Dom Godefroid Belorgey, in his book, The Practice of Mental Prayer, discusses the stages of prayer, from the ordinary degrees of prayer, including meditation and affective prayer, to the mystical degrees, leading to spiritual marriage, while drawing on the tradition of the Church. Dom Belorgey was auxiliary superior of Citeaux between 1932 and 1952.
Dom Vitalis Lehodey’s The Ways of Mental Prayer guides the reader through the traditional stages of prayer, from meditation to contemplative prayer, from a Cistercian perspective. Dom Lehodey draws on the teachings of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Francis de Sales and St. Alphonsus. He was Abbot of Notre Dame de Grace in Bricquebec, France, from 1895.
Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard’s The Soul of the Apostolate discusses the necessity of the inner life of prayer in maintaining a successful active apostolate. Pope St. Pius X is quoted as saying that he chose this as his bedside book. Dom Chautard was Abbot of Notre Dame de Sept-Fons, in France, from 1899 until his death in 1935.
Dom Eugene Boylan, in his book, This Tremendous Lover, discusses the life of the Christian as a member of the Mystical Body of Christ. Various topics surrounding union with Christ are discussed, including the fall and redemption, prayer, the Sacraments, union with Christ in our neighbour, the sharing of His Cross, and Mary the Mother of the whole Christ. Dom Eugene Boylan was superior at Caldey Abbey in Wales, Tarrawarra Abbey in Australia, and finally was abbot at Mount St. Joseph Abbey in Roscrea, Ireland, until his death in 1964.