Clumsy Theosis

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

Do Converts Know More About the Faith?
May 28 • 21 min
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…
Your Life Verse: Scripture to Keep You Thriving
May 21 • 19 min
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…
The Best Wedding Homily
May 15 • 12 min
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…
Litany of Humility
May 6 • 17 min
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…
What Is a “Rule of Prayer” and Why You Need One
Apr 30 • 20 min
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…
St. Catherine of Siena and the Divine Will
Apr 24 • 20 min
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…
Divine Mercy
Apr 16 • 29 min
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…
Why Jesus Descended into Hell on Holy Saturday
Apr 9 • 12 min
There is a powerful event happening between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. It’s Jesus’ harrowing of Hades, also referred to as his descent into Hell. What happened there and why is it important? Find out now with Richaél Lucero. SHOW NOTES: —Email…
Is There Room for Joy During Holy Week?
Apr 1 • 10 min
Richaél Lucero looks at the events that precede Holy Week and their themes to answer the question, should the faithful be somber or joyful during Holy Week? SHOW NOTES: —Sign up for the weekly email + have the podcast delivered directly to your inbox.…
Beatitudes and Imitating Christ (Part 3 of 3)
Mar 29 • 17 min
Lent is a time of restoration. Our souls are being restored to better reflect the image of Christ. Enjoy the final episode of our 2020 Lenten series aimed at helping the faithful delve into the spirit of this season. Listen as Richaél Lucero concludes…
Beatitudes and Imitating Christ (Part 1 of 3)RERELEASE
Mar 20 • 20 min
RERELEASE** Last week there was a technical glitch that rendered all Clumsy Theosis episodes unplayable and unable to be downloaded. This has been fixed and last week’s episode has been rereleased for your convenience. What do the beatitudes, theosis,…
Beatitudes and Imitating Christ (Part 2 of 3)
Mar 18 • 22 min
In this episode Richaél Lucero keeps our eyes fixed on Christ by continuing the Lenten exploration of the beatitudes. Reflecting on the third, fourth, and fifth beatitudes, she links them with specific gifts of the Holy Spirit given to us at baptism to…
Beatitudes and Imitating Christ (Part 1 of 3)
Mar 11 • 19 min
What do the beatitudes, theosis, “death to self,” and iconography have in common? Though this may sound like the makings of a riddle, it’s not. Richaél Lucero is continuing the Lenten exploration of the beatitudes. She is drawing connections between these…
Beatitudes Introduction/Refresher
Feb 26 • 15 min
When the Lord preached the beatitudes he was teaching about the meaning of ultimate happiness and how to attain it. Unfortunately, many Catholics today find the Beatitudes confusing. Listen as Richaél Lucero provides an overview of this important message…
Repost | Lent & Conversion
Feb 13 • 17 min
Why do we pray, fast, and give alms during Lent? Together these practices are not intended to be our focus but to serve to call us to something bigger—conversion. Last year I released the episode titled “Lent & Conversion.” As I listened to this episode…
Lent: You Can Do Hard Things
Feb 6 • 12 min
What should your Lent look like? Have you been selling yourself short during this season that is full of great growth potential? Richaél Lucero calls on Old and New Testament examples to teach you how to get the most out of Lent. SHOW NOTES: —Shop CT…
How to Make Decisions the Catholic Way: Discernment 101
Jan 27 • 18 min
Making decisions shouldn’t be stressful. In fact, when we use discernment to make decisions with God, we are not only relieved from our stress but the process is simple and more peaceful. Learn what discernment is from the Catholic perspective and how to…
Metanoia: You’re Not a Christian Without It
Jan 23 • 17 min
The first act of Christ’s ministry was to preach the message of metanoia. Do you want to know exactly what Christ has called us to? Listen as Richaél Lucero defines the meaning of metanoia. In the process she’ll expose why popular synonyms used to explain…
Not Today Satan: When the Accuser Attacks Your Identity
Jan 14 • 17 min
Did you know the Enemy regularly attacks our identity as Children of God? Richaél Lucero reveals how Satan attempts to manipulate our identity and provides listeners with a surefire strategy to proactively combat his tactics. Listen now. SHOW NOTES:…
Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh
Jan 2 • 13 min
Why did the three magi bring the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh? Listen as Richaél Lucero reveals the meaning of these articles as we find them in the Old Testament and what they proclaim when applied to Jesus in the New Testament. Also…
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Dec 18, 2019 • 15 min
Did you know this popular Christmas carol is known as a *secret catechism*? Listen as Richaél Lucero reveals the Catholic significance to the twelve merry verses of this timeless classic and how they can teach and deepen your faith during the Christmas…
Prince of Peace, Advent, and Forgiveness
Dec 12, 2019 • 15 min
Do you want to live a life of peace? Who doesn’t? Richaél Lucero explains the best way to prepare to receive Christ, the “Prince of Peace,” this Christmas. Listen as she also offers instruction for how the Lord intends for us to attain the peace he…
The Immaculate Conception
Dec 4, 2019 • 14 min
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…
How to Be *Eucharistic People*
Dec 1, 2019 • 17 min
Catholics are called *Eucharistic People.* Find out what this title means and its connection with giving thanks. Listen as Richaél Lucero shares her top three tips to cultivating a Eucharistic heart and living it with purpose. SHOW NOTES: —Podcast…
Let Your Heart Be an Altar
Nov 21, 2019 • 13 min
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…
Imaginative Prayer vs. Quiet Prayer
Nov 8, 2019 • 25 min
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…
The Trinity and Jesus in the Early Church—part 4
Oct 24, 2019 • 26 min
Why do we profess Christ is fully God AND fully man? What is the hypostatic union? What do these questions have to do with Advent? Find out as Richaél Lucero covers the Christological heresies between the fourth and eighth centuries in the final…
The Trinity and Jesus in the Early Church—part 3
Oct 6, 2019 • 15 min
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. Social media: Instagram—…
The Trinity and Jesus in the Early Church—part 2
Sep 21, 2019 • 18 min
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.…
The Trinity and Jesus in the Early Church—part 1
Sep 4, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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 14, 2018 • 15 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. Listen as Richaél Lucero unpacks this crucial truth of Catholicism.
Mass: The Summit and Font
Aug 8, 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. Listen as Richaél Lucero unpacks this crucial truth of Catholicism.
Why Fasting is Not Just for Lent
Jul 24, 2018 • 13 min
Richaél Lucero explains how this ancient tradition of the Church makes us better disciples of Christ all year long.
What Does the Temple Have to Do with Me?
Jul 17, 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 9, 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.
Guaranteed Bible Takeaways
Jun 26, 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. Listen as Richaél Lucero gives pointers for praying with Scripture.
Knowing God as Father
Jun 19, 2018 • 12 min
Through Jesus’ sonship, God offers us an irresistible role as his beloved child. Richaél Lucero looks at how we can embrace this invitation. Listen now.
Prayer: Are you doing it right?
Jun 12, 2018 • 12 min
You can have robust prayer experiences by applying the diverse (but simple) forms of prayer used since the time of the Apostles. Listen as Richaél Lucero outlines how.
Meditation and the Rosary
Jun 5, 2018 • 15 min
Some insider *wisdom* on meditation to help the beginners and the old hats achieve deeper intimacy with Jesus through the Rosary with Richaél Lucero. (It’s our first listener requested topic!)
7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Kingdom of Heaven (Part 2 of 2)
May 28, 2018 • 10 min
Richaél Lucero explains why 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 15, 2018 • 13 min
Richaél Lucero explores 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.