Cistercian Spirituality

An Introduction to Cistercian Spirituality

An Anthology of Writings by Cistercian writers

  • Adam of Perseigne On Mary
  • Ælred of Rievaulx On Prayer for the World
  • Aleydis of Schaerbeek On Suffering and Solidarity
  • Mother Agnes Day On Purity of Heart
  • Baldwin of Forde On Perseverance
  • Beatrice of Nazareth One Mode of Love
  • Bernard of Clairvaux On the Merciful Heart of Christ
  • Christian de Cherge On Service and Sacrifice
  • Christophe Lebreton On Waiting
  • Gertrud of Helfta On Work and Prayer
  • Gilbert of Hoyland On Dogged Prayer
  • Guerric of Igny On Solitude and Community
  • Isaac of Stella On Contemplation and Action
  • John of Forde On Tears
  • Mother Maureen McCabe On Desire in the Night
  • Mother Miriam Pollard On Meeting the Risen Lord
  • Thomas Merton (Fr Louis) On Silence
  • William of St Thierry On Knowing Oneself

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For further reading, we recommend Esther de Waal, ‘The Way of Simplicity’ – Traditions of Cistercian Spirituality, Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd, ISBN ‎ 978-0232522648

And Thomas Wyatt & Pauline Matarasso, The Cistercian World: Monastic Writings of the Twelfth Century (Penguin Classics, 1993 & 2006) ISBN ‎978-0140433562