What has the Church been praying every December 17th-23rd since the eighth century? The O Antiphons—seven prayers, full of prophetic titles and Old Testament imagery of the Messiah, Jesus the Christ. Plus! From first to last, they climb climatically through salvation history. Listen as Richaél Lucero delves into the hopeful anticipation of the O Antiphons. You'll also get some pointers to help you lean into them this Advent and a free downloadable sheet.
Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant. Jesus is the New Covenant. To appreciate this more deeply, Richaél Lucero explores the Ark of the Old Covenant. More importantly, what was held inside and its significance. She'll also point out the scriptures that identify Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant. As well as, how Christ is the fulfillment of each of the cherished items in the Ark of the Old Covenant.
Indulgences. A *get out of hell free* card? Money grab by the Catholic Church? Outdated and no longer in existence? No, nope, and negative. A beautiful practice in charity? A means for spiritual discipline? A gift from the Church to spur Christians on to holiness? Yep, yes, and you betcha. Listen as Richaé Lucero explains the role of indulgences in the Church today. As well as, what they are, why you’d want them, how to get them and more.
The Psalms are more than a collection of prayers. They tell the story of the Davidic Kingdom. In fact, they are the underpinning of the story—the inner thoughts, emotions, and movements of the heart of kings David and Solomon. Richaél Lucero reveals their story in the Psalms—all 150 of them. You'll find a wealth of human experiences put in words through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Listen and you'll learn how to navigate the Psalms and use their words, in your conversations with God.
Icons beautifully adorn our churches and homes. But make no mistake about it, their purpose is spiritual. Icons can be both windows into heaven—means of a spiritual encounter and dialogue. At the same time, they can be mirrors reflecting holy characteristics present in you. Listen to Richaél Lucero identify common features in iconography. You'll learn what icons can tell you about yourself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In honor of St. Catherine of Siena's feast day, April 29th, we take a look a one of the many treasures we can learn from her—her abandonment to the divine will of God. Listen as Richaél Lucero peels back a tiny layer of the life of one of the four female Doctors of Church.