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. Mark Scott December 9, 2018 The liturgical season of Advent is all about expectation.
Fr. Mark Scott November 25, 2018 "The eye is the lamp of the body"
Fr. Mark Scott November 18, 2018 "Where your treasure is, there your heart is also."
Fr. Mark Scott October 7, 2018 Obedience and the Rule
Fr. Mark Scott September 16, 2018 You Are the Light of the World
Fr. Mark Scott September 9, 2018 Watershed Moments
Fr. Mark Scott August 19, 2018 The Blessing of the Monastic Gradual
Fr. Mark Scott August 15, 2018 A Word for the Reception of David Hershko as a Novice
Fr. Mark Scott August 12, 2018 The Salt of the Earth?
Fr. Mark Scott July 29, 2018 The Beatitudes, Part II
Fr. Mark Scott July 22, 2018 The Beatitudes, Part I
Fr. Mark Scott July 16, 2018 For the Anniversary of the Dedication of New Melleray Abbey Church
Fr. Mark Scott July 15, 2018 The Beatitudes and the Rule
Fr. Mark Scott July 8, 2018 Happy the Poor in Spirit...
Fr. Mark Scott June 24, 2018 We Are All Called
Fr. Mark Scott June 17, 2018 Eucharistic Adoration
Fr. Mark Scott June 3, 2018 Body and Blood of Christ
Fr. Mark Scott May 20, 2018 Pentecost and the Holy Spirit
Fr. Mark Scott April 15, 2018 Eucharistic Adoration
Fr. Mark Scott April 12, 2018 Personal Ongoing Formation
Fr. Mark Scott March 25, 2018 Easter in History
Fr. Mark Scott March 11, 2018 The Forty Days of Lent
Fr. Mark Scott March 4, 2018 Catechesis on Cistercian Gradual
Fr. Mark Scott February 25, 2018 The Days Will Come-2nd Sunday of Lent
Fr. Mark Scott February 18, 2018 The Occupied Monk-1st Sunday of Lent
Fr. Mark Scott February 4, 2018 I Am in Your Presence
Fr. Mark Scott January 21, 2018 By the Sea of Galilee
Fr. Mark Scott January 14, 2018 Washing of the Feet
Fr. Mark Scott January 7, 2018 "Follow Me"