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MICHAEL CASEY, OCSO

Michael Casey, OCSO, has been a monk of Tarrawarra Abbey, Australia, since 1960. After completing a degree in Scripture at Leuven, he received his doctorate from Melbourne College of Divinity for a study of desire for God in the writings of Bernard of Clairvaux. For the past decades he has been engaged in exploring different aspects of monastic spirituality, writing, and giving conferences throughout the English-speaking monastic world. His books include Strangers to the City: Reflections on the Beliefs and Values of the Rule of Saint Benedict (Paraclete Press, 2005) and The Road to Eternal Life: Reflections on the Prologue of Saint Benedict's Rule (Liturgical Press, 2011).

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Seventy-Four Tools for Good Living

Seventy-Four Tools for Good Living

Reflections on the Fourth Chapter of Benedict's Rule
Michael Casey

There is more in Benedict's Rule than meets the eye. Based on the rules of life of John Cassian and Saint Basil, Benedict invites us to go further back to the scriptural basis of all Christian and mon ...

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The Road to Eternal Life

The Road to Eternal Life

Reflections on the Prologue of Benedict's Rule
Michael Casey, OCSO

In the Prologue of his Rule, St. Benedict maps out the road that leads to heaven; he lays the foundation for life in a community that seeks God. The themes that are present throughout the Rule—obedien ...

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Balaam's Donkey

Balaam's Donkey

Random Ruminations For Every Day of the Year
Michael Casey, OCSO

Balaam's Donkey is a series of daily reflections based on the homilies preached by Cistercian monk Michael Casey over his fifty years of priesthood. What remained of the original homilies was a large ...

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Athirst for God

Athirst for God

Spiritual Desire in Bernard of Clairvaux's Sermons on the Song of Songs
Michael Casey OCSO

Saint Bernard chose the Song of Songs as the vehicle for expressing his deepest and highly personal longing for God, his striving for 'full knowledge, clear vision, a strong bond of union, a relations ...

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Coenobium

Coenobium

Reflections on Monastic Community
Michael Casey, OSCO

After sixty years of living in a Cistercian community, Michael Casey combines his down-to-earth observations about the joys and challenges of living in community with an appreciation of the deeper mea ...

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The Art of Winning Souls

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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Come And See

Come And See

The Monastic Way for Today
Brendan Freeman, OCSO; Foreword by Michael Casey, OCSO

Come and See is a look inside the mind of a monk. The vision of monastic life proposed here is not new; it is a vision going back to the Desert Fathers of the fourth century. And yet, it is new becaus ...

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Monks Road

Monks Road

Gethsemani into the Twenty-First Century
Michael Casey, OCSO, and Clyde F. Crews

Monks Road introduces the reader to monastic life on several levels at once. The many photographs show the monks' daily life and the abbey's beautiful surroundings throughout the seasons of the year. ...

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Living in the House of God

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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The Parables and the Sentences

The Parables and the Sentences

Bernard of Clairvaux; Translated by Michael Casey, OCSO, and Francis R. Swietek; Introduction by Michael Casey, OCSO, and John R. Sommerfeldt

For over forty years Bernard of Clairvaux composed works of theology and spiritual reflection. He became the counselor of kings, nobles, popes, and scholars. He advocated a strong, reformed papacy and ...

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Cistercians and Cluniacs

Cistercians and Cluniacs

St. Bernard's Apologia to Abbot William
Bernard of Clairvaux; Translated by Michael Casey OCSO; Introduction by Jean Leclercq OSB

A landmark in the 'feud' between Cîteaux and Cluny, the Apologia contains Saint Bernard's opinion on the place of graphic arts in the monastery and shows his mastery of satire.

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Cistercian Spirituality

Cistercian Spirituality

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 ...

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Monastic Sermons

Monastic Sermons

Bernard of Clairvaux; Translated by Daniel Griggs; Introduction by Michael Casey, OSCO

Saint Bernard was born in 1090 near Dijon, France. He joined the fifteen-year-old monastery of Cîteaux in 1113. In 1115 he became the founding abbot ofClairvaux Abbey, whence his name, Bernard of Clai ...

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Survival Or Prophecy?

Survival Or Prophecy?

The Correspondence of Jean Leclercq and Thomas Merton
Edited, with an Introduction, by Patrick Hart, OCSO; Foreword by Rembert Weakland, OSB; Afterword by Michael Casey, OCSO

The twenty-year correspondence between Jean Leclercq, a French Benedictine monk and scholar, and Thomas Merton, an American Cistercian monk, provides a fascinating record of their common yearnings. "W ...

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