Meditation and Contemplation

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Meditation and Contemplation

An Ignatian Guide to Praying with Scripture

Fr. Gallagher helps us understand meditation and contemplation—the foundation of all Ignatian prayer—so that we can harness the power of of these resources in our own lives. A great asset for strengthening and renewing the practice of prayer.

Bestselling author Fr. Timothy Gallagher makes St. Ignatius of Loyola's method come alive in this accessible resource.

Through the examples of those under Gallagher's spiritual direction we come to understand that the reflective practice of meditation and the imaginative process of contemplation can change the way we see the world.

The struggles of the individuals who share their experiences draw Ignatius's principles into living color. Each person finds a personal connection to the scripture story and gleans wisdom and perspective from the movements of spirit that occur through the process. Gallagher also reveals some of the lesser-known Ignatian structures, such as the preparatory steps and colloquy, and shows how applicable Ignatius’s methods are to us today.

The book’s practical approach makes it a valuable aid for anyone who prays with scripture. It is also a useful reference for spiritual directors, retreat leaders, and reading groups.

Reviews and endorsements

"This brief, practical book is bursting with examples and includes a comparative outline of contemplative practices. For most collections."
Library Journal


"[A] clear, concise resource for presenting the freedom inherent in the structure of Ignatian prayer."
Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction

"Father Tim Gallagher has quickly become one of the leading commentators on Ignatian discernment."
Father George Aschenbrenner, SJ, author, Stretched for Greater Glory


"Father Timothy Gallagher has emerged as one of the foremost commentators on Ignatian spirituality in the United States."
Father Harvey D. Egan, SJ, author, Ignatius Loyola the Mystic

Paperback / 112 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9 1/4