Sharing some wisdom from C.S. Lewis, Richaél Lucero explains why God doesn’t want rule followers. Instead he wants people who have a special quality of character. A quality that eggs them on to persevere. Like athletes who train even when they're tired and their muscles fatigued—God is conditioning us to be spiritual athletes.
What is today's formula for happiness? In a word, MORE. Happiness is to have it all, experience it all—and to the nth degree. This sounds nothing like the virtue of temperance. The irony is that when we practice temperance we end up with more. And this more actually satisfies. It's the Christian paradox! Listen as Richaél Lucero reveals how this is possible.
Heroic virtue isn’t just for the martyrs—it’s for all the faithful. The key to living heroic virtue is *holy detachment.* But holy detachment is not about emptiness or nothingness. It's actually about being filled up! Listen to learn more of what holy detachment is, isn't, and why it goes hand-in-hand with heroic virtue. Plus, Richaél Lucero will explain how to practice holy detachment.
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.
You can grow in virtue—and thus holiness—with three simple steps. Yes, you read that—only three steps. Listen as Richaél Lucero provides actionable and tactical tips to develop any virtue. Using the oh-so-relatable example of the morning alarm snooze button, she'll walk you through all the elements of each step. Get ready to grow your virtue game.
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.
Vices, bad. Virtues, good. Right? Not according to G.K. Chesterton. He'd say, when compared, "the virtues wander more wildly, and the virtues do more terrible damage." How is that possible?! That's what happens when they become isolated from the other virtues—especially prudence. Listen as Richaél Lucero breaks down how this can happen. And why it has a negative effect on a positive thing like a virtue. Plus why the Church Fathers would agree with Chesterton.
Do you know someone who always seems to know what to do, when to do it, and how to get it done right? They have what we call the virtue of prudence. Richaél Lucero is digging into all things prudence related in this episode. Listen to learn about the daughter virtues of prudence, different types of prudence, the sins against prudence (and how to guard against them), and the gift of the Holy Spirit that corresponds with prudence.
If daily uninterrupted prayer is the ideal, what does that imply about the rest of our daily activities—are they less meaningful? With this practice established by monks of old, even the busy person can elevate their daily work and stay connected to God without missing a beat. Richaél Lucero outlines how you can too.
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Some of Jesus' last words on the Cross. Why those words? The answer lies in Psalm 22. Richaél Lucero gives a run through of this prophetic Psalm. Listen and hear how it parallels the Passion of Christ with eerie detail. You'll also learn the answer to the pressing question: why did Jesus speak those words on the Cross? And was he communicating a bigger message?
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.
The covenants of salvation history are more connected than they seem. First, God strategically grew his family from a marriage to an international Church through the covenants. And second, every covenant was fulfilled by Jesus. Listen to week eight of our salvation history series as Richaél Lucero points out the main ways Jesus did this. You'll also follow the growth of God's family in the Old Testament through the covenants.