Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God

In 1961, weeks after graduating from high school, James Finley rose one morning before dawn and left a note. In defiance of his father, who had refused to allow him to leave, he boarded a bus for the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani near Bardstown, Kentucky. There he attended mass, fearful every moment that his father would burst in and thwart his plan.


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