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About David Torkington

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 300,000 books in more than twelve different languages. His latest book is "Wisdom from the Christian Mystics - How to Pray the Christian Way". And, other publications include "Wisdom from the Western Isles - The Making of a Mystic" and "Wisdom from Franciscan Italy - The Primacy of Love". He has been commissioned to write three books for The Catholic Truth Society, Publishers to the Holy See. The first, 'Prayer made Simple' will be published in March 2018, followed by 'Meditation Made Simple' and 'Contemplation made Simple'. 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.”

The Paramount Importance of Daily Prayer – Part 10 Mini-Course on Prayer

August 9, 2018 by  
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Hermit Praying: growing in prayer post

Mini-Course on Prayer Part 10 – The Paramount Importance of Daily Prayer   Editor's Note: In part 9 of this series, David Torkington completed his “OUR FATHER” mnemonic, or memory jog, with the last two letters “E” (examination of conscience) and “R” (repentance). Today, he discusses the paramount importance of daily prayer and provides a summary and examples... Read More

Examination of Conscience and Repentance – Part 9 Mini-Course on Prayer

August 2, 2018 by  
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Mini-Course on Prayer Part 9 “FATHER E “- Examination of Conscience Examination of Conscience and Repentance   Editor's Note: In Part 8 of this mini-course, David Torkington examined the letters T (thanksgiving) and H (Holy Communion) in his explication of the “OUR FATHER” mnemonic, or memory jog, for keeping God and prayer at the forefront of our lives. Today, he will... Read More

Thanksgiving, Sacrifice, and Adoration – Part 8 Mini-Course on Prayer

July 26, 2018 by  
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Mini-Course on Prayer Part 8 “FATHER T” – Thanksgiving Thanksgiving, Sacrifice, and Adoration   Editor's Note: In Part 7 of this mini-course, David Torkington examined the letters F (faith) and A (abandonment) in his explication of the “OUR FATHER” mnemonic, or memory jog, for keeping God and prayer at the forefront of our lives. Today, he continues with the letters T... Read More

Faith and Abandonment to the Fullness of Love – Part 7 Mini-Course on Prayer

July 19, 2018 by  
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Mini-Course on Prayer Part 7 – Father “F” – Faith in Our Risen Lord Abandonment to the Fullness of Love   Editor's Note: In Part 6 of this mini-course, David Torkington examined the letters U (union with the mystical body) and R (reviewing the day ahead) in his explication of the “OUR FATHER” mnemonic, or memory jog, for keeping God and prayer at the forefront... Read More

In Union, The Mystical Body – Part 6 Mini-Course on Prayer

June 30, 2018 by  
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Mini-Course on Prayer Part 6 OUR “U” – In Union, The Mystical Body   In my last article dealing with vocal prayer, I used the words Our Father as a memory jog. I did this so that each letter of the two words Our Father could act as a reminder of the essential features of daily prayer. Last time, I showed how the letter -O- can remind us to begin our day with the Morning Offering.... Read More

The Journey Begins – Part 5 Mini-Course on Prayer

June 23, 2018 by  
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Mini-Course on Prayer Part 5: The Journey Begins   In my last article in this series on prayer, I used the image of an archway to show how vocal prayer and contemplative prayer should ideally grow side by side. In this way, they will find their consummation in the keystone at its summit, which I identified with Christ. I would firstly like to concentrate on vocal prayer. In order to do this, I... Read More

The Way to Mystical Union – Part 4 Mini-Course on Prayer

June 16, 2018 by  
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Mini-Course on Prayer: Part 4: The Way to Mystical Union   Editor's Note: In Part 3, David Torkington wrote about how it is in giving that we receive. Today, he will introduce the way to mystical union and talk about ecstatic joy, how Christ prayed, the language of love, mystical revelations, and praying without ceasing.   If you are beginning a journey upon which your whole future depends,... Read More

It is in Giving that We Receive – Part 3 Mini-Course on Prayer

June 2, 2018 by  
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Mini-Course on Prayer Part 3: It is in Giving that We Receive   Editor's Note: In Part 2, David Torkington wrote on St. Teresa of Avila's wisdom about going forward in prayer. Today, he will discuss how it is that in giving we receive. [Saint] Angela [of Foligno] calls prayer the ‘School of Divine Love', not just because it is the place where the selflessness that leads to love is learnt,... Read More

Listen to St. Teresa of Avila – Part 2 Mini-Course on Prayer

May 26, 2018 by  
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Mini-Course on Prayer: Part 2: Listen to St Teresa of Avila   Editor's Note: In Part 1, David Torkington introduced us to the unquenchable fire of love. Today, he will talk about St Teresa of Avila's wisdom regarding how to go forward in prayer. Making the spiritual ascent into God is rather like trying to run up a downward escalator. The moment you stop moving steadily forwards is the moment... Read More

The Unquenchable Fire of Love – Part 1 Mini-Course on Prayer

May 19, 2018 by  
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Mini-Course on Prayer Part 1: The Unquenchable Fire of Love   The first Jews used the symbol of unquenchable fire to depict the all-consuming power of God's love. The first Christians however believed that this love was now embodied in the Risen and glorified body of Jesus, as he rose from the dead on the first Easter day, and they used the radio-active energy of the sun to symbolize its saving power... Read More