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The Bridegroom Speaks...Living Water for your desert heart.

The Bridegroom Speaks...Living Water for your desert heart.

By Hope's Garden
The Bridegroom Speaks podcast from Hope’s Garden is your source for heart to heart conversations about Christ the Bridegroom and His Divine Love Song, The Song of Songs. Listen and fall in love with Jesus, the Bridegroom of your soul and Healer of your heart.
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Seeking the Bridegroom, Episode 44
We are all seeking the One Whom our hearts love. St. Mary Magdalene and Mother Mary have much to teach us about seeking, finding, and holding fast to Jesus, the Divine Bridegroom.
September 19, 2022
The Bridegroom Sings to You, Episode 43
Laura invites you to rest in Jesus' love and let Him sing His divine love song to your heart as she reads the Jerusalem Bible translation of The Song of Songs. This translation of The Song is used by Father Blaise Arminjon in his book The Cantata of Love: A Verse by Verse Reading of The Song of Songs. The Cantata of Love is our guidebook in the Hope's Garden Brides of Christ Heart-led Study of The Song of Songs. Learn more about the Brides of Christ and the Hope's Garden Consecration to Christ the Bridegroom at
September 03, 2022
Jesus, Bridegroom of Every Soul, Episode 42
Marian West, a member of Hope’s Garden, shares her story of how the Lord healed her fears and confusion about Him being her Bridegroom and embraced the spousal relationship He was offering her.
August 21, 2022
St. Mary Magdalene and Merciful Love, Episode 41
The story of St. Mary Magdalene is a celebration of the Bridegroom’s Merciful Love. She was truly a Bride of Christ and has so much to teach us about intimacy with Him. May St. Mary Magdalene, pray for us and be our model of seeking, finding, and holding fast to the One Whom our souls love.
August 08, 2022
The Gift of Spiritual Direction, Episode 40
In this episode of The Bridegroom Speaks, Laura talks with Hope’s Garden member Karen Baglieri and Father Michael Stalla, spiritual advisor of Hope’s Garden. Father Michael was spiritual director for both Karen and Laura during seasons of tremendous personal suffering. He also prayed for and witnessed the miraculous healings they both received. They got together to talk about the role of spiritual direction in the journey out of the darkness of depression and abuse and into Christ's Light.
July 25, 2022
Hearts on Fire, Episode 39
Why are all souls feminine? Because the Bridegroom desires to marry every soul and impregnate hearts with His Love. All Christians, male and female, are called to give birth to the love of Christ in their homes, their work places, their parishes, their world. May all hearts be set on fire with the Love of God!
July 09, 2022
Secrets of His Heart, Episode 38
Jesus the Bridegroom desires to reveal His Heart to you. The essence of spousal love, human and divine, is a mutual sharing of hearts. How beautiful and awesome it is that our Lord desires intimacy with each one of us!
June 26, 2022
The Wine of Divine Love, Episode 37
The Song of Songs is a poetic, image-filled description of our life with the Bridegroom. One of the prominent images is that of grapes and wine, the vineyard. In this episode, Laura shows us how the maturing of the vines, the ripening of the grapes and the pressing into wine that occurs in nature and is described in The Song of Songs is analogous to our spiritual life. 
June 12, 2022
Full of Grace, Episode 36
"Hail Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with thee." Mary is truly full of and perpetually being filled with the life-giving grace of God. And as the Mediatrix of All Grace, she shares God's gift with us. In this episode, dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mary Mystical Rose of God, Laura connects The Song of Songs, Mary's Immaculate Conception, and the Bridegroom's desire to fill each of us with His dew drops of grace. May we, too, become full of grace! 
May 29, 2022
The Beautiful Duet, Episode 35
The Bridegroom draws us into His beauty, and therein, we too become more and more beautiful. In this episode, Laura reminds us of our original grace and dignity.
