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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 ...
At the heart of Clothed in Language lies a journal, but the writing, while personal, has been given a thematic structure. Seeing language as a vital medium through which the divine is made present to ...
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 ...
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 ...
Blessed Gabriella Sagheddu; Translated by David Lavich, OCSO, with introduction by Mariella Carpinello
During her short life as a Cistercian nun in the Italian monastery of Grottaferrata, Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu wrote detailed letters about her life there to her family in Sardinia and to her f ...
Mystery and Mercy in the Work of Father Matthew Kelty, OCSO
Louis A. Ruprecht Jr.
Father Matthew Kelty was an especially beloved monk at the historic Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. Perhaps best known as Thomas Merton's colleague and confessor in the year prior to Merton's death, ...
Experiencing Monastic Life
A monastery is not just for monks. Laypeople enjoy visiting monasteries and learning from the women and men who live there. The silence of the monastery is a retreat from the clatter and bluster of ci ...
Initiation into the Monastic Tradition 8
Thomas Merton; Edited by Patrick F. O'Connell
These conferences, presented by Thomas Merton to the novices at the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1963-1964, focus mainly on the life and writings of his great Cistercian predecessor, St. Bernard of Clairvau ...
Easter Meditations from the Vita Christi
Ludolph of Saxony; Translated by Milton T. Walsh
Vita Christi, a spiritual classic of the fourteenth century by the Carthusian Ludolph of Saxony, was an early and extremely comprehensive book of meditations on the events recorded in the gospels. A p ...
Charles Cummings, OCSO
For three decades, Monastic Practices has been a valued resource for English-speaking aspirants to monastic life. In this revised edition, updated and expanded, Charles Cummings, OCSO, explores the co ...
How I Came to Be at Home with Myself
Bieke Vandekerckhove; Translated by Rudolf Van Puymbroeck
At the youthful age of nineteen Bieke Vandekerckhove was diagnosed with ALS (a degenerative neurological disease, aka Lou Gehrig's disease). Unexpectedly, three years later her disease went into remis ...
Dom André Louf (+2010) was abbot of the Trappist-Cistercian monastery of Mont-des-Cats in northern France from 1963 to 1997. This book brings together talks given to a variety of audiences in which he ...
Initiation into the Monastic Tradition 7
Thomas Merton; Edited by Patrick F. O'Connell; Preface by John Eudes Bamberger, OCSO
As master of novices for ten years (1955–1965) at the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Thomas Merton was responsible for the spiritual formation of young men preparing for monas ...
Margaret Malone, SGS; Foreword by Michael Casey, OCSO
"How should we live in this house of God? We know that the way a building is shaped also helps in determining the way those within it live and relate. We are indeed formed by what we form. Qualities s ...