Dom André Louf (+2010) was abbot of the Trappist-Cistercian monastery of Mont-des-Cats in northern France from 1963 to 1997. This book brings together talks given to a variety of audiences in which he ...
Gertrud the Great of Helfta; Translated, with an Introduction, by Alexandra Barratt
Placed in the monastery of Helfa, in Upper Saxony, at the age of five, Gertrud began having visions and writing at twenty-five. Book 1, written by a nun of Helfta, reveals the personality and virtues ...
Aelred of Rievaulx; Translated by CH Talbot
An abbot and a disciple discuss the soul in practical as well as theoretical terms: what is it, how is it transmitted, how does it relate to the human body, how can it be restored to the image of God ...
Eucharistic Theology and Anthropology in the Writings of Gertrude the Great of Helfta
This book examines how the writings of the thirteenth-century nun Gertrude the Great of Helfta articulate an innovative relationship between a person's eucharistic devotion and her body. It attends to ...
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.
Bernard of Clairvaux; Translated by Kilian Walsh, OCSO and Irene M. Edmonds
These eighty-six sermons are among the most famous and most beautiful examples of medieval scriptural exegesis. In them the modern reader can catch a glimpse of the genius an entire generation found i ...
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 ...
Gregory the Great; Translated by Brian Kerns, OCSO; Introduction by Mark DelCogliano
Gregory the Great was pope from 590 to 604, a time of great turmoil in Italy and in the western Roman Empire generally because of the barbarian invasions. Gregory's experience as prefect of the city o ...
A Cobbler's Contemplations
Agnes Day, OCSO
"Seldom will a reader be afforded a more intimate glance into the day-to-day experience of living the cloistered life in feminine mode than can be had from these pages. But, beyond the specificity of ...
Stephen Of Sawley; Translated by Jeremiah F. O'Sullivan; Edited, with an Introduction, by Bede K. Lackner O.Cist.
A monk at Fountains Abbey and later abbot of Sawley, Stephen in his Meditations on the Gospel, on the Virgin, and on the Divine Office, delicately expresses the monastic devotion of the early thirteen ...
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 ...
Charles Cummings, OCSO
For three decades, Monastic Practices has been a valued resource for English-speaking aspirants to monastic life. In this revised edition, updated and expanded, Charles Cummings, OCSO, explores the co ...
Part One, Volume 1, Chapters 1-40
Ludolph of Saxony; Translated and Introduced by Milton T. Walsh
The Vita Christi of the fourteenth century Carthusian, Ludolph of Saxony, is the most comprehensive series of meditations on the life of Christ of the late Middle Ages. Ludolph assembles a wealth of c ...
André Louf OCSO
A sketch of the unique tradition of the 'white monks' as they have sought ’men and women alike’ to leave all things to follow the Gospel.
Grimlaicus; Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Andrew Thornton
The monk Grimlaicus (ca. 900) wrote a rule for those who, like himself, pursued the solitary life within a monastic community. Never leaving their cell yet participating in the liturgical life of the ...