M2 – Praying with Scripture: Christian Contemplation and Meditation in the Ignatian tradition w/Fr. Timothy Gallagher

Fr_TimothyEpisode 2  Praying with Scripture: Christian Contemplation and Meditation ation in the Ignatian tradition w/Fr. Timothy Gallagher

Fr. Gallagher continues to discuss the differences and benefits of meditation and contemplation – the cornerstones of Ignatius of Loyola’s spiritual practice.


For other episodes in the series visit The Discerning Hearts “Praying with Scripture” page

Father Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community dedicated to retreats and spiritual formation according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  Fr. Gallagher is featured on the EWTN series “Living the Discerning Life:  The Spiritual Teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola”.

For more information on how to obtain copies of Fr. Gallaghers’s various books and audio which are available for purchase, please visit  his  website:   frtimothygallagher.org

 For the other episodes in this series check out Fr. Timothy Gallagher’s “Discerning Hearts” page


1 thought on “M2 – Praying with Scripture: Christian Contemplation and Meditation in the Ignatian tradition w/Fr. Timothy Gallagher”

  1. I am fighting a restless spirit. How do I know when it is time to stop looking for “the” novena, or the practice? When does my longing for God stop being diverted by the flash or flare of a spiritual practice and promises of greener (holier) pastures?
    The longing for God is good, but I feel like a baby who has just learned to use her hands and they are clumsy; they want to pick up every thing that shines and catches a baby’s attention. Before I can even learn to use what I’ve got hold of, another flashy practice lures me to itself.
    O Come Holy Spirit! Settle me down.
    what can calm a restless soul like mine? or what would it take to console my restless mind?
    Somewhere I read that the ancient Greek word for mind is nous (pronounced noose?)—and mind as we know it is not a good translation because a person’s nous was created to resonate in the presence of God, so we are always seeking that which resonates and makes us one with God…of the same nous….but the perversion of that yearning is this restlessness —the driven need to keep looking and looking and never staying still long enough to find.
    God said Be Still and know that I AM.
    The teachings of Ignatius resonate with me in a way that makes them feel easy to use–to put into practice…at least the way Father Timothy offers them makes them very accessible to me and I am glad for that…that is a good use of letting ideas “swim around in our hearts” in order to create a very here and now exposition of a classic in a way that we need to hear and understand. And— I am happy that it is ok to have a heart that cries out for the art of discernment…my heart cries out and these things I am learning and discerning help me put into practical use what has always been stuff too lofty for me to grasp—too lofty to grasp but too compelling to ignore. God always leaves me wanting more and more
    Thank you so much for these teachings!


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