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Medieval Cistercian History

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 ...

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The Letters of Blessed Maria Gabriella with the Notebooks of Mother Pia Gullini


Blessed Gabriella Sagheddu; Translated by David Lavich, OCSO, with introduction by Mariella Carpinello

During Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu's short life as a Cistercian nun in the Italian monastery of Grottaferrata, she wrote detailed letters about her life there to her family in Sardinia and to her ...

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A Benedictine Reader

530-1530
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 ...

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An Elemental Life

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, ...

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No End to the Search

Experiencing Monastic Life
Mark Plaiss

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 ...

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The Cistercian Fathers and Their Monastic Theology

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 ...

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"Your Hearts Will Rejoice"

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 ...

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Monastic Practices

Revised Edition
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 ...

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The Taste of Silence

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 ...

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In the School of Contemplation


André Louf

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 ...

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"Charter, Customs, and Constitutions of the Cistercians"

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 ...

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Living in the House of God

Monastic Essays
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 ...

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Living Wisdom

The Mission and Transmission of Monasticism
Cristiana Piccardo, OCSO

Cristiana Piccardo was the long-time abbess of an unusual Cistercian community in Italy. "We have always believed," she writes, "that the monastic charism can be a precious 'talent' offered to our con ...

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Born from the Gaze of God

The Tibhirine Journal of a Martyr Monk (1993-1996)
Christophe Lebreton, OCSO; Translated by Mette Louise Nygård and Edith Scholl, OCSO; Includes photos and illustrations

Christophe Lebreton, OCSO, aged forty-six, was the youngest of the seven Trappist monks assassinated in Algeria by terrorists in 1996. He was also the poet of the group. Anyone who was enthralled by t ...

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The Song That I Am

On the Mystery of Music
Élisabeth-Paule Labat; Translated and introduced by Erik Varden

The Song That I Am: On the Mystery of Music is a short but full-to-the-brim essay on the decisive role that great music (whether Bach, Tavener, or Gregorian chant) ought to play in the spiritual life. ...

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