If you want to explore being a Lay Cistercian, I recommend you read the commentaries of those who existed after Christ and before there was an officially sanctioned list (canon) of books. I use the following resources.


If you try reading these resources out of their context, it just becomes a frustrating exercise without purpose. Here is what I do and you can judge if it is of use in your spiritual encampment.

  1. Pick a theme, e.g., Eucharist.
  2. Access either of these resources and search for writers about the Eucharist.
  3. Read one short chapter and determine if it resonates with you.
  4. If you belong to a Scripture Study, ask each member to read the same passage.
  5. Come up with three ideas from a Church Father and how it relates to Scripture.


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