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.

 

 

Who When Title
August
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 9, 2020 My Mother and My Prayer
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 2, 2020 Sharing Wisdom and a Life of Prayer
July
Fr. Stephen Verbest July 26, 2020 How I Pray II
Fr. Stephen Verbest July 19, 2020 How I Pray I
June
Fr. Mark Scott June 21, 2020 "Say Their Names"
Fr. Mark Scott June 7, 2020 "America is Burning"
May
Fr. Mark Scott May 24, 2020 Two Sparrows
April
Fr. Mark Scott April 19, 2020 "My Lord and My God"
Fr. Mark Scott April 5, 2020 Ecce, homo; Behold, the Man
March
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"
February
Fr. Mark Scott February 23, 2020 Both Immanent and Transcendent
January
Fr. Mark Scott January 26, 2020 Solemnity for the Founders of Citeaux
Fr. Mark Scott January 5, 2020 The Epiphanies of the Lord