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Monastic Studies Series

This series contains titles from monastic and ascetical writers throughout the history of monasticism. Both Eastern and Western Christian saints and ascetics are featured as the writers of these classics of spirituality that explore various aspects of the cenobitic and eremitic lifestyles. Ancient and contemporary exemplars of the monastic ideal are the subjects and contributors to this series dedicated to the benefits of religious orders.

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Treatises and the Pastoral Prayer

By Aelred of Rievaulx; Introduction by David Knowles
ISBN: 978-1-60724-189-8
Meditation on Christ's humanity and a letter of instruction on a disciplined spiritual life for his sister, epitomize Aelred's gentle spirituality. His pastoral prayer reflects a man conscious that he is accountable to God for the souls of others.
$152.00 $91.20

Histories of the Monks of Upper Egypt and The Life of Onnophrius

By Paphnutius; Translation and Introduction by Tim Vivian
ISBN: 978-1-60724-142-3
Far from the Christian metropolis of Alexandria, removed from the well-known and much–visited monastic settlements of the Thebaid, and infintely remote from Rome, lay the garrison towns of Aswan and Philae. There Christians and pagans coexisted. Integral to the christian community on this desert frontier of Empire were the local monks–ascetics, intercessors, and miracle workers.
$163.00 $97.80

Ascetic Discourses

ISBN: 978-1-60724-143-0
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. Abba Isaiah has set forth a practical guide for monks, ever aware of the challanges that interpersonal relationships present within monastic communities.
$177.00 $106.20

Russian Mystics

ISBN: 978-1-60724-144-7
A panorama of Russian Christian spirituality, richly illustrated with passages from formative works.
$181.00 $108.60

The Lives of the Desert Fathers

Introduction by Sister Benedicta Ward SLG; Translated by Norman Russell
ISBN: 978-1-60724-145-4
Eyewitness accounts of the lives and teachings of the fourth-century Desert Fathers from the Historia monachorum in Aegypto.
$131.00 $78.60

The Life of Isaac of Alexandria & The Martyrdom of Saint Macrobius

By Mena of Nikiou; Translation and Introduction by David N. Bell
ISBN: 978-1-60724-146-1
Separated by schism from Greek and Latin Christians and surviving under Islamic suzerainty, the Church of Egypt produced insightful saints and heroic martyrs in a chapter in church history now opened to readers of English for the first time.
$152.00 $91.20

Forty Gospel Homilies

ISBN: 978-1-60724-147-8
At the dividing line between Antiquity and the Middle Ages, scholar-diplomat-pastor-writer-pope Gregory the Great drew on his profound knowledge of Scripture and his personal experience to preach the Gospel. These forty homilies show the practical concerns Gregory faced as well as the theological expectations he had of his flock.
$181.00 $108.60

The Praktikos & Chapters on Prayer

By Evagrius Ponticus; Translation and Introduction by John Eudes Bamberger OCSO
ISBN: 978-1-60724-148-5
The living link through whom the ascetic principles of hellenistic philosophers passed into monasticism, Evagrius molded Christian asceticism through his own works and through his influcence on John Cassian, Climacus, Pseudo–Denis, and Saint Benedict.
$142.00 $85.20

On the Song of Songs II

By Bernard of Clairvaux; Translated by Kilian Walsh OCSO; Introduction by Jean Leclercq OSB
ISBN: 978-1-60724-190-4
A profound mystic, Bernard sought, above all and in all, to be with God and to bring all persons to the experience of God. His Sermons on the Song of Songs are among the most famous and most beautiful examples of medieval scriptural exegesis. In them the modern reader can catch a glimpse of the genius which an entire generation found irresistible.
$152.00 $91.20

Song of Songs I

ISBN: 978-1-60724-191-1
A profound mystic, Bernard sought, above all and in all, to be with God and to bring all persons to the experience of God. His Sermons on the Song of Songs are among the most famous and most beautiful examples of medieval scriptural exegesis. In them the modern reader can catch a glimpse of the genius which an entire generation found irresistible.
$130.00 $78.00

The Enigma of Faith

By William of Saint Thierry; Translation and Introduction by John D. Anderson
ISBN: 978-1-60724-192-8
William of Saint Thierry left all things in his search for God. He left his home in Liège (modern Belgium) to study in France. He left the schools to enter Benedictine monastic life at Rheims. And late in life he left the Benedictines to enter the most austere, recently founded Cistercian abbey of Signy in the Ardennes forest. What he did not leave was his keen intellect and his vehement love of Truth.
$150.00 $90.00

Spiritual Friendship

By Aelred of Rievaulx; Translated by Mary Eugenia Laker SSND; Introduction by Douglass Roby
ISBN: 978-1-60724-193-5
Aelred of Rievaulx was born in the borderlands of Northumbria was raised at the royal court of Scotland. While traveling in King David’s service in 1134, the restless young man visited Rievaulx, a new foundation of the Cistercian monks in Yorkshire. The next day he returned to become a monk, and thirteen years later became abbot. In this second volume on spiritual friendship, written near the end of his life, Aelred completes his early treatise and shares his mature experience of the love of his companions and the love of God.
$152.00 $91.20

