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.
Kenosis speaks to how the Son of God emptied himself to become like man. What if I told you, by imitating Jesus' kenosis we become more like God, more immersed in theosis? In this episode that's exactly what I do! Plus I share what kenosis looks like—practically speaking and some actionable steps you can take to experience the love of God by entering into kenosis.
My favorite scripture for Lent? Joel 2 "rend your hearts..." Do you want to know why we rend our hearts, what prompts us, and what it's for? In this episode, Richaél Lucero shares the answers she learned through prayer. Listen and you too may experience new life for this season and spiritual understanding.
Pray, fast, and give alms—these three requests means Lent must be here. Did you know these acts link to Jesus' temptations in the desert and the three sins that led to the Fall in the Garden? Well they are. And! They are an invitation from Jesus to partner with him in something so significant to his mission it will blow your mind. Tune in and I'll share it all with you. I don't think you'll ever look at prayer, fasting and almsgiving the same again.
In this exciting podcast reboot, I share pivotal moments in my spiritual life while I've been off the air. I open up about how Jesus convicted my heart and prompted me to follow my desire to bond with my listeners—companions on the same journey. And I walk through three new features of the show that will invite you into the mix as we grow as fellow pilgrims.
When you think about the virtue of Faith, this iconic infomercial phrase should come to mind. “But wait! There’s more!” Faith is a gift by which we believe in God and believe all that he has revealed to us. When you have the eyes of faith God's revelation is constant. Listen as Richaél Lucero points out how God uses this virtue to reveal how each event in your day is a supernatural one.
Sharing some wisdom from C.S. Lewis, Richaél Lucero explains why God doesn’t want rule followers. Instead he wants people who have a special quality of character. A quality that eggs them on to persevere. Like athletes who train even when they're tired and their muscles fatigued—God is conditioning us to be spiritual athletes.
What is today's formula for happiness? In a word, MORE. Happiness is to have it all, experience it all—and to the nth degree. This sounds nothing like the virtue of temperance. The irony is that when we practice temperance we end up with more. And this more actually satisfies. It's the Christian paradox! Listen as Richaél Lucero reveals how this is possible.
Heroic virtue isn’t just for the martyrs—it’s for all the faithful. The key to living heroic virtue is *holy detachment.* But holy detachment is not about emptiness or nothingness. It's actually about being filled up! Listen to learn more of what holy detachment is, isn't, and why it goes hand-in-hand with heroic virtue. Plus, Richaél Lucero will explain how to practice holy detachment.
Courage. Both a virtue and a gift from the Holy Spirit. Both intended to be inseparable by God. And both masterfully captured through three words in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series; "Courage, dear heart." Richaél Lucero ties Lewis' work with scripture and Church teaching on courage in this episode. Listen as she demonstrates how the gift develops the virtue and their lasting effect.
You can grow in virtue—and thus holiness—with three simple steps. Yes, you read that—only three steps. Listen as Richaél Lucero provides actionable and tactical tips to develop any virtue. Using the oh-so-relatable example of the morning alarm snooze button, she'll walk you through all the elements of each step. Get ready to grow your virtue game.
Justice. Is it about punishment or vengeance? Many would say "yes." Jesus and the Church say "no." Mystic and saint, Bridget of Sweden said, "the source of justice is not vengeance but charity." As in love! And she was right! Richaél Lucero looks at the work of St. Thomas Aquinas to clarify the misunderstood virtue of justice. To show that it is rooted in love and for human flourishing. Plus the gift of the Holy Spirit that helps us to live the virtue of justice, piety.