Clumsy Theosis

Clumsy Theosis
In every episode, host, Richaél Lucero takes 2,00…

The Trinity and Jesus in the Early Church—part 1
Sep 4 • 20 min
Some Christians of the Early Church couldn’t grasp that there is one God in three persons or that Jesus was both fully human and fully divine—resulting in heresy. Listen to Richaél Lucero describe the heresies about the Trinity and the nature of Christ…
The Trinity: The Central Mystery of Our Faith
Aug 23 • 21 min
There is one central truth of Christianity that all our beliefs hang upon—the Trinity. Since the time of the apostles, the Church has corrected false teachings (heresies) about the triune God. Listen as Richaél Lucero sheds light on how knowing these…
Your Mission and the Noonday Devil
Aug 9 • 18 min
“What mission did God create me for?” A common question asked by those who follow Christ. But how often do we ask, “how do I protect my mission?” Listen in as we tackle this equally important question and offer advice to ensure you find and carry out your…
Make Work Your Prayer
Jul 25 • 14 min
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…
Upward Adventure—a.k.a. Clumsy Theosis Is Making Changes
Jul 12 • 7 min
When the Lord speaks, we move—at least we’d all like to think so. The host of Clumsy Theosis, Richaél Lucero, speaks on the exciting moves the Lord is calling her to make with this podcast. Listen in to learn the ways she is stepping out of her comfort…
Theosis in the Bible
Jun 5 • 24 min
The first Christians understood theosis as being inseparable from the message of their salvation and the Holy Spirit’s role in their lives. We know this because it is peppered throughout the New Testament. Listen as Richaél highlights the handful of…
Dogma and Doctrine: What’s the Big Deal?
May 16 • 15 min
As Catholics we hear the terms dogma and doctrine, but how many of us are aware of the significant role they play in our spiritual life? Listen as Richaél explains difference between dogma, doctrine, and disciplines and the impact they have on your…
Fatima: How Catholics Have Been Called to Bring Peace
May 6 • 15 min
Our Lady of Fatima’s message is one of peace for the world. As Catholics, we are charged to attain this peace and save souls. Listen to learn how to do this in your daily life.
The Wounds of Christ & Stages of the Spiritual Life
Apr 29 • 16 min
God the Father revealed three wounds of Christ to St. Catherine of Siena as stages of the spiritual life that will help us reach heaven. Listen to learn which three wounds and how each relates to the spiritual life.
Connecting Signs with Sacraments in the Gospel of John (Part 3)
Apr 26 • 13 min
Of all the miracles Jesus performed, the seven signs John the Evangelist records reveal the seven sacraments Our Lord instituted. In the final episode of a three-part miniseries, Richaél Lucero explains the theological symbolism of the last of these signs.
Connecting Signs with Sacraments in the Gospel of John (Part 2)
Apr 16 • 20 min
Richaél Lucero continues to identify the signs Jesus performed in John’s Gospel with the sacrament each prefigures. Allow yourself to be drawn deeper into their mystery as she unpacks the theological symbolism.
Connecting Signs with Sacraments in the Gospel of John (Part 1)
Apr 3 • 17 min
John wrote about the seven signs Jesus performed. Each sign reveals one of the seven sacraments. Listen as Richaél Lucero identifies each sign and the sacrament it conveys and unpacks the theological symbolism.
Miracles, Signs, and Sacraments in John’s Gospel
Mar 28 • 15 min
Did you know that St. John wrote a document about the seven sacraments? In his gospel, St. John calls the miracles of Jesus’ ministry “signs”—signs that point to the sacraments of the Church. Want to know which passages reveal the sacraments? Listen in.
