During Lent we hone our ability to live the Christian life. We should look to the Christian life user manual—the Beatitudes. When they have pride of place during Lent, they create a fruitful ripple effect for the rest of your liturgical year. Listen as Richaél Lucero observes the connection between the Beatitudes, Lent and the liturgical seasons that follow.
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.
Theosis doesn't happen out in the ether. St. Cyril of Alexandria understood to “become partakers in the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4), like all invitations to theosis, calls us to participate with Christ or to imitate Christ. But, for St. Cyril, theosis requires dynamic participation. It calls for a both/and response—a hybrid response. With Richaél Lucero, learn how to you can take part in the divine life of the Trinity according to St. Cyril's hybrid theosis. You'll never think of theosis as a solo act again.
Your opportunities for theosis are endless. How do you recognize them? The Church Fathers used *theosis language* that we all use today—we just don’t realize we do. When you know them, they flag you to action. In this episode, Richaél Lucero shares the theosis buzzwords used since the Early Church. Plus how to identify God's intended approach for each invitation to transformation.
"Be perfect like your heavenly Father is perfect." Basically, be holy. In Catholicism, we use the word "holy" for a variety of different aspects of the Faith. This can cause us to lose sight of its true meaning. Listen to Richaél Lucero draw you back God's meaning of holiness—to be set apart. She uses scriptures from the Old and New Testament, customs from the Early Church, and lives of the saints to illustrate what it means for you to be holy today.
To know God's voice and to follow it. That is at the heart of the Christian life. As a Child of God, God is speaking to you all day long. Do you know what God's voice sounds like? Listen as Richaél Lucero identifies the four most common modes you can hear God's voice in a real and personal way today.
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.
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.
Righteousness. It's common Christian jargon. But its meaning is often misunderstood. Combine it with a piece of armor—breastplate of righteousness—and it becomes more fuzzy. A fuzziness we can't afford in our spiritual warfare. Listen to Richaél Lucero for a clear explanation of the breastplate of righteousness. And its practical application in your daily battle. 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.