We once again welcome Jim Finley back to St. Monica.
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Saturday, April 2 | 9:00-11:30 a.m. | Church & Livestream
In this lenten morning gathering Jim Finley will help us to explore the story of Veronica’s veil as way to to understand God as a Presence that protects us from nothing even as we are unexplainably sustained in all things on up to the moment of our death and beyond. Lent can be seen as a time to ask God to help to give up the fear-based habits of our minds and hearts that hinder us from recognizing God’s presence: sustaining us and drawing us to himself in the midst of our fears, intermingling with our deepening sense of the peace of the God that surpasses understanding.
Morning hospitality and refreshments will begin at 8:30 a.m. with introductions and program beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m. Livestream will be available on this page and on Facebook.
Jim Finley is a former Trappist monk who studied closely with Thomas Merton. He is the author of Thomas Merton's Palace of Nowhere. He is a contemplative practitioner and a renowned psychological in Santa Monica, CA. He teaches for the Living School of Action and Contemplation as a core faculty member alongside Richard Rohr and Cynthia Bourgeault.
Jim Finley reminds us, “The contemplative way is like a monastery without walls, a gathering place for people who are searching for something more--something more meaningful, intimate, and richly present to the gift and miracle of their own life.” Our dear friend and gift to St. Monica, Jim Finley, helps us on this journey of life and love.
“Meditation is a way of slowing down so as to descend into the depths of yourself in the present moment, where God lies waiting to grant you a deep experience of your eternal oneness with God.” – Jim Finley
“If we are absolutely grounded in the absolute love of God that protects us from nothing even as it sustains us in all things, then we can face all things with courage and tenderness and touch the hurting places in others and in ourselves with love.” – Jim Finley