Saint Ignatius Loyola Contemplation


What Is Ignatian Spirituality?(also called Jesuit spirituality)

Founded in the 16th century by  Ignatius of Loyola,it is a spirituality for decision makers and for everyday life.

Like all Catholic spirituality it is based on the Catholic faith and the gospels. It draws most specifically from St. Ignatius' "Spiritual Exercises", whose purpose is "to conquer oneself and to regulate one's life to give the person a greater degree of freedom from his or her own likes, dislikes, that they may choose based solely on what they discern God's will is for them.It shows that God is present in our world and active in our lives. It is a pathway to deeper prayer, good decisions guided by keen discernment, and an active life of service to others.



Ignatius was convinced that God can speak to us as surely through our imagination as through our thoughts and memories.In the Ignatian tradition, praying with the imagination is called contemplation and is a very active way of praying that engages the mind and heart and stirs up thoughts and emotions.

In its most common form, you take a passage from scripture, usually one of the gospels, and immerse yourself in it imaginatively using all the senses.You simply need to trust that God is communicating with you through the power of the holy spirit.

Preparing to Contemplate with Jesus

First get settled in a comfortable chair and in a quiet place.

Take a breath in and as you breathe out relax any part of your body that may be tense. Repeat. Allow the cares and concerns of the moment slip away.

As you relax into God's presence, allow him to open your heart and imagination and to give you the grace to see what he desires for you. This could be a a greater understanding of Jesus, in words such as: Jesus, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly and follow you more nearly. Or grant me more patience etc.

It's natural to become distracted during prayer so simply acknowledge the distracting thoughts and let it go.

Do not try to control the prayer but surrender and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.

Notice what is going on inside you as you pray: joy, sorrow, peace, confusion, love, anger, etc.
(Before starting the reading try playing Taize Veni Sante Spiritus below)

Select a reading from the gospels but not to long and it needs to be with Jesus being interecative with other (not just parabels).

When sharing use the words :Say I, not we."I heard this...This struck me...To me it said...I felt this.

First Gospel reading

Slowly read the Gospel in which Jesus is interacting with others and simply listen and let the story speak to your heart.

Is there something that stands out to you?

Pause 1 minute.

Second Reading (perhaps use a different Bible translation).

This time see is there something in particular that is touching your heart making you glad or sad?

Pause 5 minutes

Sharing: When you are ready, say aloud the word or the image that seemed significant to you.

Third Reading

Then enter into the scripture with all five of your senses.

· What are the sights? Smells? Textures? Sounds?

· Watch the men and women in the scene.

· What does Jesus look like? How do the others react to him?

· What conversation takes place?

· What is the mood – tense? joyful? confused? angry? How are you feeling?

Pause 5 mins

Sharing :What is unfolding in your prayer experience. Are you surprised, challenged, consoled? What is capturing your attention?

Final Prayer

As you bring your prayer to a close, speak to the Lord about your experience.

Then look back over the prayer.
See how you reacted and felt.
Is this saying anything about you, the way you see others or God.
Did anything surprise you?
Is there anything that needs healing?
Is there anything you need to pray about in future?

(Maybe keep a journal about what happened)





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