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.
|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|