May 15, 2022
Nard & Myrrh, the Perfumes of Love, Episode 34
Jesus wants to be united with us all throughout each day. In this episode, Laura shares the meaning of the "nard" in The Song of Songs and how we can let every ordinary moment become an offering of our own nard to the Bridegroom.
May 02, 2022
It's Wedding Week, An Ancient Yet Ever New Perspective on Holy Week, Episode 33
In this excerpt from a Brides of Christ group, Hope's Garden heart-led study of The Song of Songs, Laura discusses verses 3:6 - 3:11 and how they paint a picture of the ancient teaching of the Cross as the marriage bed of the Bridegroom. This episode will give you a new perspective to take into your journey through Holy Week, focusing on the passionate love of Christ for each one of us.
April 11, 2022
The King Has Brought Me Into His Rooms, Episode 32
In this episode, excerpted from the Brides of Christ study of The Song of Songs, Laura tells us why Jesus' love is more delightful than wine and then leads us in a peaceful meditation to meet Him, our King, in His rooms...the heart of our own hearts.
March 28, 2022
Setting Boundaries: Protect Your Dignity, Episode 31
In today's episode, we share a portion of a talk Laura gave at a recent Hope Blooms Healing Retreat. Hope Blooms retreats are for women healing from betrayal trauma, that is the trauma of discovering a spouse's or significant other's pornography addiction, sex addiction, or infidelity.  In this talk, Laura shares a critical, and often overlooked, aspect of our need for setting and enforcing clear boundaries: to honor and protect our dignity as God's beloved daughter and Jesus' beloved bride. Laura offers insights and practicalities for setting boundaries that honor one another's personhood and human dignity. 
March 15, 2022
Eternally Loved, Episode 30
This episode is an excerpt from Hope's Garden workshop, Eternally Loved. In the episode, Laura talks with her sister, De, about how we come to know the Bridegroom and His love for us through the divine love song, The Song of Songs.
January 30, 2022
Come Freely to the Bridegroom, Episode 29
Imagine God creates each human person, He’s singing to us. A timeless song of true love is engraved, inscribed deep into our hearts by God Himself.  In this episode Laura shares how prayer life grows with Christ the Bridegroom through the exploration of three different types of prayer . Learn about our study of the Song of Songs and come join us as we discover more about Christ's love for us.
January 16, 2022
Detachment & Surrender with St. John of the Cross, Episode 28
In this episode, Laura shares thoughts - with help from St. John of the Cross - on the power and liberation we experience as we detach more and more from "earthly goods" AND "spiritual goods," letting God alone decide what is good and necessary for our deepening union with Him. 
December 12, 2021
Jesus' Wounded Side, the Cleft in the Rock, Episode 27
The Cleft in the Rock is the wound in Jesus’ side; the opening that leads us deeply into His Heart. He calls us there in The Song of Songs, verse 2:14: "My dove, hiding in the cleft of the rock, in the coverts of the cliff, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet and your face is beautiful."  Our Lord invites us to take our rest upon His Heart in difficult moments as well as in moments when we are overwhelmed with His love. In those moments when we are the frightened little dove, we can ask Him to take us there, into His wounded side, where we are safe, where we can hide with Him and be healed.
November 29, 2021
Merciful Love of the Bridegroom, Episode 26
In this episode, Hope's Garden Spiritual Advisor, Father Michael Stalla, speaks about mercy and the merciful love of Christ the Bridegroom. Pray the Chaplet of the Bridegroom's Merciful Love with us by downloading the pdf at this link: Here is the opening prayer from the chaplet: "My Beloved Jesus, You are the ever-faithful and merciful  Bridegroom of my soul. You look with patience and  compassion upon my wandering heart and in Your Merciful Love,  You call me to return again and again to the safety of Your Sacred  Heart. Blessed Mary, Mother and Bride, teach me to open my  desires and my weaknesses to Jesus. Help me to see temptations  and even my falls and sins as opportunities to cry out for His  saving hand, to receive His healing love, and to trust in His Mercy.  Take me by the hand, Mother Mary, and lead me back to His Most  Compassionate Heart each and every time I wander astray. Amen." 
