Cistercian

ABBA ISAIAH OF SCETIS

$21.95

Written in the fifth century, during one of the most formative periods of christian monasticism in Egypt and Palestine, The Ascetic Discourses show a strong influence of the Scripture, both Old and New, and of Early monastic writers. They are marked by a faithfulness to tradition, yet equally by a note of originality distinctive to the Gaza region. Abba Isaiah has set forth a practical guide for monks, ever aware of the challenges that interpersonal relationships present within monastic communities.

John Chryssavgis is a Professor of Theology at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston. He completed his undergraduate studies in Athens and earned his doctoral degree at Oxford. Recent publications include The Way of the Fathers: Exploring the Minds of the Church Fathers(1988), Beyond the Shattered Image: Insights into an Orthodox Ecological Worldview(1999), and Soul Mending: The Art of Spiritual Direction(2000).

Pachomios (Robert) Penkett is an independent scholar currently researching Byzantine and Russian icons in British collections. Having completed his thesis on asceticism in the Spiritual Meadow of John of Moschos, he is directing the National Icon Collection Project. He has lectured widely in America, Canada, Europe, and Africa and has published work on the Desert fathers and Orthodox spirituality.

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9780879077501
Publication Date: 
2001-08-31
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ACW#70 SULPCIUS SEVERUS THE COMPLETE WORKS

$39.95

Volume 70 in the Ancient Christian Writers series offers the first complete English translation since the late nineteenth century of the works of Sulpicius Severus, an early fifth-century Gallic writer. Although Sulpicius is primarily known for his two works on Saint Martin of Tours (Life of Saint Martin and Dialogues), he also wrote the Chronica, a history of the world in two books that began with the creation of Adam and extended to the ecclesiastical controversies of late-fourth-century Gaul. These three works, plus a small number of extant letters, offer a fascinating glimpse into the emerging Gallic church, the use of historical writing in biography, apologetic, and polemic, and the role played by Roman aristocrats in promoting and shaping the western monastic movement.

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9780809106202
Publication Date: 
2015-12-21
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AELRED OF RIEVALX: SPIRITUAL FRIENDSHIP

$19.95

Spiritual Friendship is today the best known and perhaps most influential of the thirteen surviving works of Aelred, abbot of the great English Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx from 1147 '1167. During his abbacy he built Rievaulx into a place of spiritual welcome and physical prosperity, desiring to make it a mother of mercy" to those in need. In a three-book Ciceronian dialogue Aelred defines human friendship as sacramental, beginning in creation, as God sought to place his own love of society in al his creatures, linking friends to Christ in this life and culminating in friendship with God in beatitude. This fresh new translation makes the work crisply readable, allowing the intellectual and Christian insight of this great Cistercian teacher and writer to speak clearly to today's seekers of love, wisdom, and truth.

Lawrence C. Braceland, was professor of classics and dean at Ignatius College, Guelph (Canada), until in 1963 becoming professor of classics and dean of arts and sciences at St. Paul's College, the University of Manitoba. After his retirement in 1-978, he devoted himself to Cistercian scholarship, publishing numerous articles and translating in four volumes al the works of the English Cistercian abbot Gilbert of Hoyland.

Marshal. Dutton, professor of medieval literature and director of graduate studies in English at Ohio University, is along time student of the works of Aelred of Rievaulx and of other twelfth-century Cistercian writers. She is associate editor of Cistercian Studies Quarterly. In addition to her many articles on Cistercian thought, Dutton has written the introduction to Vita Aelredi (CF 57) and edited Aelred's The Historical Works and Lives of the Northern Saints (CF 56, 71) as well as preparing a critical edition of Aelred's Pastoral Prayer (CF 73). She was one of the editors of Truth as Gift: Studies in Cistercian History Honoring John R. Sommerfeldt (CS 204).

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ISBN/SKU: 
9780879079703
Publication Date: 
2010-03-31
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AELRED OF RIEVAULX/LITURGICAL SERMONS

$44.95
ISBN/SKU: 
9780879072582
Publication Date: 
2006-01-30

AELRED OF RIEVAULX/LITURGICAL SERMONS

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$32.95
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9780879074586

AELRED OF RIEVAULX: LIVES OF THE NORTHERN SAINTS

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$24.95

A saintly twelfth-century abbot, born to a family of hereditary priests family in Hexham, Northumbria, and raised at the Scottish royal court, recounts the deeds of his saintly forebears in the North. He tells of flawed and foolish men--and women--on their journey to the heavenly Jerusalem. Through his eyes we see Ninian, the Irishman who evangelized Scotland, and the saints of Hexham itself. And we learn of human weakness and retribution in 'A Certain Wonderful Miracle'.

