Resources for Lay Cistercians


OCSO Homepage:

Cistercian Experientia document:


Cistercian Studies

•  Casey, Michael, OCSO. Fully Human, Fully Divine: An Interactive Christology.

•  Liguiri, MO: Liguori/Triumph, 2004.

•  Casey, Michael, OCSO. Exordium (Cistercian Studies Quarterly, (An International Review of the Monastic and Contemplative Spiritual Tradition)
•  de Waal, Esther. The Way of Simplicity: The Cistercian Tradition.
•  Krailsheimer, A.J. Rance and the Trappist Legacy. Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications, 1985.
•  Leclercq, Jean, OSB: Bernard of Clairvoux and the Cistercian Spirit (No publisher available)
•  Louf, Andre, OCSO. The Cistercian Way, Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications, 1989
•  Merton, Thomas. The Waters of Siloe: New  York: Harcourt Brace Publishers, 1949
•  Pennington, M. Basil, OCSO, The Cistercians. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1992.
•  __________. ed. The Cistercian Spirit: A symposium in memory of Thomas Merton. Washington: Consortium Press. 1973 (No purchase link available)
•  __________. ed. Bernard of Clairvaux. A Lover Teaching the Way of Love. Hyde Park, NY: New City Press, 1997
•  __________. A School of Love: The Cistercian Way to Holiness.
•  Squire, Aelred. Aelred of Rievaulx: A Study. Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications. 1981
•  Sommerfeldt, John. The Spiritual Teachings of Bernard of Clairvaux. Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications,  1991 (Out of Stock)
•  Tamburello, Dennis E. Bernard of Clairvaux: Essential Writings. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Co.
•  Vest, Norvene, Preferring Christ: A Devotional Commentary and Workbook on the Rule of St. Benedict. Trabuco Canyon, CA: Source Books, 1990
•   The Golden Epistle –William of St Thierry –Cistercian Fathers Series #12 –Cistercian Publications –Kalamazoo, MI

Contemplative Spirituality –

Recommendations for reading:

•  The Cloud of Unknowing. Edited by William Johnston. Garden City: Image Books, 1973
•  Chittister, Joan, OSB, Illuminated Life: Monastic Wisdom for Seekers of Light. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2000
•  Cummings, Charles, OCSO, The Mystery of the Ordinary
•  Davis, Bruce. Monastery Without Walls: Daily Life in the Silence. Berkeley: Celestial Arts, 1990
•  Finley, James. The Contemplative Heart. Notre Dame: Sorin Books, 2000
•  Manss, Virginia and Frohlich, Mary, Editors. The Lay Contemplative: Testimonies, Perspectives, Resources. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2000
•  Merton, Thomas. New Seeds of Contemplation. New York: Direction Books, 1961
•  __________. The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation. New York: Harper Collins Books, 2003
•  Skinner, John. ed. Wisdom of the Cloister. New York: Image Books, 1999
•  Vest, Norvene. No Moment Too Small: Rhythms of Silence, Prayer and Holy Reading. Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications, 1994
•  A Serious call to a devout Holy Life – William Law
•  The New Stations of the Cross : The Way of the Cross According to Scripture

Recommended books on Prayer:

•  Emery, Pierre-Yves, 15 Days of Prayer with St. Bernard. Liguori: Liguori Publications, 2002
•  Howard, Katherine. Praying with Benedict. Winona: St. Mary’s Press, 1996
•  Mundy, Linus. A Retreat With Benedict and Bernard. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1998
•  Pennington, M. Basil. Lectio Divina: Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures. New  York: The Crossroads  Publishing Co., 1998
•  Simsic, Wayne, Praying with Thomas Merton. Winona: St. Mary’s Press, 1994


Books about the Abbey of Gethsemani:

•  Aprile, Diane, The Abbey of Gethsemani: Place of Peace and Paridise. Paradox, Trout Lily Press 1998.
•  Making a Heart for God: A Week Inside a Catholic Monestary
•  Merton Video produced by Morgan Atkinson
•  Quenon, Bro. Paul, Plante, Bro. Guerric, and Kelly, Fr. Timothy. Holy Folly: Short and Tall Tales from the Abbey of Gethsemani. Windson, ON; Black Moss Press, 1998

Books on the Rule of St. Benedict:

•  RB 1980: The Rule of St. Benedict in English. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1982
•  Chittister, Joan, OSB. Wisdom Distilled From the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1990.
•  Dean, Eric. Saint Benedict for the Laity. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1989.
•  de Waal, Esther. Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1984.
•  Fry, Timothy, OSB, ed. The Rule of St. Benedict. New York: Vintage Spiritual Classics, 1998.
•  Pratt, Lonni Collins and Homan, OSB, Daniel. Benedict’s Way: An Ancient Monk’s
Insights for a Balanced Life. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2000.
•  Pratt, Lonni Collins and Homan, OSB, Daniel. Benedict’s Way of Love: Radical Hospitality. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2002.
•  Robinson, David. The Family Cloister: Benedictine Wisdom for the Home. Amazon Books
•  Taylor, Brian C. Spirituality for Everyday Living: An Adaptation of the Rule of St. Benedict. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1989.
•  Vest, Norvene, Oblate OSB. Preferring Christ: A Devotional Commentary and Workbook on the Rule of St. Benedict. Trabuco Canyon: Source Books, 1990 and Valyermo:

Homilies, reflections, articles, and poetry by monks of the Abbey of Gethsemani

Fr. Michael Casagram, OCSO:
•  Fr. Michael’s reflections and homilies
•  Casagram, Michael, OCSO, “Discerning the Movements of Grace in Our Lives,” September, 2000.
•  __________. “Spiritual Direction and the Lay Contemplative Life,” July 2000.
•  __________. “Toward the Formation of LCG Members,” August 2001
Br. Paul Quenon, OCSO
•  Br. Paul’s poetry and photography

Contributions from our members:

•  Linda Boerstler
•  Walter Poe
•  Ray Greers
•  Joe Gentilini
•  George Schaller
•  Bob Siegel
•  Gray Matthews