“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.
God the Father revealed three wounds of Christ to St. Catherine of Siena as stages of the spiritual life that will help us reach heaven. Listen as Richaél Lucero identifies the three wounds and how each relates to your spiritual life.
What do Simeon’s prophecy to Mary, your baptism, and candles have in common? Hint: they’re related to a feast day of Our Lord—and together they can animate us to be light bearers to the world. Listen as Richaél Lucero demonstrates the link between these scriptures and Traditions of the Church.
Believers often share the sentiment that “everyone has a God-shaped hole in their heart waiting to be filled.” When we understand why we are so drawn toward the true, the good, and the beautiful, we’re able to see just how *true* this expression is.
Through Jesus’ sonship, God offers us an irresistible role as his beloved child. Richaél Lucero looks at how we can embrace this invitation. Listen now.
Richaél Lucero explains why the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit are *necessary* for us to live out the Kingdom of Heaven and to thrive as Catholics. (The Beatitudes make a surprise appearance.)”
Where are the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Scripture? Hint: Not the New Testament. In part 1, this question will be answered along with what these gifts are. Part 2 links them with the Kingdom of Heaven in an *unexpected* way.