Carthusian Novice Conferences
A Carthusian, Translated by an Anglican Solitary
Followers of the way of Jesus Christ through two millennia have engaged in the joyful yet life-costing struggle of responding to the challenge of being transformed into his likeness. This further volu ...
"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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
Irénée Hausherr; Introduction by Bishop Kallistos [Ware] of Diokleia; Translated by Anthony P. Gythiel
In a day when psychological counseling sometimes passes as `spiritual direction', this book reminds us that early Christians--like Eastern Christians still today--were convinced that only someone with ...
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 ...
Hilarion Alfeyev; Foreword by Kallistos Ware
From the Foreword by Kallistos Ware, Bishop of Diokleia—Isaac the Syrian, also called Isaac of Nineveh, lived and wrote during "the golden age of Syriac Christian literature" in the seventh century. C ...
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, ...
Carthusian Novice Conferences
A Carthusian, Translated by Carmel Brett
The author writes with warmth, with learning, with passion and with humor. The reader can enter into something of the accumulated wisdom of an Order whose members 'have carried out the same little ser ...
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 ...
An Introduction to the Development and Diversity of Medieval Theology
David N. Bell; Illustrations selected and commented on by Terryl N. Kinder
An overview of how religious thinking developed in the thousand years between the end of the Roman Empire and the Reformation, Many Mansions goes beyond other textbooks by looking at developments in b ...
The Authentic Writings
Translated, with an Introduction, by David Goldfrank
Nil Sorsky (1433/34-1508), founder of the Sora Hermitage and initiator of 'scete’ life in among Russian Christians, is closely identified with the Orthodox contemplative prayer known as hesychasm, 'st ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.