Love Languages and Intimacy with God
Mar 13 • 18 min
God is love—by nature. When he shares himself with us, he gives us that love. While the way we receive and interpret love varies from person to person depending on your “love language,” the Lord has made sure that the Church has all that we need! Discover…
A New Exodus in the Gospel of John
Mar 6 • 23 min
Any first-century Jew would have recognized that the opening of John’s Gospel is filled with images of Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Covenant. Indeed, we are called into the desert in a new Exodus—but not the…
Lent & Conversion
Mar 1 • 13 min
Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving—the staples of the Lenten season. These practices are not intended to be our focus but to serve us in something bigger. Want to know what that is and how you can incorporate all three spiritual aids to have a transformative…
Genesis of the Gospel of John
Feb 20 • 19 min
“In the beginning”—it’s the opening phrase of both the book of Genesis and the Gospel of John. Was this intentional on John’s part? You bet. In fact, the opening verses of his Gospel parallel each day of the creation account. Listen as I identify them,…
Theosis & Inheriting a Kingdom
Feb 4 • 44 min
You know how when you find someone else excited about living the Faith, you can trade riffs for hours about God’s generosity? I did just that—well, for an hour—with Cy Kellett, host of the Catholic Answers Today radio show. Listen in as we explore how the…
We Bring the Light
Jan 30 • 18 min
What do Simeon’s prophecy, your baptism, and candles have in common? Hint: they’re related to a feast day of Our Lord—and together they can animate us to be light bearers to the world.
A Sacrament of Healing
Jan 24 • 17 min
Did you know the Sacrament of Reconciliation has had six different titles over the centuries? In today’s episode we crack open each name to get a fuller picture of the abundance of love, mercy, joy, and power the Lord gives us through this sacrament of…
The Role of Tradition in Catholicism
Jan 13 • 16 min
We may think of tradition as something man-made that we’ve simply perpetuated, generation after generation. When it comes to Catholic Tradition, however, this is not the case. Find out why and how Tradition safeguards the truth.
Advent: Not Only About the Birth of Christ
Dec 13, 2018 • 14 min
During Advent we are preparing for the coming of Christ. Did you know that this “coming” we await is not only the birth of our Lord? Let’s look at the two expectant events this season calls us to focus on so we may prepare our hearts fully.
Combating Sin, Part 2: The Root of Your Sins
Dec 2, 2018 • 15 min
Did you know that all sins stem from the same root? Knowing the origin of sin will enable you to root out yours and cultivate the virtues needed to nip them in the bud. Come find out what the root of sin is and how you can counter it.
The Ultimate Thanksgiving
Nov 23, 2018 • 11 min
Celebrating the Eucharist during the Mass is the ultimate thanksgiving meal. Let’s unpack the importance of the meal liturgy in Judaism and how it has impacted the Christian sacrament of the Eucharist.
She Said What?
Nov 15, 2018 • 55 min
I was interviewed by a fellow podcaster! Listen in and you’ll get to know me a bit better and learn some details about my spiritual life and formation.
Combating Sin
Nov 8, 2018 • 13 min
In order to be victorious in war, knowing one’s opponent is key. Combating sin is no different. If we want to defeat sin, we must define it, identify the root cause of it, and learn how to use the Lord’s weaponry in response to it.
Purgatory and Praying for the Dead
Nov 1, 2018 • 14 min
Purgatory is real. On this ‘All Souls Day,’ let’s talk about it and how we can assist the Body of Christ by *remembering* the departed who wait to be fully united with God and the saints in heaven.
St. Michael the Archangel’s Biblical Roots
Oct 25, 2018 • 12 min
Scripture explains the four important roles that St. Michael the Archangel plays in the Christian life. Do you know them and how they affect you?
Divine Radiation for Your Soul
Oct 18, 2018 • 13 min
How this simple act of showing up and sitting in silence will never fail to reward you with graces, healing, and a deeper knowledge of God.
Truth, Goodness, and Beauty: Why We Need Them
Oct 11, 2018 • 12 min
Believers often share the sentiment that “everyone has a God-shaped hole in their heart waiting to be filled.” When we understand why we are so drawn toward the true, the good, and the beautiful, we’re able to see just how *true* this expression is.
