Monastic Spirituality!


All books written by or about Thomas Merton (TM)/Patrick Hart, OCSO/Carthusian Publications ~ I began in earnest reading TM while my mother (d. 2000) was taking chemo at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital. I would walk over to the Sister’s convent (CCVI’s) and by invitation, go up to the second floor library and check out TM books; the following week return them and check out more! He was the perfect author for me at that time and a beautiful relationship was born during the dying process. I have thanked the Sisters many times over for their generosity and hospitality! Bro. Patrick Hart is a friend of my friend, Father Donald Pelous when he was a Brother before being ordained! Fr. Donald taught me in elementary and high school and we have talked of going to the Abbey of Gethsemane Monastery in KY where TM lived…made it to ‘Gethsemane’ November 2010! Printed above the arched way, “God Alone”!

1.      Ascent to Truth  

2.      An Introduction  Thomas Merton   William H. Shannon

3.      A Merton Celebration  Tributes from friends of the poet-monk  edited by Deba Patnaik

4.      A Search for Solitude   Pursuing the Monks True Life

5.      A Seven Day Journey with Thomas Merton   Esther de Waal

6.      A Thomas Merton Reader  Edited by Thomas P. McDonnell

7.      An Introduction  Thomas Merton  William Shannon

8.      Contemplative Prayer

9.      Dialogues with Silence

10.Echoing Silence

11.Life and Holiness

12.Meditations with Merton              Nicki Verploegen Vandergrift

13.Merton  A Biography                    Monica Furlong

14.Merton’s Palace of Nowhere    James Finley

15. Merton and Waugh  A Monk, A Crusty Old Man & The Seven Storey Mountain   Mary Frances Coady    

16.New Seeds of Contemplation

17.No Man Is An Island

18.Opening the Bible

19.Seasons of Celebration

20.Seeds  Thomas Merton   Selected and edited by Robert Inchausti

21.Seeds of Contemplation

22.Seeds of Destruction

23.Seeking God in All Things   Lenten Prayer with Thomas Merton

24.The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton   Michael Mott

25.Silent Lamp  The Thomas Merton Story   William H. Shannon

26.Something of a Rebel  Thomas Merton His Life and Works An Introduction   William H. Shannon

27.Soul Searching  The Journey of Thomas Merton

28.Survival or Prophecy  Thomas Merton             Jean Leclercq

29.The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton ed. Naomi Burton, Brother Patrick Hart and James Laughlin

30.The Hidden Ground of Love   The Letters of Thomas Merton

31.The Intimate Merton

32.The Last of the Fathers

33.The Literary Essays of Thomas Merton

34. The Man in the Sycamore Tree  The good times and hard life of Thomas Merton    Photographs by Edward Rice

35.The Seven Story Mountain

36.The Silent Life

37.The Unquiet Monk  Thomas Merton’s Questing Faith  Michael W. Higgins

38.Thomas Merton                                          M. Basil Pennington

39.Thomas Merton’s Paradise Journey     William H. Shannon

40.Thomas Merton:  Spiritual Master  The Essential Writings  Lawrence S. Cunningham

41.Thoughts in Solitude

42.The Waters of Siloe

43.The Way of the Dreamcatcher   Spirit Lessons with Robert Lax, Poet, Peacemaker, Sage ~ S.T. Georgiou (Lax was one of TM’s closest friends!) My son handed me this jewel!

44.The Wisdom of the Desert

45.Thomas Merton   Faithful Visionary   Michael W. Higgins


            Thomas Merton:  A Spiritual Guide for the Twenty-First Century   Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D.  12 Lectures

            A Retreat with Thomas Merton   Fr. Donald Goergen, O.P., Ph.D., 6 Conferences

            Thomas Merton on Contemplation   Introduction by Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D., 6 Talks

            Prayer and Growth in Christian Life by Thomas Merton   Introduction by Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D, 13 Lectures


46.  A Guide to Monastic Guest Houses ~ Robert J. Regalbuto!!!!

47.  The Rule of St. Benedict ~ Translated with Introduction and Notes by Anthony C. Meisel and M.L. del Mastro

48.  Essential Monastic Wisdom  Writings on the Contemplative Life ~ Hugh Feiss, OSB

49.  The Music of Silence   Entering the Sacred Space of Monastic Experience ~ David Steindl-Rast, O.S.B with Sharon Lebell

I received this book as gift prior to five days and nights in the hospital. This author along with Gregorian Chant in my ear gave me complete solace, centering and strength!

