of sin and he stays, calling Peter on to become the Rock upon which he will build his Church. In what can only be described as a moving and anointed lecture, Sharon describes the call of the Apostles and the creation of the Apostolic succession that extends to our modern times. Jesus commanded these fishers of men to “Cast out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” This too is our call: to grow ever deeper in relationship with our Lord.

STSG13 – Call of the Apostles (PART 1) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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Call of the Apostles

“Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man.” These are the words of Peter when he realizes he is in the presence of the Lord. But as Sharon teaches us tonight, Jesus is not afraid of sin and he stays, calling Peter on to become the Rock upon which he will build his Church. In what can only be described as a moving and anointed lecture, Sharon describes the call of the Apostles and the creation of the Apostolic succession that extends to our modern times. Jesus commanded these fishers of men to “Cast out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” This too is our call: to grow ever deeper in relationship with our Lord.

STSG12 – Announcement of the Kingdom Of God (PART 2) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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Announcement of the Kingdom Of God (part 2)

“Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”

With these words, Jesus proclaimed the coming of God’s Kingdom.
People have always clamored for a King and Israel had good and bad Kings throughout her history. But Jesus Christ is the true King, the eternal King, the KING of KINGS and Lord of Lords.
Through his bride the Church, his kingdom reigns on earth and in heaven.
As partakers of the sacraments, we return to the divine nature God initially intended.

STSG11 – Announcement of the Kingdom Of God (PART 1) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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Announcement of the Kingdom Of God

“Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”

With these words, Jesus proclaimed the coming of God’s Kingdom.
People have always clamored for a King and Israel had good and bad Kings throughout her history. But Jesus Christ is the true King, the eternal King, the KING of KINGS and Lord of Lords.
Through his bride the Church, his kingdom reigns on earth and in heaven.
As partakers of the sacraments, we return to the divine nature God initially intended.

STSG10 – Desert Temptation of Jesus (PART 2) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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Temptation of Jesus
Matthew 4, Mark 1 and Luke 4 (part 2)

Temptation…. Who can resist it? Led by the Holy Spirit, Jesus goes out to the desert tobattle Satan, the father of lies. Drawing from the Hebrew Scriptures, Sharon shows how this pivotal event in the ministry of Jesus is connected with so many Old Testament figures: Adam, Elijah, Elisha and King David. In addition, Sharon teaches us that the temptations before Jesus are no different than the ones Adam faced, no different than the ones we face. But armed with the Word of God, Jesus triumphs over the Evil One and the angels are sent to minister to Him.

STSG9 – Desert Temptation of Jesus (PART 1) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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Temptation of Jesus
Matthew 4, Mark 1 and Luke 4 (part 1)

Temptation…. Who can resist it? Led by the Holy Spirit, Jesus goes out to the desert tobattle Satan, the father of lies. Drawing from the Hebrew Scriptures, Sharon shows how this pivotal event in the ministry of Jesus is connected with so many Old Testament figures: Adam, Elijah, Elisha and King David. In addition, Sharon teaches us that the temptations before Jesus are no different than the ones Adam faced, no different than the ones we face. But armed with the Word of God, Jesus triumphs over the Evil One and the angels are sent to minister to Him.

STSG8 – The Baptism of Jesus (PART 8) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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Sharon introduces teachings of several Church Fathers.
Of special interest is the Apostolic Father, St. Ignatius of Antioch and his letter to the Ephesians.

Ignatius teaches about three mysteries that must be kept secret from Satan until after the resurrection: Mary’s virginity, the virgin birth and the crucifixion of Jesus.

Drawing from later writings of Sts. Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, and Gregory, Sharon reveals to us some biblical foundations for Ignatius’ teachings as found in both Old and New Testaments.

The Holy Family’s Persona helps to hide Mary’s virginity and the virgin birth from worldly eyes and namely the “prince of the world”, so these secrets could remain hidden as Jesus grew up in Nazareth.

The hidden years come to an end when John baptizes Jesus in the Jordan River and Jesus voluntarily submits to the Father’s mission for Him.

