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The Garden of the Soul

 The Garden of the Soul   How 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. How the water of grace differs from the... Read More

Book Recommendation for Lent

Dear Friends, As we head towards Lent I have had a number of questions regarding a book I might recommend to those looking to experience a more meaningful Lent. There is one that comes to mind that I believe will be transformational for anyone who is serious about the growing in prayer and the interior life: St. Peter of Alcántara’s Finding God Through Meditation: I was deeply blessed to edit and... Read More

What Should We Pray For?

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What should we pray for? In what order? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from Finding God Through Meditation. Of Petition This noble oblation being well performed, we may securely and confidently proceed to the asking of any gifts and graces. First, therefore, Almighty God is to be prayed to with inflamed charity and ardent zeal of his divine honor, for the conversion of all nations,... Read More

Offering Ourselves to God

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What’s the best way to offer ourselves to God? How is it done? Why is it important? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from Finding God Through Meditation. Of Oblation Cordial thanks being given to God, presently the heart breaks naturally into that affection, which the kingly prophet David felt in himself, when he said: “What shall I render to our Lord, for all things that... Read More

The Role of Giving Thanks in Prayer

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What role does giving thanks play in meditation? How does it work? How should we approach it? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from Finding God Through Meditation. Of Giving Thanks After meditation follows giving of thanks, the occasion of which must be taken from the matter meditated upon. For example, if the meditation be of the Passion of our Savior, we must give thanks unto... Read More

The Pain of Meditation

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What does Peter of Alcántara have to say about the pain of meditation? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from Finding God Through Meditation. Of Meditation After reading follows meditation, which is sometimes of such things as can be represented to our imagination: as the life and Passion of our Blessed Savior; the final judgment; hell; and the kingdom of heaven. Sometimes of such... Read More

Why My House Does Not Engender the Serenity of Simplicity

Finding God Through Meditation (Week 7 of 7) Thou findest here no snares to entangle thee into worldly vanities, no flatterers to applaud thee when thou dost offend, or anything else to withdraw thy affection from the Cross of Christ.  – Finding God through Meditation p. 120 Why My House Does Not Engender the Serenity of Simplicity Years ago, I was blessed to attend a mothers’ retreat... Read More

Distraction and Reading in Meditation 

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What does Peter of Alcántara have to say about distraction and reading in meditation? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from Finding God Through Meditation. Of Reading After a due preparation follows reading those things that are to be meditated upon; that must not be too hasty, but mature, serious and quiet; to which the understanding must not only be attentive, to understand those... Read More

Making the Passion Real – Finding God through Meditation Book Club

Finding God Through Meditation (Week 6 of 7)   Making the Passion Real One thing you have to love about St. Peter of Alcántara: he’s immensely practical. What we’ve been reading is a handbook that is as applicable to us now as it was to Teresa of Avila and her contemporaries hundreds of years ago. What is it that makes it so relevant to us? For me, it is passages like this, from... Read More

Mid-Life: Cause for Crisis or Contentment?

Finding God Through Meditation (Week 5 of 7) Consider…the continual motion of our life, never resting night nor day, but going forward without ceasing and every day more and more wastes itself; so that it may not unfitly be compared to a candle, which, by little and little, consumes itself, and when it gives the clearest light, the sooner it approaches unto its end; also a flower, which springs... Read More

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