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The Letters Of Adam Of Perseigne

Volume I

Introduction by Thomas Merton, Translated by Grace Perigo

Adam of Perseigne, Spiritual director to kings and clerics, nuns and nobles and adviser to Richard the Lion-hearted, Adam also found favor at the witty court of the Countess of Champagne.

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Stephen Harding

A Biographical Sketch and Texts

Claudio Stercal; Translated by Martha F. Krieg

Gathered together in this volume, in English and Latin, are all the documents that can with certainty be attributed to Stephen Harding, the elusive third abbot of Citeaux. Using them and information gathered elsewhere in twelfth-century works, the author creates a biographical sketch and provides 'working material' for further research and study on the earliest Cistercians. Well known among Cistercian scholars, Claudio Stercal is professor at the Facoltà theologica dell'Italia Settentrionale in Milan.

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Stephen Of Sawley

Treatises

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 thirteenth century.

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Verses on Death

Helinand of Froidmont; Translated by Jenny Lind Porter

Helinand (c.1162—1237) was born to a noble flemish family which had fled to France after the assasination of Charles the Bold. In the richly creative, rough and tumble world of the twelfth century, he proved himself an accomplish poet. In Verses on Death Helinand combines his love of poetry and his love of monastic tradition; from his cloister, he invites death to visit those dearest to him, to turn their attentions to the joys of eternity. Both in Old French and in Jenny Lind Porter's translation, the verses provide lively, colloquial and arresting reflections on the transitory vanity of worldly pleasures.

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Ogier of Locedio: Homilies

Translated and Annotated by D. Martin Jenni

Written sometime between 1205-1214 for monks at the abbey of Locedio in the diocese of Vercelli in northern Italy, these homilies were re-discovered in the seventeenth century and promptly attributed to another, far more famous Cistercian, Bernard of Clairvaux. In both style and doctrine, 'In Praise of God’s Holy Mother’ and 'On Our Lord’s Word to His Disciples at the Last Supper’ reflect a devotion somewhat dissimilar to and slightly later than Saint Bernard’s. D. Martin Jenni, Professor Emeritus of the University of Iowa School of Music, has distinguished himself as a composer, a teacher, and a scholar. Deeply familiar with the Latin chant of the Middle Ages, he has also studied the theology and literature of the period. Here he brings into modern English the long overlooked works of an almost forgotten medieval Cistercian spiritual writer.

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Alan of Lille

The Art of Preaching

Translated. with an introduction, by G. R. Evans

Preaching was a much admired, much studied, and much practiced art by both abbots and secular clergy. This handbook designed for training future preachers gives moderns an insight into the technique and the content of those twelfth-century sermons.

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Geoffrey of Auxerre

On the Apocalypse

Geoffrey of Auxerre; Translated by Joseph Gibbons, CSSP

A bright and capable student of Peter Abelard, Geoffrey of Auxerre surprisingly abandoned student life in Paris without hesitation after hearing Bernard of Clairvaux preach on conversion. Five years later, he was the abbot's secretary and close companion, and was collecting notes on Bernard's life with a view to canonization. Successively, sometimes stormily, abbot of three cistercian monasteries, Geoffrey retired to Clairvaux in 1188.

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Baldwin of Forde

Spiritual TractatesVolumes One and Two

Translated with an introduction by David N. Bell

The Spiritual Tractates were written almost entirely during the decade Baldwin lived at Forde, probably as sermons which were then recast later. They reveal a man thoroughly and happily at home in cistercian spirituality, an acute theologian well aware of contemporary currents, and one of the last true representatives of the rich patristic-monastic tradition. Sold only as a set.

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Verses on Death

Helinand of Froidmont; Translated by Jenny Lind Porter

Helinand (c.1162—1237) was born to a noble flemish family which had fled to France after the assasination of Charles the Bold. In the richly creative, rough and tumble world of the twelfth century, he proved himself an accomplish poet. In Verses on Death Helinand combines his love of poetry and his love of monastic tradition; from his cloister, he invites death to visit those dearest to him, to turn their attentions to the joys of eternity. Both in Old French and in Jenny Lind Porter's translation, the verses provide lively, colloquial and arresting reflections on the transitory vanity of worldly pleasures.

