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Ignatian Prayer – Themes and Content
Conditions for Prayer
- Why Pray? Union with God, direction, peace, petition, being with Friend, vs. “usefulness”, etc.
- Importance of Practice
- Leisure vs. Work
- Wonder and Awe
- Contemplative Attitude towards Life
Desire and Prayer
- Jesus: What do you desire?
- Two extremes: many desires, lack of desires
- Strong desires and detachment
- Example of St. Ignatius: pre-conversion, post-conversion
- God places desires in our heart
- Courage to face desires
- Desires not always fulfilled as we expect – Therese.
- Prayer is desire: Augustine
- A quest, questions, ask, seek, knock
- Credo ut intellegam: I Believe that I might understand
- Subject matter: Creation, Scriptures, Doctrines, Liturgy, Moral Truth, etc.
- Purpose: to have a spiritual vision, conviction about faith, love Truth
- Goal: get to the heart level in prayer
- Method: a help, use insofar as leads to God, don’t be a slave to it
- Ignatian Method: memory: call to mind; intellect: ponder; will: embrace
- Colloquy: speak to Lord as friend
- Review of prayer: notice positive/negative emotions, inspirations, insights, images, etc.
- Gaze of faith: Catechism definitions
- Could be without images, quiet, or with images- Ignatian
- God works thru imagination, everyone has
- Modes of imagination: visual, auditory, kinesthetic (movement)
- Ignatius’ own use of imagination, Holy Land, Incarnation
- Bystander or participant
- Application of the senses
Discernment of Spirits (introduction)
- What is discernment?
- Difference between psychological and spiritual
- Spiritual Consolation
- What to do in consolation
- Spiritual Desolation
- What to do in desolation