50.  Benedict’s Way  An Ancient Monk’s Insights for a Balanced Life ~ Lonni Collins Pratt and Father Daniel Homan, OSB

51.  The Rule of St. Benedict  Insight for the Ages ~ Joan Chittister, OSB

52.  Wisdom Distilled From The Daily  Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today ~ Joan Chittister, OSB

53.  In A High Spiritual Season ~ Joan Chittister, OSB

54.  Introduction to the Devout Life ~ St. Francis de Sales

55.  Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict, A Life-Giving Way ~ Esther de Waal

56.  Living With Contradiction  Reflections on The Rule of St. Benedict ~ Esther de Waal

57.  The Way of Simplicity  The Cistercian Tradition ~ Esther de Waal

58.  The Ordinary Way   A Family Spirituality ~ Dolores Leckey

59.  The Monks of New Skete  In The Spirit of Happiness        

60.  The Cloister Walk ~ Kathleen Norris

61.  Amazing Grace  A Vocabulary of Faith ~  Kathleen Norris

62.  The Quotidian Mysteries   Laundry, Liturgy and ‘Women’s Work”    Kathleen Norris

Mom read this book in my home while resting from chemo treatments. She loved it; would giggle aloud!

63.  Illuminated Life: Monastic Wisdom for Seekers of Light ~ Joan Chittister, OSB

64.  The Rule of St. Benedict: Insights for the Ages ~ Joan Chittister, OSB

65.  The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture – Jean Leclercq

66.  Seasons of Grace Wisdom from the Cloister ~ Mother Gail Fitzpatrick, OSB

67.  A Listening Heart The Art of Contemplative Living ~ David Steindl-Rast

68.  Light from the Cloister    A Practical Spirituality for Practical Christians Inspired by Monastic Practice ~ M.Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O.

69.  Meditations  On the Monk who Dwells in Daily Life ~ Thomas Moore

70.  Fifty Days of Solitude ~ Doris Grumbach

71.  Trappist   Living in the Land of Desire ~ Michael Downey

72.  Sabbath   Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest ~ Wayne Muller

73.  The View From A Monastery ~ Br. Benet Tvedten

74.  National Geographic December 1936…an article entitled WHERE EARLY CHRISTIANS LIVED IN CONES OF ROCK  A Journey to Cappadocia in Turkey Where Strange Volcanic Pinnacles are Honey combed with Hermit Cells and Monasteries. My sister, Constance Victoria, gave this fascinating treasure to me as a Christmas present!

75.  Alone in Community   Journeys into Monastic Life Around the World ~William Claassen

76.  Spiritual Journey  The Monastic Way ~ Jean-Marie Howe, OCSO

77.  Hermitage A Place of Prayer and Spiritual Renewal   Its Heritage and Challenge for the Future ~ John Michael Talbot (JMT).

My mom and I journeyed with Sr. Yvonne Lerner, OSB to More Mountain, home of JMTs’ Little Portion Hermitage east of Eureka Springs, AR. Sister was a retreat facilitator one weekend in 1999 in this beautiful part of God’s green earth in the mountains and we were given a wonderful tour of this peaceful place. Mom was fascinated as this was her first visit to a hermitage. She stopped and visited with the nuns who were humming amidst their work in the kitchen! Made sense to me!