November 01, 2021
Healing Childhood Wounds with the Bridegroom, Episode 25
Perhaps more than any other time in history, we are aware of the lingering impact childhood trauma has on our growth and the relationships we’ll have throughout our lives, including our relationship with the Lord. When we are wounded in our early relationships with our mother, father or other primary caregiver we may enter our adult relationships feeling fearful, distrusting, guarded or other self-protective responses. This carries over into our relationship with the Lord and becomes an obstacle to the union He desires with us. He invites us to let Him into those early wounds and traumas so He can heal them; for the sake of deeper union with us and also so we can be made whole and re-integrated in body, mind, heart, spirit and soul.
October 11, 2021
Out of the Darkness, Episode 24
Laura and Hope's Garden Spiritual Advisor, Father Michael Stalla, talk about the power of shifting our gaze, our perspective, off of the trial or darkness we are experiencing and onto Jesus. Jesus is light. He is hope. His life and death provide meaning for all of our suffering. May we keep our hearts open to Him, and allow His light to penetrate the darkness.  
September 26, 2021
Uniting Ourselves to Jesus as our First Love, Episode 23
In this episode, Laura and Father Michael Stalla, spiritual advisor to Hope’s Garden, chat about their experiences of opening to the deep and intimate love of Christ the Bridegroom and the impact upon their lives. "It’s not that Christ is asking us to be His spouse and no one else’s. He’s asking us to claim His spousal love as our first love and to let everything else flow from that and to bring that deep love, that personal love, that intimacy that’s in our hearts with Him as our Bridegroom, into all our other relationships. This is how our spiritual spouse-hood can bear fruit. Like the Bride in The Song of Songs, once He takes her into His wine cellar and she’s intoxicated with His love, then all she wants to do is spread that love. She wants everyone else to come to know the Bridegroom the way that she knows Him now." - Laura Ercolino
September 06, 2021
Roses of Tepeyac & a Chaplet for the Bridegroom's Living Roses, Episode 22
In this episode, Laura shares the story of being in Guadalupe, Mexico on pilgrimage and coming to understand the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe as it relates to our times and to Laura's own life. Christ's Living Roses (the Roses of Tepeyac) are blooming here in Hope's Garden, as we gather together to pray, heal and grow. This episode closes with members of the Sisterhood of Mary, Mystical Rose of God, praying a chaplet that Laura wrote, known as The Chaplet for the Bridegroom's Roses. We pray this chaplet daily for the healing of all of Christ's living Roses.
July 13, 2021
Receptivity: The Bridal Posture, Episode 21
Laura describes the posture of open receptivity before the Bridegroom as that “big morning stretch” upon waking, opening our arms and our hands out wide and greeting Him by saying: "I am here, I am Your bride and I open myself to You again today. Let Your will be done in me. I am Yours and You are mine and I am open to receiving whatever it is that You have for me today. Whether it’s very little or very much or somewhere in between. Whether it’s suffering or it’s joy or joy in the suffering, I am here and I am Yours." Listen now to the third in a 3-part series of conversations with Abby Kyle, Director of Evangelization at Little Flower Catholic Church in South Bend, IN.
June 21, 2021
Identity as Bride: from Enslavement to Freedom, Episode 20
In part 2 of a 3 part conversation, Laura and Abby Kyle talk about our identity as Brides of Christ. Christ our Bridegroom is our one true eternal Love: King of our hearts and Spouse of our souls. Listen now as Laura and Abby reflect on the truth that we are always sought, waited for and loved by our Heavenly Bridegroom.
