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Desert Daughters, Desert Sons

Rethinking the Christian Desert Tradition
Rachel Wheeler

In Desert Daughters, Desert Sons, professor Rachel Wheeler argues that a new reading of the texts of the Christian desert tradition is needed to present the (often) anonymous women who inhabit the tex ...

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Northern Light


The Cistercian Nuns of Tautra Mariakloster, Preface by Dom Brendan Freeman, OCSO

For at least eight centuries, the Norwegian island of Tautra in the Trondheim fjord has been known for its spiritual waves and special light. In the Middle Ages, Cistercian monks established the north ...

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The Herald of God's Loving-Kindness: Book 5


Gertrud the Great of Helfta; Translated, with an introduction and notes, by Alexandra Barratt

Gertrud the Great (1256-1302) entered the monastery of Helfta in eastern Germany as a child oblate. At the age of twenty-five she underwent a conversion that led to a series of visionary experiences. ...

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Humble Aspiration

Constructing an Early Christian Ideal
Bernadette McNary-Zak

What does it mean to be humble like Christ? In this book, Bernadette McNary-Zak explores various concepts of Christian humility in late antiquity. To help the reader deepen their understanding of Chri ...

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Desert Dangers and Delights

Stories, Teachings, and Sources
John Michael Talbot

The spirituality and lives of the desert fathers and mothers are often seen as the beginning and end of Christian monastic life. Their stories and messages inspire not only the most devout Christians ...

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Truly Seeking God


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 ...

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Clothed in Language


Pauline Matarasso

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 ...

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The Climate of Monastic Prayer


Thomas Merton; Foreword by Sarah Coakley

This guide to monastic prayer, written in 1968 and thus turning out to be Thomas Merton's final testament to us, is now available in a new edition commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of his death. ...

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Saint Columban

His Life, Rule, and Legacy
Terrence G. Kardong, OSB

Saint Columban: His Life, Rule, and Legacy contains a new English translation of a commentary on the entire Rule of Columban. Columban was a sixth-century Irish monk who compiled a written rule of lif ...

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The Crown of Monks


Smaragdus of Saint-Mihiel; Translated by David Barry, OSB

Smaragdus was a monk and abbot of considerable standing in the early ninth century church. His Diadema Monachorum (The Crown of Monks), together with a later commentary on the Rule of Saint Benedict, ...

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Separate but Equal

Cistercian Lay Brothers 1120-1300
James France

The institution of the lay brotherhood was not original to the Cistercians, but they developed it to its fullest extent. Although lay, the conversi were under the same vows as monks and represented a ...

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The Life of the Vows

Initiation into the Monastic Tradition, 6
Thomas Merton; Edited by Patrick F. O'Connell

As novice master of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Thomas Merton presented weekly conferences to familiarize his charges with the meaning and purpose of the vows they aspi ...

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Christian de Chergé

A Theology of Hope
Christian Salenson; Translated by Nada Conic

Christian de Chergé, prior of the Cistercian community at Tibhirine, Algeria, was assassinated with six of his fellow monks in 1996. De Chergé saw his monastic vocation as a call to be a person of pra ...

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The Art of Winning Souls

Pastoral Care of Novices
Michael Casey, OCSO

In his chapter on the procedure for the reception of new brothers, Saint Benedict makes provision for entrusting them to the care of "a senior who is skilled in winning souls who will diligently pay a ...

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Lovers of the Place

Monasticism Loose in the Church
Francis Kline, OCSO; Foreword by Michael Downey

In Lovers of the Place, Abbot Francis Kline provided a fresh vision of the monastic life as one form of the Christian vocation that must find its place alongside other expressions of Christian life. H ...

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