To Be a Contemplative

Creighton University’s Division of Mission and Ministry produced a video explaining a bit about Ignatian contemplation and then leading the viewer in an experience of this form of prayer. Fr. Paddy Gilger, SJ, walks us through, as he says, “what’s it like to be with God—to be a contemplative.”

“In our sense of being a contemplative in action, all we’re doing is practicing paying attention to this one who is trying to love us and to return our attention and love.”

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  1. I am so hungry for this type of knowledge! The ability to release from the heavy structure of “routine” prayer yet still feel as if I am offering “something”of “value” to God. Please offer us more examples. Wishing there would have been an Ignatian school for me!

  2. Very moving and very helpful. Thank you so much. I have been trying for so long to do contemplative prayer and this made it effortless. Thank you, thank you! Have a blessed lent.

  3. This is e x a c t l y the structure I need to use until I have formed the habit of what we used to call “mental prayer”. I need to download this and stretch it out. And, this Father has the best, least intrusive voice for leading my ADHD brain. Would you consider making this available to those of us who didn’t do a 30 day retreat or attend a Jesuit HS?


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