Retreat: "Exploring the Foundations of Prayer" with Dr. James Finley

A one-day retreat devoted to exploring the transformative power and the challenges of learning to be faithful to daily prayer and meditation. The morning will begin with a conference on both the practical and the interior, intimate aspects of lectio divina and reflective prayer. There will be free time in silence, followed by twenty minutes to practice lectio divina and reflective prayer together. The morning will end with a chance to ask questions that arise in our effort to cultivate the habit of prayer as a path to God.

The emphasis in the afternoon will shift to contemplative, wordless ways to pray, following the same format of a conference, a break in silence, a period of shared silent prayer and a dialogue discussing practical issues and concerns about the dark night of the soul, mystical experiences and related matters. The spirit of the day will be that of contemplative retreat, devoted to actual practice of prayer as a way to live in the peace of God that surpasses understanding. The emphasis will be on the transformative power of prayer in which we become someone in whose presence others can find it easier to experience God’s presence in their lives, so they in turn can pass on the peace of God to others.

To Attend
Registration is open online. It is LMU Extension policy that registration fees are refunded only if the event 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, March 3 at 9:00am to 4:30pm

University Hall, Roski Dining Room
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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Liturgies and Spiritual, Wellness


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