Imagine You Walked with Jesus: A Guide to Ignatian Contemplative Prayer

Imagine You Walked with Jesus: A Guide to Ignatian Contemplative Prayer

by Jerry Windley-Daoust
Imagine You Walked with Jesus: A Guide to Ignatian Contemplative Prayer

Imagine You Walked with Jesus: A Guide to Ignatian Contemplative Prayer

by Jerry Windley-Daoust


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What would it be like to meet Jesus face to face? To walk with him along the roads and seashores of ancient Palestine, to eat with him, to hear his words, to witness his miracles? For centuries, Christians have "walked with Jesus" through the practice of imaginative prayer. In Imagine You Walked with Jesus, you'll learn the method of imaginative prayer developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola five hundred years ago. Then you'll be guided through forty Gospel-based encounters with Jesus, from his birth to his resurrection. Key features of Imagine You Walked with Jesus include: An introduction to the practice of imaginative prayer (also known as Ignatian contemplation), Forty step-by-step guided encounters with Jesus, with the complete Gospel text and questions for personal reflection or small group discussion, Cultural and geographical background to help you imagine each encounter more vividly, A leader's guide for using Imagine You Walked with Jesus in a small-group setting, Twelve reading plans organized by Gospel and liturgical season, A guide to journaling your imaginative prayer, with five examples, A list of thirty additional Gospel texts for imaginative prayer, Jesus' invitation to walk with him wasn't limited to the people of the Gospels; Jesus invites each of us to walk with him today, too. Imaginative prayer is a deeply intimate way to respond to that invitation - and ultimately to be transformed by the encounter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681927039
Publication date: 01/31/2022
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 683,646
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.61(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Jerry Windley-Daoust is the author of more than a dozen books on Catholic social teaching, family spirituality, and Ignatian prayer. Cofounder of Gracewatch Media, which creates print and digital resources for Catholic families, he is especially grateful for the ten years he spent as a stay-at-home dad for his five children. Find him online at

Table of Contents

Imaginative Prayer: A Way to Walk with Jesus 9

A Brief Tour of First-Century Palestine 21

1 Mary Visits Elizabeth (Lk 1:39-49) 33

2 The Birth of Jesus (Lk 2:1-20) 37

3 Following the Star of the Messiah (Mt 2:1-12) 43

4 The Holy Family Flees to Egypt (Mt 2:13-15, 19-21) 47

5 The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Lk 2:41-51) 51

6 John Baptizes Jesus in the Jordan River (Mk 1:4-11) 55

7 The Miraculous Catch of Fish (Lk 5:3-11) 59

8 The Wedding at Cana (Jn 2:1-10) 63

9 A Busy Day in Capernaum (Mk 1:29-39) 67

10 Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man (Mk 2:1-12) 71

11 Jesus Heals the Centurion's Servant (Mt 8:5-13) 75

12 Jesus Calms the Stormy Sea (Mk 4:35-41) 79

13 Jesus Calls Matthew and Eats with Sinners (Mt 9:9-13) 83

14 The Daughter of Jairus and the Woman with a Hemorrhage (Lk 8:40-56) 87

15 Jesus Sends His Disciples to Proclaim the Kingdom (Lk 10:1-12, 17-20) 91

16 Jesus Heals the Bent Woman (Lk 13:10-17) 95

17 The Samaritan Woman at the Well (In 4:4-30, 39-42) 99

18 Jesus Feeds the People (Mt 14:14-20) 105

19 Jesus Calls Peter to Walk on Water (Mt 14:22-33) 109

20 Jesus Heals a Blind Man (Mk 10:46-52) 113

21 The Transfiguration of Jesus (Mt 17:1-8) 117

22 The Woman Caught in Adultery (Jn 8:2-11) 121

23 Martha and Mary (Lk 10:38-42) 125

24 Jesus and the Little Children (Mt 18:1-5; 19:13-15) 129

25 Jesus Invites Himself to Zacchaeus's House (Lk 19:2-10) 133

26 The Raising of Lazarus (Jn 11:1-7, 17-44) 137

27 Jesus Enters Jerusalem (Lk 19:35-44) 143

28 Jesus Cleanses the Temple (Mt 21:12-17) 147

29 The Anointing of Jesus (Jn 12:1-8) 151

30 The Last Supper (Lk 22:14-34) 155

31 In the Garden of Gethsemane (Mt 26:36-46) 161

32 Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested (Mk 14:43-52) 165

33 Peter Denies Jesus (Lk 22:54-62) 169

34 Jesus before Pilate (Mk 15:1-20) 173

35 The Way of the Cross (Lk 23:26-32) 179

36 The Crucifixion of Jesus (Lk 23:33-43) 183

37 The Death and Burial of Jesus (Lk 23:44-56) 187

38 The Resurrection of Jesus (Mt 28:1-10) 191

39 On the Road to Emmaus (Lk 24:13-35) 195

40 Jesus Forgives Peter (Jn 21:1-19) 199

At the End of the Journey 203

Five Examples of Imaginative Prayer 207

How to Organize and Run a "Walking with Jesus" Prayer Group 215

Reading Plans 225

Acknowledgments 235

Bibliography 237

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