Meditative Prayer engages
thought, imagination, emotion and desire.

First you must find silence and stillness.

Ignatian prayer is imaginativereflective, and personalSt. Ignatius Loyola encouraged people to develop an intimate relationship with a God who loves them and desires the best for them. Ignatius Loyola trusted human desires. He believed that our deepest desire is to return God’s love. Ignatius Loyola also trusted feelings. He believed that feelings of joy and sorrow, peace and distress, were important indicators of the path toward fruitful decisions and deeper union with God. At the heart of Ignatian prayer are the Spiritual Exercises and the Daily Examen.

Imaginative Prayer

Other methods of meditative prayer through:

Review Prayer by Keeping a Journal By Kevin O’Brien, SJ
O’Brien offers some questions to ask after a period of prayer that might be helpful to consider while journaling.


Ignatian Prayer: Ignatian spirituality is a way to pray, an approach to making decisions, and a practical guide to everyday life. Landmarks: Exploration of Ignatian Spirituality

Discerning Hearts: “Discerning Hearts is a trusted resource for Catholic spirituality and teaching. I support it as an apostolate for the new evangelisation that brings the Good News to every corner of the world through the internet.” Most Reverend George J. Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha.