Imaginative Engagement with the Gospel Stories

This method of praying was developed in the sixteenth century by the founder of the Jesuits, Ignatius of Loyola. It asks you to imagine that you are part of the Gospel Story that you are reading:

Prepare

Sit in a comfortable chair, in a quiet place, where you will not be distracted. Relax. Open your hands on your lap and ask God to begin to open your heart and imagination.

Read

Choose a story. Read it once or twice.

Imagine

Imagine the scene as if you were standing there. Uses your senses. Watch, listen, taste, smell, and feel what is happening around you.

Observe

Who else is there? What can you hear? What can you smell? What is the mood?

Interact

Allow the event to unfold. Begin to interact with other people, especially Jesus.

Receive

Be attentive to what God is saying. Allow him to speak through your thoughts and emotions.

Conclude

Offer the experience to God. This may lead you into a time of thanksgiving, petition, intercession, lament or praise.

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