“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.
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.
When you think of holiness, what do you picture? Your favorite saints? Nuns and friars splitting their time between prayer and the service of others? Where do you fit in the picture? You are called to be holy! Jesus and Our Father have both told us exactly what is required to be holy. Listen to Richaeél Lucero relay this clearcut path to holiness that we often neglect.
A life verse is powerful for many reasons. It can be the lynchpin to interior freedom when you feel stuck and bound up. It can fix your mind and heart on things above when your heart is restless. It can also ground you in God’s truth when life is difficult. So, what is it and how do you get one? Richaél Lucero tells you all about it in this episode. She also provides a detailed outline for you to discover your life verse and how it will help you thrive.
The first Christians understood theosis as being inseparable from the message of their salvation and the Holy Spirit’s role in their lives. We know this because it is peppered throughout the New Testament. Listen as Richaél highlights the handful of theosis passages that called her to this lifestyle.
Any first-century Jew would have recognized that the opening of John’s Gospel is filled with images of Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Covenant. Indeed, we are called into the desert in a new Exodus—but not the wandering-in-the-wilderness-for-forty-years kind. Listen to the ways John weaved this call into his finely crafted Gospel and how we are to live it out today.
“In the beginning”—it’s the opening phrase of both the book of Genesis and the Gospel of John. Was this intentional on John’s part? You bet. In fact, the opening verses of his Gospel parallel each day of the creation account. Listen as I identify them, explain their significance, and uncover John’s purpose.
Scripture explains the four important roles that St. Michael the Archangel plays in the Christian life. Do you know them and how they affect you?
Understanding our bodies as temples has the power to better prioritize our daily focus and bring us more peace and unity with God. Will we let it?
Don’t let your time spent with the Word feel like research. Instead, use these four aspects of Scripture to mine for the gems that will illumine your prayer life. Listen as Richaél Lucero gives pointers for praying with Scripture.