Imagination in Ignatian Spirituality

Michael Mayo (Worcester College, Oxford): A Revolutionary Counter-Reformation: The Spiritual Exercises and Belief
Michael Mayo is a Fellow of Worcester College and Lecturer in English at Exeter College. James Joyce and the Jesuits was published by Cambridge UP in 2020.

Gemma Simmons CJ (Margaret Beaufort Institute, Cambridge): Imagine there’s a Heaven (it’s easy if you try): Ignatius of Loyola and imaginative contemplation.

Imagination lies at the heart of the Ignatian contemplative tradition, rooted in St. Ignatius’ own conversion through learning to take feelings and fantasy seriously as part of the human capacity to engage directly with God. How reliable are imagination and desires as a basis for an authentic spiritual life?