Praying with Images: Face to Face

Year C: Thirty second Sunday in ordinary time.

Here, as stated before, it is my intention to draw from the forthcoming Sunday liturgy and to offer a guided prayer on one of the pieces of scripture in the same way that we have been doing in Exploring Personal Prayer. I do not intend to offer any reflections on the scripture. My suggestion is that you follow the Ignatian structure: preparation for prayer by reading the scripture, going to your prayer place and doing the prayer itself, and then moving away to another place and doing a review of the prayer. Keeping some sort of prayer journal is good practice. Note any moments of consolation in the prayer, where you felt drawn more deeply into God, and moments of desolation, where prayer was disturbed, where you were distracted and pulled further away from God: feelings of attraction and repulsion should be noted. These points may provide areas for repetition of the prayer. Also, if you have a spiritual director or prayer partner, someone who can listen with an ear to where God is in this, it may be worth sharing your prayer with them. I am following the processes outline in the prayer cards above. You may print these onto A6 or A4 card to have in your prayer space to help you become accustomed to this way of praying, remembering it is more of a flow than a rigid structure.

Seiger Koder: Face to Face. Scan of a card in the Meditation Pack “The Folly of God” containing images of The Art and Inspiration of Sieger Koder. Published by Pauline Books and Media, http://www.pauline-uk.org

Although this image does not refer directly to the scripture for Sunday, when I read The Wednesday Word given out in my parish last week, this was the image that came to my mind, and has persisted since then. I felt a convergence of all of the readings and the psalm in this image. I hope it speaks to you too.

Praying with Images: Face to Face, guided prayer

Background music is the album: Keith Halligan – Lifestyle Meditation, Global Journey

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