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A Lesson From My Father: Part 19 Mini-Course on Prayer

November 8, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Mental Prayer, Prayer Life

MINI-COURSE ON PRAYER SECTION 2  CHRISTIAN MEDITATION Part 19 – A Lesson From My Father Editor's Note: in part 18, David Torkington discussed the need to carve out time and space to pray, and how we know God through love, not through knowledge alone.  This week he reminds us that those short, fervent prayers said throughout the day saturate our lives with love.   I never spoke to my father about his spiritual life, or... Read More

The Little Back Shop: Part 18 Mini-Course on Prayer

November 1, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer Space

MINI-COURSE ON PRAYER SECTION 2  CHRISTIAN MEDITATION Part 18 – The Little Back Shop Editor's Note: in part 17, David Torkington discussed how it is love that animates all Christian asceticism and makes possible even severe sacrifices.  This week he expounds on the need to carve out time and space to pray, and how we know God through love, not through knowledge alone.   My doctor once gave me a medication that he said... Read More

Making the Impossible Possible: Part 17 Mini-Course on Prayer

MINI-COURSE ON PRAYER SECTION 2  CHRISTIAN MEDITATION Part 17 – Making the Impossible Possible Editor's Note: in part 16, David Torkington discussed the movement in prayer from paralysis in the face of the enormity of Christian revelation, to growing fruitfulness in meditation, to the failure of words to convey the depth of love one experiences in God's presence. This week he discusses how it is love that animates all Christian... Read More

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 life. I was therefore fortunate... Read More

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

October 11, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

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 here when contemplating some... Read More

Mystical Premonitions: Part 14 Mini-Course on Prayer

October 4, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

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 devised by Guido the Carthusian... Read More

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

September 20, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, FEATURED, Prayer

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, no one had been given the opportunity... Read More

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

September 13, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, FEATURED, Prayer

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 of the talking. However, for... Read More

Introducing Christian Meditation – Part 11 Mini-Course on Prayer

September 6, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, FEATURED, Prayer

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 whole point of authentic Christian... Read More

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

August 9, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

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 of what that prayer might... Read More

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