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Bernard Bonowitz, OCSO
"Truly seeking God" is the one requirement Saint Benedict establishes for the admission of a candidate to the monastery. Once inside, that is exactly what he or she will be doing. In the first part of ...
Isaac of Stella, Translated by Lewis White with introduction by Elias Dietz, OCSO
Isaac of Stella was an English-born Cistercian who studied in the schools before entering monastic life and becoming abbot of Stella in 1147. His liturgical sermons inject a speculative philosophical ...
A Benedictine on Christian Life
Don Talafous, OSB
Internet readers of the Daily Reflections with Fr. Don Talafous have long urged the author to publish selections in book form. Here is such a collection offering hope and encouragement in the face of ...
Memories and Reflections of the Father Abbot of La Trappe
Dom Marie-Gérard Dubois, OCSO; Translated by Georges Hoffmann and Jean Truax; Preface by Dom Guerric Reitz Séjotte, Abbot of La Trappe
This is a rich collection of memories and reflections from the long-time abbot of La Trappe, Dom Marie-Gérard Dubois, OCSO. Starting with his entry into monastic life, he walks the reader through the ...
Initiation into the Monastic Tradition 9
Thomas Merton, Edited by Patrick F. O'Connell, Preface by William R. Grimes
Thomas Merton's deep roots in his own Cistercian tradition are on display in the two sets of conferences on the early days of the Order included in the present volume. The first surveys the relevant m ...
Gregory the Great; Translated by Brian Kerns, OCSO; Introduction by Mark DelCogliano
Gregory the Great was pope from 590 to 604, a time of great turmoil in Italy and in the western Roman Empire generally because of the barbarian invasions. Gregory's experience as prefect of the city o ...
Edited by Hugh Feiss, OSB, Ronald E. Pepin, and Maureen M. O'Brien
A Benedictine Reader: 530-1530 has been more than twenty years in the making. A collaboration of a dozen scholars, this project gives as broad and deep a sense of the reality of the first one thousand ...
Random Ruminations For Every Day of the Year
Michael Casey, OCSO
Balaam's Donkey is a series of daily reflections based on the homilies preached by Cistercian monk Michael Casey over his fifty years of priesthood. What remained of the original homilies was a large ...
A New Reading
Gerhard Lohfink, Translated by Linda M. Maloney
Can Christians still pray the Our Father in the twenty-first century? We can, and we must.Gerhard Lohfink breaks open its strange phrases like "hallowed be thy name," its off-putting language like "Fa ...
Meeting the Paschal Mystery in the People Around Us
Albert Holtz, OSB; Illustrations by Daniel Partain
Using vignettes set in or near his monastery in downtown Newark, New Jersey, Benedictine monk Albert Holtz helps us to see that the Easter mystery, which can often seem abstract and distant, is in fac ...
Translated by Timothy Fry, OSB
For fifteen centuries Benedictine monasticism has been governed by a Rule that is at once strong enough to instill order and yet flexible enough to be as relevant as ever.The pocket-sized, English-onl ...
A Monk's Alphabet of Spiritual Practices
Benoît Standaert, Translated by Rudolf Van Puymbroeck
Spirituality: An Art of Living was born out of a generous impulse: to pass on lessons from the monastic tradition to lay people so as to help them achieve a more ardent and fulfilling spiritual life. ...
A Commentary on Chapters 4-7 of Benedict's Rule
Aquinata Böckmann, OSB; Translated by Marianne Burkhard, OSB, and Andrea Westkamp, OSB; Edited by Marianne Burkhard, OSB
In a new volume of her exegetical commentary, Sr. Aquinata Böckmann explores chapters 4-7 of the Rule of St. Benedict. They contain Benedict's instruction of how to learn and live the spiritual art of ...
with Related Old English Texts
Saint Æthelwold of Winchester; Translated and Introduced by Jacob Riyeff
St. Æthelwold (904/909-984), abbot of Abingdon and bishop of Winchester, made the first translation of the Rule of Saint Benedict into English (or, indeed, into any vernacular language) as part of the ...
Cassiodorus and the Interpretation of the Psalms in the Early Medieval West
The Honey of Souls is the first full-length study of the Explanation of the Psalms by Cassiodorus. While the Explanation became a seminal document for the monastic movement in the West and was eagerly ...