Most people find prayer hard. But there can be ways in which, by grace, we can be in touch with our capacity to know and feel the presence of God in all things. St Ignatius was a rare and gifted teacher in helping people to discover how to do this. Both extraordinarily modern in his understanding of human psychology and breathtakingly free in his approach to prayer, his insights have offered countless people a way to be in touch with God’s limitless desire to break through and surprise us, and our own built-in ability to respond.
Just before Lent, we will spend an afternoon exploring his way of prayer, using silence, imagination and the everyday reality of our own lives.
Dr Gemma Simmonds is a Sister of the Congregation of Jesus who has taught Ignatian Spirituality at Heythrop College in the University of London, worked in prison chaplaincy and among women and street children in Brazil. She is a renowned international speaker, a regular broadcaster on religious programmes, and her latest book is The Way of Ignatius: A Prayer Journey through Lent (SPCK 2018).