June 06, 2021
My Home with Jesus, Episode 18
“Make two homes for thyself. One actual home and the other a spiritual home which thou are to carry with thee always.” St Catherine of Siena The architect and builder of our spiritual homes is Christ. He awaits our opening to Him and inviting Him to partner with us in creating a safe and love-filled home where together we may always find rest and delight, safety and peace. A powerful tool He has provided us with for this endeavor is our imaginations, the gift of creativity. In a time of prayer, speak to the Spouse of your soul and ask Him to guide you in imagining your spiritual home. Perhaps the home in your heart resembles His childhood home in Nazareth, or a candle lit adoration chapel, or a quaint cottage by a lake. Listen as Laura and De share thoughts on their spiritual homes, in the heart of their hearts, with Jesus.
May 31, 2021
Detachment Leads to Fulfillment in the Bridegroom, Episode 19
Laura talks with Abby Kyle, of Little Flower Catholic Church in South Bend, IN, about her encounters with Christ the Bridegroom. In this first of three episodes, Abby and Laura ponder the power of letting go of attachments in order to open to the one Attachment that alone is truly the fulfillment of all our desire. 
May 30, 2021
He Sees You Part 2, with Father Hoffa, Episode 17
In the second half of Father's talk, he makes very clear that shame is not of God and speaks of our inherent goodness and dignity. Listen now!
April 25, 2021
He Sees You Part 1, with Father Hoffa, Episode 16
Jesus looks at you with only love. He sees and knows your heart, your desires, your pain. Unveiling our hearts to His gaze of love and compassion is healing. In today's episode, we share part 1 of a talk Father Allen Hoffa gave at our recent healing retreat for women healing from the trauma of betrayal. We share part 2 of Father's talk in Episode 17. May you be blessed! 
April 18, 2021
God's Faithfulness: He'll Never Give Up On Us, Episode 15
Laura talks with Hope's Garden Spiritual Advisor, Father Michael Stalla about the faithfulness of God, despite the repeated unfaithfulness of His people (including you and me). They begin with a look at the historical and religious context surrounding the writing of The Song of Songs in the Old Testament. The Song was written during the time of King Solomon, which was Israel’s greatest time of prosperity. Yet, as prophesied by Hosea, the time comes when they lose it all, due to their unfaithfulness to God. Then as now, God call to us, return to Me with all your heart!  Laura concludes this episode with a beautiful Act of Contrition that she wrote, which professes our repentance and desire to reconcile our hearts once again, to our One True Eternal Love.
March 01, 2021
Come Out of Hiding, You Are Safe with Jesus, Episode 14
Laura shares reflections and a meditation around verse 2:14 of The Song of Songs: "My dove, hiding in the clefts of the rock, in the coverts of the cliff, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet and your face is beautiful." Jesus sees how we hide the hurting or sinful parts of ourselves and He gently calls out to us...Come my love, you are safe with Me.
February 17, 2021
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, Episode 13
In His longed-for shade I am seated and His fruit is sweet to my taste. - The Song of Songs 2:3. We can rest in our Bridegroom's shade and protection no matter the season we find ourselves in. Listen to Laura share beautiful poetic explanations of this verse of The Song of Songs, with excerpts from St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. 
February 09, 2021
Jesus is With You in Your Suffering, Episode 12
Hope's Garden Spiritual Advisor, Father Michael Stalla, shares beautiful truths of Jesus' presence and love during our times of trial and suffering.  
January 26, 2021
Healing & Sanctifying Painful Memories, Episode 11
The Bridegroom of our souls desires to heal us, to sanctify our memories and our stories, to restore all the has been stolen from us. He turns our ashes to beauty! He awaits our coming to Him for He is the Perfect Gentleman and restrains His desire to come to us until we have given our free consent and invited Him into the heart of our hearts. Listen Now!
January 06, 2021
Radical Love of the Bridegroom, Episode 10
On Friday December 11, 2020, Hope's Garden held the first Bridegroom Prayer Service and Public Consecration, followed by the celebration of Mass. Father Michael Stalla, Pastor of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Parish in Twinsburg Ohio hosted the evening. In episode 10 of The Bridegroom Speaks Podcast, we share Father's amazing homily with our listeners. Listen Now! 
