Tuesday, 27 February 2018 06:00

Book Review: Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignation Guide to Praying with Scripture, by Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV

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The second book I would like to mention is titled, Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignatian Guide to Praying with Scripture, by Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV

This book focuses on practical guidance for the practice of meditation and contemplation; these are types of prayer examined through the lens of Ignatian spirituality. In my previous review of Fr. Gallagher’s book, The Examen Prayer, I mentioned that the Examen Prayer was to take place within the context of a broader life of prayer; making a review of all that the Lord is working on in one’s life. This book on meditation and contemplation will specifically look at the practice of praying with Sacred Scripture during dedicated times of prayer, and the fruits of these dedicated times of prayer would be one of the objects of review during one’s Examen Prayer.

In his book, Meditation and Contemplation, Fr. Gallagher once more taps into his wealth of experience in prayer and spiritual direction to provide practical guidance using real life examples on how one can approach the Scriptures. These guidances are not “tricks” to prayer, as though one needs to abide by some formula in order to produce “perfect” prayer , instead, they are practical methods of most disposing oneself to come before the Lord in prayer, and best perceive that which the Lord already desires to communicate to them.

As an individual grows in their attentiveness to what the Lord desires for them within these particular times of dedicated prayer with Scripture, the graces which flow from them are meant to be integrated into their daily lives. As mentioned before, these experiences of prayer provide substance for review during the aforementioned daily Examine Prayer, helping to string together the overall movement of the Holy Spirit in one’s life; a sort of connecting the dots of how the Lord is working.

The book is only 99 pages in length, making it very accessible and easy to quickly begin incorporating its wisdom.

Chris FernandezChris Fernandez was born and raised in south Florida. Chris studied at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL where he obtained a bachelors degree in aerospace engineering. In 2013, Chris received a certification in spiritual direction from Our Lady of Divine Providece, School of Spiritual Direction, in Clearwater, FL. Then in 2019 he received a masters degree in theology, with a concentration in spiritual theology, from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, CT. Chris is a lay member of the Home of the Mother, currently living in Jacksonville, FL with his wife and three children.