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Throughout the years we have received positive comments on our cakes from many well-known persons.

Narcai David, Ann Landers, The Chicago Tribune, and Carmel Magazine have all published glowing reviews.

""When you forwarded that article describing how the monks of the New Camaldoli Hermitage are coping with their financial crisis, you claimed that their fruitcake is the best fruitcake in the world. I thought you were exaggerating. Not now! This stuff is preternaturally delectable! It's not just the best fruitcake in the world, it's the best fruitcake in the known universe. I love the way it sticks to everything, leaving brandy prints on breadboards, plates, fingers, clothing, you name it. And surprisingly, the list of ingredients shows that this celestial cake made by meditative Christians is better nutritionally too, compared to the vast majority of desserts." "  Vance Aandahl

"I shared it with my colleagues at a station meeting. At first they were hesitant but after they got a whiff of brandy, they were eating out of my hand :)"  Becca

"I don't even like fruitcake, and avoid it at all costs. But I was given a free sample, and I'll probably stop only when the samples run out."  E. B.

"Your gourmet fruitcake tastes just like my mother in England used to make - delicious!"  L. H. UK

"Best I ever tasted."  L.A.R. Port Huron, MI

"Delicious! A favorite! You are going to love it!"  Narsai David, CBS food critic

"Last year I was given a fruitcake . . . most delicious our family ever tasted - far better than I've ever made (and I thought they were excellent)."  Margaret H. , Palm Springs, CA

