A.M.A. — Prayer and Anxiety, Why the Show Went Independent, and Did Jesus Misspeak on the Cross?

In our first "Ask Me Anything" episode Richaél Lucero let's listeners decide the topics. In this episode she answers three questions from listeners regarding prayer, something personal, and scripture. Listen in if you'd like to hear about: Praying in the midst of anxiety, Why Clumsy Theosis left Catholic Answers, And clearing up some confusing language used by Jesus on the Cross when talking to the good thief.

It Is Jesus That You Seek

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.

Courage, Dear Heart

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 and the Gift of Piety

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.

What is *Baptism of the Spirit*?

“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.

Beatitudes and Imitating Christ (3 of 3) [Pure in Heart, Peacemaker, Persecuted for Righteousness]

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.

Beatitudes and Imitating Christ (2 of 3) [Meek, Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness, & Merciful]

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.