Imagine What Isn't Said

Imaginative prayer is a big part of the Ignatian Adventure retreat, now in week six, and it’s been a big topic on this blog.  I remembered a helpful thing that Lisa Kelly wrote a while ago–it’s fine to imagine what isn’t in the scripture as well as what is:

I am also instructed to contemplate what wasn’t said, that is, what  wasn’t written in the Gospels. What would I have said?  What side conversations may be going on? What would Jesus have said to me had I been there?  Ignatius asks that I allow the Spirit to speak to me more clearly through what wasn’t said.  Listen for what wasn’t said then, but is being said to you now.  In this is the message you need to hear.

Lisa has a great story about an episode of imaginative prayer in her blog post “Why There’s No Laughter in Lent.”


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Jim Manney
Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is What Matters Most and Why. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


  1. The ridiculous notion of no laughter at any time brought great cackles from this blogger. No laughter? Imagine THAT one!


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