John of Ford; Translated by Sister Wendy Mary Beckett
John completed the sermon-meditations on the Song of Songs which had been begun by Bernard of Clairvaux and continued by Gilbert of Hoyland. In one-hundred twenty sermons, he brings the task to its co ...
Still Point of Desire in John of Forde
Hilary Costello, OCSO
Simple and direct, John of Forde writes in a way that is also profound and often distinctly original. He is a theologian with a flair for language that appeals to ordinary readers, a monk in a very ma ...
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 ...
Initiation into the Monastic Tradition 7
Thomas Merton; Edited by Patrick F. O'Connell; Preface by John Eudes Bamberger, OCSO
As master of novices for ten years (1955–1965) at the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Thomas Merton was responsible for the spiritual formation of young men preparing for monas ...
Bernard of Clairvaux; Introduction by Bernard McGinn; Translation by Daniel O'Donovan OCSO
Bernard ponders a question dear to early Scholasticism and the Reformation: How far can the fallen human person cooperate in salvation?
Aelred of Rievaulx's Pastoral Prayer
Aelred of Rievaulx; Translated by Mark DelCogliano; Edited and Introduced by Marsha L. Dutton
Bernard of Clairvaux; Translated by Kilian Walsh, OCSO
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 ...
Bernard of Clairvaux; Translated by Conrad Greenia, OCSO; Introduction by Malcolm Barber
The monk and the knight—the two quintessentially medieval European heroes—were combined in the Knights Templar, men who took the monastic vows and defended the holy places and pilgrims. With character ...
Theologian of the Cross
Anthony N.S. Lane
This book offers a complete study of the doctrine of the cross in the writings of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Until now, this theologically rich topic has not received the attention it calls for. Anth ...
Aelred of Rievaulx; Edited by Marsha L. Dutton; Translated by Jane Patricia Freeland; With an introduction and annotations by Marsha L. Dutton
Aelred of Rievaulx was an heir of Saxons living under Norman rule, a native speaker of English daily speaking French and Latin, a descendant of generations of married priests in an age when priests we ...
Gregory the Great; Translation and Introduction by Mark DelCogliano
Gregory the Great (+604) was a master of the art of exegesis. His interpretations are theologically profound, methodologically fascinating, and historically influential. Nowhere is this more clearly ...
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 ...
Cistercian Blessed and Saints of the Golden Age
Thomas Merton; Edited with an Introduction by Patrick Hart; Foreword by Brian Patrick McGuire
Shortly after entering the monastic life in December 1941, a relatively unknown Trappist monk called Frater Louis-who would later be known to the world by his given name, Thomas Merton-began to pen bi ...
étienne Gilson; Preface by Jean Leclercq OSB
This classic study placed the saint squarely among the outstanding theologians of the Middle Ages, and stripped away the sentimentality in which popular piety had wrapped him. Gilson demonstrates in B ...
Carthusian Novice Conferences
'Prayer is a journey, sometimes a combat There are trials, purifications, passages. It is at once the most simple and the most profound of human activities. May these pages help someone to discover it ...