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9780879074715
Publication Date: 
2006-11-30
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AT HOME WITH SAINT BENEDICT: MONASTERY TALKS

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$39.95

This selection of conferences on Saint Benedict's Rule for Monasteries by the former abbot of Assumption Abbey of Ava, Missouri, was delivered to the brothers there as a way show what Saint Benedict and his sixth-century Rule might have to offer monks of the early twenty-first century. It is hoped that this publication will now speak to men and women outside of the monastic cloister, so they may come to feel at home with Saint Benedict.

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9780879070274

BEARERS OF THE SPIRIT

$24.95

Christians in various western traditions are re-discovering spiritual direction. Yet many have little experience of the living tradition of spiritual fatherhood. The book sets out to learn how Orthodox Christians understand and value their spiritual fathers. Both the people and the spiritual fathers who speak through these pages are part of an ancient tradition in a Church only recently emerged from decades of Communist harassment. While their experience of spiritual fatherhood is uniquely their own, it can be of help to al Christians who seek God by searching out a spiritual father, a bearer of the spirit who knows, and can help others to know, the living God.

Nicolas Stebbing CR, a priest of the Community of the Resurrection, teaches at College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, Yorkshire and is engaged in retreat and ecumenical work.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780879077013
Publication Date: 
2003-04-30
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BENEDICT OF ANIANE THE EMPERORS MONK

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$13.95

Given the task of reviving monasticism and imposing uniformity throughout the Carolingian Empire, Witiza, a Visigothic lord became monk with the name Benedict, and read and compared al the existing monastic rules he could. Despite his own preference for rigorous austerity, he settled on the Rule of Saint Benedict, composed for beginners or the sick as the guide most suited to his countrymen. Its imposition, with accompanying legislation issued at the reforming synods of Aachen early in the ninth century, made the Rule of Benedict as interpreted by the second Benedict the monastic norm in the west and the sole monastic rule for nearly three centuries.

"The late Allen Cabanas was University Professor of History at the University of Mississippi."

ISBN/SKU: 
9780879073206
Publication Date: 
2008-05-31

BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX SERMONS FOR AUTUMN

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$34.95

On the anniversary of the dedication of the monastery church at Clairvaux, Saint Bernard spoke to the community to explain the meaning of the feast: What sanctity can these stones have that we should celebrate their festival? They do indeed have sanctity, but it is because of your bodies. . . . Your bodies are holy because of your souls, and this house is holy because of your bodies. The thirty-eight sermons in this volume carry forth this theme, revealing the holiness of the monastic life as monks alternate through the rhythm of the day and the year between the "opus Dei" and manual labor, journeying faithfully through life to death and the "transitus" to glory.The twelfth-century "Ecclesiastica Officia" of the Cistercian Order required abbots to speak formally to their communities in chapter on seventeen fixed days, mostly liturgical feasts. This volume witnesses to Bernard s fulfillment of this requirement and includes sermons for the Assumption and Nativity of the Virgin and the Feast of All Saints, sermons devoted to the feasts of particular saints celebrated during the autumn months, sermons for the time of harvest, and funeral sermons that look forward to the eternal joy in the communion of saints.
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ISBN/SKU: 
9780879074548
Publication Date: 
2016-02-29
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BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX:SERMONS FOR ADVENT AND THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

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$24.95

The twelfth-century abbot and contemplative known to history as The Mellifluous Teacher ' wrote sermons for the entire Christmas liturgical cycle 'from the first Sunday of Advent (four weeks before Christmas) to the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul (25 January). As he reflects on the wonder of the Incarnation, he reminds Christians still today that Christmas celebrates the awesome condescension of God-with-us, not a commercial carnival.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780879074517
Publication Date: 
2007-11-30

BLESSING OF BLESSINGS: GRIGOR OF NAREKS COMMENTARY ON THE SONG OF SONGS

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$21.95
ISBN/SKU: 
9780879072155
Publication Date: 
2007-11-01

