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SPIRITUALITIES


Benedictine Spirituality



BENEDICTINE LIVING
Reflections for prayer and meditation
Kate Ritger
The reflections are organized by themes from the Rule of St Benedict and include: awareness of God, listening, hospitality, humility, moderation, community for ordinary people, obedience, authority, peace, work, prayer, stability and stewardship
Paperback 94pp R128.00




CONVERSATION WITH SAINT BENEDICT
The Rule in today’s world
Terrence Kardong, OSB
Readers seeking wisdom will find themselves drawn into exchanges on both contemporary and perennial issues facing monastics and others committed to living well in community. Topics include: monastic recreation, paternalism, economics without anxiety, monastic garb, the cell phone and the monk, competition and more.
“This well-considered series of essays, bring St Benedict’s Rule into dialogue with contemporary attitudes and issues, is both instructive and entertaining. Each essay is thought-provoking, honest, and challenging. They are also powerful and contemporary expositions of basic monastic values.”
- Michael Casey, OCSO
Paperback 146pp R202.00



DAY BY DAY WITH SAINT BENEDICT
Terrence Kardong, OSB
Features meditations for each day of the year by a renowned Benedictine scholar. Those interested in a great religious classic will find a way to apply The Rule to daily life. 
“The book will help the reader to plumb the psychological depth of the Rule and at the same time will make the rich tradition of the Rule seem more accessible to the spiritual searcher”.
- Joel Rippenger, OSB
Paperback 265pp R226.00



THE RADICAL CHRISTIAN LIFE
A year with Saint Benedict
Joan Chittister
In a masterful introductory essay, Chittister considers how the insights and values of the sixth-centuy monk can illuminate today’s search for a meaningful life. Then she leads us through the year with twelve stories from Benedict’s life, one for each month, drawing nourishment from them with brief daily reflections that help us develop our own spiritual lives in this day and age.
Paperback 129pp (Sold Out)



THE ROAD TO ETERNAL LIFEReflections on the Prologue of Benedict’s RuleMichael CaseyIn the Prologue of his Rule, St Benedict maps out the road that leads to heaven; he lays the foundation for life in a community that seeks God. The themes that are present throughout the Rule - obedience, humility, prayer, fear of the Lord, eternal life - are grounded in this important Prologue. By reflecting of the Prologue one verse at a time, Casey delves into the richness of meaning that can be found in Benedict’s words. These reflections build a bridge between the sixth-century text and twenty-first century Christians.“Recently I asked Brother Patrick Hart of Gethsemani who was the best writer of our times. He said, “You mean, after Merton?” I said, “Yes. Who would be the best of my generation?” He replied without hesitation, “Michael Casey, OCSO. He writes with clarity and depth.” Reading this new book on the Prologue of the Rule of Benedict confirms Brother Patrick’s affirmation.”- Meg Funk, OSBHardcover 182pp R213.00



THE RULE OF ST BENEDICT IN ENGLISH 
RB1980
Editor: Timothy Fry, OSB
Booklet 96pp R48.00




Carmelite Spirituality



LOVE AWAKENED BY LOVE
The liberating ascent of St John of the Cross
Mark O’Keefe, OSB
As a skilled moral theologian, O’Keefe leads God-seekers to focus attention of this liberation we need to truly love God and be conformed to God in divine union - a liberation that comes through authentic Christian living.
An insightful companion to The Ascent of Mount Carmel, guiding readers to appreciate the key role of virtuous living in striving for authentic human freedom and ultimately, at the journey’s summit, finding the God who is Love
Paperback 179pp R215.00




JOHN OF THE CROSS
Man and Mystic
Richard Hardy
This engaging biography is the perfect introduction - or an enjoyable re-acquaintance - to the man whose life, writings, and spirituality have illuminated the Christian world. Includes a guide to reading the works of John of the Cross, photos and color reproductions of masterpiece artwork, and a bibliography
Paperback 178pp R245.00



