Workshop: "The Call to Healing" with Dr. James Finley

A one-day retreat devoted to exploring passages in the writings of the Christian mystics that help us to be healed from the suffering that flows in our our estrangement from God’s presence in our lives. We will pay close attention to passages in which the mystics help us to to pray, meditate and live in ways that opens and then heals the sweet wound of unconsummated longings for God that incarnate and echo with God’s infinite longings for us. And we will see how this healing journey inspires, even impels us, to be lovingly present to others in ways that helps them to experience God’s healing presence in their lives, so they in turn might pass on the contagious energy of experiential salvation to others. Practical examples taken from daily life and guidelines in the foundational aspects of prayer and meditation will be provided. The day will include short periods of shared silent meditation and prayer and an opportunity to discuss the themes presented.

Themes explored in the sessions include:

  • Learning to recognize the ways we are already on the healing path the mystics invite us to explore
  • How our experience of being powerless to experience the union with God we long for creates the humility in which the union we seek attains us in our powerless to attain it; hence the sense of amazement, gratitude, and the gifts of tears in being so unexplainably blessed
  • How patiently entering into the wounded places in ourselves and others can lead us to the experiential salvation that lies hidden in the wounds we were so afraid to enter
  • How our inner healing and longings for mystical communion with God illumines and guides us in the corporeal works of mercy that incarnate Christ’s salvific presence in the world
  • Where do we go from here, how do continue this path the mystics invite us to follow?

To Attend
Registration is available online (click here). In the event the workshop is canceled, participants will be notified by Wednesday, the week of the workshop. Registration fees are refunded only if the workshop is canceled; no refund for partial attendance or no-show.

Please call the Center for Religion and Spirituality at 310-338-2799 or e-mail

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, April 29, 2017 at 9:00am to 3:30pm

University Hall, Ahmanson Auditorium (1000)
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Event Type



LMU Extension, Center for Religion and Spirituality


Extension Ministry Studies


$65 per person




Event Registration Required

This event requires registration.