Colloquy – Week 5

This is Week 5 of Desires of the Heart, a 10-week series on Ignatian spirituality and prayer. The text below is meant to companion the audio teaching and meditation. Click play and feel free to follow along. You may also download a PDF this week’s “handout” here.

 “The woman said to him, ‘I know that the Messiah will come,
and when he comes, he will tell us everything.’
Jesus answered, “I am he, I who am talking with you.’” – John 4:25-26


St Ignatius introduces the “colloquy” on the very first meditation of the Spiritual Exercises. A colloquy is simply an intimate conversation with Jesus or God the Father, Mary, or one of the saints. Ignatius often places this at the end of a prayer mediation but it can happen at any time. It runs throughout the entire four Weeks of the Exercises. Why? Because the Spiritual Exercises is to help us grow in friendship with the Lord.

“The colloquy is made, properly speaking, as one friend speaks to another, or as a servant to his master…” [54] Spiritual Exercises

  • Use your imagination by placing yourself in a gospel scene or another place that works for you. Then imagine Jesus there. Talk to him.
  • Speak to Jesus like a friend: express your fears or hopes, ask for healing, ask for advice.
  • Remember to listen. How does Jesus respond to me? Trust God to use your imagination. 


If you would like to offer this 10-week series to your group or parish you can download a full PDF of the programme here. Contributions are requested if you offer it in active ministry setting.

Listen to the audio teaching and meditation…

Music by Kevin MacLeod

4 replies

  1. Yes, I want the whole series!!
    You are wonderful!
    How do I get all of your work??

  2. […] I would say that the First Commandment of Ignatian prayer is to listen. We would call it contemplation. It involves listening to our reality through our senses—this is the basis of the Examen. When we imagine a gospel passage unfold in our minds we first observe what happens before we start interacting. We observe Jesus’ actions. We listen to what Jesus says to his disciples. We hear a conversation. And then, slowly, we notice what happens within us. Only once we listen and receive from God can we respond to God. And when we do respond, we must then again pay attention and listen. Eventually this listening and responding and listening becomes a conversation, a colloquy. […]


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