The Cistercian Way (Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1983)

When I entered formation as a Lay Cistercian novice in 2007, this was the first book my fellow novitiates and I were assigned to read. It remains one of my favorite books on Cistercian spirituality, and while it is written for monks, it has plenty to offer for any spiritual seeker, cloistered or not. I found the chapter on asceticism to be particularly illuminating, and the chapter on Mary helped this former Protestant to make sense of her place in the Cistercian world.

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