ST JOHN OF THE CROSS: COLLECTED WORKS
Translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, OCT and Otilio Rodriguez, OCD; With introductions by Kieran Kavanaugh
Contents: The Ascent of Mount Carmel, The Dark night, The Spiritual Canticle, The Living Flame of Love, Minor Works & Poetry
Hardcover 737pp R200.00 (Sold Out)



ST TERESA OF AVILA: COLLECTED WORKS
Translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD & Otilio Rodriguez, OCD
Volume 1: 
The Book of her life, Spiritual testimonies, Soliloquies
Paperback 406pp R160.00



ST TERESA OF AVILA: COLLECTED WORKS
Volume 2: 
The Way of Perfection, the Interior Castle, Meditations on the Song of Songs
Paperback 554pp R210.00


 


ST TERESA OF AVILA: COLLECTED WORKS
Volume 3: 
The Book of her Foundations, Minor Works, Poetry 
Paperback 483pp R110.00




STORY OF A SOUL
Autobiography of St Therese of Lisieux
Translated by John Clarke, OCD
Paperback 296pp R145.00



WELCOME TO THE SECULAR ORDER OF DISCALCED CARMELITES
Aloysius Deenye, OCD
A collection of conferences Fr Deeney presented to members of the Secular Order (OCDC) worldwide. His practical and insightful talks are primarily directed to the members and those interested in the tradition of the Discalced Carmelites. 
Paperback 116pp R198.00



Carthusian Spirituality




THE PRAYER OF LOVE AND SILENCE
By a Carthusian

This book issues a powerful invitation to respond to the love of Christ. It was born in the silence of the Charterhouse, and offers the Carthusians' unique wisdom to all. This volume is centred on the need for prayer, and teaches that prayer is not merely a devotional exercise to be carried out at the beginning and end of the day, or simply as the mood takes us. Reissued by popular demand, the book presents ideal material for daily reading and reflection and will provide true sustenance for a deeper life of prayer.
Paperback 144pp (Sold Out)



Celtic Spirituality


BELONGING TO BORDERS
A sojourn in the Celtic Tradition
Bonnie Bowman Thurston
Foreword by Esther de Waal

"When the scholar and the poet wrestles in you," Bonie was once asked by a friend at Tymawr, "who wins?"
The poems in this book are her response. In these poems, she reverences the borders, literal and metaphorical, that have been a part of her life since childhood. This reverence shines in her deep appreciation for holy space, for nature infused with the divine, for roots that are deep.
These prayerful meditations on Celtic saints and places invite the reader to honour the borders in their own lives and to recognize the holiness of living on the borders.
Paperback 104pp R165.00



Cistercian Spirituality


GOD ALONE
A spiritual biography of Blessed Rafael Arnaiz Baron
Monastic Wisdom Series No 14
Gonzalo Maria Fernandez, OCSO

Set among 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 Trapist 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. At the age of twenty-seven, he died in the infirmary of the Abbey of San Isidro, less than five months after his fourth entrance.
Paperback 124pp (Sold Out)



HOMILIES IN PRAISE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Cistercian Fathers series No 18-A
Bernard of Clairvaux

Here are for homilies by St Bernard, taking as his text the passage from Luke: An angel was sent to a virgin names Mary. 
Paperback 65pp R194.00



INSIDE THE PSALMS
Reflections for Novices
Maureen McCabe, OCSO

After teaching Scripture to women in monastic formation at mount Saint Mary's Abbey in Wrentham, Massachusetts, for many years, Sr Maureen shares her insights into 25+ of these biblical songs with those outside the cloister. Always in the background there is solid exegesis, but exegesis is at the service of persons who are discerning a commitment to a life wholly ordered to contemplation.
Paperback 138pp R174.00



