Meditative Prayer engages
thought, imagination, emotion and desire.
First you must find silence and stillness.
Ignatian prayer is imaginative, reflective, and personal. St. Ignatius Loyola encouraged people to develop an intimate relationship with a God who loves them and desires the best for them. Ignatius Loyola trusted human desires. He believed that our deepest desire is to return God’s love. Ignatius Loyola also trusted feelings. He believed that feelings of joy and sorrow, peace and distress, were important indicators of the path toward fruitful decisions and deeper union with God. At the heart of Ignatian prayer are the Spiritual Exercises and the Daily Examen.
- Pray with Your Imagination by David L. Fleming, SJ
- How Do We Pray with Our Imagination? at Creighton Online Ministries
- Examples of Ignatian Imaginative Contemplation at Creighton Online Ministries
Other methods of meditative prayer through:
- The Rosary
- Pray as you go – daily on line reflections
- Praying with Scripture
By Douglas J. Leonhardt, SJ
Fr. Leonhardt explains Lectio Divina and Gospel Contemplation, two ways to pray with Scripture.
- Sacred Space
This very popular website produced by the Jesuits of Ireland and Loyola Press offers daily prayer, reflections, and readings.
- Praying with art
- Poetry . e.g. Patrick Purnell SJ
- Stained glass
- Creation and nature
- Drawing and painting
Review Prayer by Keeping a Journal By Kevin O’Brien, SJ
O’Brien offers some questions to ask after a period of prayer that might be helpful to consider while journaling.
Prayer: A Personal Response to God’s Presence
By Armand M. Nigro, SJ
A straightforward description of prayer as a loving response to God’s presence. Describes the 5 “P’s” of prayer and ends with a suggestion for group or family prayer.
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To find out more about finding God’s will for your life by viewing:
- “Making the right choices” from the Jesuits in Britain website.
- The Examen: prayer of discernment of the movement of the Holy Spirit
- Discernment in a Nutshell: the basics of discernment.
- Discernment at Different Stages of Life
- Discerning as a Couple: A four-part framework for discerning as a couple and making good decisions.
- Five Tips for Discerning Balance in a Busy Life: Guiding principles for ongoing discernment.