How it started
In Prison - “I met Jesus and asked him into my life!”
These meditations are based on st Ignatius’ Imaginative Contemplation or Ignatian Meditation. Following a few retreats at st Beunos Ignatian Spirituality Centre, I had an encounter with a prisoner in 2006 which encouraged me to try this type of prayer.
I was asked by the prisoner, “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!”
So I 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 and I did a short meditation with her. 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.
She recently tried the pilot recording for this website and 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. Here are some of the comments that people have allowed me to share having listened to the pilot recording for this website: