Knowledge alone is not enough. Knowledge alone will never change anyone permanently. But the experience of being loved will!

Quote from 'Wisdom of the Western Isles - the Making of a Mystic'

Welcome to David’s Website

David Torkington is a Spiritual Theologian, Author and Speaker, who specializes in Prayer, Christian Spirituality and Mystical Theology.

His personal spirituality is predominantly Franciscan, 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. 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.

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, and exploring the Jurassic coast, Dorset. He is a member of The Athenaeum, Pall Mall, London

David’s Publications

David’s most successful book is Wisdom from the Western Isles,  the popular Peter Calvay Trilogy (Hermit, Prophet, Mystic) re-edited in one volume, in which he teaches the reader how to pray, from the very beginning to what St Teresa of Avila calls the Mystical Marriage. 

Wisdom from Franciscan Italy shows how the essence of Christian spirituality is restored by Francis and details the implications of the revelation of the Primacy of Love received by Francis moments before he received the Stigmata. The book explains how this is the starting point for St Bonaventure’s spirituality and John Duns Scotus’ Mystical Theology of love.

Other  publications include:     Inner Life:     How to Pray:     A New Beginning:    Dear Susanna.

Both Wisdom from the Western Isles,  and Wisdom from Franciscan Italy, have been published by John Hunt Publications and are  available to buy from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk  

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Latest Blog Posts

Mystical Theology

Tristan and Isolde and the Three in One

Tristan and Isolde and the Three in One

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 me to explain to her the mystery of the Holy Trinity!

Christian Prayer

The Trouble With The World is Me

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.”

Contemplative Prayer

Mystical Contemplation is for All

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.

A Sideways Look at the Christian Faith

Practice makes Perfect

Practice makes Perfect

Although we do not like to admit it, even to ourselves, we still believe that prayer happens suddenly, or never happens at all.

A Personal Journey

From Light to Darkness

From Light to Darkness

It took more than twenty years after leaving school years before I discovered that I was a dyslexic, thanks to a chance meeting with a doctor..

Franciscan

Latest Podcasts

Lecures and Talks

Podcast: When I Saw the Light

Podcast: When I Saw the Light

An experience of human love whilst awaiting a train at Waterloo station gave David hope when he was beginning to think everything seemed hopeless. It helped inspire his next book – ‘Wisdom from the Christian Mystics.’

Mystical Prayer

Podcast: In the Carmelite Tradition

Podcast: In the Carmelite Tradition

Talk to the Discalced Carmelites, Boars Hill, Oxford, England. A historical perspective. Monasticism to Mendicants and back to Contemplation

Retreats

Podcast: Entering into the Prayer of Christ

Podcast: Entering into the Prayer of Christ

Progress in the Spiritual Life is rather like trying to walk up a downward escalator. The moment you stop going forward is the moment when you start going backwards.

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