Through the Dark Night with John of the Cross

Through the Dark Night with John of the Cross
a webcast with James Finley

LIVE: Thursday, December 14, 2017
4:00-6:00 p.m. US PST / 7:00-9:00 p.m. US EST
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REPLAY: Online through Sunday, January 14, 2018.

God has to work in the soul in secret and in darkness because if we fully knew what was happening, and what Mystery, transformation, God, and Grace will eventually ask of us, we would either try to take charge or stop the whole process. —John of the Cross

In a live webcast on the Feast of St. John of the Cross, James Finley explores the 16th century Spanish mystic’s life and writings. John went through a purifying process of the Dark Night of the Soul. His description of this experience helps us navigate our own times of darkness and unknowing, coming to a profound knowing of God’s presence in our lives. Through reflections on John’s texts, Ascent of Mount CarmelThe Dark Night of the Soul and Spiritual Canticle, Jim shares how our powerlessness in prayer is gradually transformed into contemplative intimacy with God. John believed that Infinite Love is the architect of our hearts. We are made in such a way that nothing less than an infinite union with Infinite Love will do. The Dark Night deepens our desire and openness to this love.

James Finley is a core faculty member of the Center for Action and Contemplation. His written and recorded teachings include Jesus & Buddha, Following the Mystics through the Narrow Gate, Merton’s Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Heart, and Christian Meditation. Jim is a clinical psychologist in private practice with his wife in Santa Monica, California.

Join the live webcast to participate in the conversation; during the live event, you will be able to submit questions for Jim to consider. Registration includes access to the online replay.

This webcast will be streamed from St. Monica Catholic Community Church, Jim’s home church. We are so grateful for their hospitality!

Register for as little as $1. We invite your contributions to support teaching in the Christian mystical tradition.

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Please note:

  • A replay of the webcast will be available for all registrants, beginning shortly after the live event, through Sunday, January 14, 2018. Even if you miss the live event, you can register through December 21, 2017 to receive access to the replay. Please know that replay access will only be available through January 14, 2018 regardless of the date you register.
  • Note that webcast registration is non-refundable. Please review Technical Requirements prior to registering. CAC cannot guarantee that your internet connection will be fast enough to stream the webcast/replay. CAC cannot provide technical support over the phone.
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  • We recommend that groups watch the webcast replay rather than the live event, as technical difficulties occasionally occur during live broadcasts.



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