SPIRITUAL TRAINING Ignatian Meditation Guides by Bill Gaultiere
Introduction to Ignatian Meditation In Ignatius’ 16th century approach to Scripture instead of analyzing a text, you use your senses to imagine yourself as a character in the story. Then you have a short, personal conversation with the Lord. Each reading is guided by a focus question below. In a group context follow the leader’s instructions on what to share and be sure to protect people’s confidentiality.
Background to the Text This Scripture reading in The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius is in Week One and focuses on holy desire. Paul didn’t care about worldly privileges and benefits, but sought the spiritual blessings of God’s grace and sharing this with other people. To do this he disciplined his body and soul in the same way that an Olympic runner trains to win a gold medal. He exhorts us to follow his example.
Ask For the Grace Lord Jesus, I desire a more personalized experience of God’s grace that brings me spiritual relish and fruit.
Imagine Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9
24-25 You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.
26-27 I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself (MSG).
Prayer / Journaling / Soul Talk Prompts
1. Visualize yourself in the Scripture. Don’t seek intellectual insights—stay with the imagery. Use your senses to see, touch, feel, and hear. What part of the story are you drawn to? Which character do you identify with or are you a bystander?
2. Experience the story in the role of the character God led you to. Then talk with the Lord. What do you feel? How does this relate to something in your life today? What is God saying to you?