What has the Church been praying every December 17th-23rd since the eighth century? The O Antiphons—seven prayers, full of prophetic titles and Old Testament imagery of the Messiah, Jesus the Christ. Plus! From first to last, they climb climatically through salvation history. Listen as Richaél Lucero delves into the hopeful anticipation of the O Antiphons. You'll also get some pointers to help you lean into them this Advent and a free downloadable sheet.
Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant. Jesus is the New Covenant. To appreciate this more deeply, Richaél Lucero explores the Ark of the Old Covenant. More importantly, what was held inside and its significance. She'll also point out the scriptures that identify Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant. As well as, how Christ is the fulfillment of each of the cherished items in the Ark of the Old Covenant.
Indulgences. A *get out of hell free* card? Money grab by the Catholic Church? Outdated and no longer in existence? No, nope, and negative. A beautiful practice in charity? A means for spiritual discipline? A gift from the Church to spur Christians on to holiness? Yep, yes, and you betcha. Listen as Richaé Lucero explains the role of indulgences in the Church today. As well as, what they are, why you’d want them, how to get them and more.
Halloween is All Hallows Eve—the evening we begin to celebrate the saints. But the customs and traditions it holds seem far removed from the glorious saints. Or are they? Can we still find Catholic elements in our modern day festivities no matter how macabre? What about ancient pagan feasts—do they have a valid link to Halloween? Find out in this episode with Richaél Lucero.
The *deposit of faith.* Your heritage as a Catholic! Sounds important, right? Do you know what it is? It’s purpose? Or how it affects your interior life? Listen for the answers as Richaél Lucero draws your attention to the origin of this body of saving truths and core beliefs. Learn how it preserves the Faith through the Church started by Jesus. And how the one deposit connects you to centuries of faithful who lived before you and God himself.
“Ad fontes” is Latin for “back to the sources.” Returning to the sources of the Catholic Church is the best way to learn about the Faith. After the scriptures, St. Ignatius of Antioch is the perfect place to start. He wrote seven letters while escorted to Rome from Antioch to be martyred. They paint a vivid picture of the Catholic Church after the time of the Apostles. Listen as Richaél Lucero points out some of her favorite parts in these need-to-read Catholic letters.
Be honest. I say the word "conscience" and you think of what? A well-dressed talking cricket? Or an angel and devil hovering over each of your shoulders? These are amusing caricatures. But they deceive us into thinking the formation of conscience is only for children. In this episode, Richaél Lucero reveals how the conscience is a place of intimate connection with God. Listen and you'll learn how to continue the life-long task of forming your conscience.
“Take up your cross.” Christians use this phrase often when faced with difficulty. Yet, it’s more than a soothing phrase. St. Pope JohnPaul II says “to carry your cross is the greatest proof of love.” Do you want to learn the purpose of your crosses, the forms they can take, and how to take them up as disciples of Jesus? Listen to this episode with Richaél Lucero.
Is there a difference between teaching the Faith to kids and explaining it to adults? Yes. But you can use the same blueprint to teach and explain Catholicism no matter your audience or topic. Listen as Richaél Lucero explains the five steps of the Ecclesial Method and how to use them. You'll be able to apply it to every situation—from formal lesson plans to casual conversations.
The Psalms are more than a collection of prayers. They tell the story of the Davidic Kingdom. In fact, they are the underpinning of the story—the inner thoughts, emotions, and movements of the heart of kings David and Solomon. Richaél Lucero reveals their story in the Psalms—all 150 of them. You'll find a wealth of human experiences put in words through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Listen and you'll learn how to navigate the Psalms and use their words, in your conversations with God.
Icons beautifully adorn our churches and homes. But make no mistake about it, their purpose is spiritual. Icons can be both windows into heaven—means of a spiritual encounter and dialogue. At the same time, they can be mirrors reflecting holy characteristics present in you. Listen to Richaél Lucero identify common features in iconography. You'll learn what icons can tell you about yourself.
How many times have you heard *your body is a temple*? Of all things to be compared to, why a temple? Yes, it’s holy. But there's more to it than that. From the Garden of Eden to a heavenly dwelling—Richaél Lucero identifies the prolific symbolism of the Jerusalem Temple. Listen now and you'll finish this episode with an exciting perspective of who God created you to be. Think: worship, sacrifice, unfathomable beauty, and endless Friendship with God.