Which is more true for you? "Jesus, I trust in you" or "Jesus help me trust in you better." If it's the latter, I have a tried and true practice to share with you that will grow your trust in God. It's an ancient habit hiding in plain sight in the scriptures. Listen to this episode with Richaél Lucero and reap the benefits that go with having an unshakeable trust in the Lord.
Isaiah gave many prophecies of Jesus, the Messiah who was coming to bring restoration. How far does Jesus' restoration stretch into our lives? Richaél Lucero looks at the woman with the hemorrhage to get a taste of the promise Jesus offers us. From reconciling us to the Father to our daily life situations, Jesus restores it all. Listen now.
The sign of the cross is full of spiritual symbolism and theological declarations. When making the sign of the cross we’re making many theological declarations and we don’t even realize. Richaél Lucero describes traditions in the Church for this prayer and their meaning. Look back on the history of the Roman and Byzantine Rites with her to expand your appreciation of this ancient prayer.
Celebrating the Cross is a source of power for all Christians. Richaél Lucero shares the symbolism of four Byzantine Catholic customs for venerating the Cross. They're a mighty source of encouragement and assurance of the promise of our salvation. Listen today. You'll be amazed by how simple they are to adopt in your worship space.
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.
If you’re listening to Catholic podcasts, you probably want God’s Will. Using scripture and insight from the saints, Richaél Lucero offers guidance for always partnering with God’s Will for your life.
Do you know what happens when you sing songs of praise? Prayers are elevated, belief and faith grow, atmospheres shift, the earthly and heavenly realms respond, and you become more of who you were created to be—just to scratch the surface. Listen as Richaél Lucero details these effects of your praise, how to praise God well, and grow as a saint.
"God's Word is a creative force." Join Richaél Lucero in this episode and take part in this creative act through declarations. Your declarations are vocal decrees of God's truth. And they change reality when spoken in faith. Today's declarations will help you walk in your identity as a Child of God—growing in theosis.