Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignatian Guide to Prayer with Scripture

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The cornerstones of Ignatius of Loyola’s spiritual practice—meditation and contemplation—are clearly explained in this simple guide to the Ignatian method with examples from the experience of practitioners and quotations from Catholic spiritual teachers. In the process, the deeper structure of the spiritual practice is illuminated, and advice about adapting it to individual needs is offered. Topics include methods of praying, struggles and growth, and the importance and role of grace. Individuals who desire to ...

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Overview

The cornerstones of Ignatius of Loyola’s spiritual practice—meditation and contemplation—are clearly explained in this simple guide to the Ignatian method with examples from the experience of practitioners and quotations from Catholic spiritual teachers. In the process, the deeper structure of the spiritual practice is illuminated, and advice about adapting it to individual needs is offered. Topics include methods of praying, struggles and growth, and the importance and role of grace. Individuals who desire to pray with scripture, spiritual directors, and all who teach prayer with scripture will benefit from the counsel in this resource.

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"This brief, practical book is bursting with examples and includes a comparative outline of contemplative practices. For most collections."  —Library Journal

"Father Timothy Gallagher has emerged as one of the foremost commentators on Ignatian spirituality in the United States."  —Father Harvey D. Egan, SJ, author, Ignatius Loyola the Mystic

"Father Tim Gallagher has quickly become one of the leading commentators on Ignatian discernment."  —Father George Aschenbrenner, SJ, author, Stretched for Greater Glory

"[A] clear, concise resource for presenting the freedom inherent in the structure of Ignatian prayer."  —Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction

Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction
[A] clear, concise resource for presenting the freedom inherent in the structure of Ignatian prayer.
Library Journal

No Christian saint has ever been more mindful of method, or more aware of the everyday Christian's practical needs, than St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose Spiritual Exercises were a kind of plan book for closeness to God through imaginative identification, that is, "contemplation." Gallagher (The Discernment of Spirits) rightly points out that Ignatius's method can also be used for contemplation's reflective counterpart, meditation. This brief, practical book is bursting with examples and includes a comparative outline of contemplative practices. For most collections.


—Graham Christian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824524883
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 507,021
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV, is considered to be one of the greatest interpreters of the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola. He is a popular retreat leader, an Ignatius scholar, and a lecturer. He is the author of The Discernment of Spirits: The Ignatian Rule for Everyday Life, The Examen Prayer, and An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     7
Introduction     9
Outline of Meditation and Contemplation     15
"What I Wish and Desire"     19
"These Cleansing Tears"     19
"I Let Those Words Swim in My Heart"     22
The Body of the Prayer: Meditation     27
A Threefold Process     27
"I Opened the Epistles of St. Paul"     29
"Do Not Be Afraid"     33
The Body of the Prayer: Contemplation     35
A Threefold Process     35
How Do I Know It Is Not Just My Imagination?     36
"I Took the Place of Zacchaeus"     38
"Let the Children Come to Me"     39
Can I Pray This Way?     40
The Body of the Prayer: Meditation and Contemplation     44
Before the Prayer Begins     47
"My Heart Is Ready, O God"     47
Preparing for Prayer     53
Beginning the Prayer     55
When Heart Speaks to Heart     55
"I Will Consider How God Our Lord Looks upon Me"     57
I Offer All My Will and Actions to God (Preparatory Prayer)     59
I Review the Scripture for This Prayer     61
I Imaginatively Enter the Place of This Scripture (Composition)     62
I Ask of God What I Wish and Desire in This Prayer     64
How Do I Use These Spiritual Tools?     66
Ending the Prayer     68
The Rhythms of the Heart     68
I Speak to God as My Heart Is Moved (Colloquy)     69
I Conclude with an Our Father     72
Reviewing Our Prayer     73
Further Counsels for Prayer     77
"To Find More Readily What One Desires"     77
Prayer and the Body     78
"There I Will Rest"     79
Struggles in Prayer     80
Growth in Prayer     83
Accompaniment in Prayer     85
Putting It All Together: An Example     88
The Elements of a Flexible Whole     88
First Day     89
Second Day     91
Third Day     91
The Following Days     91
In the Creativity of the Spirit     92
The Fruits of Prayer     94
What Will Happen If I Pray This Way?     94
"A Pure Gift of Grace"     98
Notes     101
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