78.  A Place Apart   Monastic Prayer and Practice for Everyone ~M. Basil Pennington, OCSO

79.  A Monk in the World  Cultivating a Spiritual Life ~ Wayne Teasdale

80.  Making A Heart for God  A Week Inside a Catholic Monastery ~ Dianne Aprile

81.  The Monastic Hours  Directory for the Celebration of the Work of God and Directive Norms for the Celebration of the Monastic Liturgy of the Hours ~ Anne M, Field, Editor

82.  The Inner Room  A Journey into Lay Monasticism ~ Mark Plaiss

83.  The Genesee Diary: Report from a Trappist Monastery ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen

84.  In A Monastery Garden ~ Peplows

85.  Finding Grace at the Center ~ Abbot Thomas Keating, OCSO, M. Basil Pennington, OCSO, Thomas E. Clarke, OCSO

86.  Spirituality for Everyday Living  An Adaptation of the Rule of St. Benedict ~ Brian C. Taylor

87.  In This House of Brede ~ Rumer Godden This one is read and re-read and re-read especially when traveling!

88.  The Benedictine Way A Novena ~ Joan D. Chittister, OSB

89.  Wisdom of the Benedictine Elders   Thirty of America’s Oldest Monks and Nuns Share Their Lives’ Greatest Lessons ~ Mark W. McGinnis

90.  With Christ  The Gospel Under the Guidance of St. Benedict ~ Jean-Francis Baudoz

91.  The Sayings of the Desert Fathers   Benedicta Ward

92.  Dorotheas of Gaza   Discourses and Sayings   Eric P. Wheeler

93.  Radical Hospitality  Benedict’s Way of Love ~ Fr. Daniel Homan, O.S.B. and Lonni Collins Pratt

I recently returned from a visit with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at Trinity College in Washington, D.C. A trip to Trinity is never complete without sitting in on an ‘Education for Parish Service’ class, Holy Mass at high noon with the day students, Evening Prayer in the Sisters chapel, dinner and wonderful conversation in the refectory ending the visit with a trip to Newman Bookstore across from Catholic University!!! This is D.C. at its best! While there purchased #48-53 as well as the 2007 Liturgical Desk Calendar and Guide for Christian Prayer/The Liturgy of the Hours!

94.  Always We Begin Again: The Benedictine Way of Living ~ John McQuiston, III

95.  The Forgotten Desert Mothers  Sayings, lives and stories of early Christian women ~  Laura Swan

96.  Seeking His Mind  40 Meetings with Christ ~ M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O.

97.  How To Be A Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job   An Invitation to Oblate Life  Brother Benet Tvedten

98.  Strangers to the City Reflections on the Beliefs and Values of the Rule of St. Benedict ~  Michael Casey, Monk of Tarrawarra

99.  Perspectives on the Rule of Saint Benedict  Expanding Our Hearts in Christ ~  Aquinata Bockmann

100.                      The Age of the Cloister  The Story of Monastic Life in the Middle Ages ~

Christopher Brooke

101.                      The Benedictine Handbook   The RED BOOK!

102.                      Sacred Reading  The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina ~ Michael Casey

103.                      Finding Sanctuary   Monastic Steps for Everyday Life ~ Abbot Christopher Jamison

104.                      Mother Benedict   Foundress of The Abbey of Regina Laudis  A Memoir ~  Antoinette Bosco

105.                      Voices of Silence   Lives of the Trappists Today ~ Frank Bianco

106.                      The Convent Cookbook   Divine Meals for Families Large and Small ~ Maria Tisdall

107.                      Silence, Solitude, Simplicity   A Hermit’s Love Affair with a Noisy, Crowded and       Complicated World ~ Sister Jeremy Hall, OSB

108.                      Making A Heart for God   A Week Inside a Catholic Monastery ~ Dianne Aprile   

109.                      From a Monastery Kitchen! ~ Br. Victor-Antoine D’Avila-Latourrette

110.                      Passing From Self to God! A Cistercian Retreat ~ Robert Thomas, OCSO

111.                      Conversations in the Abbey! Senior Monks of Saint Meinrad reflect on their lives ~ 

Ruth Clifford Engs, Editor

112.                      Finding the Monk Within   Great Monastics Values for Today ~ Edward C. Sellner  

113.                      Beyond the Walls   Monastic Wisdom for Everyday Life ~ Paul Wilkes

114.                      The Oblate Life ~ Edited by Gervase Holdaway, O.S.B.  

115.                      A Monk’s Alphabet ~ Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.

116.                      Resources for Oblates: List of Selected Monasteries with Oblate Programmes and Websites listed to include Benedictine Distance Learning

