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...
David gives a talk at his Book Launch of Wisdom from the Christian Mystics – How to Pray the Christian Way on 15th February 2018 at The Athenaeum, Pall Mall, London.
Introductory talk at Book Launch of Wisdom from the Christian Mystics – Rediscovering a theology of love
by Professor Henry Mayr- Harting – Emeritus Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Oxford, England.
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...
My school report was so bad that my eldest brother was commissioned with the task of teaching me to read.
I saw my grandfather forty years after he died. I loved 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 cried myself to...
That St Francis put Christ back into Christmas is one thing, but it is quite another thing to suggest that he put Christ back into Christianity.
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
After St Francis h received the Stigmata he travelled all the way back to Assisi on a donkey for he could not walk. Nor could he see or hear much, because he was filled with such sublime joy …
Love cannot be forced on anyone, and if that is true of our love, it is the same with God’s love that is at all times being poured out from the loving heart of the Risen Christ.
Francis set out for La Verna, the mountain which had been given to him by Count Orlando dei Cattani as a place of retreat ten years before. It was here that he began to pray as never before…
“Then Francis lifted up his voice and cried out, ‘Lord answer for me’ and then everyone heard the voice of Christ. ‘Francis there is nothing in this rule of yours that is not mine …..
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.
For the first three centuries after the death of Christ, martyrdom came to be seen as the perfection of the Christian life.
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.”
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!
Although we do not like to admit it, even to ourselves, we still believe that prayer happens suddenly, or never happens at all.
There may be evidence for a Big Bang, but there is no evidence that there was simply nothing, ‘no thing’ whatsoever before it.
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...
Some years ago, I shared a flat with a man called Caruthers. If ‘morals make the man, and manners make the gentleman’, then Caruthers was the finest gentleman I had ever met, or so I thought for the first few weeks.