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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 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

From Mystical Premonitions to Contemplation

July 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Contemplation, David Torkington, Prayer

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

June 16, 2015 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Eternity, Happiness, Holy Spirit

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 the other... Read More

A Night in the Holy Sepulchre – Part 2: Pentecost

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 de... Read More

Inside the Holy Sepulchre

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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. Inside the... Read More