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

July 19, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, FEATURED, Prayer

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 of our lives. Today, he continues... Read More

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

June 30, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

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. Let me move on to show how... Read More

The Journey Begins – Part 5 Mini-Course on Prayer

June 23, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer, Vocal Prayer

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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 would like to share with you... Read More

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

June 16, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

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, it is of paramount importance... Read More

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

June 2, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

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, but for something further. In... Read More

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

May 26, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

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 when you start moving steadily... Read More

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

May 19, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

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 for all of us. This was most... 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 do respond in a unique way.”... 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 miscellaneous men and women... 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 Caussade SJ, who died in 1751.... Read More

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