117.                      The Monastic Way   Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living ~

Edited by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild

118.                      Life Lessons from the Monastery   Wisdom on Love, Prayer, Calling, and Commitment ~ Jerome Kodell, OSB

119.                      A Blessed Life   Benedictine Guidelines for Those Who Long for Good Days ~ Wil Derkse

120.                      Dom Gabriel Sortais  An Amazing Abbot in Turbulent Times ~ Guy Oury, OSB

121.                      Wisdom from the Monastery ~ Peter Seewald   Read…re-read!

122.                      Inside the School of Charity ~ Trisha Day

116.Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks   One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity ~ August Turak

117.I n Good Company   The Fast Track from the Corporate World to Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience ~ James Martin, S.J.

118.Lovers of This Place:  Monasticism Loose in the Church (Monastic Wisdom) ~  Francis Kline OCSO

119.Benedict in the World:  Portraits of Monastic Oblates ~ Linda Kulzer and Roberta Bondi

120.Kodell, Abbot Jerome   Don’t Trust the Abbot Musings From the Monastery

121.Barry, William A., S.J. and Robert G. Doherty, S.J. ~ Contemplatives in Action    The Jesuit Way  

122.Bodo, Murray, O.F.M. ~ A Voice From The Monastery The Place We Call Home   Spiritual Pilgrimage As A Path To God          

123.Buchanan, Janet ~ Dissertation/1999:  Monks Beyond Monastery Walls:  Benedictine Oblation and the Future of Benedictine Spirituality

124.Casey, Michael, Monk of Tarrawarra ~ A Guide to Living in the Truth          Saint Benedict’s Teaching on Humility

125.Casey, Michael, Monk of Tarrawarra ~ Sacred Reading  The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina

126.Casey, Michael, Monk of Tarrawarra ~ A Voice From the Monastery

127.D’Avila-Latourrette, Brother Victor-Antoine ~ Monastery Journey to Christmas      Meditations Begin November 15

128.De Waal, Esther ~ A Life-Giving Way   A Commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict

129.Feiss, Hugh ~ Order of St. Benedict Essential Monastic Wisdom   Writings on the Contemplative Life

130.Field, Anne M., Editor ~ The Monastic Hours          Directory for the Celebration of the Work of God and Directive Norms for the Celebration of the Monastic Liturgy of the Hours

131.Freeman, Brendan, OCSO ~ Come and See

132.Fry, Timothy, OSB ~ The Rule of St. Benedict in English

133.Gebuhr, Ann K. ~ Hildegard!

134.Gregory, Pope St. ~ Life and Miracles of St. Benedict

135.Groning, Philip ~ A Film Into Great Silence Inside the Famed Carthusian Monastery

136.Godden, Rumer ~ In This House of Brede I told you I read and re-read!

137.Hahn, Scott ~ Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace            My Spiritual Journey in Opus Dei

138.Harmless, William S.J. ~ Desert Christians  An Introduction to the Literature of Early Monasticism

139.Hamma, Robert M. ~ Along Your Desert Journey

140.Hume, Cardinal Basil, OSB ~ The Intentional Life  The Making of a Spiritual Vocation

141.Belden C. Lane ~ The Solace of Fierce Landscapes   Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality 

142.Le Mee, Katharine ~ Chant The Origins, Form, Practice, and Healing Power of Gregorian Chant

143.Luther, Anne M. ~ Taste and See   A Collection of Favorite Recipes from Retreat Centers              Cooking for Groups

144.Monaco, Frank ~ Brothers and Sisters   [glimpses of the cloistered life]

145.Nugent, Madeline Pecora ~ The Divine Office for Dodos   A Step-by-Step Guide to Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

146.Okholm, Dennis ~ Monk habits for Everyday People   Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants

147.Pennington, M. Basil, O.C.S.O. ~ Listen With Your Heart   Spiritual Living with the Rule of St. Benedict

148.Richardson, Cyril C. Edited by ~ Early Christian Fathers

149.Rippinger, Joel, O.S.B. ~ The Benedictine Order in the United States   An Interpretive History