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God Alone

A Spiritual Biography of Blessed Rafael Arnaiz Baron

By Gonzalo Maria Fernández OCSO; Translated by Hugh McCaffery OCSO; Preface by Patricio Peman

Set amid the tumult of the Spanish Civil War, this spiritual biography recounts the efforts of a fervent young Spanish aristocrat to come to grips with his artistic talent, his intense personality and, above all, his unquenchable passion for God. Trained in art and architecture, Rafael longed to be a Trappist, but was obliged repeatedly by war and illness to withdraw, and then try again. His intensively personal reflections form the basis of this biography of a man intent on giving his life to God despite all obstacles. Gonzalo Maria Fernández is a monk of Rafael's abbey of St Isidro. Hugh McCaffery is a monk of Mont Melleray Abbey in Ireland.

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Stephen Of Lexington

Letters from Ireland, 1228-1229

Translated by Barry O'Dwyer

A candid account of english attitudes towards the Irish, the politics and problems of introducing continental monasticism into the island, and the frustrations of the outsider charged with enforcing discipline and order.

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Geoffrey of Auxerre

On the Apocalypse

Geoffrey of Auxerre; Translated by Joseph Gibbons, CSSP

A bright and capable student of Peter Abelard, Geoffrey of Auxerre surprisingly abandoned student life in Paris without hesitation after hearing Bernard of Clairvaux preach on conversion. Five years later, he was the abbot's secretary and close companion, and was collecting notes on Bernard's life with a view to canonization. Successively, sometimes stormily, abbot of three cistercian monasteries, Geoffrey retired to Clairvaux in 1188.

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Baldwin of Forde

The Commendation of Faith

Translated by Jane Patricia Freeland and David N. Bell; Introduction and notes by David N. Bell

Archdeacon of Exeter before entering Forde Abbey in 1169, Baldwin was elected abbot in 1175. Six years later he was made bishop of Worcester, and in 1184 became Archbishop of Canterbury. The Commendation of Faith seems to date from his years as abbot. Baldwin stood on the threshold of scholasticism and did not much like what he saw. Many twelfth-century theologians were becoming impatient with the allegorical scriptural commentaries which had long nourished monastic theologians. Instead they turned to the short snappy scholastic questio, in which arguments for and against a proposition led logically to a neat, summary resolution.

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In the School of Love

An Anthology of Early Cistercian Texts

Edited by Edith Scholl OCSO; Introduction by M. Basil Pennington OCSO

Lectio is a meeting with God in and through his word. As in any intimate meeting, far more is communicated than the literal meaning of the words. God uses stories and images to invite us to be aware of our feelings in lectio. In this meeting with God in his word, even though there is no question of body language complementing the spoken word, God is using human communication and intends to use it to the fullest. We know that the Words of Revelation, cast in a rich mythopoetic mode, are meant to convey far more than their literal and historical meaning The Fathers and Mothers, not with the logic of schools but in the tradition of the Fathers of the Church, open these dimensions to us and invite us to enter in and discover so much more than information. Where the mind leaves off, the heart goes yet further. The Cistercian Fathers and Mothers invite us into a 'School of Love', into the domain where the heart knows what the mind can never grasp.

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Serlo of Savigny and Serlo of Wilton

Seven Unpublished Works

Edited and translated by Lawrence C. Braceland SJ

Two little-known cistercian abbots of the twelfth century are introduced to english readers: Serlo of Savigny (d. 1158), the abbot general of the Savigniac congregation who was determined to affiliate his Order with the White Monks of Cîteaux; and Serlo of Wilton (d.1181) who entered the norman abbey of Aumône after lecturing at both Paris and Oxford.

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