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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). 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 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.” David's website is http://www.davidtorkington.com
His three most recent books are 'Wisdom from the Christian Mystics - How to Pray the Christian Way', in which he describes the daily mystical spirituality given by Christ to the early Church. 'Wisdom from the Western Isles – The Making of a Mystic’ teaches the reader how to pray, from the very beginning to what St Teresa of Avila calls the Mystical Marriage. and ‘Wisdom from Franciscan Italy – The Primacy of Love’ shows how the essence of Christian spirituality is restored by St Francis. He is at present working on three booklets commissioned by the Catholic Truth Society: Prayer Made Simple (March 2018), Meditation made Simple and Contemplation made Simple.

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 Peace? The Trouble With the World is Me!

August 14, AD2018 0 Comments
 Peace? The Trouble With the World is Me!

Brother Taurus was a man with the best of intentions but with a terrible temper that made him impossible to live with. After he fell out with his family he went to Tarsus to be apprenticed to a tailor. When he frightened away half the customers the tailor sent him away before he lost the […]

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Wisdom from an Existential Jewish Mystic

August 2, AD2018 0 Comments
Wisdom from an Existential Jewish Mystic

I don’t think Mr. Hogg would have been employed in the first place had his predecessor not suddenly dropped dead on his way to school. Mr. Hogg was what was called in those days a ‘hippy’ and would not, in the normal way of things have been accepted as a suitable candidate to teach English […]

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The Happiest Day of my Life

July 25, AD2018 0 Comments
The Happiest Day of my Life

I was told that my First Holy Communion day would be the happiest day of my life. I found it difficult to believe that it could be happier than Christmas day or bonfire night, or a day out at the fun fair, but I was prepared to keep an open mind. Then someone told me […]

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My Mother Was a Priest.

July 19, AD2018 0 Comments
My Mother Was a Priest.

We were all shocked and shattered when my brother announced that he wanted to become a priest. It was not just that he wanted to become a priest, but he wanted to become a Cistercian priest. That meant that once he left home he would never return. Naturally, my mother was totally bereft. She was […]

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How to Deepen Your Prayer Life

June 24, AD2018 0 Comments
How to Deepen Your Prayer Life

A Primeval Prayer When we say that God created us in his image and likeness, we mean that it is God’s love that is deepest in us, despite what nature and nurture have done to distort it. Now it is from this love that, a profound primeval prayer rises up from the depth of our […]

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Like Athletes, We Must Become Fit for Faith Part ll

June 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Like Athletes, We Must Become Fit for Faith Part ll

In my last article, I introduced you to Franz Stampfl, my athletics coach when I was a boy. When transposed from the sporting life to the spiritual life his teaching taught me more about how to progress spiritually than any spiritual director whom I have ever known. I make no apology therefore for introducing you […]

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Get Fit to Let God into Your Life Part 1

June 1, AD2018 0 Comments
Get Fit to Let God into Your Life Part 1

I was so sorry to hear that my boyhood hero died recently. His name was Roger Bannister, or Sir Roger Bannister as he became later. I had seen him run several times, but sadly I wasn’t present to see him break the record by becoming the first man to run a mile in under four […]

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Love- For If the Heart Doesn’t Pray,The Tongue Labours in Vain

May 23, AD2018 0 Comments
Love- For If the Heart Doesn’t Pray,The Tongue Labours in Vain

Many years ago, I attended a retreat given by Fr Michael Hollings, who was in great demand as a fearless and outspoken preacher. The retreat was for religious from many different orders. After joining the community for the communal recitation of the divine office, Fr Hollings began his first lecture with a tirade that reminded […]

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Enter Into Christ’s Mystical Body; Let God Take Control

May 10, AD2018 6 Comments
Enter Into Christ’s Mystical Body; Let God Take Control

Just over five hundred years ago, in 1509, Henry VIII became King of England and it was because of him that Protestantism was introduced into England.  In that same year, John Colet, son of the Lord Mayor of London introduced stoicism into the St Paul’s school that he founded, which became a paradigm for the […]

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How to Receive God’s Love In the Present Moment

April 26, AD2018 0 Comments
How to Receive God’s Love In the Present Moment

Some events and some experiences are so awesome that we find it difficult to capture them in words. The first Christians, for instance, found the Resurrection so utterly amazing that words failed them. Only the sun in all its splendour seemed an appropriate symbol to express the inexpressible world-shaking event that took place on the […]

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The Hidden Years, Common Sense, and Renewal Rooted in Prayer

April 13, AD2018 1 Comment
The Hidden Years, Common Sense, and Renewal Rooted in Prayer

Pious Fantasies I couldn’t fault my doctor when I went for a private consultation, but in his own home, he seemed to have left his common sense in the surgery when he discussed his on his own pet enthusiasm. He was fascinated by visionaries and their private revelations and seemed to assume that most religious […]

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The Man Mistaken for a Gardener