150.Saulnier, Dom Daniel, OSB ~ Gregorian Chant  A Guide to the History and Liturgy

151.Shannon, William H. ~ Silent Lamp   The Thomas Merton Story

152.Shannon, William H. ~ An Introduction    Thomas Merton

153.Steidle  ~ The Reverend Basilius & The Rule of St. Benedict

154.Tvedten, Brother Benet ~ View from a Monastery

155.Tracts for Benedictine Oblates, St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN:

v  Learning the Language of Benedictine Monasticism   Thomas Rillo, Author/Oblate

v  The Ecological Trend according to St. Benedict   Fr. Harold Camacho, OSB

v  Ancient Monks Speak to Oblates   Thomas Rillo, Author/Oblate  

v  The Oblate Home:  That in All Things God May be Glorified   Rev Denis Robinson, OSB/Monk

v  St. Scholastica:  Finding Meaning in Her Story…Ruth Clifford Engs, PhD/Oblate

v  Sacraments and Sacramentals Living in Benedictine SpiritualitymmmFr. Raymond Studzinski, OSB

v  ‘Tis a Gift to be Simple…Rev. Noel Mueller, OSB/Monk

v  Blessed Marmion:  A 21st Century Appreciation   Rev. Bernard


v  St. Benedict:  Hidden Meanings in His Story   Ruth Clifford Engs, PhD/Oblate

v  Listening   Rev. Noah Casey, OSB/Monk

v  Sharing the Mind of St. Benedict   Archabbot Justin DeVall, OSB/Monk

v  A Point to Ponder From The Rule   Thomas J. Rillo, Oblate and Editor

v  Hearts Burning with the Presence of God   Spiritual Direction and The Discernment of the Spirits   Rev. Adrian Burke, OSB/Monk

156.Van Zeller, Dom Hubert ~ Holiness for Housewives (and other working women)

157.Van Zeller, Dom Hubert ~ The Holy Rule   Notes on St. Benedict’s Legislation for Monks…gift from my sister, Constance Victoria.

158.Waddell, Helen ~ The Desert Fathers

159.Catell, Moore and Rifkin ~ The  CEO and the Monk   One’s Company’s Journey to Profit and Purpose

160.McColman, Carl ~ Befriending Silence  Discovering The Gifts of Cistercian Spirituality   

161.Malone, Margaret SGS ~ Living in the House of God    Monastic Essays  

162.Cummings, Charles OCSO ~ Monastic Practices  

163.Werner, Robert  OSB ~ Reaching for God    The Benedictine Oblate Way of Life 

164.Nault, Jean-Charles OSB ~ The Noonday Devil   Acedia, The Unnamed Evil of Our Times 

165.Sarah, Robert Cardinal with Nicolas Diat ~ The Power of Silence  Against the Dictatorship of Noise

166.Steindle-Rast, Brother David   The Way of Silence  Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life     Wonderful! Wonderful!!

167.Report From Calabria   A Season with the Carthusian Monks by A Priest

168.In Praise of The Useless Life   A Monk’s Memoir

169.Cloister Talks   Learning From My Friends The Monks     Jon M. Sweeney

170.Befriending Silence  Discovering the Gifts of Cistercian Spirituality  Carl McColman

171.The Holy Rule  Notes on St. Benedict’s Legislation for Monks  by Dom Hubert Zeller

172.GRACE   On The Journey to God   Michael Casey  Monk of Tarrawara      “He weaves diverse sources into his own pondering, with wisdom gained from decades of living monastic life. A gentle spiritual master – journey with him” and , “…inviting exploration of the ways God reaches out to us, draws near to us, and leads us.” Lead, kindly Light, indeed!

173.Aging Starts in Your Mind   You’re only as old as you feel 

Abbot Primate Notker Wolf, O.S.B  with Leo G. Linder

174.No End To The Search   Experiencing Monastic Life    Mark Plaiss




vAncient Authors:  (I do have the rest of my life…?!)

·  Apophthegmata Patrum

o    The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection. Trans. Benedicta Ward, SLG. London: Mowbrays, 1975.

o    The Desert Fathers. Trans. Helen Waddell. New York: Sheed and

o    Ward, 1936.

