Recommended Reading

Below is a list of book suggestions for oblates. More entries will be added in time and oblates are welcome to make recommendations by e-mailing the Oblate Director.

The Bible

I. Books on St. Benedict and his Rule

  • Baudoz, Jean-Francois,  With Christ, The Gospel under the Guidance of Saint Benedict,  Liturgical Press
  • Benson, Robert,  A Good Life, Benedict’s Guide to Everyday Joy, Paraclete Press
  • Bonomo, Carol,  Humble Pie, St. Benedict’s Ladder of Humility,  Morehouse Publishing
  • Borkmann, Aquinata, Saint Benedict, Perspectives on the Rule, Liturgical Press
  • Casey, Michael, A Guide to Living in the Truth, Saint Benedict’s Teaching on Humility by Michael Casey.  Liguori/Triumph Press
  • Casey, Michael, Sacred Reading- The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina: Liguori/Triumph
  • Casey, Michael, Seventy Four Tools for Good  Living:  Liturgical Press
  • Chittister, Sister Joan, O.S.B., Wisdom Distilled From the Daily, Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today, Harper Publishing
  • Cummings, Charles, Monastic Practices, Cistercian publications
  • de Vogue, Adalbert, Reading Saint Benedict, Reflections on the Rule, Cistercian Publications
  • de Waal, Esther, A Life-Giving Way, A Commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict This book has a copy of the Rule and also a commentary. Recommended especially for oblates.), Liturgical Press
  • de Waal, Esther, Seeking God, The Way of St. Benedict, Liturgical Press
  • de Waal, Esther, The Baptismal Invitation of the Rule of St. Benedict, Liturgical Press
  • Derkse, Wil, A Blessed Life, Benedictine Guidelines for Those who Long for Good Days, Liturgical Press
  • Feiss, Hugh, Essential Monastic Wisdom, Harper Collins publications
  • Holdaway, Gervase O.S.B., editor, The Oblate Life, Liturgical Press
  • Jamison, Abbot Christopher, O.S.B., Finding Happiness, Monastic Steps for a Fulfilling Life, Liturgical Press
  • Pennington, M. Basil, OCSO, Listen With Your Heart, Spiritual Living With the Rule of Saint Benedict, Paraclete Press
  • Stewart, Columba, O.S.B., Prayer and Community, The Benedictine Tradition, Orbis Books
  • Tomaine, Jane, St. Benedict’s Toolbox, The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living, Morehouse Publications
  • McGinnis, Mark, The Wisdom of the Benedictine Elders: Thirty of America's Oldest Monks and Nuns Share Their Lives' Greatest Lessons.
  • Sr. Marie-Thomas Beil OSB,  Study Guide for the Rule of St. Benedict for Oblates  Abbey of  St. Walburga, Virginia Dale, CO
  • Michael Casey OCSO- On the Road to Eternal Life: Study of Prologue of the Rule  Liturgical Press
  • Wetta,  J.  Augustine – Humility Rules: St. Benedict’s 12 Step Guide to Genuine Self-esteem: Ignatius

II. Other Spiritual Reading

  • Bernardin, Joseph Cardinal, The Gift of Peace, Personal Reflections, Loyola University Press
  • Casey, Michael, OCSO, The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina, Liguori Publications
  • Gray, Dr. Tim, Praying Scripture for a Change: An Introduction to Lectio Divina Ascension Press, 2009
  • Pennington, M. Basil, OCSO, Lectio Divina, Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures, Crossroad publishing
  • St. Therese of Lisieux, The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul, many translations and editions available, My paperback is an Image Book
  • Ruth Burrows,  Essential Writings,  Orbis Books,  2019
  • Rev. Richard Rohr, Falling Upward – A Spirituality of Two Halves of Life,  Jossey-Bass, 2011
  • Michael Casey OCSO – Grace on the Journey to God  Paraclete Press

III. Retreat Handouts