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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 ...
Stages of Prayer in Saint Bernard
Maureen McCabe, OCSO
As founding abbot of Clairvaux, Bernard's giftedness and good judgment made him an often-sought resource by both church and secular powers, and in that capacity, he was sometimes delightful and someti ...
The Medieval Experience of Reading
During the Middle Ages the act of reading was experienced intensively in the monastic exercise of lectio divina--the prayerful scrutiny of passages of Scripture, savored in meditation, memorized, reci ...
The Evolving Practice of Lectio Divina
Raymond Studzinski, OSB
Lectio divina, the ancient practice of prayerful reading, is a font whose waters are waiting to quench the thirst of spiritual seekers, both beginners on the spiritual journey and experienced traveler ...
A Monastic Vocabulary
Edith Scholl, OCSO
In matters of religion and spirituality the simplest phrases can be the most misleading. Or, if not misleading, misunderstood. There is no doubt that this is true of the Cistercian tradition. As Siste ...
Prayers and Meditations from the Anglo-Saxon Tradition
Compiled, with an Introduction, by Benedicta Ward, SLG
From the rich tradition of the Anglo-Saxon Church of the sixth, seventh, and eighth centuries, Benedicta Ward has selected prayers and passages for meditation from both Latin and Anglo-Saxon sources. ...
Aelred of Rievaulx's Pastoral Prayer
Aelred of Rievaulx; Translated by Mark DelCogliano; Edited and Introduced by Marsha L. Dutton
Responsible before God for the members of his monastic community, the abbot guides, protects, and serves his monks. Aelred of Rievaulx, a twelfth-century Cistercian abbot renowned for pastoral care, ...
Initiation into the Monastic Tradition, 3
Thomas Merton; Edited by Patrick F. O'Connell
In these conferences dating to 1961, Thomas Merton provides for his audience of young monks an overview of major themes and figures in the Christian mystical tradition as an integral part of their rel ...
The Spirituality of the Christian EastVolume 2
Tomás Spidlík SJ; Anthony P. Gythiel, Translator
This second volume on Eastern Christian spirituality amplifies in depth the final two chapters of the earlier The Spirituality of the Christian East: A Systematic Handbook. Like Cassian in writing his ...
Prayer in the Rule of St. Benedict
Korneel Vermeiren OCSO; Translated and introduced by Richard Yeo OSB
Praying with Benedict explores the spirituality of the monastic tradition and draws out the essence of a way of praying that embraces the whole of the Christian's life. Korneel Vermeiren begins by exa ...
An Introduction to Lectio Divina
Enzo Bianchi; Translated by James W. Zona
Scripture brings the Word of God to us when we read and welcome it in faith as the Word which comes from God and leads to God. Scripture is the means by which we live in God. The ancient monastic (and ...
Carthusian Novice Conferences
'Prayer is a journey, sometimes a combat There are trials, purifications, passages. It is at once the most simple and the most profound of human activities. May these pages help someone to discover it ...
Rediscovering a Lost Tradition
Edited by E. Rozanne Elder; Foreword by Robert Lehman
In the frenetic modern world, many practising Christians have never been introduced to contemplative Christianity. Some have looked East for a treasure which has been integral to Christianity since th ...
Carthusian Novice Conferences
A Carthusian, Translated by An Anglican Solitary
A carthusian novice master reminds his charges, and his readers, that the call to live wholly and radically in Christ is the vocation of all Christians and all humanity. 'The Christian is not a separa ...
The Spiritual World Vision of Saint Ephrem the Syrian
All but unknown outside the Syrian tradition, Ephrem's rich theology of symbol, asceticism, and prayer amply deserves to stand beside his more famous greek contemporaries.