From Sr. Karen
Ps-Athanasius. The Life of Blessed Syncletica. Part One: The Translation.
Elm, Susanna. ‘Virgins of God’: The Making of Asceticism in Late Antiquity.
Gingras, George E., trans. Egeria: Dairy of a Pilgrimage.
Petersen, Joan M, trans. Handmaids of the Lord: Holy Women in Late Antiquity & the Early Middle Ages.
CS 143. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1996.
Ward, Benedicta, trans. Harlots of the Desert: Study of Repentance in Early Monastic Sources.
CS 106. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1987.
Ward, Benedicta, trans. The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection.
Brown Peter. The Body and Society: Men, Women and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity.
Forman, Mary. Praying with the Desert Mothers.
Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2005.
Swan, Laura. The Forgotten Desert Mothers
Day, Agnes. Light in the Shoe Shop: A Cobbler’s Contemplation.
Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013
From Sr. Gertrude
I also offer the following book review/recommendation:
A worthwhile read for anyone interested in communal life, or those already immersed, is Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s slim volume, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community (NY: HarperCollins, 1993). Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), German pastor and theologian, offers profound insight into the depth, meaning, and significance of living in Christian community stemming from his experience in an underground seminary in Germany during the Nazi years. In five chapters, he addresses, ‘Community’; ‘The Day with Others’; ‘The Day Alone’; ‘Ministry’; and ‘Confession and Communion’. I offer here a few of my favorite quotations, which may serve as teasers.
‘Innumerable times a whole Christian community has broken down because it has sprung from a dream wish. The serious Christian, set down for the first time in a Christian community, is likely to bring with him a very definite idea of what Christian life together should be and try to realize it. But God’s grace speedily shatters such dreams. Just as surely as God desires to lead us to a knowledge of genuine Christian fellowship, so surely we must be overwhelmed by a great disillusionment with others, with Christians in general and, if we are fortunate, with ourselves’ (p. 14).
‘He who loves his dream of a community more than the Christian community itself becomes a destroyer of the latter, even though his personal intentions may be ever so honest and earnest and sacrificial’ (p. 15).
‘Let him who cannot be alone beware community…Let him who is not in community beware of being alone’ (p. 84).
From Sr. Suz
Sayings of the Desert Fathers, by Benedicta Ward
Sayings of the Desert Mothers, by Benedicta Ward
RB 1980 Rule of St Benedict, by Timothy Fry (Editor), Timothy Horner (Editor)
The Cistercian Way André Louf
Anger Thich Nhat Hanh