Imagination Prayer: Study Further

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.

     Blythe, Theresa A. “Ignatian Imagination Prayer” Pages 100–102 and 188 in 50 Ways to Pray: Practices from Many Traditions and Times. Nashville, Tenn.: Abingdon, 2006.

     Foster, Richard J. “Stretching Out to God.” Pages 59–60 in Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1992.

     Guenther, Margaret. “Ignatian Prayer.” Pages 62–63 in The Practice of Prayer. Volume 4 in The New Church’s Teaching Series. Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley, 1998.

     Hutchinson, Gloria. “Ignatius of Loyola: The Sensual Christian.” Pages 56–80 in Six Ways to Pray from Six Great Saints. Cincinnati, Ohio: St. Anthony Messenger, 1982.

     “Ignatius of Loyola: Movements Produced in the Soul.” Pages 193–99 in Devotional Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups, revised and expanded. Edited by Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2005.

     Mayfield, Sue. “Praying with the Imagination.” Pages 108–12 in Exploring Prayer. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2007.

     “An Online Retreat.” No pages. Omaha, Nebr.: Collaborative Ministry Office of Creighton University, 1999. Cited 13 June 2012. Online:

     Rhodes, Tricia McCary. Pages 61–62 in The Soul at Rest: A Journey into Contemplative Prayer. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Bethany House, 1996.

     Silf, Margaret. “Meeting the Lord in Imaginative Prayer.” Pages 210–13 in Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality. Chicago: Loyola, 1999.


Ignatius’ Five Senses of the Imagination


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