The Father is well pleased with His beloved, obedient Son.

The scene ends with the Trinitarian theophany and Jesus is led by the Spirit out into the desert to be tempted by Satan himself.

STSG7 – The Baptism of Jesus (PART 1) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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STSG7 – The Baptism of Jesus (PART 1)

Episode 7 –

Sharon introduces teachings of several Church Fathers.

Of special interest is the Apostolic Father, St. Ignatius of Antioch and his letter to the Ephesians.

Ignatius teaches about three mysteries that must be kept secret from Satan until after the resurrection: Mary’s virginity, the virgin birth and the crucifixion of Jesus.

Drawing from later writings of Sts. Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, and Gregory, Sharon reveals to us some biblical foundations for Ignatius’ teachings as found in both Old and New Testaments.

The Holy Family’s Persona helps to hide Mary’s virginity and the virgin birth from worldly eyes and namely the “prince of the world”, so these secrets could remain hidden as Jesus grew up in Nazareth.

The hidden years come to an end when John baptizes Jesus in the Jordan River and Jesus voluntarily submits to the Father’s mission for Him.

The Father is well pleased with His beloved, obedient Son.

The scene ends with the Trinitarian theophany and Jesus is led by the Spirit out into the desert to be tempted by Satan himself.

STSG6 – The Birth of Jesus (PART 2) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

STSG6 - The Birth of Jesus (PART 2) - Episode 6 - The story of Israel is the story of Jesus. On this 2 part lecture, Sharon weaves a beautiful tapestry of the history of the nation of Israel. The fabric of this history is revealed in the genealogy of Jesus, a family tree ripe with great leaders and scandalous sinners. This story is a stream that flows through the times of the patriarchs, the wandering in the desert, the era of the Judges, the reign of David and Solomon, the division of the Hebrew kingdom and the exile into Babylon. This story is punctuated with the voices of the prophets who announce with astonishing accuracy the coming of Messiah. This story is culminated in the most unlikely of places: the virginal womb of a young Jewish woman.
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STSG6 – The Birth of Jesus (PART 2) – Episode 6 –

The story of Israel is the story of Jesus. On this 2 part lecture, Sharon weaves a beautiful tapestry of the history of the nation of Israel.

The fabric of this history is revealed in the genealogy of Jesus, a family tree ripe with great leaders and scandalous sinners.

This story is a stream that flows through the times of the patriarchs, the wandering in the desert, the era of the Judges, the reign of David and Solomon, the division of the Hebrew kingdom and the exile into Babylon.

This story is punctuated with the voices of the prophets who announce with astonishing accuracy the coming of Messiah.

This story is culminated in the most unlikely of places: the virginal womb of a young Jewish woman.

STSG5 – The Birth of Jesus (PART 1) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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The story of Israel is the story of Jesus. On this 2 part lecture, Sharon weaves a beautiful tapestry of the history of the nation of Israel.
The fabric of this history is revealed in the genealogy of Jesus, a family tree ripe with great leaders and scandalous sinners.
This story is a stream that flows through the times of the patriarchs, the wandering in the desert, the era of the Judges, the reign of David and Solomon, the division of the Hebrew kingdom and the exile into Babylon.
This story is punctuated with the voices of the prophets who announce with astonishing accuracy the coming of Messiah.
This story is culminated in the most unlikely of places: the virginal womb of a young Jewish woman.

STSG4 – Preparation for the Coming of the Messiah (PART 2) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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Episode 4 –

This 2 part lecture is a “must listen to” as Sharon gives us the Biblical basis for the perpetual … (more info)virginity of Mary as well as for her Immaculate Conception. Drawing from both Old and New Testament scripture, Sharon shows us how Mary was filled with grace head-crushingfrom the moment of her conception and remained sinless throughout her entire life.

We also learn that through the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary becomes Theotokos, God-Bearer, and is the Ark of the New Covenant. Like the Ark of the Old Covenant, Mary is not meant to be touched, and she remains perpetually virgin.

