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Author Archive: 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). His personal spirituality is predominantly Franciscan, and his Mystical Theology Carmelite, all welded together with a solid blend of Benedictine moderation. He has sold over 300,000 books in more than twelve different languages. His book ‘Wisdom from the Western Isles’ teaches the reader how to pray, from the very beginning to what St Teresa of Avila calls the Mystical Marriage. 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.”

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Practice Makes Perfect in Life and Prayer

June 23, AD2017 2 Comments
Practice Makes Perfect in Life and Prayer

Although we do not like to admit it, even to ourselves, we still believe that prayer suddenly happens, or never happens at all. We kid ourselves that saints are born, or created by an arbitrary decision of God who every now and then suddenly decides to top up humanity’s quota. This is a comforting idea […]

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The Big Bang Must Have Contained Divine Love

May 23, AD2017 1 Comment
The Big Bang Must Have Contained Divine Love

There may be evidence for a Big Bang, but there is no evidence that there was simply nothing, ‘no- thing’ whatsoever before it. What went bang? ‘Nothing’ can go bang. You do not need to be a scientist to know that, a two-year-old child knows that. The Big Bang Contained Love What created this surge […]

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When Mystical Truths Become Relevant

April 22, AD2017 0 Comments
When Mystical Truths Become Relevant

I first began to understand certain mystical truths as I prayed at the place where Jesus was crucified on the first Good Friday. I have written about some of these insights when I spent a night in the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem,  but some were too much for me to understand at the time, and […]

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Authentic Prayer: Battling Distractions

March 23, AD2017 0 Comments
Authentic Prayer: Battling Distractions

Did you know that you can’t really pray without distractions? Don’t take my word for it, take the word of St Teresa of Avila. When she went to confession to St Peter of Alcantara she told him that she couldn’t pray any longer because of the distractions that attacked her every time she tried to […]

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Mystical Marriage

February 22, AD2017 0 Comments
Mystical Marriage

When Helen, said to be the most beautiful woman in Greek antiquity fled with her lover to Troy, she did not receive the reception that she expected. Although her lover was Paris, the son of the King, he and his courtiers were reluctant to admit her. One look at her face rightly confirmed that her […]

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The Resolution to End all Resolutions

January 27, AD2017 2 Comments
The Resolution to End all Resolutions

A hermit I know used to say, “When you stop falling you will be in heaven, but when you stop getting up, you will be in hell.”  The fact of the matter is, we all fall. The secret of spiritual growth is how long we take to get up again. St Francis of Assisi used […]

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Christmas Afterthoughts: God Made Flesh

January 4, AD2017 2 Comments
Christmas Afterthoughts: God Made Flesh

The Message First Delivered to Poor Shepherds Of the whole gamut of myths, legends and fairy tales that have been told in human history, not even the most outrageous or outlandish can compare with the message that we can so easily take for granted. It is the message first delivered to poor shepherds as they […]

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Greccio and The First Crib

December 27, AD2016 0 Comments
Greccio and The First Crib

When the Crusaders opened up the Holy Land to pilgrims, they set the scene for a new dawn in Christian Spirituality in the twelfth century. This new dawn had two distinctive phases. The first involved a growing interest in the Jesus who had lived and died before the Resurrection. The second phase involved a new […]

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Prepare for Christmas: Open Yourself to God in Prayer

December 22, AD2016 5 Comments
Prepare for Christmas: Open Yourself to God in Prayer

Almost 25 years ago, I spent Christmas with a family who had one son who was adored by everyone. However, that Christmas there was another child present who had been semi-fostered. She stayed with them for some weekends and most of the school holidays. Adoption At first, the girl looked bewildered and not a little […]

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Christian Mysticism and its Counterfeit

December 5, AD2016 15 Comments
Christian Mysticism and its Counterfeit

A Reflection on the Vatican’s document on New Age Spirituality. The Vatican document on New Age Spirituality is subtitled, Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life – A Christian reflection on the New Age. Published in 2003, it insists that a clear understanding of our own tradition is the best antidote to alien influences […]

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Pray As You Can, Not As You Can’t

November 23, AD2016 3 Comments
Pray As You Can, Not As You Can’t

I was determined to leave my mark before leaving school, but, as I could not make it in the academic field, I decided that I would have to do it on the athletic field. I spent hours in the gym building up my muscles, on the track increasing my speed, and with my trainer perfecting my […]

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God’s Secret Plan

November 11, AD2016 4 Comments
God’s Secret Plan

I remember going to watch the musical Godspell over forty years ago. I think I was the only person present who did not like it. However, it did inspire another most unusual theatrical idea that I thought was quite wonderful.  The idea came from the Shakespearean actor,  Alec McGowan, and it hit the London stage […]

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Mourning for My Maker

October 18, AD2016 4 Comments
Mourning for My Maker

My family used to spend their summer holidays in our little cottage on the Yorkshire moors just below the mighty Ingleborough, which was the nearest thing I had ever seen to a mountain. I loved to watch and listen to the moorland birds. My favourite of all was the kestrel.  Kestrels were comparatively rare in […]

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The Explosion of Love Unlimited

September 24, AD2016 2 Comments
The Explosion of Love Unlimited

Although Jesus was full of love and could communicate it to others whilst He was on earth, God’s plan was initially limited. In other words, in entering into a world of space and time, Jesus was necessarily limited by the laws of space and time. To put it simply, he could only be at one […]

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 I Confess to Being an Addict to Olympic Sports

August 18, AD2016 0 Comments
 I Confess to Being an Addict to Olympic Sports

I thought I had overcome my addiction to athletics, but the Olympic games in Rio reawakened it, so I spent most of the last weekend glued to the television. It all started many years ago when as a boy I was selected to represent the school as a pole vaulter at the  National Athletics competition at […]

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Mystical Contemplation is for All

August 5, AD2016 2 Comments
Mystical Contemplation is for All

Recently I wrote about the sacred touch used by the first Apostles and their successors to hand down the love that had been received by Jesus to successive generations.  Here I describe common experiences that we have all had, particularly in our youth. You may be at a party, having a good time with your […]

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From Mystical Premonition to Contemplation

July 13, AD2016 11 Comments
From Mystical Premonition to Contemplation

Some time ago, I was speaking about what I called Mystical Premonitions 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?” Contemplation Is For Everyone “It’s for everyone,” I replied emphatically. “God loves everyone, not just Christians, but Christians do […]

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The Sacrament of Touch

June 25, AD2016 0 Comments
The Sacrament of Touch

In 1986 the Sea of Galilee receded during a drought exposing an ancient fishing boat, 27 feet long by 7.5 feet wide. It was taken to a nearby kibbutz where it was carbon dated. As it was proved to be approximately two thousand years old and designed to carry between 12 and 15 fishermen, the locals called […]

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Catholic Spirituality – Scripture and Tradition

June 3, AD2016 0 Comments
Catholic Spirituality – Scripture and Tradition

Forty years ago I was challenged by a Canoness. I had just finished a weekend course on personal prayer at the retreat centre that I ran in North London when the Canoness struck. Her dedication to liturgical prayer had made her somewhat dismissive of personal prayer which she felt was all well and good for the […]

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Divine Love Is ‘Supra-Rational’

May 27, AD2016 4 Comments
Divine Love Is ‘Supra-Rational’

When I first decided to spend my life searching for God I visited the great Carthusian monastery, St Hugh’s Charterhouse, Parkminster in Sussex with the intention of living the enclosed eremitical life. I was deeply impressed and I immediately came to the conclusion that it was here that I would like to spend the rest […]

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