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Richaél Lucero takes 2,000 years of Catholic goodness, draws from the great minds and spiritual masters of the Church, and boils it down, to give you faith knowledge for a vibrant faith life. Each topic will help you enrich your spiritual life, take ownership of your relationship with the Lord, and strengthen his Church. Richaél holds a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Become who you were created to be with Clumsy Theosis—the place to transform the worl ...
 
Megan Schrieber and Becky Carter get down to the real deal topics that tend to be a stumbling block for women as they live daily for Christ. Megan and Becky interview guests about embracing joy, laughter, freedom, and friendship while seeking to thrive in the trenches of their domestic churches. A weekly podcast that will surely make you laugh, cry, and feel a little less alone, these ladies surely don't have it all together but they are inviting you to join them on this beautiful journey.
 
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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…
 
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 e…
 
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 vir…
 
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.S…
 
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 ro…
 
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 …
 
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 gu…
 
Grace builds on nature. If we want to grow in supernatural virtue, we must heed this saying. We start by first setting a foundation of natural virtue. Richaél Lucero explains how that's done, what natural virtue is, and why it's important in the lives of all people. Plus, what God wants to do with it for our eternal benefit.Show Notes:—DONATE! Mont…
 
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.*This episode was originally rel…
 
"The goal of the virtuous life is to become like God," St. Gregory of Nyssa. As a Christian this is your mission—theosis, become like God. Cultivating the virtues is essential for theosis. So, how are you growing in virtue? Do you have a routine, strategy, or even a general approach? Richaél Lucero explains what virtues are, where they come from, h…
 
Grab the Sword of the Spirit and start praying in the Spirit. It's the final episode of the series and time to finish suiting up for spiritual warfare. Listen as Richaél Lucero reveals what St. Paul meant by Word of God.* And how to use it for both defense and offense. You'll also learn how prayer in the Spirit binds and animates the whole armor of…
 
The Helmet of Salvation. Your fifth piece of armor in the spiritual battle. Its spiritual identity, another virtue. To find out which virtue, listen to Richaél Lucero. She learned the answer from St. Paul himself. Got instruction on its use from St. John Chrysostom. And practical advice from St. Cyprian of Carthage. You'll also hear some insights f…
 
Get ready to put on two pieces of the armor of God today. The foot coverings of the gospel of peace and the shield of faith. Listen as Richaél Lucero explains the paradox behind the curious title of the gospel of peace. Because let's face it, it sounds odd in the context of training for battle. You'll also learn the striking reliance the shield of …
 
Righteousness. It's common Christian jargon. But its meaning is often misunderstood. Combine it with a piece of armor—breastplate of righteousness—and it becomes more fuzzy. A fuzziness we can't afford in our spiritual warfare. Listen to Richaél Lucero for a clear explanation of the breastplate of righteousness. And its practical application in you…
 
"Gird your loins with the belt of truth." It's the first instruction when putting on the armor of God. What's the belt of truth? How do you gird your loins with it? And what impact does this piece of armor have on your spiritual warfare? Richaél Lucero answers all of these questions. Plus where the belt of truth is most needed in your life. (It's p…
 
Are you a Child of God? If you are, you're called to fight in a war. A spiritual war. In this episode I tell you what the Church and bible say about it and how to be victorious. Especially using what St. Paul calls "the armor of God." And how exercising the four roles (priest, prophet, king, and bridegroom) of a Child of God gives us power and auth…
 
With Divine Mercy Sunday being this weekend, Richaél Lucero explores the message of Divine Mercy that Jesus gave to St. Faustina in the 1930’s. This episode is jam packed! Learn the “ABC’s” of the Divine Mercy message, the necessity for trust, and the true understanding of mercy and how it embodies our relationship with God. Plus, how to receive th…
 
"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 …
 
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. This episode picks up from the episode before last, Jesus and the Eucharis…
 
Today we begin to explore the final covenant in our series on salvation history—Jesus. Review prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel with Richaél Lucero. They reveal a covenant that is not confined to Jesus the God-man or his Passion and death. But includes the events in the Upper Room on Holy Thursday and the height of the Divine Liturgy we c…
 
King David is in the hot seat this week—week six of our series on salvation history. He's the most important figure in the Old Testament. David's "a man after God's own heart" after all. His life had many triumphs and some big falls. But of these vignettes, do we recall the covenant God made with him? Or that he was the first to live the role of So…
 
Week five of our series on salvation history is here. And Moses is our man. I say Moses, you say? Ten Commandments. Ten plagues of Egypt. The golden calf. Parting of the Red Sea. Wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. What do all these pieces of his story have to do with the covenant God made through him? What was the covenant even about? Find o…
 
Abraham is the man of the hour during week four of our series on salvation history. And there are a lot of moving parts to his story: Before he was Abraham he was Abram. He was called out into the wilderness by God. He's responsible for the practice of circumcision. He sent his illegitimate son away. And was asked by God to slay his only-begotten (…
 
We're on week three of the series on salvation history. This week's Old Testament figure, Noah. And there's more to his story than a cute children's tale. It's a story that puts the rumors of a mean, angry, and eager to smite God to bed. Through Noah, God redeems and renews the covenant Adam broken. Listen as Richaél Lucero reveals the details. And…
 
Welcome to week two of the series on salvation history. This week Richaél Lucero covers the first key player in salvation history, Adam. The same Adam who brought original sin into the world.Listen as she focuses on his pre-sin condition—which will give us the blueprint of a true Child of God. As well as whom we're called to be. Richaél also shares…
 
What is the overarching plot of the bible? Who are the key players? And what are their roles? When we have a firm grasp on *salvation history,* these questions are easily answered. This is the first episode in a series on just that—salvation history.Every week, Richaél Lucero will examine one of the six key figures, the covenant they made with God …
 
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 An…
 
There are many resources that explain the validity of the Immaculate Conception. Let’s take that one step further. After we accept this truth, how does it benefit our walk with the Lord? Listen as Richaél Lucero covers this along with how the celebration of the Immaculate Conception fits perfectly within the Advent season. SHOW NOTES:—DONATE! Becom…
 
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…
 
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 Richaél Lucero explains the role of indulgences i…
 
Halloween is All Hallows Eve—the evening we begin to celebrate the saints. But the customs and traditions it holds seem far removed from the glorious saints. Or are they? Can we still find Catholic elements in our modern day festivities no matter how macabre? What about ancient pagan feasts—do they have a valid link to Halloween? Find out in this e…
 
The *deposit of faith.* Your heritage as a Catholic! Sounds important, right? Do you know what it is? It’s purpose? Or how it affects your interior life? Listen for the answers as Richaél Lucero draws your attention to the origin of this body of saving truths and core beliefs. Learn how it preserves the Faith through the Church started by Jesus. An…
 
“Ad fontes” is Latin for “back to the sources.” Returning to the sources of the Catholic Church is the best way to learn about the Faith. After the scriptures, St. Ignatius of Antioch is the perfect place to start. He wrote seven letters while escorted to Rome from Antioch to be martyred. They paint a vivid picture of the Catholic Church after the …
 
Be honest. I say the word "conscience" and you think of what? A well-dressed talking cricket? Or an angel and devil hovering over each of your shoulders? These are amusing caricatures. But they deceive us into thinking the formation of conscience is only for children. In this episode, Richaél Lucero reveals how the conscience is a place of intimate…
 
“Take up your cross.” Christians use this phrase often when faced with difficulty. Yet, it’s more than a soothing phrase. St. Pope JohnPaul II says “to carry your cross is the greatest proof of love.” Do you want to learn the purpose of your crosses, the forms they can take, and how to take them up as disciples of Jesus? Listen to this episode with…
 
Is there a difference between teaching the Faith to kids and explaining it to adults? Yes. But you can use the same blueprint to teach and explain Catholicism no matter your audience or topic. Listen as Richaél Lucero explains the five steps of the Ecclesial Method and how to use them. You'll be able to apply it to every situation—from formal lesso…
 
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. Here you'll find a wealth of human experiences put in wor…
 
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 le…
 
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…
 
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 Richaél Lucero relay this clearcut path to holiness th…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
“Baptism of the Spirit” is a term many Catholics have heard. But one that leaves a lot of question marks. What’s the difference between the sacrament of baptism and baptism of the Spirit? Is baptism of the Spirit in the bible? I didn’t hear about baptism of the Spirit when I was younger—is this something new in Catholicism? Listen as Richaél Lucero…
 
Have you ever encountered a convert to Catholicism who seems to know the Faith inside and out—more so than most Cradle-Catholics? There is a major difference between those new(er) to Catholicism and those who have had the Faith the majority of their lives.After reading a book for new converts, “I’m Catholic. Now What?” Richaél Lucero realized that …
 
A life verse is powerful for many reasons. It can be the lynchpin to interior freedom when you feel stuck and bound up. It can fix your mind and heart on things above when your heart is restless. It can also ground you in God’s truth when life is difficult. So, what is it and how do you get one? Richaél Lucero tells you all about it in this episode…
 
Wedding homilies are typically sweet, cute, and sometimes romantic. Have you ever heard one in which the celebrant unraveled the common misconceptions about what it means for wives to be *submissive* to their husbands? Listen as Richaél Lucero summarizes the highlights of the homily that did just that and how that message converted hearts to Christ…
 
Summary: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.SHOWNOTES—DONATE! …
 
Ensure you have a firm foundation to your prayer life with a “Rule of Prayer.” This traditional model of daily prayer organizes your prayer time to promote quality over quantity. Its fruits are deep humility, and inner peace. Learn how to create your own with Richaél Lucero today.SHOW NOTES:—DONATE! Become a patron: www.patreon.com/clumsytheosis—Em…
 
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