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.
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.
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.
God prepared the Israelites for the Eucharistic covenant through his prophets. Look at the Last Supper and Crucifixion with Richaél Lucero. You'll learn how they fulfill God's promises given through the prophets. And what this new covenant in Jesus’ blood means for us today.
“Baptism of the Spirit” is a term many Catholics have heard. But one that leaves a lot of question marks. What’s the difference between the sacrament of baptism and baptism of the Spirit? Is baptism of the Spirit in the bible? I didn’t hear about baptism of the Spirit when I was young, is this something new in Catholicism? Listen as Richaél Lucero answers all of these questions and more.
Richaél Lucero looks at the events that proceed Holy Week and their themes to answer the question, should the faithful be somber or joyful during Holy Week? Listen as she hones in on the often overlooked theme of transition period between Lent and Holy Week.
Lent is a time of restoration. Our souls are being restored to better reflect the image of Christ. Enjoy the final episode of our 2020 Lenten series aimed at helping the faithful delve into the spirit of this season. Listen as Richaél Lucero concludes this series with a practical explanation of how we are to live out the last three beatitudes in order to be renewed images of Christ in the world.
In this episode Richaél Lucero keeps our eyes fixed on Christ by continuing the Lenten exploration of the beatitudes. Reflecting on the third, fourth, and fifth beatitudes, she links them with specific gifts of the Holy Spirit given to us at baptism to grow in each beatitude. Listen now and begin the discussion with Christ about which beatitude he wants to restore within you.
The first Christians understood theosis as being inseparable from the message of their salvation and the Holy Spirit’s role in their lives. We know this because it is peppered throughout the New Testament. Listen as Richaél highlights the handful of theosis passages that called her to this lifestyle.
Understanding our bodies as temples has the power to better prioritize our daily focus and bring us more peace and unity with God. Will we let it?