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In “You Are Not Alone,” Catholic scholars proclaim biblical hope for the weary

Best-selling trio Cavins, D’Ambrosio, and Sri record a 90-minute video special for Catholics facing another demoralizing Lenten season in pandemic

Speaking from the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., surrounded by Biblical artifacts and life-size replicas of ancient Jewish dwellings, renowned Catholic Scripture scholars Jeff Cavins, Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, and Dr. Edward Sri have a message of hope for all believers this Lent: “You Are Not Alone.”

For Catholics, Ash Wednesday on February 17 marked a painful anniversary: a full liturgical year impacted by the pandemic, featuring previously-unimaginable Church closures and restrictions on access to prayer and the sacraments.

In the face of such challenges, Cavins, D’Ambrosio, and Sri proclaim a bold message of God’s faithfulness in “You Are Not Alone: Biblical Wisdom for Troubling Times,” the new 90-minute video special from Ascension. Pulling vivid examples from the Bible, the trio offers reflections on how to respond to suffering with the same courage, faithfulness, and spiritual joy that men and women of faith have displayed for centuries.

As presenter Jeff Cavins explains, “We’re all wondering if life will ever be like it used to be. But as believers we know, we are not alone. God is with us, just as he was with people of faith in Biblical times who faced their own pandemics, exiles, and persecutions. We can find freedom in the Lord despite difficult circumstances, just as they did.”

Fellow presenter Marcellino D’Ambrosio agrees. “Outward problems in society can’t take our freedom away. We have a choice in the midst of our troubles, whether they be the pandemic, political issues, financial issues, or anything else. We can choose, like St. Paul imprisoned yet praising God in his chains, to rejoice always, pray constantly, and give thanks in all circumstances. If we do this, we will experience God’s freedom, no matter what our situation may be.”

The third scholar and presenter Edward Sri summarizes the Lenten connection of the program: “God is leading us on a journey this Lent, just as he led so many people in the Bible through sufferings and obstacles. He is leading us out of our sins, selfishness, fears, and anxieties so that we can experience the full embrace of His love.”

A NEW VIDEO OFFERING FROM THE LEADER IN CATHOLIC FAITH FORMATION

You Are Not Alone: Biblical Wisdom for Troubling Times is Ascension’s first venture into video specials. The company is renowned both for its popular YouTube videos as well as for its award-winning Bible Studies with accompanying video lessons, but never before has Ascension offered a video special designed particularly for “movie night” style viewing at home or in community settings. You Are Not Alone can be viewed as three 30-minute sessions, or as one complete 90-minute experience.

You Are Not Alone is available for purchase for $19.95 on Ascension’s website, and is streamed through the company’s “Thinkific” video platform.

Fans looking for more from Cavins, D’Ambrosio, and Sri should explore their 2020 blockbuster Bible study Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life, filmed on-site in the Holy Land, which became one of the best-selling Catholic Bible studies in the nation despite the coronavirus pandemic.

ABOUT ASCENSION
Ascension is the leader in Catholic faith formation and digital content. Over the past 20 years, Ascension has helped to nurture the faith of more than 10 million people in 8,000 parishes through their books, Bibles, faith formation programs, chart-topping podcasts, social media, and the Ascension Presents YouTube channel. The company has 60 employees and is based in Exton, Pennsylvania.

MEDIA CONTACT
For interviews with Jeff Cavins, Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Edward Sri, or other media inquiries, please contact Lauren Joyce at (484) 876-1400 or [email protected].

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