David Torkington is a Spiritual Theologian, Author and Speaker, who specializes in Prayer, Christian Spirituality and Mystical Theology. He was educated at the Franciscan Study Centre, England, and the National Catholic Radio and Television Centre, Hatch End, London where he was later appointed to the post of Dean of Studies. He was extra mural lecturer in Mystical Theology at the Dominican University in Rome (The Angelicum). In addition to giving Retreats and lecturing all over Europe, he undertook five prolonged lecture tours to Africa, mainly Equatorial Africa, speaking on Prayer and Spirituality to Religious, Monks, Diocesan Priests and lay people. His personal spirituality is predominantly Franciscan, and his Mystical Theology Carmelite. He has sold over 200,000 books in more than twelve different languages. His two most recent books are "Wisdom from the Western Isles – The Making of a Mystic" and "Wisdom from Franciscan Italy – The Primacy of Love". He is at present working on his latest book, Wisdom from the Christian Mystics. When he is not writing, he and his wife spend time on their boat on the peaceful Beaulieu River in the New Forest, Hampshire, or in Poole Harbour, Dorset, exploring the Jurassic coast. His website is DavidTorkington.com. He blogs at www.DavidTorkington.com, is on Facebook at DavidJohnTorkington and Tweets at DTorkington.
His personal conviction is that there is only one way forward for the serious searcher who wishes to be transformed into Christ in this life, and that is, in the words of St Teresa of Avila, “There is only one way to perfection and that is to pray. If anyone points in another direction then they are deceiving you.”
From Mystical Premonitions to Contemplation
Sometime ago, I was speaking about what I called mystical premonition, or touches of God, when one of the audience asked, “Are we talking about something that is a particularly Christian experience, or does everyone experience God’s touch?”
“It’s for everyone,” I replied emphatically. “God loves everyone, not just Christians, but Christians... Read More
A Night in the Holy Sepulchre Part 3: Afterthoughts
I was sitting waiting for my train at Waterloo Station in London feeling sorry for myself. ‘What, oh What?’ I thought, ‘would all that I experienced in the Holy Sepulchre mean to the vast majority of outsiders, who knew little if anything of the Christian faith?’ I was watching the commuters, the tourists, the retail therapists and... Read More
A Night in the Holy Sepulchre – Part 2: Pentecost
Editor’s Note: David Torkington continues his reflection on a night in the Holy Sepulchre which he began in part one here.
‘If you want old ideas read new books, but if you want new ideas read old books’. With these words my spiritual director gave me – ‘Abandonment to Divine Providence’ by the Jesuit French mystic Jean Pierre... Read More
Editor’s Note: Today, it gives us great pleasure to introduce to you, Mr. David Torkington. David is an English theologian who specializes in Prayer, Christian Spirituality and Mystical Theology. As well as being a prolific author, he also gives retreats and lectures extensively. Today, we feature his first post on our site. Please welcome him warmly and make him feel at home.
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