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David Torkington is a Spiritual Theologian, Author and Speaker, who specializes in Prayer, Christian Spirituality and Mystical Theology. His Podcasts introduce the listener to authentic Christian Spirituality before describing the essence of all genuine prayer. The listener who is prepared to journey on, is led from first beginnings into true Christian meditation that leads to mystical contemplative prayer as detailed by St John of the Cross and St Teresa of Avila. Every milepost along the way is detailed.

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David Torkington is a Spiritual Theologian, Author and Speaker, who specializes in Prayer, Christian Spirituality and Mystical Theology. His Podcasts introduce the listener to authentic Christian Spirituality before describing the essence of all genuine prayer. The listener who is prepared to journey on, is led from first beginnings into true Christian meditation that leads to mystical contemplative prayer as detailed by St John of the Cross and St Teresa of Avila. Every milepost along the way is detailed.

    The Hermit broadcast: Wisdom from the Western Isles

    The Hermit broadcast: Wisdom from the Western Isles

    1: From Glasgow to Barra: In the first episode, the hermit, Peter Calvay, introduces himself and describes his spiritual journey which led to him living the eremitical life on a remote island off the Scottish Outer Hebrides. James Robertson, the academic who visits Barra with the intention of seeking spiritual help from Peter, takes up the story. He describes how he came to know of Peter and how he persuaded him to see him over a period of a week. He describes his journey on the island plane landing on the famous cockleshell beach. He arrives filled with expectation of how Peter, the Hermit will change his life over the forthcoming week.

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    The Hermit - Episode 10

    The Hermit - Episode 10

    Episode 10 : Learning How to Love

    James has returned home and begins in earnest, practising his newfound life of prayer. However, we find him writing to Peter when he feels his prayer is floundering. Peter explains through their correspondence, that James is now finding himself on the threshold of contemplative prayer, and he encourages James to persevere and describes how he should proceed. This episode finishes many years later when Peter meets James again, but this time in his home in the New Forest. Peter has been giving lectures in London and James expresses his gratitude for his mentor in prayer, who changed the direction of his life completely.

    This course is being produced as an audio-visual and interactive presentation by  Discerning Hearts Podcasts who are the main hosts of this course.

     

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    • 25 min
    The Hermit - Episode 9

    The Hermit - Episode 9

    Episode 9 : True Christian Contemplation

    Peter draws on the writings of the two saints that the Church has canonized and made Doctors of the Church, St John of the Cross and St Teresa of Avila, to explain what the church teaches us about true Christian Contemplation and how to pray when your meditation has led you to the verge of contemplative prayer.

     

    This course is being produced as an audio-visual and interactive presentation by  Discerning Hearts Podcasts who are the main hosts of this course.

     

     

     

     

     

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    • 25 min
    The Hermit - Episode 8

    The Hermit - Episode 8

    Episode 8: True Christian Meditation

    Peter was surprised to hear that James had been introduced to the practice of Indian meditation and had been unsuccessfully trying to adapt it to Christian prayer. He explained to James that his experience will help him to understand the meaning of true Christian meditation. The new form of meditation that Christianity introduced, grew out of  reflecting and ruminating on the life and teaching of Jesus,  that depicted the most loving and loveable person, who has ever lived. Peter explained that this is why all authentic Christian prayer begins, not by flinging oneself into obscure transcendental states of awareness, but by trying to get to know and love Jesus Christ.

     

    This course is being produced as an audio-visual and interactive presentation by  Discerning Hearts Podcasts who are the main hosts of this course.

     

     

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    • 27 min
    The Hermit - Episode 7

    The Hermit - Episode 7

    Episode 7: A Blueprint for Prayer: FATHER 

    When Peter arrives from Calvay for their next meeting, James immediately asks him to continue explaining his blueprint for prayer, using the second part, FATHER. Peter starts with the letter F explaining that our Faith is not firstly a belief in a body of truths, but in a body full of love that was filled to overflowing on the first Easter Day. He continues to use each letter of Father to explain our need for total abandonment to God and again incorporates the Mass, and introduces James to ancient prayers used by the Desert Fathers

     









    This course is being produced as an audio-visual and interactive presentation by  Discerning Hearts Podcasts who are the main hosts of this course













     

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    • 25 min
    The Hermit - Episode 6

    The Hermit - Episode 6

    Episode 6: A Blueprint for Prayer: 0UR 

    Peter describes the Lord’s Prayer as the pattern of all Christian prayer and that this prayer is itself summed up in the first two words, Our Father. Peter gives James a Blueprint for Prayer which can be used as a memory jog to start praying in earnest. In the blueprint  he has used each letter of the OUR FATHER  as a reminder  of nine indispensable ingredients that should feature in our daily prayer. In the first part, OUR, Peter emphasises the very essence of Christian prayer and introduces James to the Morning Offering,  the meaning of the Mass and the Holy Eucharist.

     

    This course is being produced as an audio-visual and interactive presentation by  Discerning Hearts Podcasts who are the main hosts of this course.



     

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    • 27 min

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