Richaél Lucero2019-08-16T07:27:09-05:00

After returning to the Faith while studying business at University of San Diego, Richaél Lucero earned a master’s degree in theology and Christian ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She strives to manifest the Lord’s command in Matthew 28:19 to “go and make disciples of all nations,” as part of the Catholic Answers marketing department and as the host of the Catholic Answers podcast Clumsy Theosis. She has also enjoyed speaking at parish events and being a part-time theology instructor at the San Diego Diocesan Institute. Richaél and her husband appreciate the expression of the mysteries of the Eastern Catholic churches and participate in the Byzantine Rite liturgy, where she sings in the choir and he is an alter server.

Clumsy Theosis – Let Your Heart Be an Altar

The heart plays a distinguished role in prayer. For this reason spiritual writers refer to the heart as an *altar.* Richaél Lucero surveys the centrality of the altar in Judaism and Catholicism to refresh our approach to prayer, esteem the majesty of our hearts, and renew our zeal for the significance of the altar in the liturgical celebrations of the Mass/Divine Liturgy. SHOW NOTES: —Podcast episodes mentioned: -Imaginative Prayer vs. Quiet Prayer -“Mass: The Summit and Font” —Quotes mentioned: —“Let your heart be an altar.”—St. Peter Chrysologus —“For this holy altar, by which I stand, is stone, ordinary in its nature, no different from the other slabs of stone that build our houses and adorn our pavements; but seeing that it was consecrated to the service of God, and received the benediction, it is a holy table, an altar undefiled, no longer touched by the hands of all, but of the priests alone, and that with reverence.”—St. Gregory of Nyssa —“The heart is the meeting point between body and soul, between the subconscious, the conscious, and the supraconscious, between the human and the divine.” —Kallistos Ware (in “Christian Spirituality: Origins to the Twelfth Century”) SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram— Twitter— Facebook— VISIT MY WEBSITE:

By |November 23rd, 2019|Categories: Clumsy Theosis, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Clumsy Theosis – Imaginative Prayer vs. Quiet Prayer

God reaches out to us in many creative ways including our imaginations and through the deep quiet stillness of our minds. Richaél Lucero describes two prayer methods that allow us to respond to God through these means. Listen in to learn how easily you can make these fruitful methods a part of your prayer life. SHOW NOTES: —Catechism reference: CCC 2567 God calls man first. Man may forget his Creator or hide far from his face; he may run after idols or accuse the deity of having abandoned him; yet the living and true God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter known as prayer. In prayer, the faithful God’s initiative of love always comes first; our own first step is always a response. —Books mentioned: —Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius of Loyola: —The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila: —Prayers mentioned: —The Jesus Prayer SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram— Twitter— Facebook— VISIT MY WEBSITE:

By |November 11th, 2019|Categories: Clumsy Theosis, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Clumsy Theosis – The Trinity and Jesus in the Early Church—part 3

The most prominent heresy of the fourth century was the catalyst behind the Nicene Creed that we profess at every Divine Liturgy and Holy Mass. Richaél Lucero lays out the history and theology of this controversy.

By |October 10th, 2019|Categories: Clumsy Theosis, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Clumsy Theosis – The Trinity and Jesus in the Early Church—part 2

Richaél Lucero continues her explanation of the heresies about the Trinity and the nature of Christ that plagued the early Church. Learn this history from the second century and Byzantine prayers to foster relationships with each person of the Trinity.

By |September 26th, 2019|Categories: Clumsy Theosis, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Coffee and Pearls – The Power of Changing Your Mind

We’ve lost the art of changing our minds and doing it gracefully. Let’s talk about how we can educate ourselves and stick to our opinions, even if they change. 

By |September 17th, 2019|Categories: Clumsy Theosis, Uncategorized|0 Comments