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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 ...
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 ...
Hildegard of Bingen; translated by Beverly Mayne Kienzle
Hildegard of Bingen (1098—1179) describes the virtue of Fortitude teaching the other virtues in the fire of the Holy Spirit. Like Fortitude, Hildegard was enkindled by the Holy Spirit and edified many ...
Mark A. Scott, OCSO; Foreword by Macrina Wiederkehr
At Home with Saint Benedict is a selection of the author's conferences on Saint Benedict's Rule for Monasteries delivered to the monks of Assumption Abbey of Ava, Missouri, when he was abbot there. Th ...
An Ashram Perspective
Francis Acharya, OCSO; Edited with an Introduction by Michael Casey, OCSO
Cistercian Spirituality: An Ashram Perspective is a spiritual directory written by Fr. Francis Acharya for the monastic community that he founded at Kurisumala (Kerala, India). As the editor, Fr. Mich ...
The Origins of an Antiochene Church
Abbot Paul Naaman
The Maronite Church is one of twenty-two Eastern Catholic Churches in communion with the Pope of Rome. Her patriarch is in Lebanon. Forty-three bishops and approximately five million faithful make up ...
"Initiation into the Monastic Tradition, 5"
Thomas Merton; Edited by Patrick F. O'Connell
In this set of novitiate conferences from the late 1950s, Thomas Merton provides a vivid and detailed introduction to the traditional pattern and practices of the monastic day during the period immedi ...
Lessons from the Monastery
In 2003 Trisha Day spent three months living inside the enclosure of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, a community of twenty Cistercian nuns. Although she had long been a monastic associate, she was ...
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 ...
Dom Bernardo Olivera
Both a reflection and a practical guidebook on spiritual accompaniment, or direction, Light for My Path does not sidestep such delicate issues as: the relationship between authority and spiritual dire ...
Through the Year with the Desert Fathers and Mothers
Edited by Tim Vivian; Foreword by Aelred Glidden, OSB
The insights of the desert monks of the fifth and sixth centuries amaze, and startle, readers by their wisdom. Among other things, they teach "that the first step in overcoming our sinfulness is an ho ...