Celebrating Imagination

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Eric Ramirez, SJ, is in favor of a feast day for our imaginations, as he writes at The Jesuit Post.

I do not think that the opposite of imagination is reality. Far from it. The opposite of imagination is cynicism and boredom; they are influences that deny reality (cynicism) or escape it (boredom). They blind us to the beauty of human experience or lead us to distract ourselves with shallow, unsatisfying elements of it. We need strong words. We need strong images. We need our minds shaken from time to time, if not all the time, to keep us from drowning in the swamps of cynicism or boredom. And that’s what imagination does.

No wonder St. Ignatius encouraged the use of imagination in prayer!

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