The Cistercian World

Matarasso, Pauline Ed. The Cistercian World.  Penguin Books. London. 1993. Monastic writings of the   twelfth century. The abbot of New Melleray Abbey asked each of us associates to read this in order to become more familiar with the foundation of the order. I found the chapter on spiritual friendship by Alfred of Rievaulx the most timely for anyone of any age. The lyrical description of Clairvaux was a treat by an unknown author towards the end of the book.