Dr. James Finley will guide us in an in-depth, experiential introduction into the ancient wisdom of contemplative Christianity that the saints and mystics speak with such eloquence. True to the spirit of an introduction, we will begin in the first conference of our series on contemplative living on some of the ways we experience flashes of the interior dimensions of ourselves, others and world around us. We will see how these inner quickening can become openings through which God accesses our body, our minds and hearts. And we will explore ways that fidelity to lectio divina, discursive meditation and prayer helps to stabilize us an habitual felt sense of God’s oneness with us in each passing moment of our lives.
The day will include two short periods of shared silent prayer and the opportunity to ask questions about the practical issues and unexpected graces that can occur in interior prayer and in the challenges we face in attempting to integrate our union with God into the intimate details of all daily life sends our way.
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About the Speaker
James Finley, Ph.D. lived as a monk at the cloistered Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where the world-renowned monk and author, Thomas Merton, was his spiritual director. He is the author of Merton's Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Heart, and Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God.
Saturday, September 23 at 9:00am to 2:30pm
University Hall, 1857
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045