Mercy Center

CONTEMPLATIVE RETREAT

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The Deathless Nature of Love
A Silent Retreat with James Finley

 

October 13-15, 2017
Begins Friday at 6:00 pm with dinner

Concludes on Sunday after lunch

Registration for this retreat is now closed.
Call 650.340.7474 to go on the waiting list.

 

This retreat invites us to recognize God's presence in the passage of time and feelings of loneliness, giving ourselves over to the smell of a blood-red rose and other equally intimate and foundational human experiences.

We will see how The Four Quartets by T. S. Elliot invites us to understand God's deathless love as a presence that protects us from nothing, even as it inexplicably sustains us in death and in each passing moment of our lives.

Throughout the poem we will reflect on passages in Saint John of the Cross, Rumi, The Bhagavad-Gita, and related sources that help us to live in the mystical awareness of God's presence the poem invites us to discover. Time will be given for periods of shared silent meditation, personal reflection, and discussion of the themes present.

 

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RETREAT LEADER

James Finley, Ph.D. spent six years in the cloistered Trappist Monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani where the world-renowned monk and author, Thomas Merton, was his spiritual director. Now a writer, practicing psychologist, and retreat leader, his latest book is Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God. He leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States, and internationally, attracting men and women who seek to live a contemplative way.

 

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RESOURCES

SUGGESTED READING: The Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot

 

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REGISTRATION

Registration for this retreat is now closed. Call 650.340.7474 to go on the waiting list.

We cannot guarantee if overnight or commuter space will become available for those on the waiting list.

 

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CANCELLATION

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