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St Augustine:
CONFESSIONS
A fresh translation by Benignus O’Rourke OSA  

Suitable for young and old, Augustine of Hippo’s Confessions is perhaps the most important spiritual autobiography ever written. Recalling his dissolute years, he pours out his heart to God, giving thanks and praise for his mercy and love. God had always been actively present in his life, though Augustine (354-430) realised this only much later. 
O’Rourke’s beautiful prose sheds new light on Augustine’s journey into faith!
2013 pb 397pp R230.00




St Benedict:
THE RULE OF ST BENEDICT IN ENGLISH 
Edited by Timothy Fry OSB

Benedict c. 480-547 lived in Italy. He left his native Nursia, Umbria to attend school in Rome, but became disgusted with the paganism he saw and renounced the world to live in solitude in a cave at Subiaco. He underwent a deep religious experience and later established twelve monasteries. His Rule offered definitive direction and established an ordered way of life, in the strife-torn Italy of the sixth century. 
1982 booklet 96pp R42.00




St Catherine of Siena:
THE DIALOGUE

Translated, from the original Italian, and preceded by an Introduction, by Algar Thorold - Abridged edition
Describes the entire spiritual life through a series of conversations between God and the soul, represented by Catherine herself (Dictated by her, while in the state of ecstacy, to her secretaries, and completed in 1370). 
2010 pb 213pp R180.00





St Francis de Sales:
INTRODUCTION TO THE DEVOUT LIFE

A masterpiece of spirituality - the French edition first appeared in print in 1608 - covers an extremely wide range of topics concerning faith and morals. Whether is is prayer or poverty, anger or anxiety, temperance or temptation, marriage, love, games, whatever, each chapter helps draw the reader a step closer to the spiritual union with the Lord.
1998/2013 pb 315pp R90.00


 



John of the Cross:
THE LIVING FLAME OF LOVE

With an introduction by Baroness Caroline Cox
John of the Cross was a Carmelite friar and mystic who lived in Spain in the second half of the sixteenth century. The Living Flame of Love is a  beautiful poem and prose commentary on the love between the soul and God. Deeply scriptural, it alludes to the ‘rivers of living water’of John’s gospel.
1919/2017 pb 96pp R185.00

 

 

 

Julian of Norwich:
REVELATIONS OF DIVINE LOVE
With an introduction by A N Wilson

A sensitively modernized classic which vividly conveys the love of God and his presence in suffering!
The fourteenth-century mystic Julian of Norwich was seriously ill and preparing for death when she received a series of 16 visions of the Passion of Christ. After surviving her illness, she became an anchoress, dedicating the rest of her life to solitary prayer. She recorded the content of her mystical experiences and these became know as the Revelations of Divine Love.
1901/2017 pb 242pp R198.00

 

 

 

Brother Lawrence:
PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD
Translated by Donald Attwater

Brother Lawrence’s conversations on simplicity, detachment and freedom. After a number of attempts to live as a hermit, he worked in the kitchen as a lay brother in the Order of Discalced Carmelites. He died in 1691, aged about eighty years.
2012 pb 80pp R20.00

 



St Therese of Lisieux:
STORY OF A SOUL
A new translation from the original manuscript by John Clarke, OCD

Therese entered Carmel at 15. She finished writing her book only a few months before her death on Sept 30, 1897, aged 24. St Therese’s autobiography, addressed to Mother Agnes of Jesus who had ordered her to write down her childhood memories,  is a lesson in how to live “the little way of spiritual childhood”, of trust and absolute surrender: “My mission is to make God loved as I love Him, to teach souls my little way”.
1975/2016 pb 296pp R130.00




Thomas Á Kempis:
THE IMITATION OF CHRIST
With reflections from the Documents of Vatican II for each chapter

Written by a man in a cloister (d. 1471) for other cloistered men and written in a time and culture far removed from our own.
2013 - 8th Printing. Pocket size plastic cover382pp R55.00





Thomas Á Kempis:
THE IMITATION OF CHRIST
A classic for contemporary readers re-translated and introduced by William Creasy
1989/2004 pb 192pp R275.00




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THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING
Edited by Bernard Bangley

Written by an anonymous fourteenth-century author, originally prepared for cloistered monks. Each chapter offers a way to enter into the life of prayer and provides common sense steps on this mystical path. This edition makes mystical experiences and concepts understandable for today’s reader
2006 pb 128pp R58.00




THE WAY OF A PILGRIM
And THE PILGRIM CONTINUES HIS WAY

Translated by Helen Bacovcin; Foreword by Walter Ciszek, SJ

This enduring work of Russian spirituality has charmed countless people with its tale of a nineteenth-century peasant’s quest for the secret of prayer.
1978 pb 190pp R135.00