Chapter Talks

In the Rule of Saint Benedict you find many references to the abbot’s responsibility to teach and guide the brothers individually and as a community. He does this by his example as well as by his words. In a chapter talk the abbot breaks open his heart to the monks and speaks from his own prayer, study, and experience as we continue to progress in our monastic journey together.

In reading the Chapter Talks provided here you will find topics that the abbot (or his designee) considered important for the monks of New Melleray to hear and ponder at a specific point in time. The brothers are the audience and our shared life serves as the context. The underlying truths, however, pertaining to individuals and communities living gospel values as members of the Body of Christ apply to all.



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Fr. Stephen Verbest October 18, 2020 Darkened and Erroneous Conscience
Fr. Stephen Verbest October 11, 2020 Conscience in Antiquity & Early Monasticism
Fr. Stephen Verbest October 4, 2020 The Spirit of Anger in John Cassian and Evagrius Ponticus
Fr. Stephen Verbest September 27, 2020 Discernment and Listening
Fr. Stephen Verbest September 20, 2020 A Monastic Way to Heaven
Fr. Stephen Verbest September 13, 2020 Oh, How Fortunate We Are!
Fr. Stephen Verbest September 6, 2020 Living with Care
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 30, 2020 Reconciliation and Spiritual Direction
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 23, 2020 My Experience of Intercessory Pray
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 16, 2020 A Brother and a Sister
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 9, 2020 My Mother and My Prayer
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 2, 2020 Sharing Wisdom and a Life of Prayer
Fr. Stephen Verbest July 26, 2020 How I Pray II
Fr. Stephen Verbest July 19, 2020 How I Pray I
Fr. Mark Scott June 21, 2020 "Say Their Names"
Fr. Mark Scott June 7, 2020 "America is Burning"
Fr. Mark Scott May 24, 2020 Two Sparrows
Fr. Mark Scott April 19, 2020 "My Lord and My God"
Fr. Mark Scott April 5, 2020 Ecce, homo; Behold, the Man
Fr. Mark Scott March 29, 2020 Coronavirus and Sin and Grace
Fr. Mark Scott March 15, 2020 Plan for Church Arrangement
Fr. Mark Scott March 1, 2020 The First Sunday of Lent And "Joy"
Fr. Mark Scott February 23, 2020 Both Immanent and Transcendent
Fr. Mark Scott January 26, 2020 Solemnity for the Founders of Citeaux
Fr. Mark Scott January 5, 2020 The Epiphanies of the Lord