With thoughts and prayers to those affected by the tragedy at the 2013 Boston Marathon.
St Ignatius presents us with a particular way of praying in the Spiritual Exercises, called ‘imaginative contemplation’. The basic outline is that the pray-er uses the faculty of imagination to enter into the world of the prayer text. The purpose of this is to fully immerse oneself and interact with the characters so that hopefully some sort of relationship or meaning may be made between the person at prayer and God. Ignatius instructs us to imagine the scenery, the noises, the scents, the time of day, etc of the scenario in an effort to engage the whole self in the contemplation.
Intrinsic to this is a dialogue or conversation, which can often be a time of surprise and grace.
Consider the following prayer text in imaginative contemplation, a picture by Michael Belk, entitled The Second Mile.
Note: A clearer copy of the image may be found here.
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