Imagination Prayer: Sample the Prayer

Imagination prayer is shared experience with Jesus that is based on stories of Jesus from the Gospels and that draws on our use of empathy and visualization.

When your time for meditation is limited, dwell on only one of the above sensory questions and apply it to only one of the characters in the scene. For example, in the story of Jesus walking on the water, think about whether and how sea-sick Peter felt in the boat because of the waves. How would you feel in that circumstance? Tomorrow, return to the story again and reflect on how the water felt under Peter’s feet. Work your way through the story slowly, asking yourself how you relate (or do not) to that character’s experience with Jesus.

Ignatius’ Five Senses of the Imagination


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