"Thank you for your product It's wonderful."  Anatol B., CA

Books 

Lauds and Vespers book - Camaldolese Monks, OSB
Lauds and Vespers book - Camaldolese Monks, OSB
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Our Lauds and Vespers book is now back in print. It is essentially the same book, but we took the opportunity to correct a multitude of little mistakes and we did update the Mass acclamations located in the back of the book according to the new translation. Many thanks to Father Thomas and Father Cyprian for their hard work on this. $35.00
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Spirit, Soul, Body; Toward an Integral Christian Spirtuality
Spirit, Soul, Body; Toward an Integral Christian Spirtuality
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A perennial problem for spiritual traditions of all sorts is dualism—either a positing of a false distance between the Divine and the created or a rejection of creation and the human body. Many contemporary spiritual seekers have sensed this problem and sought to remedy it through myriad solutions drawn from various spiritual traditions and secular wisdom, both Eastern and Western. Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam and monk at the New Camaldoli Hermitage, explores Christianity’s contribution to the discussion. He offers a revisioning and rearticulation of this teaching, based on the prophetic seminal work of Bede Griffiths, toward a practical and integral spirituality that reverences all aspects of our being human—spirit, soul, and body.  $19.95
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Prayer in the Cave of the Heart: The Universal Call to Contemplation
Prayer in the Cave of the Heart: The Universal Call to Contemplation
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Prayer is an art that cannot just be taught. It must be experienced, lived, and practiced. In Prayer in the Cave of the Heart, Cyprian Consiglio draws on his experience as a Camaldolese monk to give readers an accessible reflection on prayer that is based on Bede Griffith's universal call to contemplation." In this text, the contemplative traditions of East and West intersect to invite readers into prayer that makes them "present to the Spirit who is already present to us." $16.95
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Second Simplicity -The Inner Shape of Christianity
Second Simplicity -The Inner Shape of Christianity
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Bruno Barnhart seeks to explain the dimensions of wisdom, and explores ways that a Christian faith often bound by rule, structure and order can open itself to the unitive vision of its roots, and in the process find an integrated spirituality $23.95
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The Good Wine: Reading John from the Center
The Good Wine: Reading John from the Center
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A new reading of the Fourth Gospel utilizing patterned structures in the text, calling readers into a unitive, contemplative relationship with Christ. Br. Bruno Barnhardt, a Camaldolese monk, argues that the Gospel is written in a mandala, a cross inside a circle. The narrative radiates from Christ as its center, uniting God and Cosmos, Jew and Gentile. He begins with his central argument of the mandala, then moves through the gospel showing how it works, piece by piece. It's full of spiritual insight, with wonderful writing from Br. Barnhardt.  $49.98
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The Privilege of Love
The Privilege of Love
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A collection of various monk’s perspectives on the charism of Camaldolese Benedictine spiritual practice today. Encompasses reflections on historical, social, mystical and psychological of contemporary development in the living monk’s life. A good choice for one reflecting upon a monastic vocation in the Camaldolese’ heritage of monasticism $29.95
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Love on the Mountain
Love on the Mountain
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“Chesterson said that art and theater reduce the scale of events and thereby can introduce much larger events.” I think Robert Hale has done precisely that. He offers reflections in ways that are wise and loving and unpretentious, but revealing through them the Larger Harmony that we are looking for.” Richard Rohr,O.F.M. $18.00
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The Mystery of Romuald & the Five Brothers
The Mystery of Romuald & the Five Brothers
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"The inspiring account of an American monk’s quest for meaning. . . makes St. Romuald and his martyred disciples come alive for us today.” Bede Griffiths, O.S.B., Cam  $18.00
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Camaldoli - A Jouney into its History & Spirituality
Camaldoli - A Jouney into its History & Spirituality
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"This the first English language survey of a great Order and its key figures. (Author) Vigilucci makes clear why St. Romuald had such an impact on his times. He also shows why Camaldoli remains a vital force in Italian monastic life and now in the United States". Fr. Terence Kardong, O.S.B.  $17.00
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Saccidanandaya Namah a comemorative volume
Saccidanandaya Namah a comemorative volume
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Saccidananda Ashram /Shanthivanam 1950-2000 $8.50
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The Monastic Life of the Camaldolese Benedictines
The Monastic Life of the Camaldolese Benedictines
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This small but informative book describes the Camaldolese congregation of Benedictine monasticism. Both in life and practices, as well as origin and philosophy, the very small Camaldolese congregation (less than 100 world-wide) is described clearly and factually. Text by Fr. Thomas Matus, a Camaldolese monk currently living at the hermitage in Big Sur, California.  $7.00
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Yoga and the Jesus Prayer
Yoga and the Jesus Prayer
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There are an increasing number of books that seek to explore the connections between the yoga tradition and the spiritual traditions of Christianity these days. This volume is a particularly authentic one, written by Fr. Thomas Matus, a Camaldolese monk who not only is well-grounded in the theoretical basis of both traditions but also in the practices from both sides of the fence. The Camaldolese branch of the Benedictine Order is a very interesting one that continues to preserve its links to yoga practices initiated by its famous brother, Bede Griffiths, in the middle of the 20th century. Griffiths was the first Christian religious to go to India and enter their monastic system with the intention of living the marriage of both traditions rather than simply evangelizing to obtain conversions. This book is Matus' doctoral dissertation comparing the yoga path with the path of Christian contemplation typified by the writings of Simeon the New Theologian. The depth of Matus' practice is evident in his plain-spoken exposition of both paths. This is not a book that will go out of date soon for this reason and is a must read for those interested in the experiential contact between the two traditions. $22.95
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Jules Monchanin (1895-1957) As Seen from East and West Vol. 1
Jules Monchanin (1895-1957) As Seen from East and West Vol. 1
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Acts of the Colloquium Held in Lyon-Fleurie, France and in Shantivanam-Tannirpalli, India (April-July 1995) $15.00
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Jules Monchanin (1895-1957) As Seen from East and West Vol. 2
Jules Monchanin (1895-1957) As Seen from East and West Vol. 2
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Acts of the Colloquium Held in Lyon-Fleurie, France and in Shantivanam-Tannirpalli, India (April-July 1995) $12.00
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You Are the Light, Rediscovering the Eastern Jesus
You Are the Light, Rediscovering the Eastern Jesus
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A fresh interpretation of the message of Jesus from within the context of The Hindu-Chrisitan dialogue. John Martin Sahajananda $10.00
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In Spiritu, Poetry from the Hermitage Big Sur
 In Spiritu, Poetry from the Hermitage Big Sur
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A book of Poems by Jean M. Harris $7.00
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Into the Heart of God
Into the Heart of God
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Provides the reader with warm, personal reflections on the spiritual journey which all of us, in some way or other, must travel if we are truly seeking God. Augustin Belisle, OSB $6.95
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The Wheel of Becoming
The Wheel of Becoming
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Reflecting on the seasonal cycle of the liturgical year, Father Augustin presents insights into the rhythms and seasons of everyone's journey through the mysteries of Christ. Augustin Belisle $6.95
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Jesus Christ a Bridge to Bring Peace to the Worlds
Jesus Christ a Bridge to Bring Peace to the Worlds
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Jesus Christ is presented as the bridge that can bring peace between the Wisdom and prophetic traditions. John Martin Sahajananda $7.00
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