Put on the mind of Christ. This is not a pithy saying by St. Paul. It's a real, actual, and doable way of life. Richaél Lucero describes how praying declarations make this happen. Listen as she draws on the inspired plant metaphors used by God to unpack their transformative power. Bonus: You'll also hear how this sets them apart from worldly affirmations/positive self talk.
Get your (spiritual) house in order before the Feast of Pentecost with Richaél Lucero. In this episode, she'll outline the link between the fasting we did during Lent and the Spiritual Gifts ie. the Gifts of the Spirit that take center stage during Pentecost. You'll also learn the danger of not cultivating the Spiritual Gifts after a good Lenten cleansing. (oh no.)
The sign of the cross is full of spiritual symbolism and theological declarations. When making the sign of the cross we’re making many theological declarations and we don’t even realize. Richaél Lucero describes traditions in the Church for this prayer and their meaning. Look back on the history of the Roman and Byzantine Rites with her to expand your appreciation of this ancient prayer.
Celebrating the Cross is a source of power for all Christians. Richaél Lucero shares the symbolism of four Byzantine Catholic customs for venerating the Cross. They're a mighty source of encouragement and assurance of the promise of our salvation. Listen today. You'll be amazed by how simple they are to adopt in your worship space.
The Prayer of St. Ephrem is the perfect prayer for the Lenten season. It teaches us what to leave behind, what to strive for, how to approach God, and how to overcome the shortcomings of others. Listen as Richaél Lucero goes through this four line prayer. She’ll highlight some of the ways the Prayer of St. Ephrem offers us the best devotion for this season.
Remember: When it comes to your supernatural authority, the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But you can fortify your life against him. Richaél Lucero suggests a few tried and true habits to keep the thief at bay so you can walk in your supernatural authority. All will keep the enemy from gaining a foothold and keep you close to the source of your authority, God.
You have something worth stealing. And it's not your gifting, talents, or virtues. There's something bigger, badder, and scarier to the enemy. And it's you—You, walking in the authority of your supernatural inheritance. Listen as Richaél Lucero unfolds what this means in the Christian life and how it leads to abundance.
Do you long for happiness? I'm sure you do—it's the desire at the center of every human heart. It can seem impossible to hold on to, like sand through splayed fingers. BUT there is one source that will remain, Jesus. Listen as Richaél Lucero recounts how the words of St. John Paul II reminded her of this over and over during Lent. And shares why it's a message we should all take with us this season and next.
If daily uninterrupted prayer is the ideal, what does that imply about the rest of our daily activities—are they less meaningful? With this practice established by monks of old, even the busy person can elevate their daily work and stay connected to God without missing a beat. Richaél Lucero outlines how you can too.
Grab the Sword of the Spirit and start praying in the Spirit. It's the final episode of the series and time to finish suiting up for spiritual warfare. Listen as Richaél Lucero reveals what St. Paul meant by Word of God.* And how to use it for both defense and offense. You'll also learn how [...]
The Helmet of Salvation. Your fifth piece of armor in the spiritual battle. Its spiritual identity, another virtue. To find out which virtue, listen to Richaél Lucero. She learned the answer from St. Paul himself. Got instruction on its use from St. John Chrysostom. And practical advice from St. Cyprian of Carthage. You'll also hear some insights from two of your fellow listeners.
Get ready to put on two pieces of the armor of God today. The foot coverings of the gospel of peace and the shield of faith. Listen as Richaél Lucero explains the paradox behind the curious title of the gospel of peace. Because let's face it, it sounds odd in the context of training for battle. You'll also learn the striking reliance the shield of faith has on it, the belt of truth, and the breastplate of righteousness. This series combines a bible study on the armor of God and spiritual warfare. Each episode goes over one of seven pieces of armor. This is armor piece number one.