How to Pray with Art

Father Gilroy, a Jesuit Priest and artist, offers six steps to help you begin praying with art:

  1. QUIET:  Stop for a moment, breathe and relax. Perhaps recite a formal prayer.
  2. INTENTION: What am I grateful for? What do I want right now?
  3. ATTENTION:  Look over the entire image. Is there a figure, shape, color, texture or word that calls your attention?
  4. NOTICE: What feelings, thoughts, or desires do you notice? What could they reveal about God and your life?
  5. RESPOND: Speak to God as you would one friend to another.
  6. CLOSE: Offer a prayer or gesture as a way to end the experience.

—Excerpted from PrayerWindows.com