Andrew Louth, Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition
Congregation for Divine Worship, Directory on Popular Piety
Andre Louf, Teach us to Pray
Derwas Chitty, The Desert, A City
Chapter 1 - The Call
Chapter 2 - The Institution
Introductions 1-4; Appendixes 1-7 [all intro's & app's]
Introd. 1: Origins
Introd. 2: Pre-Benedictine Monasticism in the West
Introd. 3: The Rule of Benedict [From the Sixth Century]
Introd. 4: The Rule in History
Apnd. 1: Terminology (Monk, Nun)
Apnd. 2: The Abbot
Apnd. 3: Liturgical Code
Apnd. 4: Discipline
Apnd. 5: Formation and Profession
Apnd. 6: Interpretation of Scripture
Apnd. 7: The RB & the RM
RB English Text and Notes
Spiritual History Timeline (The same timeline available in the lectures)
Are We Contemplatives, What is Our Future?, by
Chapter Four ("Devotion to Heaven") from The Love of Learning and the Desire
for God, A Study of Monastic Culture,
Jean Jeclercq, O.S.B.
The Latin Apophthegmata (complete Latin Systematic Collection of the sayings of the Desert Fathers and
The Spiritual Life, A Treatise on
Ascetical and Mystical Theology
Although recommended for several decades as a seminary textbook, this classic work should be used with caution, since many of the recommendations it contains reflect a rigid and to some extent naive view of human psychology and spiritual formation. Since this is a fairly large file, the best approach is probably to right-click on the link, then download the file to your computer and open it once it has downloaded.
5. Jordan Aumann:
1) Spiritual Theology
2) Christian Spirituality in the Catholic Tradition
1) Jewish and Ancient Mediterranean Spirituality:
Paul The Convert: The Apostolate and Apostasy of Saul the Pharisee, Alan F. Segal ch, 2; Scholarly discussion of St. Paul's mysticism.
Ilsetraut Hadot, The Spiritual Guide
Three pre-Christian Models of the Soul-Guide: Plato, Enoch, Cicero.
Galen, On the Doctrines of Plato and Hippocrates; On the Diagnosis and Cure of the Soul's Passions (ch 1-8),
Porphyry, The Life of Plotinus
2) Apophatic and Kataphatic Theology: The Spirituality of the New Testament:
Apophatic and Kataphatic Theology (Fundamental Biblical Texts; Select Bibliography)
3) Prayer and Mystical Vision in the Persecuted Church:
Ignatius of Antioch; Irenaeus; Polycarp of Smyrna; Cyprian; Tertullian
4) Christian Middle- and Neo-Platonism and the Beginnings of Mystical Theology:
Philo; Clement of Alexandria; Origen; Plotinus.
5) Christological Controversies and the meaning of Theosis:
Athanasius; Macrina; Basil and Gregory of Nyssa (on psalmody, prayer, epektasis); , Gregory Nazianzen; Gregory of Nyssa
Christian Classics Ethereal Library:
Extremely helpful source of primary texts in church history, Christian spirituality, Christian music, and more
Cistercian History and Spiritulity: http://www.scourmont.be/scriptorium/Cadrescours.htm
[Irish] Corpus of electronic texts: http://celt.ucc.ie/publishd.html
Lectio Divina: Christian Spiritual Authors:
Index page of sources for spiritual reading; many good primary texts in early Christian theology and spirituality.
The Holy See:
Official Website of the Holy See: papal and curial documents in different languages.
"A Hypertext Encyclopedia of Early Church History" (and primary texts)
Christian Art, The Holy Land, Papal Documents
Patristic Texts, The 1908 Catholic Encyclopedia, Hagiography
The Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius, Ignatian spirituality, and more.
The Golden Legend, published 1483
Christian History: http://www.christianhistorymagazine.org.