LIVING WISDOM
The mission and transmission of Monasticism
Cristiana Piccardo

Over the course of four decades, the Abbey of Vitorchiano in Italy founded no fewer than six new monasteries around the world, from Argentina to Indonesia, and today this vibrant oasis of prayer and Christian living still has some eighty sisters of its own. The book reveals the vitality of these communities. Cristiana Piccardo, OCSO was born in Genova, Italy in 1925 and in 1958 entered the monastery of Trappistine Cistercian nuns. In 1964 she became the abbess. From 1991 to 2002 she was the Superior of the Venezuelan foundation, where she currently resides.
Paperback 174pp R256.00



MAN, MONK, MYSTIC
Bernard of Clairvaux

Text selected and translated by Michael Casey, OCSO
Casey introduced the spiritual doctrine of the saint in twelve meditative talks; here are selected texts which allow us to read Bernard's own word on topics like: imagehood, reform, prayer, immediacy, progress, and love.
Paperback 115pp R93.00



THE MIRROR OF CHARITY
Cistercian Fathers series No 17
Aelred of Rievaulx
Translated by Elizabeth Connor, OCSO
Introduction and Notes by Charles Dumont, OCSO

A solid theology of the Cistercian life, Aelred's deep knowledge of Scripture, his joy in his brethren, and his love of Christ shine from every page. 
Paperback 324pp R197.00



SECRET OF THE HEART
Spiritual Being
Monastic Wisdom series No 2
Jean-Mary Howe, OCSO

"The Secret", shared by a retired Abbess of the Cistercian Abbey of the Assomption de l'Acadie in New Brunswick, is that through immersion in monastic life, men and women enter into contact with the Mystery of Christ, a contact which takes place at the level of the heart and gives birth to spiritual being. To explain this transformation, which applies not only to monastics but to all Christians who take seriously the spiritual life, she discusses the disciplines of prayer and the lectio divina, holy reading which feeds prayer. The reflections draw not only on the traditions of monastic life, but on modern literature and films, and demonstrate the universality of the movement of the heart towards God.
Paperback 80pp R116.00



SPIRITUAL FRIENDSHIP
Cistercian Fatheres series No 5
Aelred of Rievaulx

This work expresses the great joy that Aelred took in his friends and reflects his long meditations on the classic work of the great Stoic philosopher Cicero.
Paperback 145pp (Sold Out)




WORDS FOR THE JOURNEY
Monastic Wisdom series No 21
A monastic vocabulary
Edith Scholl, OCSO

In matters of religion and spirituality the simplest phrases can be the most misleading. Or, if not misleading, misunderstood. 
"When I started reading and studying the writings of the 12th and thirteenth-century Cistercians years ago, I was struck by their rich vocabulary of Latin words - words rich with resonances from scripture, the liturgy, and patristic and earlier monastic authors, words for which no exact equivalents exist in English. It seemed to me that these words could be a key to a deeper understanding of their message ... This study of some of the most important of them could serve as a companion to the translations being published in the Cistercian Fathers Series, enabling nonspecialists to read those translations with greater understanding and appreciation..." 
- From the Introduction
Paperback 176pp R185.00



Desert Spirituality


THE LIVES OF THE DESERT FATHERS
The Historia Monachorum in Aegypto
Introduced by Benedicta Ward, SLG
Translated by Norman Russell

In the year 394 seven monks from Palestine made a difficult journey through the Egyptian desert, drawn there by stories of remarkable men. In her long and illuminating introduction, Sr Benedicta explores the background of these travellers' tales and their encounters with the great men of the Desert, and places the account in its literary context alongside the complementary text of the 'Sayings' of the Fathers and the later, more sophisticated literature. She indicates throughout the social impact of the Fathers and the lasting truths discovered by these simple men in their way of holiness.
Paperback 180pp (Sold Out)



Dominican Spirituality


THE DOMINICAN TRADITION
Spirituality in history
Thomas McGonigle & Phyllis Zagano

St Dominic, who died in 1221, took to heart Jesus' charge to make disciples of all nations. He founded a religious community, the Order of Preachers, who differed from most orders of his day. He trained preachers who traveled anywhere and everywhere to spread the gospel. The dominicans, as members are known, continue to flourish today. The lives and writings of the men and women in this anthology show how dedicated Dominicans over eight centuries have been faithful to St Dominic's vision. Each represents a different facet of the spirituality lived by thousands over the centuries.
Paperback 144pp (Sold Out)



