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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.”

Mental and Emotional Paralysis: Part 16 Mini-Course on Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Section 2  Christian Meditation Part 16 -Mental and Emotional Paralysis   Editor's Note: In part 15, David Torkington introduced the wisdom of a hermit regarding meditation.  Today, he continues with the hermit's words on the immense fruits of meditation which come after dry beginnings. It is rare that we have the privilege of speaking to a bona fide hermit about our prayer... Read More

A Hermit at Prayer: Part 15 Mini-Course on Prayer

October 11, 2018 by  
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Hermit Praying: growing in prayer post

Mini-Course on Prayer Section 2  Christian Meditation Part 15 -A Hermit at Prayer   Editor's Note: In part 14, David Torkington discussed Mystical Premonitions.  Today, he shares the wisdom of a hermit on the importance of silence and how to meditate on the Gospels. In the following example of a hermit at prayer you can see how traditional meditation comes to its high point in silence. It is... Read More

Mystical Premonitions: Part 14 Mini-Course on Prayer

October 4, 2018 by  
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Mini-Course on Prayer Section 2  Christian Meditation Part 14 – Mystical Premonitions   Editor's Note: In Part 13, David Torkington discussed Genuine Christian Meditation and its Counterfeit. Today, he will talk about Mystical Premonitions.   Guido the Carthusian After the Reformation, a new terminology began to replace the older monastic terminology for the beginning of mental prayer... Read More

Genuine Christian Meditation and Its Counterfeit – Part 13 Mini-Course on Prayer

September 20, 2018 by  
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Mini-Course on Prayer Section 2  Christian Meditation Part 13 – Genuine Christian Meditation and its Counterfeit   Editor's Note: In part 12, David Torkington wrote of Lectio Divina, love as the ground of our being, and discuss some aspects of meditation. Today, he will focus on what is and what is not true Christian meditation.   Before God's love was made flesh and blood in Jesus,... Read More

From Meditation to Contemplation – Part 12 Mini-Course on Prayer

September 13, 2018 by  
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Mini-Course on Prayer Section 2  Christian Meditation Part 12 – From Meditation to Contemplation   Editor's Note: In Part 11, David Torkington introduced Christian meditation. Today, he will talk about Lectio Divina, love as the ground of our being, and discuss some aspects of meditation.   In vocal prayer, despite the time given to brief moments of silence, we have been doing most... Read More

Introducing Christian Meditation – Part 11 Mini-Course on Prayer

September 6, 2018 by  
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Mini-Course on Prayer Section 2 Part 11 – Introducing Christian Meditation   Editor's Note: In Part 10, David Torkington concluded the first section of his prayer series by summarizing the “OUR FATHER” mnemonic, or memory jog, for daily prayer. Today, he begins the second section of his prayer series as an introduction to Christian meditation. Authentic Christian Meditation The... Read More

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