The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering

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We know for a fact that the early Christians prayed five times a day, just as Jesus had done with his early disciples. They would rise at midnight to meditate on Christ’s resurrection, so that they would never forget that he was still alive and with them, as he had promised, and that he would be with them to the end of time. This practice wasn’t so unthinkable then as it is today, when most people tended to rise with the sun at dawn and go to bed at sunset.  read more

A Mini History of Christian Spirituality

Second Lenten lecture Summary 17.3.2014 – SS Anselm and Cecilia, London

A Mini History of Christian Spirituality

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The theologian Karl Adam summed up early Christian Spirituality  with the words ‘Christ 12th-century_painters_-_The_Tree_of_Jesse_-_WGA15728Our Brother’. Imagine it as a circle with Christ at its centre, radiating the infinite love that has been transposed into human loving in his own risen and glorified body. Those who choose to receive it are drawn back into him, to begin the journey back whence they came into the fullness of the Father’s love, (which is the Holy Spirit) that endlessly passes to and from between him and his son. Choosing to receive this love means choosing to observe the first of the New Commandments by loving God in, with, and through Christ. This enables his love to enter, ever more fully into us, so that we can observe the second of the new  commandments, ….read on

Christ our Brother

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 ‘Christ Our Brother’.

Imagine  a circle with Christ at its centre, radiating the infinite love that has been transposed into human loving, in his own risen and glorified body. Those who choose to receive his love are drawn back into him,to begin the journey back whence they came into the fullness of the Father’s love,… read more

Back to the Future

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Back to the Future

No Temples no Altars

Writing at the beginning of the first century, St Justin delighted in boasting, “We have no temples, we have no altars,”  for Jesus had introduced a new form of worship that needed none of them. For now, as he had promised to the Samaritan woman, the only form of worship that would be acceptable to God would be the new worship ‘in spirit and in truth’ that Jesus himself had practised at every moment of his life on earth……..read more

About David

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david for website David Torkington is a journalist, 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). In addition to giving Retreats and lecturing all over Europe, he undertook five prolonged lecture tours  to Africa, mainly Equatorial Africa, speaking on Prayer and Spirituality to Religious, Monks, Diocesan Priests and lay people.

His personal spirituality is predominantly Franciscan, his Mystical Theology Carmelite, all welded together with a solid blend of Benedictine moderation. He has sold over 200,000 books in more than twelve different languages. He is at present working on his latest book, Wisdom from the Christian Mystics which will be followed by his autobiography Injured Innocence. When he is not writing, he spends time on his boat on the peaceful Beaulieu river in the New Forest, Hampshire, or in Poole Harbour, Dorset and exploring the Jurassic coast.  http://www.davidtorkington.com            http://dtorkington.blogspot.co.uk

Christian Prayer

There is only one way forward for the serious searcher who wishes to be transformed into Christ in this life, and to share  in something of the life and love that continually flows between  Christ and his Father. The way forward, in the words of St Teresa of Avila, is to pray, and to enter into the profound mystical experience of love unlimited, that alone can bring this union about. “Never be deceived by anyone who tries to point you in another direction,” she insists. Never be deceived by anyone who suggests this can be achieved by instant man-made methods or techniques. The true Christian way takes a lifetime, involving both sorrow and joy, the agony and the ecstasy, the experience of carrying the Cross, as well as experiencing the fruits of the resurrection. There is no other way.