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 heart plays a distinguished role in prayer. For this reason spiritual writers refer to the heart as an *altar.* Richaél Lucero surveys the centrality of the altar in Judaism and Catholicism to refresh our approach to prayer, esteem the majesty of our hearts, and renew our zeal for the significance of the altar in the liturgical celebrations of the Mass/Divine Liturgy.