·  Athanasius

o    The Life of Anthony and the Letter to Marcellinus. Trans. Robert C. Gregg. Classics of Western Spirituality (CWS). New York: Paulist Press, 1980.

·  Basil

o    Ascetical Works. Trans. M. Monica Wagner. Fathers of the Church 9. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America (CUA) Press, 1950.

·  Benedict of Nursia

o    RB 1980: The Rule of St. Benedict. Ed. Timothy Fry, OSB. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1981.

·  Cassian

o    The Institutes and Conferences. Trans. Edgar C.S.Gibson. Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, vol. 11. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1964.

o    Conferences. Trans. Colm Luibheid. Classics of Western Spirituality (CWS). New York: Paulist Press, 1985.

·  Evagrius Ponticus

o    Evagrius Ponticus: The Praktikos: Chapters on Prayer. Trans. John Eudes Bamberger. Cistercian Studies 4. Spencer, MA: Cistercian Publications, 1972.

o    The "Ad Monachos" of Evagrius Ponticus: Its Structure and a Select Commentary. Driscoll, Jeremy, OSB. Rome: Studia Anselmiana 104 (1991).

o    The Mind’s Long Journey to the Holy Trinity: The Ad Monachos of Evagrius Ponticus. Trans. and intro. Jeremy Driscoll, OSB. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1993.

·  Gregory the Great

o    Dialogues. Trans. Odo J. Zimmerman. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of American (CUA) Press, 1959.

o    The Life and Miracles of St. Benedict: Book Two of the Dialogues. Trans. Odo J. Zimmerman and Benedict Avery. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1949.

o    The Life of Saint Benedict. Trans. Hilary Costello and Eoin de Bhaldraithe. Commentary by Adalbert de Vogüé. Petersham, MA: St. Bede Publications, 1993.

o    Pastoral Care. Trans. and annotated Henry Davis, SJ. Ancient Christian Writers (ACW)

·  John Climacus

o    The Ladder of Divine Ascent. Trans. Colm Luibheid and Norman Russell. Classics of Western Spirituality (CWS). New York: Paulist Press, 1957.

·  Origen

o    The Song of Songs: Commentary and Homilies. Trans. and annotated R.P.Lawson. Ancient Christian Writers (ACW) 26. Westminster, MD: Newman Press, 1957.

·  Pachomius

o    Pachomian Koinonia. Vol. I: The Life of St. Pachomius and His Disciples. Trans. Armand Veilleux, OCSO. Cistercian Studies 45. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1980.

o    Pachomian Koinonia. Vol. II: Pachomian Chronicles and Rules. Trans. Armand Veilleux, OCSO. Cistercian Studies 46. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1981.

o    Pachomian Koinonia. Vol. III: Instructions, Letters, and Other Writings of St. Pachomius and His Disciples. Trans. Armand Veilleux, OCSO. Cistercian Studies 47. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1982.

Cistercian Authors

·  Aelred of Rievaulx

o    Mirror of Charity. Trans. Elizabeth Connor, OCSO. Cistercian Fathers Series 17. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1990.

o    Spiritual Friendship. Trans. Mary Eugenia Laker, SSND. Cistercian Fathers Series 5. Washington, DC: Cistercian Publications, 1974.

·  Bernard of Clairvaux

o    On Loving God. Trans. Robert Walton, OSB. Cistercian Fathers Series 13B. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1994.

o    On Precept and Dispensation.(Treatises I) Trans. Conrad Greenia, OCSO. Cistercian Fathers Series 1. Spencer, MA: Cistercian Publications, 1970.

o    On the Song of Songs I. (Sermons 1-20) Trans. Kilian Walsh, OCSO. Cistercian Fathers Series 4. Spencer, MA: Cistercian Publications, 1971.

o    On the Song of Songs II. (Sermons 21-46) Trans. Kilian Walsh, OCSO. Cistercian Fathers Series 7. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1976.

o    On the Song of Songs III. (Sermons 47-66) Trans. Kilian Walsh, OCSO, and Irene M. Edmonds. Cistercian Fathers Series 31. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1979.

o    On the Song of Songs IV. (Sermons 67-86) Trans. Irene M. Edmonds. Cistercian Fathers Series 40. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1980.

o    The Steps of Humility and Pride. Trans. M. Ambrose Conway, OCSO. Cistercian Fathers Series 13A. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1989.