Exposition on the Song of Songs

ISBN: 978-1-60724-194-2
In the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, The Song of Songs was a favorite book of Cistercian monks. Bernard of Clairvaux, Gilbert of Hoyland, and John of Ford, as well as William of Saint Thierry, read it as a dialogue between Christ the Bridegroom and the human soul, the Bride. William of Saint Thierry began composing his commentary soon after entering the Cistercian abbey of Signy in 1135. Having left behind a busy life as a Benedictine abbot and author of theological treatises, he turned to writing meditations on Scripture as the means of listening to the voice of the Beloved.
$138.00 $82.80

The Life and Death of Saint Malachy the Irishman

By Bernard of Clairvaux; Translated and Annotated by Robert T. Meyer
ISBN: 978-1-60724-195-9
This book tells the life of a saint by a saint. Malachy O'Morgair spent his life and considerable energies exhorting, wheedling, badgering, and praying his countrymen back to christian faith and practice. Bernard holds him up in this Life, eulogy, and hymn as a model to bishops.
$129.00 $77.40

Sermons on the Christian Year

By Isaac of Stella; Translated by Hugh McCaffery; Introduction by Bernard McGinn
ISBN: 978-1-60724-196-6
A scholar turned monk, Isaac combined the increasingly technical vocabulary of the cathedral schools with the spiritual tradition of the monastery. Dialectic is here combined with meditative reflection.
$149.00 $89.40

The Steps of Humility and Pride

ISBN: 978-1-60724-197-3
The son of Burgundian nobility, Bernard admitted after years of struggle that humility remained for him the most elusive of the virtues. Yet the uncompromising vehemence of his love for God made him strive for what monastic tradition taught is indispensable to anyone hoping to share God's perfect love.
$114.00 $68.40

On Loving God

By Bernard of Clairvaux; Analytical Commentary by Emero Stiegman
ISBN: 978-1-60724-198-0
Perhaps Bernard's most delightful tract, On Loving God posits that everything good in human persons is an expression of God's love and by love the person may participate in the being of the triune God. In a new analytic commentary, Stiegman examines Bernard's language, logic, and theology, demonstrating the vital importance of reading medieval authors on their own terms, without superimposing categories developed by later generations.
$168.00 $100.80

Sermons on the Song of Songs, I

By Gilbert of Hoyland; Translation and Introduction by Lawrence C. Braceland SJ
ISBN: 978-1-60724-199-7
Taking up Saint Bernard's unfinished sermon-commentary, Gilbert ruminates on verse 3:1-5:10 in forty-eight sermons, leaving the task to be finished by John of Ford.
$135.00 $81.00

The Mirror of Charity

ISBN: 978-1-60724-200-0
Aelred of Rievaulx possessed a personal charm which drew friends and disciples naturally to him. His own experience of human weakness in a worldly life at the court of King David of Scotland made him sensitive to the doctrine of charity which he found among Cistercian monks. The Mirror of Charity gives us a solid theology of the Cistercian life. Because the divine nature is love, as the Bible tells us, directing our love to God-love conforms us to the image of God that has been lost through sin. All love, to Aelred, is a participation in God-love that leads us to union.
$187.00 $112.20

Homilies in Praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary

ISBN: 978-1-60724-201-7
The young abbot meditates on the singular role of the Virgin Mother of Christ 'to satisfy [his] own devotion', and in doing so bequeathes his own love of Mary and of Scripture to his Order and to the Church.
$142.00 $85.20

Eight Homilies on the Praises of Blessed Mary

ISBN: 978-1-60724-202-4
Amadeus became a monk of Clairvaux in 1125, just about the time its abbot, Bernard, began to be noticed by the Church at large. After twenty years in the cloister, Amadeus became bishop of the troubled diocese of Lausanne. Reform and renewal did not come easily. Amid political skullduggery, as well as the demands of pastoral and administrative duties, Bishop Amadeus managed to write–perhaps to preach–these eight homilies in praise of Mary. Formed as a monk under the charismatic influence of Saint Bernard, Amadeus retained a distinctive piety which finds eloquent expression in this series of sermons, almost all that survives from his pen.
$116.00 $69.60

In Praise of the New Knighthood

A Treatise on the Knights Templar and the Holy Places of Jerusalem
ISBN: 978-1-60724-203-1
The monk and the knight—the two quintessentially medieval European heroes—were combined in the Knights Templar, men who took the monastic vows and defended the holy places and pilgrims. With characteristic eloquence, Bernard of Clairvaux voices the cleric's view of the knights, warfare, and the conquest of the Holy Land in five chapters on the knight's vocation. Then, in another eight chapters the abbot who never visited the Holy Land provides a spiritual tour of the pilgrimage sites guarded by this 'new kind of knighthood.'
$143.00 $85.80

Sermons on the Song of Songs, II

ISBN: 978-1-60724-204-8
Taking up Saint Bernard's unfinished sermon-commentary, Gilbert ruminates on verse 3:1-5:10 in forty-eight sermons, leaving the task to be finished by John of Ford.
$165.00 $99.00

The Letters, I

By Adam of Perseigne; Translated by Grace Perigo; Introduction by Thomas Merton
ISBN: 978-1-60724-205-5
These are the letters of 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.
$166.00 $99.60

The Art of Preaching

By Alan of Lille; Translation and Introduction by Gillian R. Evans
ISBN: 978-1-60724-206-2
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.
$158.00 $94.80