Tag Archives: James Finley

The Dark Night of the Soul

Hope in the Darkness The Dark Night of the Soul Thursday, September 7, 2017 I came out of the seminary in 1970 thinking that my job was to have an answer for every question. What I’ve learned is that not-knowing and often not even needing to know is—surprise of surprises—a deeper way of knowing and Read More »

Alumni Newsletter — September 2017

Alumni Newsletter September 2017 A Note from the Staff A few days ago, I stood with two cherished friends on the top of a knoll overlooking the mighty Atlantic in southern Maine. . . . We stood together and stretched out our arms over the ocean in blessing of all the children of the world. Read More »

Reading the Mystics

Reading the Mystics I’d like to share with you some insights I’ve had lately that will hopefully help you in reading the classical texts of the mystics. For lack of space, I will offer a few bare threads that need to be fleshed out in further reflection. But I hope these intuitive tracings have evolved Read More »

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Summary

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, August 13-Friday, August 18, 2017 This week guest writer and CAC teacher James Finley explored the true self and false self through Thomas Merton’s teaching. A prayerful, respectful pursuit of Merton’s understanding of the true self can bring us to the brink of the insight into Read More »

Living in God

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Living in God Friday, August 18, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. In ways known only to God, the one seeking God in silence unexpectedly falls through the barriers Read More »

Existence

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Existence Thursday, August 17, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. The contemplative journeys within, to discover “that if you descend into the depths of your own spirit . . Read More »

Freedom to Be Our True Self

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Freedom to Be Our True Self Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. Merton quotes Meister Eckhart as saying, “For God to be is to give being, Read More »

The Illusion of Our False Self

True Self and False Self: Week 2 The Illusion of Our False Self Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. In the following text, Merton makes clear that the self-proclaimed autonomy of the false Read More »

Discovering Self in Discovering God

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Discovering Self in Discovering God Monday, August 14, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. For Merton, the spiritual life is a journey in which we discover ourselves in discovering Read More »

Our Ultimate Identity

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Our Ultimate Identity Sunday, August 13, 2017 Thomas Merton (1915-1968) developed wonderful insights into the true self and false self. James Finley, one of CAC’s core faculty members, lived and prayed with Merton for six years at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. This week Jim shares some Read More »

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