Lenten Reading 

In the Rule of Saint Benedict it states:           

On the days of Lent,
from morning until the end of the third hour
let them apply themselves to their reading,
and from then until the end of the tenth hour
let them do the work assigned them.
And in these days of Lent
they shall each receive a book from the library,
which they shall read straight through from the beginning.
These books are to be given out at the beginning of Lent. 


Book Suggestions:


Fully Human Fully Divine, Michael Casey.OCSO 

Truly Seeking God, Bernard Bonowitz

Come and See: The Monastic Way for Today, Brendan Freeman

The Road to Eternal Life: Reflections on the Prologue of Benedict's Rule, Michael Casey

Sacred Reading, Michael Casey, OCSO

A Guide to Living in the Truth, Michael Casey, OCSO

Towards God, Michael Casey, OCSO

Monastic Practices, Charles Cummings, OCSO

The Cistercians: The Way of Simplicity, Esther de Waal

Seeking God, The Way of St. Benedict, Esther de Waal                  

Living with Contradiction, Esther de Waal   

Tuning into Grace: the Quest for God, André Louf, OCSO

Teach Us to Pray, André Louf, OCSO

The Cistercian Way, André Louf, OCSO

Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton, OCSO

Prayer and Community, the Benedictine Tradition, Columba Stewart, OSB

The Genesee Diary, Henri Nouwen


If you are inspired by books on St. Therese of Lisieux this is the best book I have ever read on her:

Everything is Grace, Joseph F. Schmidt 

Many good selections can be found at