April 1, AD2018 2 Comments
The Man Mistaken for a Gardener

It was at Easter in the 1970’s that I first met my wife. I received a phone call from the local convent asking me to drive three Dominican sisters and their friend to Heathrow. It was at the last minute so I had no time to change out of my working clothes. The three nuns […]

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Our Frail Love is Surcharged With Christ’s Mystical Love

March 23, AD2018 1 Comment
Our Frail Love is Surcharged With Christ’s Mystical Love

The local Charismatic group were celebrating forty years since their foundation and were preparing a special Mass for that purpose. The readings, the psalms, and the prayers had all been chosen to echo the overall theme of asking God to give his love to all those present and to the whole world that would be […]

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A Journey From Selfishness to Selflessness

March 10, AD2018 1 Comment
A Journey From Selfishness to Selflessness

The Holiest Man I Have Ever Met During a series of talks that I gave to Cistercian monks in Cameroon, I was able to spend many hours with the holiest man I have ever met. He was in his eighties and I learned far more from him than his fellow monks learnt from me. He […]

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A Book Launch, Hidden Mystical Power, and the Art of the Impossible: Part 2

February 23, AD2018 0 Comments
A Book Launch, Hidden Mystical Power, and the Art of the Impossible: Part 2

Book Launch I said in the first part of the lecture to launch my book, that the famous moral philosopher Professor Joad insisted that the teaching of the Gospels was absolutely impossible. In saying this he wrongly believed that he was damning Christianity for good, when in fact he was describing it perfectly. If you […]

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A Book Launch, Hidden Mystical Power, and the Art of the Impossible: Part 1

February 16, AD2018 0 Comments
A Book Launch, Hidden Mystical Power, and the Art of the Impossible: Part 1

On the 15th February, I had the honour of sharing the launch of my book,  Wisdom from the Christian Mystics with Kevin Grant, former editor-in-chief of the Catholic Universe and MD of the Catholic Herald, at the Athenaeum Club in London. His book ‘More Deeps Further Shallows’ is an engrossing work of poetry that you cannot […]

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Simply Learning to Love: The True Meaning of Mystical Theology

January 23, AD2018 5 Comments
Simply Learning to Love: The True Meaning of Mystical Theology

Many years ago Bishop Casey of Brentwood, England,  asked me to set up a Residential Retreat and Conference Centre in Chingford, London. He wanted to use it as a place where priests, religious and laity could come to learn about the Biblical Theology that had made the Second Vatican Council possible. I made it my prime […]

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Blessed John Duns Scotus – A Christmas Theology of Love

December 31, AD2017 0 Comments
Blessed John Duns Scotus – A Christmas Theology of Love

My school report was so bad that my eldest brother was commissioned with the task of teaching me to read. But when he could not even manage to teach me how to read the Beano, he resigned his commission and commended me to St Jude of hopeless cases. But even St Jude failed. It seems […]

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Through the Looking Glass – A Christmas Message

December 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Through the Looking Glass – A Christmas Message

I saw my grandfather forty years after he died. I loved I him with all my heart, not because he gave me toys, bought me ice cream or took me to the funfair, but because he loved me so much. I was only eight years old when he died of a heart attack and I […]

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The Crib of Greccio – Bringing Christ back into Christmas

December 17, AD2017 1 Comment
The Crib of Greccio – Bringing Christ back into Christmas

A friend took me to a Christmas dinner at a local pub noted for its good food. It was also noted for something else too that nearly forced me into a fight. I am referring to its seasonal cider punch, served hot with a sprinkling of spices. It was so moreish that you couldn’t help […]

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Deus Caritas – God Is Love

November 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Deus Caritas – God Is Love

When Charles Dickens wrote, “God is love,” on the workhouse wall, he was, of course, being sarcastic. He knew there was no love in that workhouse, as Oliver Twist was about to find when he begged for more gruel.  Yet, Dickens was right;  unlike any other religion, Christianity is founded on love, not on our […]

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The Sacred Heart: From Toy Town With Love

October 24, AD2017 1 Comment
The Sacred Heart: From Toy Town With Love

The Sacred Heart Is Mr. Loving When I was a boy, I used to call people by what they did. My older brothers used to laugh when I said I had seen Mr. Postman, Mr. Builder, Mr. Plumber or Mr. Dustman. I suppose  the idea came from my favourite radio program ‘Toy Town’. Everybody was […]

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Through Prayer, Let Divine Love Suffuse Your Heart

September 25, AD2017 7 Comments
Through Prayer, Let Divine Love Suffuse Your Heart

Like most European Catholics I was born and brought up in the aftermath of the Renaissance influenced by a spirituality that owed as much to the rise of humanism as to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Naturally, I thought that if I were to attain the perfection to which I aspired it would be primarily […]

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The Trouble With The World is Me

August 23, AD2017 7 Comments
The Trouble With The World is Me

In his book, Small is Beautiful, Schumacher said,”Although people go on crying out for solutions, they become angry when they are told that the restoration of society must come from within and not from without.” The evil that we read about daily in our newspapers or see on our television screens is but the outward […]

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