How it started
After the meditation the prisoner said, “I met Jesus and asked him into my life!”
These meditations are based on what St Ignatius’ called Imaginative Contemplation. I am a prison chaplain and one day in 2006, I had an encounter with a prisoner which encouraged me to start using this type of prayer in my church and prison work.
The prisoner said to me, “I’ve never been to church and I don’t know anyone who’s been to church – how do you pray?”
I replied “You simply speak to God in your mind.” She said “I’ve tried that –it doesn’t work!”
I had been on a few retreats at St Beunos Ignatian Spirituality Centre, and explained that Ignatian meditation is a way of using our imagination to keep our focus on God so that it is easier to speak and to listen in prayer. She asked if we could try it, so I lead her in a short meditation. At the end of the prayer I asked if it had been helpful, to which she replied “I met Jesus and asked him into my life!”
Over the coming weeks and months it became clear that she was experiencing the Holy Spirit at work in her life, changing her behaviour and bringing her hope and peace. She was delighted at the idea of putting her story on this website.
Another young lady who asked me “Who is Jesus – he’s big in America isn’t he?” asked to do the meditation. At the end she said “The weird thing was that although I didn’t know Him, He has always known me”. Several months later she said that her faith was now the most important thing in her life.
When she tried the pilot recording for this website, she emailed “I have just tried your Meditation recording! It’s amazing. thank-you sooo much for sending. The particular meditation you sent, I think is perfect and I can use this when I need to. I remember very well when we first did the Ignation meditation and it was very powerful for me. I remember feeling all the worlds burdens being lifted from me and all the fear. Of course, you can put my experience on the website! I think its a great idea and can help lots of people.”
I have used this type of prayer extensively and have seen people benefitting in a variety of ways. There follow some of the comments that people have allowed me to share. I hope you find them as exciting as I do.
Rev Clive McKie
Methodist Minister, Prison Chaplain and Founder of Taketime