STSG3 – Preparation for the Coming of the Messiah (PART 1) – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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This 2 part lecture is a “must listen to” as Sharon gives us the Biblical basis for the perpetual … (more info)virginity of Mary as well as for her Immaculate Conception. Drawing from both Old and New Testament scripture, Sharon shows us how Mary was filled with grace from the moment of her conception and remained sinless throughout her entire life.

We also learn that through the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary becomes Theotokos, God-Bearer, and is the Ark of the New Covenant. Like the Ark of the Old Covenant, Mary is not meant to be touched, and she remains perpetually virgin.

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But wait! There’s more! Sharon also reveals to us the amazing fulfillment of Old Testament Messianic Prophecies through the birth of John the Baptist.

You won’t want to miss this foundational lecture.

STSG2 – An Overview of the Synoptic Gospels Part 2 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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Episode 2 –

From the beginning of time, God planned to send his son, Jesus, to be the savior of the world. The story of Jesus is the story of the Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Sharon gives a dynamic teaching that outlines God’s plan of salvation, beginning with the fall in the Garden of Eden and culminating with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

But just hearing the story is not enough.

As Sharon tells us, the Church exists to evangelize and we are called to spread the Gospel message to a culture in desperate need of a savior.

STSG1 – An Overview of the Synoptic Gospels Part 1 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran

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Episode 1 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – The Synoptic Gospels: An Overview Part 1

From the beginning of time, God planned to send his son, Jesus, to be the savior of the world. The story of Jesus is the story of the Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Gospel-WritersIn this 2 part overview lecture, Sharon gives a dynamic teaching that outlines God’s plan of salvation, beginning with the fall in the Garden of Eden and culminating with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

But just hearing the story is not enough.

As Sharon tells us, the Church exists to evangelize and we are called to spread the Gospel message to a culture in desperate need of a savior.

ST17 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – Mary, Ark of the Covenant

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Episode 17 – Sharon and Bruce discuss Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant. What does this mean? Where do we find that in the Old and New Testament? How has that been reflected in our Sacred Tradition?

ST16 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – The Virginity of The Blessed Virgin Mary

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Episode 16 – Sharon and Bruce discuss the perpetual virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. How is this possible? What is the significance of Mary’s silence after the annunciation? Why is the Virgin Birth so important?What do the Church Fathers have to say about this? Where is all this found in Sacred Scripture?

ST15 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – “Genesis” Opening Lecture and Explanation of Seeking Truth

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This lecture is not only an overview of the book of Genesis, but also a sweeping view of the story of salvation. The “narratio”, or the narration, is the story of Christ, present from the very beginning of time to the very end yet to come. It is a powerful story that is present throughout the entire Bible.

ST14 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – “Genesis” Opening Lecture and Explanation of Seeking Truth

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This lecture was given on the feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows and in her opening lecture, Sharon gives honor to Mary, who always points us to her Son, Jesus. Sharon also highlights the importance of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and gives an engaging overview of its origin and authorship.

ST13 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – John Chapter 20 “Doubting Thomas”

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Episode 13 – Sharon and Bruce discuss “Doubting Thomas”. John Chapter 20. Why Thomas was allowed to touch Jesus and Mary Magdalene was not. The significance of the actual wound in Jesus’ side and implications for the Church. Why this interaction between Jesus and Thomas is more important than what we think. What is ahead for Thomas, but also what is ahead for the Body of Christ.

ST12 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – The Blessed Virgin Mary, “The Head-Crushing” Immaculately Conceived Handmaid of the Lord

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Episode 12 – Sharon and Bruce discuss the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary is the new Eve! The sin-free woman who will crush the head of the serpent. Sharon breaks open Genesis chapter 2, Revelation 12 and the Old Testament teachings on the two other woman who are “blessed” and how this shines a light on our understanding of Mary!

ST11 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – John 20 “Making All Things New”.

