This week, I am going to direct you to the first of a series of three talks that I have been invited to give for the Institute of Catholic Culture. In this one, I describe the story of how I met David Birtwistle at a cafe in the King’s Road in Chelsea, London in 1988. As a result of this contact, I asked him to take me through a series of spiritual exercises, even though I was a sour atheist. I describe how he sold me on taking this process. The result of this is that I became an artist, as I had always dreamed, and I became a Catholic (which is beyond anything I’d ever imagined for myself). The link is here. The Institute of Catholic Culture, Part 1. Scroll down to the bottom for the video, which is an hour long.
David Clayton talks to Charlie Deist about how a chance meeting, 30 years ago, lead to his life as an artist, at teacher and, most importantly as a happy Catholic. He met someone, also called David Birtwistle, who offered him a series of spiritual exercises to change is life. What is more remarkable is that David Clayton was ready to follow the directions even though he was a bitter and cynical atheist. What was it that David B had that persuaded David C to follow his directions?