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.
You have something worth stealing. And it's not your gifting, talents, or virtues. There's something bigger, badder, and scarier to the enemy. And it's you—You, walking in the authority of your supernatural inheritance. Listen as Richaél Lucero unfolds what this means in the Christian life and how it leads to abundance.
Your words change things. They shape your day, control the atmosphere around you, even hone and refine your identity. Harness the power of your tongue using *prophetic declarations*—a practice found in scripture. It packs a punch and guarantees a God-filled day, atmosphere, and identity. In this episode, Richaél Lucero shares 5 simple steps to make prophetic declarations that pack a punch.
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.
Imagine being so close to someone that your eyelashes touch. Sounds intense. Listen as Richaél Lucero shares why this degree of closeness with God is necessary if you want to be filled with his life. Learn the importance of the true meaning "to reconcile." And how it's essential to be eyelash to eyelash with the Father.
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.
Kenosis speaks to how the Son of God emptied himself to become like man. What if I told you, by imitating Jesus' kenosis we become more like God, more immersed in theosis? In this episode that's exactly what I do! Plus I share what kenosis looks like—practically speaking and some actionable steps you can take to experience the love of God by entering into kenosis.
My favorite scripture for Lent? Joel 2 "rend your hearts..." Do you want to know why we rend our hearts, what prompts us, and what it's for? In this episode, Richaél Lucero shares the answers she learned through prayer. Listen and you too may experience new life for this season and spiritual understanding.
Pray, fast, and give alms—these three requests means Lent must be here. Did you know these acts link to Jesus' temptations in the desert and the three sins that led to the Fall in the Garden? Well they are. And! They are an invitation from Jesus to partner with him in something so significant to his mission it will blow your mind. Tune in and I'll share it all with you. I don't think you'll ever look at prayer, fasting and almsgiving the same again.