Franciscan Spirituality


ENTER ASSISI
An invitation to Franciscan Spirituality
Murray Bodo
From the author of the international bestseller Francis: The journey and the dream comes an invitation to the birthplace of Francis and Clare. Bodo takes you on a journey through the gates of Assisi, where you will discover in your own life the way to follow Jesus as St Francis did. “This book is on of Murray Bodo’s best. It is an amalgam of experience, reflection, prayer, information and love for Assisi. Buy the book, read it, and keep reading it!”
-Sr Frances Teresa Downing, OSC
Paperback 122pp (Sold Out)



LET ME SOW LOVE
Living the Peace Prayer of St Francis
James Adams
Ideally suited for today’s busy Christian, Let me sow Love brings us the beloved Prayer of St Francis in a new way. Line by line the prayer is opened for us in a way that is refreshing and engaging. Scripture and reflection are woven together to highlight themes of St Francis, and quests guide the reader in quiet prayer. The sections of the book are short enough to be read at any time during an active person’s day.
Paperback 152pp R180.00



PEACE AND GOOD
Through the year with Francis of Assisi
Pat McCloskey, OFM
Each month celebrates a Franciscan theme - such as peace, conversion, prayer, Mary, charity and service of the poor. For each day, you will find a quote from Francis’s teachings, a suggestion for living as Francis did, and a challenge for growing in faith and practice.
Hardcover ribbon marker 396pp (Sold Out)



PRAYERS FROM FRANCISCAN HEARTS
Contemporary reflections from Women and Men
Pauls Pearce, SFO
Secular Franciscan Paula Pearce has collected prayers and reflections from Franciscans in several countries. She organized the contributions around pilgrimage stations dear to Franciscans and that mark significant stages on the saints’ journeys to God, such as San Rufino, the Portiuncula and La Verna. Each station opens with an introduction, giving information about the place and its context within the saints’ distinctive journeys. Prayerful and reflective contributions, relevant to the theme of the station, follow with scripture references.
Paperback 182pp R154.00



WHEN SAINT FRANCIS SAVED THE CHURCH
How a converted medieval troubadour created a spiritual vision for the ages
Jon Sweeney
Contents: A new look at Francis; Six ways Francis quietly created a spiritual vision for the ages; Why Francis matters right now; Notes + Further reading
“An exciting, intelligent, and faithful understanding of Francis of Assisi - for our time and for all time! Read, and find hope!
- Richard Rohr, OFM
Hardcover 175pp R290.00



Ignatian Spirituality


THE FIRST SPIRITUAL EXERCISES
Four Guided Retreats
As originally conceived by St Ignatius of Loyola
Adapted by Michael Hansen, SJ
Renowned Jesuit retreat director Michael Hansen presents a radically innovative way to make the Spiritual Exercises, the classic retreat in Catholic spirituality. This creative and easy-to-use guide presents four retreats on inner peace that are, for the first time, accessible to anyone without the need to get away from ordinary life or have a spiritual director.
“A beautiful book and an important one as well”
- James Martin, SJ
“An important breakthrough in our understanding of the Spiritual Exercises and for potentially extending an experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius to many, many more people.”
- Janet Ruffing, RSM
Paperback 368pp R266.00



GOD’S VOICE WITHIN
The Ignatian Way to discover God’s will
Mark Thibodeaux, SJ
A spiritual director shows us how to access our own spiritual intuition and helps us understand that the most trustworthy wisdom of all comes not from outside sources, but from God working through us. Following the principles of Ignatian spirituality, Thibodeaux helps us understand that the decisions we make in life are always undergirded by one of two spirits: the false spirit or the true spirit. He thoughtfully explains how to recognize each of these spirits, how to respond, and how to move from discerning to actually making decisions consistent with God’s will for our lives
Paperback 230pp R170.00




