Ignatian Meditation and Contemplation

Ignatian Meditation

(a modified Lectio Divina)

ATTITUDES TO ADOPT

  • God is already waiting as you enter prayer.
  • Just listen and be patient, don’t judge yourself or your prayer.
  • Read the Scripture like a love letter: written for you personally, in your present life circumstances, expressing deep care and desire to grow closer to you.

1. PRESENCE OF GOD

  • Centering/Quieting (by taking deep breaths and relaxing)
  • Recall the last time you felt connected or close to God … recall what it is like …
  • Give yourself over to God’s care at this time
  • Ask for the Grace you desire and seek

2. MEDITATION

Ponder the passage.  Notice any words, images, or concepts that speak to my heart. Stay there and mull over them; let God’s Spirit guide your thinking, imagining, remembering, etc.

Notice what feelings, memory, or images emerge within as you meditate the passage. Speak to God about what is stirred within you & listen to what God want to reveal to you.

Are there any deeper stirrings within your heart or any meaningful interior movements that you can recognize?

Follow them. Savor the experience.

 3. COLLOQUY/CONVERSATION

Enter into an intimate conversation with God as with a friend.

End the prayer period with an Our Father, Glory Be, etc.

(adapted from Chi Ngo SJ)

Ignatian Contemplation

PREPARATION

Read the passage several times and pick 3 points (words, phrases, images, thoughts, ideas, etc.)

1. PRESENCE OF GOD

  • Place yourself in God’s presence
  • Recall the last time you experienced God
  • Centering/Quieting
  • Image the composition of place/scene
  • Ask for the Grace desired

2. MEDITATION

Use the points and let the passage stir your imagination.  Put yourself into the story: see the people, hear the dialogue and engage in the actions (what do you see, hear, touch, smell?).  Let the story come alive as if you are there, experiencing what is happening.  Stay with a point until you are satisfied and ready to move to the next point.

Notice what resonates or moves your heart, that is, any feelings, affects, memories, desire emerging as you contemplate.  If something draws your attention or touches you at a deeper level, remain there and let the insight permeate your experience.

3. COLLOQUY/CONVERSATION

Enter into an intimate conversation with the Lord. End the prayer period with an Our Father, Glory Be, etc.

(adapted from Chi Ngo SJ)