And it is precisely that capacity for God that underlies the great spiritual traditions of Christianity. The one I have studied and practiced most assiduously over my adult life is the Ignatian tradition, following Ignatius of Loyola's petition to Mary, the mother of God: "place me with your son." When we pray, we are capable of encountering Jesus in our imagination and conversing with him, allowing him (as the only begotten Son of God) to lead us to the Father. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus comprise the stories by which Jesus leads us more and more deeply into communion with the Father, more deeply into lives of transparent love.
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