The Catholic Lightsaber
Oct 4, 2018 • 16 min
St. Padre Pio said, “the rosary is the weapon of our time.” In our modern times, we need a modern weapon. Let’s look at how five mysteries of the rosary can slay the day as the “Catholic lightsaber.”
Creepy or Miraculous?
Sep 19, 2018 • 13 min
The age-old tradition of Christian relics could weird you out if you don’t have a full understanding of them. This seemingly *creepy* tradition of Christianity points our attention toward the Mystical Body of Christ, the love that is the divine life, and…
The Most Important Message of Christianity
Sep 12, 2018 • 8 min
What is the kerygma? It is the key to articulating the most important message of Christianity. Once you understand the kerygma, you’ll be able to explain the Faith more effectively and experience the depth of the divine life as never before.
A Season for Hope
Aug 29, 2018 • 10 min
In this unsettling time, the symbols of our worship urge us to continue to grow, invite the world into everlasting life, and remind ourselves to hope.
Vatican II—Get the 411
Aug 22, 2018 • 12 min
How much of what you *know* about the Second Vatican Council is from hearsay or observation, rather than from actually reading the Vatican II documents? Here’s the basic run down of Vatican II and the Church’s articulation of herself. It’ll inspire you to…
Mass: Up Your Game with 3 Skills
Aug 15, 2018 • 15 min
“Full, active, and conscious participation” is key to getting the most out of the Mass. These 3 skills will guarantee that you continually benefit from your time with Christ in the liturgy.
Mass: The Summit and Font
Aug 9, 2018 • 13 min
Understanding the Mass as the “summit and font of the Church” provides us with an endless wellspring that we can draw from in our spiritual life.
Why Fasting is Not Just for Lent
Jul 25, 2018 • 13 min
How this ancient tradition of the Church makes us better disciples of Christ.
What Does the Temple Have to Do with Me?
Jul 18, 2018 • 16 min
Understanding our bodies as temples has the power to better prioritize our daily focus and bring us more peace and unity with God. Will we let it?
Authenticity and Holiness
Jul 10, 2018 • 21 min
Why authenticity is required for us to grow in holiness and how to make sure our online social habits and consumer culture don’t encroach on our authentic selves. (This is our first unscripted episode. Exciting!)
Guaranteed Bible Takeaways
Jun 27, 2018 • 10 min
Don’t let your time spent with the Word feel like research. Instead, use these four aspects of Scripture to mine for the gems that will illumine your prayer life.
Knowing God as Father
Jun 20, 2018 • 12 min
Through Jesus’ sonship, God offers us an irresistible role as his beloved child. Let’s look at how we can embrace this invitation.
Prayer: Are you doing it right?
Jun 13, 2018 • 12 min
Have robust prayer experiences by applying the diverse (but simple) forms of prayer used since the time of the Apostles.
Meditation and the Rosary
Jun 6, 2018 • 15 min
Some insider *wisdom* on meditation to help the beginners and the old hats achieve deeper intimacy with Jesus through the Rosary. (It’s our first listener requested topic!)
7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Kingdom of Heaven (Part 2 of 2)
May 29, 2018 • 10 min
How the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit are *necessary* for us to live out the Kingdom of Heaven and to thrive as Catholics. (The Beatitudes make a surprise appearance.)”
7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Kingdom of Heaven (Part 1 of 2)
May 21, 2018 • 9 min
Where are the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Scripture? Hint: Not the New Testament. In part 1, this question will be answered along with what these gifts are. Part 2 links them with the Kingdom of Heaven in an *unexpected* way.
Mercy in the Mass
May 16, 2018 • 13 min
How our Jewish heritage enriches Catholic *mercy* and can make your Mass experience even better!
Clumsy Theosis Is Finding Its Voice and Discussing the Image and Likeness of God
Apr 26, 2018 • 7 min
Richaél Lucero makes her first attempt at podcasting. Her debut topic: the image and likeness of God and man’s quest for wholeness. Welcome to the process of finding out what works, what doesn’t, and what needs improvement on the Clumsy Theosis podcast.