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Everyday Life at La Trappe under Armand-Jean de Rancé

by David N. Bell Cistercian Publications (September 06, 2018)

This is an annotated translation of the classic Description de l’abbaye de La Trappe, the most important eye-witness account of life at the abbey of La Trappe under Armand-Jean de Rancé. The work includes a...

The Life of Jesus Christ

by Ludolph of Saxony & Milton T. Walsh Cistercian Publications (March 22, 2018)

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 commentary...

The Herald of God's Loving Kindness: Book 4

by Gertrud the Great of Helfta & ALEXANDRA BARRATT Cistercian Publications (March 26, 2018)

Gertrud the Great (1256–1302) entered the monastery of Helfta in eastern Germany as a child oblate. At the age of twenty-five she underwent a conversion that led to a series of visionary experiences. These...

The Life of Wulfric of Haselbury, Anchorite

by John of Ford & Pauline Matarasso Cistercian Publications (May 01, 2011)

John of Forde's Life of Wulfric of Haselbury 'priest, healer, seer, mystic, who lived in a cell abutting a village church from 1125 until his death in 1154 'is a classic of its kind. It portrays the daily life...

No End to the Search

by Mark Plaiss Cistercian Publications (July 27, 2017)

A monastery is not just for monks. Laypeople enjoy visiting monasteries and learning from the women and men who live there. The silence of the monastery is a retreat from the clatter and bluster of city and...

A Not-So-Unexciting Life

by Carmel Posa Cistercian Publications (September 01, 2017)

This volume, written by eighteen monks, nuns, and lay scholars from seven countries and four continents, aims to recognize the contribution that Michael Casey has made to Cistercian and Benedictine life over...

Thomas Merton: Early Essays, 1947-1952

by Thomas Merton, Patrick F. O'Connell & Jonathan Montaldo Cistercian Publications (May 19, 2015)

This volume gathers together twelve essays that Thomas Merton wrote for various journals between 1947 and 1952, the years that saw the publication of his best-selling autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain,...

Hildegard of Bingen: Solutions to Thirty-Eight Questions

by Hildegard of Bingen, Beverly Mayne Kienzle, Jenny C. Bledsoe & Stephen H. Behnke Cistercian Publications (April 25, 2014)

Perhaps the least studied of Hildegard of Bingen’s writings, Solutions to Thirty-Eight Questions is translated in this volume into English for the first time from the original Latin.

In this work of exegesis,...

Living in the House of God: Monastic Essays

by Margaret Malone & Michael Casey Cistercian Publications (November 21, 2014)

“How should we live in this house of God? We know that the way a building is shaped also helps in determining the way those within it live and relate. We are indeed formed by what we form. Qualities such as...

Reclaiming Humility: Four Studies in the Monastic Tradition

by Jane Foulcher Cistercian Publications (March 31, 2015)

Does humility have a place in contemporary life? Were Enlightenment thinkers wrong to reject humility as a “monkish virtue” (Hume) arising from a “slave morality” (Nietzsche)? Australian theologian Jane...

In the School of Prophets: The Formation of Thomas Merton's Prophetic Spirituality

by Ephrem Arcement Cistercian Publications (March 31, 2015)

The distinctive prophetic quality of Thomas Merton's spirituality, shaped by figures ranging from the Hebrew prophets to Thich Nhat Hanh, emerges from this fresh examination of the works Merton read, responded...

Monastic Practices

by Charles Cummings Cistercian Publications (December 07, 2015)

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 common practices...

Smaragdus of Saint-Mihiel: The Crown of Monks

by Smaragdus of Saint-Mihiel & David Barry Cistercian Publications (April 01, 2013)

Smaragdus was a monk and abbot of considerable standing in the early ninth century church. His Diadema Monachorum (The Crown of Monks), together with a later commentary on the Rule of Saint Benedict, established...

The Liturgical Sermons

by Aelred of Rievaulx, Marie Anne Mayeski & Domenico Pezzini Cistercian Publications (May 09, 2016)

Aelred, abbot of the Yorkshire Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx from 1147 to 1167, wrote six spiritual treatises, seven historical treatises, and 182 liturgical sermons, most of which he delivered as chapter talks...

Bernard of Clairvaux

by Bernard of Clairvaux, Daniel Griggs & Michael Casey Cistercian Publications (August 18, 2016)

Saint Bernard was born in 1090 near Dijon, France. He joined the fifteen-year-old monastery of Cîteaux in 1113. In 1115 he became the founding abbot of Clairvaux Abbey, whence his name, Bernard of Clairvaux....

The Song That I Am: On the Mystery of Music

by Elisabeth-Paule Labat & Erik Varden Cistercian Publications (April 02, 2014)

The Song That I Am: On the Mystery of Music is a short but full-to-the-brim essay on the decisive role that great music (whether Bach, Tavener, or Gregorian chant) ought to play in the spiritual life. With...