·  Guerric of Igny

o    The Liturgical Sermons: Vol. I. Trans. Hilary Costello, OCSO, and John Morson, OCSO. Cistercian Fathers Series 8. Spencer, MA: Cistercian Publications, 1971.

o    The Liturgical Sermons: Vol. II. Trans. Hilary Costello, OCSO, and John Morson, OCSO. Cistercian Fathers Series 32. Spencer, MA: Cistercian Publications, 1971.

·  William of St. Thierry

o    The Golden Epistle: A Letter to the Brethren at Mont Dieu. Trans. Theodore Berkeley, OCSO. Cistercian Fathers Series 12. Spencer, MA: Cistercian Publications, 1971.

Contemporary Authors

·  Bouyer, Louis.

o    The Cistercian Heritage. Westminster, MD: Newman Press, 1958.

·  Burrows, Ruth.

o    Guidelines for Mystical Prayer. London: Sheed and Ward, 1976.

·  Butler, Cuthbert, OSB.

o    Western Mysticism. New York: Dutton, 1923.

·  Casey, Michael, OCSO.

o    Athirst for God: Spiritual Desire in Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermon on the Song of Songs. Cistercian Studies 77. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1988.

o    Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina. Liguori, MO: Triumph Books, 1996.

o    Toward God: The Ancient Wisdom of Western Prayer. Liguori, MO: Triumph Books, 1995.

·  Chitty, Derwas, J. The Desert a City: Introduction to Egyptian and Palestinian Monasticism. Oxford: Blackwell, 1966.

·  De Vogüé, Aldalbert, OSB.

o    The Rule of Saint Benedict: A Doctrinal and Spiritual Commentary. Cistercian Studies 54. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1983.

o    Reading Saint Benedict. Cistercian Studies 151. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1994.

·  Downey, Michael.

o    Trappist: Living in the Land of Desire. Photographs by Michael Mauney. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1997.

·  Gilson, Etienne.

o    The Mystical Theology of St. Bernard. Cistercian Studies 120. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1990.

·  Hausherr, Iréneé, SJ.

o    Penthos: The Doctrine of Compunction in the Christian East. Trans. Anselm Hufstader, OSB. Cistercian Studies Series 53. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1982.

·  Kelty, Matthew, OCSO.

o    Aspects of the Monastic Calling. Abbey of Gethsemani, 1975.

·  Kline, Francis, OCSO.

o    Lovers of the Place: Monasticism Loose in the Church. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1997.

·  Knowles, David.

o    Christian Monasticism. World University Library. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1969.

·  Leclercq, Jean, OSB.

o    Bernard of Clairvaux and the Cistercian Spirit. Cistercian Studies 16. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1976.

o    The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture. Trans. Catharine Misrahi. New York: Fordham University Press, 1961.

·  Lekai, Louis.

o    The Cistercians: Ideals and Reality. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1977.

·  Louf, André, OCSO.

o    Teach Us to Pray: Learning a Little about God. Trans. Hubert Hoskins. Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1975.

o    The Cistercian Way. Trans. Nivard Kinsella, OCSO. Cistercian Studies 76. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1989.

·  Marmion, Columba, OSB.

o    Christ, the Ideal of the Monk. St Louis: Herder, 1929.

o    Christ, the Ideal of the Priest. St. Louis: Herder, 1952.

o    Christ, the Life of the Soul. St. Louis: Herder, 1925.

o    The English Letters. Baltimore, MD: Helicon, 1962.

·  McGinn, Bernard.

o    The Growth of Mysticism: Gregory the Great through the 12th Century. New York: Crossroad, 1994.

·  Merton, Thomas.

o    The Monastic Journey. Ed. Patrick Hart. Cistercian Studies 133. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1992. [Much of Merton’s vast output is still in print and readily available. All of it is recommended.]