Christian Classics Ethereal Library: http://www.ccel.org/
Extremely helpful source of primary texts in church history, Christian spirituality, Christian music, and more
Monastic Spirituality, the Benedictine Order: http://www.osb.org
Starting point for any study of Benedictine spirituality, with links and resources from a wide variety of monastic traditions.
Lectio Divina: Christian Spiritual Authors: http://www.osb.org/lectio/
Index page of sources for spiritual reading; many good primary texts in early Christian theology and spirituality.
Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism (http://www.marquette.edu/maqom/)
Fr. Alexander Golitzin's site.
The Ecole Initiative: http://www2.evansville.edu/ecoleweb/
“A Hypertext Encyclopedia of Early Church History” (and primary texts)
New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org
Patristic Texts, The 1908 Catholic Encyclopedia, Hagiography
The Gregory of Nyssa Homepage: http://www.bhsu.edu/artssciences/asfaculty/dsalomon/nyssa/home.html
translations and articles by Richard McCambly, a Cistercian monk of Spencer, Massachusetts.
The Holy See: http://www.vatican.va/phome_en.htm
Official Website of the Holy See: papal and curial documents in different languages.
Christus Rex: http://www.christusrex.org/
Christian Art, The Holy Land, Papal Documents
Late Medieval Hagiography: http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/golden000.htm
The Golden Legend, published 1483
Internet Resources on Christian Asceticism: http://www.ellopos.net/notebook/resources_f.htm
David Knowles, <i>Christian Monasticism</i>
RB 80 The Rule of St. Benedict in Latin and English with Notes
Introductions 1-4; Appendixes 1-7 [all intro's & app's]
(5) THE PERSECUTED CHURCH: The Christian Witness to the Roman World.
Ignatius of Antioch; Pliny and Trajan on the Punishment of Christians; Polycarp of Smyrna; Abericius; The Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicity; Cyprian of Carthage.
(15) CHRISTIAN ART and LITURGY: the Further Development of Mystical Theology. The mosaics of Ravenna and St. Katherine's Monastery, Sinai. Diadochus of Photike; John Climacus; Dionysius the Areopagite; Maximus Confessor.
Bishop Kallistos Ware, “Spiritual Direction in the Christian East.” Thomas (Fr. Louis) Merton, O.C.S.O.; “Spiritual Direction” [in the West]. Abbot Francis Benedict, O.S.B., “Implications of Spiritual Direction.” Demacopolous: “Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church”.
(2) CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHERS as SPIRITUAL GUIDES
Ilsetraut Hadot, “The Spiritual Guide”. Three pre-Christian models of the “Soul-Guide” or psychopomp: (1) Philosopher; (2) Angel; (3) Ancestor. Galen, On the Traditions of Plato and Hippocrates and On the Passions and Errors of the Soul. Porphyry, The Life of Plotinus. Plotinus, Enneads;
The biblical significance of the terms: (1) TEACHER / διδάσκαλος; DISCIPLE / μαθητής ; INSTRUCTOR / παιδευτή ; (2) CONSOLER / παράκλητος; ADVISOR / σύμβουλος ; HELPER / βοηθός ; (3) SHEPHERD / ποιμήν ; GUIDE / ὁδηγός ; ANGEL / ἄγγελος ; (4) HEALER / ἰατρός; TRANSFORM. / μεταμορφωσις; RENEWAL / ἀνακαίνωαις; RESTORATION / ἀποκατάστασις.
(4) MARTYRS and VISIONARIES as SPIRITUAL GUIDES: Intercessors and Ministers of Reconciliation
Christ’s Descent into Hell and the Apokatastasis; Polycarp of Smyrna; The Shepherd of Hermas; The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity; Cyprian of Carthage.
(5) ECCLESIASTICAL LEADERSHIP as SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE (Part 1)
The Apostle Peter as model; Clement of Rome; Ignatius of Antioch; Irenaeus of Lyons; Athanasius. [Textbook: Demacopoulos, 21-50 (“Athanasius of Alexandria and Ambivalence Regarding Spiritual Direction”)]
(6) CONTEMPLATIVE EXEGESIS as SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE
Philo of Alexandria; Cyprian; Clement of Alexandria; Origen/Gregory Thaumaturgus; Guigo II (the Carthusian), Lectio Divina as a window into the soul.
(7a) CHRISTIAN ASCETICS as SPIRITUAL GUIDES, (Part 1): Early Abbas and Ammas
Athanasius, The Life of Antony; the Apophthegmata (Sayings) of the Desert Fathers; St. Syncletica; St. Macrina. [Textbook: Demacopoulos, 51-82 (“Gregory Nazianzen’s Sturggle for Synthesis” )].
(7b) CHRISTIAN ASCETICS as SPIRITUAL GUIDES, (Part 2): Evagrius Ponticus
“Introduction to the Life and Thought of Evagrius Ponticus”; Praktikos and the spiritual journey; Gnostikos and spiritual guidance. [Textbook: Byrne, pp. 3-15, (Benedicta Ward, S.L.G., “Spiritual Direction in the Desert Fathers”)].
(7c) CHRISTIAN ASCETICS as SPIRITUAL GUIDES, (Part 3): Evagrius Ponticus and John Cassian
Evagrian spiritual direction; Antirrhesis; Exegesis; John Cassian on discernment; John Cassian on friendship and anger. [Textbook: Demacopoulos, 107-126, (“John Cassian and The Spiritual Direction of the Ascetic Community” )]
(8) SPIRITUAL DIRECTION as MUTUAL SERVICE: Models of Spiritual Guidance in Ascetical Communities
John Chryssavgis “From Egypt to Palestine: Discerning a Thread of Spiritual Direction”; Basil the Great on lay ascetical communities; Augustine of Hippo; Barsanuphius and John. [Textbook: Demacopoulos, 83-106, (“Augustine of Hippo and Resistance to the Ascetic Model of Spiritual Direction”)]
(9) EARLY MANUALS of SPIRITUAL (SELF-) DIRECTION
Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of Benedict (RB-80, Appendix 2 “The Abbot”). Irenee Hausherr, S.J., “The Monastic Theology of St. John Climacus”; John Climacus, The Ladder; The Syriac Liber Graduum (Book of Steps); Dhuoda, Manual for William. [Textbook: Demacopoulos, 51-82. (“Gregory Nazianzen’s Sturggle for Synthesis”)]
(10) ECCLESIASTICAL LEADERSHIP as SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE (Part 2)
Basil of Caesarea on Canonical Penances; Ambrose of Milan (On the Sacraments); Augustine of Hippo; Gregory the Great, Dialogues, Regula Pastoralis. [Textbook: Demacopoulos, 127-164 (“Pope Gregory and the Asceticizing of Spiritual Direction”)]
(11) FROM SECRET-KEEPER TO SOUL-FRIEND: Classical, Celtic, and Medieval Models of Friendship and Spiritual Guidance
The biblical significance of the terms: FRIEND / φίλος; FRIENDSHIP / φιλία. Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Ambrose, and Gregory the Great on friendship; Aelred of Rievaulx, The Mirror of Charity and On Spiritual Friendship. [Textbook: Byrne, pp. 30-42, (Diarmuid O’Laoghaire, S.J., “Soul-Friendship”)]
(12) CHARISMATIC GUIDES and UNCREATED LIGHT, Prayer and Liturgy as Bases of Spiritual Direction
Cyril of Jerusalem; Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite; Symeon the New Theologian; Gregory Pallamas and hesychasm.