BORN FROM THE GAZE OF GOD THE TIBHIRINE JOURNAL OF A MARTYR MONK 199-1996

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$19.95

Christophe Lebreton, aged forty-six, was the youngest of the seven Trappist monks assassinated in Algeria by terrorists in 1996. He was also the poet of the group. Anyone who was enthralled by the recent film Of Gods and Men should find in Brother Christophe's Journal ample and deeply moving material for meditation on both the light and the darkness inherent in the human condition.
The Journal begins in 1993, four months before the terrorists' first visit to the monastery at Tibhirine, and it ends on 19 March 1996, just seven days before the monks' abduction. Entry after entry touches readers both by its vivid sincerity and by the fresh and inventive quality of its poetic expression. Through these pages readers become privy to the daily events in the soul of a generous searcher after God under very trying conditions. His style is highly personal, playful, ardent, full of color and whimsy.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780879070373
Publication Date: 
2014-07-15

CALL OF THE WILD GEESE

$11.95

Preached to monks and edited for publication by a pastor, these sermons are applicable generally to any congregation of Christians, for human problems are the same in both church and cloister. The preacher's vivid imagery, his spontaneity and sense of excitement, and his honesty in facing sometimes harsh, unflattering realities make what he says both piercing and unforgettable.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780879077365
Publication Date: 
1995-12-31
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CELTIC MONK

$17.95

In the Early Middle Ages, the Irish temperament 'individualistic, poetic, and deeply loyal to family 'produced great and learned saints and a unique monastic literature. Before the Norman Invasion, the isolation of the island allowed the development of traditions quite different from those of the continent or Britain. The rules, maxims, litanies, and poems of early Irish monks convey the spirituality of the Isle of Saints in the sixth to eighth centuries.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780879076627
Publication Date: 
1996-10-31

CHARLES DUMONT MONK-POET

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$19.95

Introduced to the spiritual theology of the twelfth-century Cistercian Fathers when he entered the abbey of Scourmont, Belgium, Charles Dumont shared his ever deepening knowledge as editor of the Order's French-language journal, Collectanea Cisterciensia, in articles and translations of texts, and in lectures in Europe and North and South America. He has also written and published poetry, combining his love of language with his love of the Fathers and their language.

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9780879070403

CHRIST WITHIN ME

$9.95

From the rich tradition of the Anglo-Saxon Church of the sixth, seventh, and eighth centuries, Benedicta Ward has selected prayers and passages for meditation from both Latin and Anglo-Saxon sources. The mixture of Latin and Celtic Christian cultures, distilled and appropriated by the Germanic Anglo-Saxons, produced a distinctive English spiritual tradition which embraced kings and princesses, abbesses and monks, cowherds and poets, soldiers and beggars, and birds and animals. It is possible through these passages to walk with these men and women as friends and see how their lives became filled with the life of Christ, in pain and desolation as well as in wonder, love, and praise. '

Benedicta Ward is Reader in Spirituality at Harris Mansfield College Oxford, and a member of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God. Among her many books are The Venerable Bede, andHigh King of Heaven, Aspects of Early English Spirituality.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780879072131
Publication Date: 
2008-03-31

CISTERCIAN IDEALS AND REALITY

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ISBN/SKU: 
9780879078607
Publication Date: 
1977-12-31

CISTERCIAN SPIRITUALITY

$15.95

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. Michael Casey, relates in the introduction:
This book is offered to a wider world in the hope that it will serve as a means of making and deepening contact with the spirit of the Cistercian tradition not so much as it is written but as it has been lived for over six decades by a deeply spiritual man. To those who know of Kurisumala Ashram or who have read the biography of Fr. Francis, it will provide a gateway to an understanding of the interior life of this remarkable monk. In particular, his description of the stages of the experience of prayer will certainly be helpful to many who, like him, are lifelong seekers of the unseen God."

Francis Acharya, OCSO, left the Belgian monastery of Scourmont in 1955, after twenty years as a Trappist, to live his monastic life in India. His experiences put him in contact with such other pioneering spirits as Henri Le Saux (Abishiktananda), Jules Monchanin (In Quest of the Absolute), and Bede Griffiths (Return to the Centre, The Golden String), and led to an uncommonly successful inculturation of Christian monasticism within Indian culture and spirituality at Kurisumala, where he served as Acharya, teacher, until his death in 2001. His biography, Kurisumala: Francis Mahieu Acharya, A Pioneer of Christian Monasticism in India, is also published by Cistercian Publications.

