Did you give Ignatian contemplation a try last week? How did it go?
This week, our guided reflection will use the scripture of the woman hemorrhaging who desires healing so much that she reaches out and touches Jesus’ cloak. Jesus reminds her that her faith has saved her.
As God unfolds the scene in your mind, what is God saying to you about your life right now? Are there areas of your life that Jesus is reminding you of the gift of your faith?
Week 3 Guided Imaginative Prayer: Woman Hemorrhaging
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Steps of Ignatian Contemplation or Imaginative Prayer (Adapted from Busy Lives & Restless Souls)
- Select a Scripture: Pick a passage from one of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.
- Read: Read the passage several times slowly so that you almost know the story well enough to share with another person.
- Imagine the Scene: Close your eyes, and imagine the scene. Imagine what the scene looks like. Who is in the scene? What are they doing? Where are they located? What do you notice about the environment? What smells are there? What sounds? Let the Holy Spirit guide this unfolding in your mind for you.
- Put yourself in the scene: As the scene begins to take shape in your mind, put yourself in the scene. Notice where you are.
- Notice what happens: Let the story unfold in your mind. Stay with it until you feel nudged to move to reflection.
- Respond and Rest:Share with God what you noticed and experienced. Then rest in God and let God speak to you.
- Reflect: Reflect back on what you experienced in prayer. What did you learn about Jesus? About God? About another character in the scripture? About yourself?
- Lk 8:42-48// Woman Hemorrhaging
Cultivating Space for God Together:
Women’s Ignatian Silent Retreat: Joy of the Encounter
Join us for a Women’s Ignatian Silent Retreat from August 23-26, 2018 focused on the Ignatian Exercises. Stop and enjoy a weekend of reflection, rediscovery, and refreshment. The Spiritual Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God. Click here to learn more!