James Finley — Center for Action and Contemplation
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James Finley

Student of Thomas Merton and clinical psychologist, Dr. James Finley teaches how connecting to our Divine indwelling can transcend fear and shame and awaken to our True Self. A faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation, he is the author of Merton’s Palace of Nowhere and The Contemplative Heart, and the host of CAC’s podcast Turning to the Mystics.

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Turning to the Mystics

Explore a modern take on the lives of Christian mystics with James Finley in the podcast Turning to the Mystics. From Teresa of Avila to John of the Cross, listeners unpack wisdom through sacred reading and guided meditations that can open a gateway to hope, healing and oneness.

Essential Reading

The Contemplative Heart

James Finley opens everyday living to contemplative practice. To embrace the contemplative heart is to realize that whatever life we live, the riches of contemplation are within reach.

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A Story From Jim

My father was a violent alcoholic. Through my mother, a devout Catholic, I kept myself tethered to the presence of God. Sometimes, when having to endure the worst, yet finding God in the darkest place, you are liberated from the tyranny of shame over your heart. Where anguish and ecstasy intersect, it becomes incandescent—it becomes oneness.

“At the deepest level, it does not really matter where you seek this path because it is everywhere”

– Dr. James FInley

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