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The Garden of the Soul

 The Garden of the Soul

DivineIntimacyRadioWithDan&MelissaHow is our soul like a garden? How should we care for the garden of our soul? When we feel the presence of God in prayer, what should we do? Dan and Melissa look to the wisdom of the saints as they discuss answers to these questions in today's show.



Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • The analogy of the soul as a garden.St Peter of Alcantara Cover for post on the garden of the soul
  • How the water of grace differs from the water of the world.
  • What can we do to water the garden of our soul?
  • When in meditation, if we have an overwhelming movement of the heart towards God, what should we do?
  • What is the goal of meditation?
  • What should our response be when we experience this movement of the heart towards God?


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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Judy Silhan

    As you frequently say, Dan, the discussion of prayer is limitless; so, also I have often said that in listening to you speak in the webinars, classes at Avila, or on Divine Intimacy Radio, I hear something new each time, though the topic is the same, today being the garden of our souls, and ironic as it seems, out of desperation to deal with the extreme darkness I have been experiencing, I went back and listened to your class, Foundations in Prayer and Union of God, and yes, your explanation of the garden of our souls, and the four waters. What I heard this morning, new from the class (perhaps I didn’t pick this up the first time) was the idea that the water-grace flowing from the Sacraments is kept constant with prayer, and that this water is not only a natural suppressant for the weeds, or sin, in our soul, but it also nurtures our virtues of faith, hope and love.
    Great analogies today.
    Thank you also, for your answer and explanation to my question. Though I have written down things during prayer that I feel are inspirations, I did not know what to do with the experiences you addressed this morning. I appreciated your saying to just stop, rest in Him, and let the encounter wash over you, which was all I knew to do. As I mentioned, with this darkness that I have been in, I went back to listening to classes. With your suggestion of writing down a resolution after encountering our Lord, and to help me remember what He did for me in prayer, I have one more tool to deal with desolation.
    May God bless you, Melissa and Dan, in your efforts to help many to draw closer to our Lord.

    • LizEst

      I was wondering if that was you! ? God bless you, Judy!

      • Judy Silhan

        God bless you too, Liz. Thanks for all you do, editing the site, and all your helpful insights.

        • LizEst

          You are most kind, Judy. To God be the glory! It is the Lord who has accomplished all we have done!

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