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ISBN/SKU: 
9780879070267
Publication Date: 
2011-03-31
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CISTERCIANS AND CLUNIACS

$5.00

A landmark in the 'feud' between Citeaux and Cluny, the Apologia contains Saint Bernard's opinion on the place of graphic arts in the monastery and shows his mastery of satire.

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ISBN/SKU: 
9780879071028
Publication Date: 
1970-05-31

CLOUD OF WITNESSES: AN INTRODUCTORY HISTORY OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHRISTIAN

$24.95

First published in 1989, A Cloud of Witnesses has been completely rewritten to incorporate a multitude of minor amendments and a considerable amount of additional information. Like the first edition, it is intended as an introduction to the formative first five hundred years of the Christian theological tradition. In these pages the opinions and personalities of the Fathers of the Church that emerge are presented against the intellectual, social, and political world of their times, but since the book is only an introduction, the author presents the development of Christian doctrine in a rather more logical and cohesive manner than was the case in reality.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780879072186
Publication Date: 
2007-11-30
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COME AND SEE: MONASTIC WAY FOR TODAY

$19.95

Come and See is look inside the mind of a monk. The Vision of monastic life proposed here is not new; it is a Vision going back to the Desert Fathers of the fourth century. And yet, it is new because it is rooted in a place in the soul that never grows old. Come and see where I live, Jesus said to the disciples who were following him. He could just as well have said, come and see where you live; where your real life is being lived. Monastic spirituality is not some esoteric or Gnostic way of perceiving reality or understanding life. It is a treasure hidden in the field of your own heart; it is a universal spirituality that is the common inheritance of every human being; it is a search for God. From the atheist to the saint there is in the heart of al creatures a desire for ultimate meaning, a desire for God. In this sense everyone has the heart of a monk.
As you read this book you will meet some of the great themes of monastic life: silence, solitude, community life, prayer. You will also be helped to find your most authentic self, the self Thomas Merton spoke of when he said at the center of our being is a point of nothingness, a point of pure truth. Nothingness, emptiness, absence are important aspects of our spiritual journey.
There is a subtheme running through ancient monasticism that conceives of the monastery as a hospital 'a place for healing the soul, the spirit, the heart. The place of the heart is highlighted in these conferences and homilies as an ancient theme so relevant to the modern person.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780879070229
Publication Date: 
2010-03-31
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CONTEMPLATIVE PATH

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$14.95

In the frenetic modern world, many practising Christians have never been introduced to contemplative Christianity. Some have looked East for a treasure which has been integral to Christianity since the beginning. Christians in the Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran traditions explore the many ways by which the thirsting soul reaches out to God: solitary and solemn prayer, hymnody, attentive Scripture reading, and work offered as prayer. Here, in several accents, we hear that the contemplative life is not the opposite of the active life, but its true source.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780879075477
Publication Date: 
1995-10-31
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DIALOGUE ON THE SOUL

$11.95

Aelred of Rievaulx, like his Cistercian brothers, believed that the human person is created in the image and likeness of God. He analyzed the human soul therefore to understand by analogy something of the being of God. Possessing three faculties--intellect, memory, and will--the one, indivisible soul resembles the triune, simple Godhead. In that it is to some degree incomprehensible, the soul shares in the incomprehensibility of its Creator. By ascetic discipline and by training their innate spiritual faculties, the early Cistercians sought to restore persons to the perfection in which God had created them: to remember without forgetfulness, to know without error, to love without satiety.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780879072223
Publication Date: 
1980-12-31
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DISCOURSES OF PHILOXENOS OF MABBUG A NEW TRANSLATION AND INTRODUCTION

$49.95

The thirteen Discourses of Philoxenos of Mabbug (445-523) were delivered to new monks at a monastery under his episcopal care. Written in elegant Syriac, the Discourses deal with the fundamentals of the monastic and ascetic life-faith, simplicity, fear of God, renunciation, and the struggle against the demons of gluttony and fornication. This is Philoxenos's longest work and his most popular. It avoids the strident character of his letters and commentaries that were composed to advance the anti-Chalcedonian movement.

This is the first English translation of an important Syriac text since the 1894 translation, now difficult to find. The introduction to this translation of the Discourses takes into account the scholarly work done and the books and articles published about Philoxenos in the past half century. There are no other titles in English that deal with the Discourses in this depth.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780879071356
Publication Date: 
2014-01-05
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