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Rethinking the Christian Desert Tradition
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 ...
Exploring Ignatian Sprirituality
Brian O'Leary, SJ
In recent years Ignatian spirituality has experienced a resurgence. There has been a widespread desire to learn more about Ignatius and his legacy, and many people have made the Spiritual Exercises in ...
Monastic Spirituality and the Life of the Church
Luigi Gioia, OSB; Translated by Barry M. Hudock
Monastic spirituality has much to offer Christians who live far beyond monastery walls. In Saint Benedict's Wisdom Luigi Gioia, OSB, demonstrates that monastic spirituality is a gift for the whole Chu ...
The Theology and Practice of Christian Prayer
Gerhard Lohfink; Translated by Linda M. Maloney
A lot of people would like to learn to pray all over again. Others are not so sure they ought to pray. They want to know whether prayer will help them and, more than that, whether it will be of any us ...
St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross on Spiritual Direction
Mark O'Keefe, OSB
The Christian life is a grand journey. And like any pilgrimage along unfamiliar roads, we can benefit from having experienced guides and trustworthy companions along the way.Through their classic spir ...
Steps on the Road to Your Soul
Mark A. Villano
Words of Scripture. Symbols of faith. Do you ever wonder what they really have to do with you? Can they truly help to interpret human experiences and change hearts? Does the metaphor of life as a jour ...
Theology and Practice, Communal and Personal
Ladislas Orsy, SJ
Pope Francis has said, "Discernment is a choice of courage."In this little wisdom book, Professor Ladislas Orsy shows contemporary readers a well-tested way to listen to the Holy Spirit within and amo ...
Thomas Merton's Monastic Spirituality
Bonnie B. Thurston; Foreword by Paul Quenon, OCSO
To understand the life and thought of Thomas Merton, one must understand him as a monk. After introducing his vocation and entrance into the Trappist order, this book highlights some of his basic spir ...
In Imitation of Abraham
How do you encounter the mystery of the other? This is the central question at the heart of spiritual direction and central to the human quest. Hineni—presence—is not an answer to the mystery but a re ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
"Humility, Charity, and Contemplation in the De Gradibus"
Bernard Bonowitz, OCSO
Saint Bernard's famous work, The Steps of Humility and Pride (in Latin, De gradibus humilitatis et superbiae), is a short book consisting of a mere fifty-seven paragraphs. In it, the Abbot of Clairvau ...
Monastic Experience of the Christian Mystery
The Sun at Midnight offers a splendid, easily accessible summary of mystical theology in the Cistercian school. Bernardo Olivera, a master of both the theology and the practice of the spiritual life, ...
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 ...