Abraham is the man of the hour during week four of our series on salvation history. And there are a lot of moving parts to his story: Before he was Abraham he was Abram. He was called out into the wilderness by God. He's responsible for the practice of circumcision. He sent his illegitimate son away. And was asked by God to slay his only-begotten (legitimate) son as a sacrifice. Are all these events random or do they fit together, and how? Richaél Lucero connects the dots to show the bigger picture at work. Throughout the series Richaél Lucero will examine one of the six key figures, the covenant they made with God and its meaning.
We're on week three of the series on salvation history. This week's Old Testament figure, Noah. And there's more to his story than a cute children's tale. It's a story that puts the rumors of a mean, angry, and eager to smite God to bed. Through Noah, God redeems and renews the covenant Adam broken. [...]
Welcome to week two of the series on salvation history. This week Richaél Lucero covers the first key player in salvation history, Adam. The same Adam who brought original sin into the world. Listen as she focuses on his pre-sin condition—which will give us the blueprint of a true Child of God. As well as whom we're called to be. Richaél also shares some struggles from the past 6 months.
What is the overarching plot of the bible? Who are the key players? And what are their roles? When we have a firm grasp on *salvation history,* these questions are easily answered. This is the first episode in a series on just that—salvation history.
Every week, Richaél Lucero will examine one of the six key figures, the covenant they made with God and its meaning. This week, get the rundown on the plot, the main players, and catch up with Richaél about how God convicted her over Christmas/New Year's break.
“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.
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.
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.
Lent is a time of restoration. Our souls are being restored to better reflect the image of Christ. Enjoy the final episode of our 2020 Lenten series aimed at helping the faithful delve into the spirit of this season. Listen as Richaél Lucero concludes this series with a practical explanation of how we are to live out the last three beatitudes in order to be renewed images of Christ in the world.