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Tag: David Torkington

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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Catholic Authors: Pray, Listen, Then Write

March 12, AD2018 9 Comments
Catholic Authors: Pray, Listen, Then Write

Some Catholic authors write as if they belong to a Church Beleaguered, not the Church Triumphant.  Articles tend to be either defensive or angry attacks against adversaries.  Many religious writers retreat, focusing only on like-minded souls, writing for a small, mutual admiration society. The rest are tempted to quit when it seems like the world is wearing […]

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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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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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Tristan and Isolde and the Three in One

July 21, AD2017 2 Comments
Tristan and Isolde and the Three in One

I found myself placed next to a high powered High Court Judge at a dinner party in one of the most exclusive clubs in London. What on earth was I going to talk to her about I was thinking, when, discovering that I was a Catholic writer, she made everything simple for me.  She asked […]

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Practice Makes Perfect in Life and Prayer

June 23, AD2017 3 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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