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Episode 11 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran, hosted by Bruce McGregor.   Ep 11 – John 20 “Making All Things New” Sharon Doran serves as the teaching director of “Seeking Truth.” An experienced Bible Study teacher, Sharon has a passion forscripture that will motivate and challenge you to immerse yourself in God’s Word and […]

ST10 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – Holy Week – from the perspective of history

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Episode 10 – Sharon and Bruce discuss the state of the world during Holy Week. What is the historical backdrop that set the stage for the events of Holy Week. The conditions in the world at that time. What was happening culturally and politically….and spiritually.

ST9- Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – “Do You Want to be Healed?” John Chapter 5

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Episode 9- John Chapter 5 Sharon and Bruce discuss the pool of Bethsaida and the healing of the paralytic. Jesus is announcing a great blessing for all the world.

ST8- Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – “The Samaritan Woman at the Well”, John Chapter 4

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Episode 8 – John Chapter 4 Sharon and Bruce discuss the importance of the Samarian area, Jacob’s well, the animosity between the Samaritans and the Jews, and the gender bias against women.

ST7- Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – “Born of Water and the Spirit”, John Chapter 3

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Episode 7 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran, hosted by Bruce McGregor. Ep 7 – “Born of Water and the Spirit”, John Chapter 3

ST6- Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – “Zeal for Your House will Consume Me”, John Chapter 2 v13-25

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Episode 6 – John Chap 2 v. 13-25 The clearing of the temple. Temple history and it’s significance in salvation history.

ST5- Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – “Do Whatever He Tells You” Chapter 2

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The wedding feast of Cana and the intercessory role of Mary. The significance of the term “woman”. The “blessed” women of the bible…there’s only two others, besides Mary….the “head-crushers”…a fascinating exploration of the term

ST4- Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – “God’s Chosen One”John Chapter 1

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Episode 4 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran, hosted by Bruce McGregor.   Ep 4 – John Chapter 1. The Baptism of Jesus.  The name changing of Simon to Cephas.  The primacy of Peter.  The encounter with Nathaniel and the fig tree.  The branch imagery.  The calling of us all. Sharon Doran serves as the […]

ST3 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – “The Word became flesh….”

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Episode 3 – Continuing the Prologue to the Gospel According to St. John. Sharon and Bruce begin with John chap 1 v 14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…” They discuss the greatness and humility of John the Baptist. What it was like to be a Jew in the first century. Where was Jesus really baptized (think you know?) “The Lamb of God”…what does this mean?

ST2 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – The Prologue to the Gospel of St. John

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Episode 2 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran, hosted by Bruce McGregor.   Ep 2 – The Prologue to the Holy Gospel According to St. John. Sharon Doran serves as the teaching director of “Seeking Truth.” An experienced Bible Study teacher, Sharon has a passion for scripture that will motivate and challenge you to immerse […]

ST1 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – An Introduction to John

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Episode 1 – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran, hosted by Bruce McGregor.  Ep 1 – An Introduction to the life and work of  St. John. Sharon Doran serves as the teaching director of “Seeking Truth.” An experienced Bible Study teacher, Sharon has a passion for scripture that will motivate and challenge you to immerse yourself in God’s Word […]

Pope Benedict XVI said on Sept. 16, 2005:

“This is a fact that all Christians must take up and apply to themselves”, he said; “only those who first dispose themselves to listen to the Word can then begin to announce it.”

“Church and Word of God,” he continued, “are inseparably linked. The Church lives off the Word of God, and the Word of God rings out in the Church, in her teaching and in all her life.”

The Pope said he was thankful for a renewed appreciation of this fact, saying that “in recent times, thanks also to the effect of the Dogmatic Constitution ‘Dei Verbum,’ the fundamental importance of the Word of God has been more profoundly re-evaluated. This has led to renewal in the life of the Church, especially in preaching, catechesis, theology, spirituality, and in the very ecumenical journey itself. The Church must forever renew and rejuvenate herself, and the Word of God, which never ages or expires, is the privileged means to this end.”