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.
Partakers of Divine Nature [a.k.a. St. Cyril’s Hybrid Theosis]
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.
Theosis & the Early Church Fathers [a.k.a. Theosis Buzzwords to Know]
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.
God Calls You Holy [You Should Too!]
"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.
So, Your Body’s a Temple. What Does That Even Mean?
How many times have you heard *your body is a temple*? Of all things to be compared to, why a temple? Yes, it’s holy. But there's more to it than that. From the Garden of Eden to a heavenly dwelling—Richaél Lucero identifies the prolific symbolism of the Jerusalem Temple. Listen now and you'll finish this episode with an exciting perspective of who God created you to be. Think: worship, sacrifice, unfathomable beauty, and endless Friendship with God.
The Most Straightforward Path to Holiness
When you think of holiness, what do you picture? Your favorite saints? Nuns and friars splitting their time between prayer and the service of others? Where do you fit in the picture? You are called to be holy! Jesus and Our Father have both told us exactly what is required to be holy. Listen to Richaeél Lucero relay this clearcut path to holiness that we often neglect.
Are You an Intentional Disciple?
What makes someone a disciple? Are you a disciple because you're Catholic? Or because you go to Mass? Or because you’re involved in your parish? No. Becoming a disciple is an intentional choice to follow Jesus. Richaél Lucero points out following Jesus is not a state of mind. An intentional disciple follows Jesus by mimicking what he did during his life. What exactly does that entail? Listen in to learn.
The One Thing Every Child of God Must Do
With every relationship comes expectations. As a Child of God, your With every relationship comes expectations. As a Child of God, your heavenly Father has expectations for you. One thing in particular. Richaél Lucero found that it all comes down to the act of receiving. When you learn to receive in your relationship with God the Father, you'll live as a vibrant Child of God. Listen to learn how. And get three tips to keep your mind and heart open to receiving God’s gifts every day.
Don’t Miss the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the most widespread Catholic devotion in the world. But apart from the image of the Sacred Heart, many of us Catholics are fuzzy on the details. Not cool. You deserve better. Listen as Richaél Lucero reveals the 12 gifts Christ promises through his Sacred Heart. As well as a breakdown of its “threefold love.” This will unite you closely with the interior life of Christ.
Litany of Humility
Humility is essential to holiness. Listen as Richaél Lucero explains how the Litany of Humility assists us in growing in this foundational virtue. Don’t miss how she identifies the three types of intentions in this powerful litany and how each attacks pride. Plus, get some creative ideas for praying the Litany of Humility.
Examination of Conscience Using the Beatitudes
Examination of Conscience using the Beatitudes. This is a powerful Eastern Catholic personal examination to prepare for your next reconciliation.
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