December 18, 2020
Advent Reflection, In the Desert with the Bridegroom Episode 9
In this episode, Laura and De chat about journeying through the desert of Advent. How is the Advent desert different from the Lenten desert? And what happens when we spend time with Jesus, barren of distraction and noise, and come up out of the desert leaning only on our Beloved? Listen now!
December 03, 2020
Circle of Sisters Reflect on The Song of Songs, Episode 8
In this episode, Laura leads a small group of women into a discussion of God's Divine Love Song, The Song of Songs. 
November 24, 2020
Authentic Love, Episode 7
In this episode, Laura reminds us that to be authentic means to mirror the original. Therefore, authentic love must imitate Original Love, which is God. To give love authentically in any of our own relationships requires that we first come to know Love Himself and let Him love us.  Come, sit at the Bridegroom's feet and experience the true love He has for you.  
November 12, 2020
The Beautiful Duet, Episode 6
In this episode, Laura explains the rich and beautiful meaning of each line in the first poem of The Song of Songs. What a beautiful duet being sung between our souls and our One True Eternal Love, Christ the Bridegroom. One of the features here at Hope's Garden is our Brides of Christ groups, which are heart-led studies into The Song of Songs to come to know Christ our Bridegroom. In these studies, we use a guidebook called, The Cantata of Love, a Verse by Verse Reading of The Song of Songs, by Blaise Arminjon, S.J. (available at Ignatius Press). For more resources including a consecration to Christ the Bridegroom, visit us at
November 04, 2020
Desires of our Hearts, Episode 5
In this episode, Laura talks with Deborah, a member of the Sisterhood of Mary, Mystical Rose of God at Hope's Garden. They share their experiences of learning to speak to Jesus about the desires of our hearts. Our deepest desires are safe with Him. In fact, the desires of our hearts, were placed there by God, precisely because He longs to fulfill them Himself. The book referenced in this episode is The Cantata of Love, a Verse by Verse Reading of The Song of Songs by Father Blaise Arminjon and published by Ignatius Press. Learn more about Hope's Garden and our Brides of Christ groups at our website:
October 27, 2020
Redeeming October, Episode 4
Laura tells the story of how our Lord brought healing and redemption to a whole lot of traumatic memories involving the month of October.  She recalls her very first encounter with Christ the Bridegroom, though at the time of the encounter, she did not know that Name. Listen now! [note from editor: I couldn't get through editing this episode without needing to grab my tissues].
October 20, 2020
Seeing the Gift You Are, Episode 3
Laura guides us in imagining that we always relate with one another in ways that honor our dignity and our true identity as beloved ones of God; imagining ourselves as gift to one another; imagining the mutual and complementary relationships that men and women were designed by God to co-create with one another. It's not too late.
October 13, 2020
Miracle Healing on Valentine's Day, Episode 2
In episode 2 of the Bridegroom Speaks podcast, Laura shares how her long journey out of an abusive marriage and through the subsequent PTSD and emotional pain, was healed by the touch of our Lord on February 14, 2019. Christ the Bridegroom, Lover of our Souls, comes with hope and healing for all the wounded places in our desert hearts.   For more resources including our heart-led studies of The Song of Songs and our Consecration to Christ the Bridegroom, visit us at Purchase Christ the Bridegroom prints, prayer cards and stickers in our Shop:
October 06, 2020
First Encounter with the Bridegroom, Episode 1
Listen as Laura describes the beginnings of how she came to know Christ the Bridegroom and to understand the mission He has given to her.   After being freed from an abusive marriage and receiving a miraculous healing on Valentine's Day 2019, Laura founded Hope's Garden,  the sanctuary where the spousal love of Christ the Bridegroom heals hearts, marriages and families. The Bridegroom Speaks podcast is an audio journal of Laura’s journey with Christ the Bridegroom through God’s divine love song, The Song of Songs. Listen and soak in honeyed dewdrops of the Bridegroom’s living water.
September 30, 2020