ROOTED IN LOVE
Integrating Ignatian spirituality into daily life
Margaret Blackie
This book is a blend of the principles of Ignatian spirituality and life experience. Tracking through desire, discernment, prayer and grace Mags Blackie offers some pointers on living a life of faith.
“I warmly commend this book to anyone who wants to bring their everyday life and faith in God together in more life-giving way.”
- Trevor Hudson, Methodist pastor and author
“Margaret Blackie has done a wonderful service to readers by distilling the essentials of Ignatian spirituality into a short and reader-friendly book.”
- William Barry, SJ, author of many books on Ignatian spirituality
Paperback 57pp R150.00



SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF SAINT IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
Translated by Michael Ivens, SJ
Introduced by Gerard Hughes, SJ
Presents a contemporary translation by a noted authority on the text.
Hardcover 112pp R190.00



TIME TO CHANGE
An Ignatian Retreat in everyday life
Michael Campbell-Johnston, SJ
Time to change is not a book that is primarily intended to be just ‘read’. It is to be ‘done’ or ‘made’. It is aimed at everyone, however busy they are, who wish to find joy and peace in their lives. Step-by-step, at the reader’s own pace, the author introduces one of the great traditions of spiritual growth, The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola.
Unlike most journeys that we take in our lives, it is not mainly something that we do ourselves - it is something that God does within us. Our job is to make this possible, to take the necessary steps that will allow God to speak and us to listen.
Paperback 143pp R55.00



TRANSFORMATION OF THE HEART
The role of emotions in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius
P T Joseph, SJ
The goal of the Spiritual Exercises is a response of the heart leading to a firm decision to follow Jesus Christ. “Heart” refers to our inner orientation, the core of our being. This kind of heart is what Jesus was referring to whem he told us to store up treasures in heaven instead of storing up on earth, “for where your treasure is, there also will your heart be”. Heart in this sense - the totality of our response - is the concern of the Spiritual Exercises. St Ignatius of Loyola devised a spiritual transformative process through the practice of the Spiritual Exercises. Experiencing it from the standpoint of Emotional Intelligence studies gives a new perspective about the role of emotions in the Exercises. The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius is about discernment and decision making for a greater commitment in the following of Jesus Christ. This book will give new insights in the role of emotions in the spiritual journey
Paperback 330pp R150.00



Schoenstatt Spirituality


BRUSHSTROKES OF A FATHER
Stories from the life of Fr Joseph Kentenich
Jonathan Niehaus

Volume 1: The storms of youth
Paperback 210pp R146.00



COVENANT CULTURE
Peter Locher

For some years now the idea of "culture" has captured the attention in publications and the media. The word is used in all sorts of contexts. Fr Kentenich talked about cultural developments, cultural decay, and the necessity to save culture and shape it in a new way. The spirituality and movement Fr Kentenich developed and built up is based on a covenant - popularly called a "consecration" - with Mary, Mother Mother of God. the Schoenstatt Movement has taken both aspects and coined the concept "covenant culture". This book first discusses what culture is and then explains what covenant culture is in the Schoenstatt spirituality. 
Paperback 124pp R26.00



JOSEPH KENTENICH
A LIFE FOR THE CHURCH
E Monnerjahn

The life (1885-1968) and spirituality of Fr Joseph Kentenich, founder of the Schoenstatt Movement
Paperback 312pp R35.00



KENTENICH READER
Volume l: Meeting our father
Peter Locher, Jonathan Niehaus, Hans-Werner Unkel, Paul Vautier, Compilers & Editors
Hardcover with ribbon marker R270.00


KENTENICH READER
Volume 2: Studying our founder
Peter Locher, Jonathan Niehaus, Hans-Werner Unkel, Paul Vautier, Compilers & Editors
Hardcover with ribbon marker R165.00


KENTENICH READER
Volume 3: Following our prophet
Peter Locher, Jonathan Niehaus, Hans-Werner Unkel, Paul Vautier, Compilers & Editors
Hardcover with ribbon marker R165.00