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 ...
By David N. Bell
Orthodox Christianity’divided into two main groups: Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox’is now a world-wide phenomenon and one of the fastest growing Christian traditions in the United States. In t ...
Initiation into the Monastic Tradition, 6
Thomas Merton; Edited by Patrick F. O'Connell
As novice master of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Thomas Merton presented weekly conferences to familiarize his charges with the meaning and purpose of the vows they aspi ...
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 assassination of Charles the Bold. In the richly creative, rough and tumble world of the twelfth century, ...
"Abbot Vitalis of Savigny, Abbot Godfrey of Savigny, Peter of Avranches, and Blessed Hamo"
Introduced, translated, and edited by Hugh Feiss, OSB, Maureen M. O'Brien, and Ronald Pepin
This volume offers translations of the twelfth-century Latin vitae of four monks of the Monastery of Savigny: Abbot Vitalis, Abbot Godfrey, Peter of Avranches, and Blessed Hamo. Founded in 1113 by Vit ...
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 ...
Abba Daniel of Scetis
Edited, with an Introduction, by Tim Vivian
Abba Daniel, priest, monastic superior and model of holiness in the austere world of desert monasticism, lived in the sixth century. Some dozen stories about him, and a few sayings attributed to him, ...
Dom Bernardo Olivera
Both a reflection and a practical guidebook on spiritual accompaniment, or direction, Light for My Path does not sidestep such delicate issues as: the relationship between authority and spiritual dire ...
Translated, with an Introduction, by John B. Wickstrom
Maurus serves in Gregory the Great's Life of Saint Benedict as an example of the monastic virtues Benedict taught. As Carolingian monasteries adopted the Benedictine Rule in the ninth century, Maurus ...
Daily Readings for Meditation during the Winter Season
Selected by Emma Cazabonne
God is light, says Saint John, and in him there is no darkness at all. These passages from the works of early Cistercian monks and nuns reflect on the mystery of that divine light. If we have the ligh ...
Stages of Prayer in Saint Bernard
Maureen McCabe, OCSO
As founding abbot of Clairvaux, Bernard's giftedness and good judgment made him an often-sought resource by both church and secular powers, and in that capacity, he was sometimes delightful and someti ...
Cistercian Lay Brothers 1120-1300
The institution of the lay brotherhood was not original to the Cistercians, but they developed it to its fullest extent. Although lay, the conversi were under the same vows as monks and represented a ...