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Four Ways Of Holiness For The Universal Church

Drawn from the Monastic Tradition

Francis Kline, OCSO

We find the essence of holiness deep in the Scriptures, in the teaching and imitation of Jesus. When a Christian lives a particular way of holiness back to its scriptural source, we see in the person the Church as it waits for the Saviour, beyond all activities and ministries. We hear the testimony of that holy person speaking both of the peace and the energy of the last times, which the holy one sees as now. This is the experience of the contemplative. The contemplative aspect of the Church, where the Spirit is rushing things along to their fulfillment in his chosen one, has long been neglected. We are simply not aware of it in our ministerial preoccupations. Yet it is the place where all ministries are directed. In this book the author has chosen four ways of holiness which, if taken back to their scriptural source and lived there, help rectify the imbalances in our doctrinal and ecclesiastical life. Monasteries dedicated to profound Christian contemplation, as privileged places where the imbalance is righted, are essential to the revelation of the true nature of the Church, both in the daily reality as well as in the searing vision of Christ in glory.

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The Art of Winning Souls

Pastoral Care of Novices

Michael Casey, OCSO

In his chapter on the procedure for the reception of new brothers, Saint Benedict makes provision for entrusting them to the care of "a senior who is skilled in winning souls who will diligently pay attention to them in everything" (58.6). In The Art of Winning Souls: Pastoral Care of Novices, Michael Casey, OCSO, reflects on what this means today, based on his own experience and observation of the fruitful ministry of others.Here Casey focuses on the pastoral care given in the name of a monastic community to those who enter it, from initial contact up to the point where their vocation has recognizably stabilized. His reflections are not intended to be prescriptive. They are, rather, descriptive of what he considers to be best practice, as he has encountered this in his experience of many different expressions of the monastic and Benedictine charism. This book promises to serve as an indispensable resource for vocation directors, novice directors, and junior directors for years to come.Michael Casey, OCSO, is a monk of Tarrawarra Abbey (Australia). He holds a degree in Scripture at Leuven and a doctorate from Melbourne College of Divinity for a study of desire for God in the writings of Bernard of Clairvaux. In recent decades he has been engaged in exploring different aspects of monastic spirituality, writing, and giving conferences throughout the English-speaking monastic world. His books include The Road to Eternal Life: Reflections on the Prologue of Benedict's Rule (Liturgical Press, 2011) and Seventy-Four Tools for Good Living: Reflections on the Fourth Chapter of Benedict's Rule (Liturgical Press, 2014).

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The Letters Of Adam Of Perseigne

Volume I

Adam Of Perseigne; 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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Treatises

Stephen Of Sawley; 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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Homilies

Ogier of Locedio; 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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The Art of Preaching

Alan of Lille; 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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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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Spiritual TractatesVolumes One and Two

Baldwin of Forde; 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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"Letters from Ireland, 1228-1229"

Stephen Of Lexington; 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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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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The Commendation of Faith

Baldwin of Forde; 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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