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Episode 1: Contemplation and the fruits of Contemplation (full episode)

Some time ago the Founder of Essentialist Press came across the website and works of David Torkington, a renowned (and properly titled) ‘Mystical Theologian’. With a love and fascination of the spiritual life found in the Early Church, he was so impressed by David’s teaching on prayer, meditation and contemplation that he knew it was imperative to find his findings with others. Knowing that it is prayer, more than anything else, needed in the Church today, David was asked to produce a series entitled ‘Prayer to Contemplation’ with which to inaugurate the new multi-media Publishing House Essentialist Press. While always deeply prepared for each session, it should be noted that David speaks at all times without notes and from the heart. We believe the gift of truth and hope he brings comes directly from the Holy Spirit. At the same time, because David is speaking in such an organic manner, he (and we) ask for your indulgence if he makes a few small unintentional verbal slips and omissions.

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Episode 2: The Morning Offering (trailer)

In order to lay the foundation for a life of prayer David begins his practical teaching by stressing the need for morning and night prayers. In this episode he deals with the practice of saying our Morning Offering, taking us back to early Christianity to show its origins and its importance in the early Church and its importance therefore for us today.

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Episode 3: A Blue Print for Morning Prayer (trailer)

After a few further preliminary remarks about Our Morning Offering David outlines his Blue Print for morning prayer and then details how this prayer can be used to sanctify each day, making it into a holy place where all we say and do is done for the greater glory of God.

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Episode 4: Daily Prayer (trailer)

Just as we need time for a cup of coffee in the morning, a cup of tea in the afternoon and a longer break for lunch to sustain us physically, David encourages us to find time for prayer too to sustain us spiritually. He uses the next three letters in the OUR Father to prompt us. The Letter ‘R’ remind us to realize that God is relentlessly loving us. The Letter ‘A’ reminds us to abandon ourselves to him, and the letter ‘T’ reminds us to Thank him.

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Episode 5: Evening Prayer (trailer)

In this Episode David completes his Blueprint for Prayer and introduces us to his latest book Never too late to Love, published by Essentialist Press in which his blueprint is further detailed together with nine prayers to help a beginner get started. It ends by referring to the present moral morass at the highest level in the Church and the urgent need therefore to turn back to the prayer that he will further detail on this course.

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Episode 6: Repentance, Prayer and Sacrifice (trailer)

Early Christianity had three inseparable ingredients: Repentance, Prayer and Sacrifice which, when harnessed together under the inspiration and the guidance of the Holy Spirit generated a supernatural quality of love never experienced before. This love enabled those first Christians to love God, as he was embodied in  Jesus Christ, as he was on earth, through meditation. Then to love him as he is now in Heaven through Mystical contemplation.

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Episode 7: From Meditation to Contemplation (trailer)

After a plea to stop fruitless criticism and infighting. this next episode makes an important distinction between Theology and Mystical Theology. The viewers are encouraged to take the next step in the spiritual life by turning to God’s love as it is embodied in Jesus Christ through meditation. Then it is shown how this ancient aid to prayer leads to an ever deepening desire for union with God that can only be satisfied in mystical contemplation.

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Episode 8: How to Meditate (trailer)

In this episode David tells us about his personal call to the religious life and how he first learnt how to meditate in depth in the Franciscan Noviciate. He then tells how like a bolt from the blue, what had become a sweet and satisfying form of prayer, suddenly left him. It left his spiritually flat and he would have packed up prayer, and his religious calling, if it had not been for a moment of sublime inspiration received while meditating on Christ’s Passion and death.

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Episode 9: A Personal Journey (trailer)

David’s own personal journey in prayer continues in the Franciscan student house. Then after eighteen month of travelling in darkness, light suddenly breaks into the gloom. Thanks to the discovery of the book ‘The Dark Night of the Soul’ by St John of the Cross, ‘The Interior Castle’ by St Teresa of Avila and the advice of a Theologian, he is encouraged to journey on. But what he comes to realize above all else is that the mystic way is the only place where the only form of love that can unite us with God is learnt.

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Episode 10: Back to the Future (trailer)

After briefly detailing the profound mystical spirituality that surrounded the Mass in the hundred years after the Council of Trent, he shows how it all ended thanks to a new heresy. Molinos who introduced this heresy was condemned by the Church for falling into Protestantism and gross sexual indecency together with his followers. The vicious and lasting attack on authentic mystical spirituality threw the baby out with the bathwater and finally led to the sad and sick predicament in which the Church finds herself today. We can only be saved by going back to the faith of our Fathers – thence back to the future.

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Never Too Late To Love Cover

This book on Prayer, written by David Torkington, is a precious help for all who seriously desire to pray in a godly manner and to live a life of grace-filled supernatural union with God. This book does not whitewash the evidence of the real historical situation in which Catholics are currently living, and this is its merit and honest advantage. The following assertions of the author represent, in my opinion, the gist of his work: “Before Catholic tradition used the wisdom of God to change the world, but now the wisdom of the world is being used to change Catholic tradition. In this new world order there is only egality and fraternity for those who have rejected all laws, all standards, all morals and manners that once made human society possible. The rest are consigned to oblivion or modern versions of the guillotine. Unless in this, the final moments of ‘injury time’ the love that endlessly flows from the Sacred Heart of the Queen of heaven is received, welcomed, and assimilated, then disaster is awaiting.” The core message of this book affirms that the true renewal, the true gift of Pentecost consists in the following: being God-centred, prayer-centred according to the model of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and possessing the richness of an interior life through prayer, sacrifice and love. This alone will make all pastoral activities bear lasting fruit and provide us here on earth through Our Lady’s sublime teaching on prayer a foretaste of the eternal beatitude in God. I believe that this book will bring great spiritual good for the readers, for which we are grateful to David Torkington.
+ Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana