I began reading "The Love of Learning and the Desire for God," by Jean Leclercq, OSB. The book is a series of lectures given to monks at the Institute of Monastic Studies at Sant’ Anselmo in Rome, Italy, in 1955.
The subtitle really tells what the book is about: “A Study of Monastic Culture.” I am interested in monastic culture because it has made such a great expansion and fulfillment of my own spiritual life — and I am an oblate (defined here).
I liked one part of the preface, the author described the scope of his lectures and wrote that virtually all citations would be to books written before the beginning of the 1400s. My kind of books!
"The Love of Learning and the Desire for God," by Jean Leclercq, OSB. Fordham University Press, New York, 2001. (At Amazon)