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
Fr. Mark Scott October 6, 2019 The Bridegroom at the Wedding Banquet
Fr. Mark Scott September 29, 2019 Jesus the Teacher
Fr. Mark Scott September 22, 2019 "Come After Me"
Fr. Mark Scott September 15, 2019 God's Forgiveness
Fr. Mark Scott September 8, 2019 The Good News for Us Now
Fr. Mark Scott September 1, 2019 The Relief of Faithful Doubt
Fr. Mark Scott August 25, 2019 Jesus the Teacher
Fr. Mark Scott August 18, 2019 A History of Grace Continues in Unexpected Ways
Fr. Mark Scott August 4, 2019 "Defending myself... from Jesus!"
Fr. Mark Scott July 28, 2019 Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
Fr. Mark Scott June 30, 2019 Lepers and the Bible II
Fr. Mark Scott June 23, 2019 Lepers and the Bible I
Fr. Mark Scott June 9, 2019 Come, Holy Spirit
Fr. Mark Scott June 2, 2019 Why are you standing there looking at the sky?
Fr. Mark Scott May 19, 2019 On the Cistercian Reform
Fr. Mark Scott May 12, 2019 The Spirit that gives Life
Fr. Mark Scott May 5, 2019 The Monks of New Melleray Abbey in Iowa, 2027, Part III
Fr. Mark Scott April 28, 2019 The Monks of New Melleray Abbey in Iowa, 2027, Part II
Fr. Mark Scott April 14, 2019 The Monks of New Melleray Abbey in Iowa, 2027, Part I
Fr. Mark Scott April 7, 2019 Love is an Act of the Will
Fr. Mark Scott March 24, 2019 The Feast of the Transitus of Saint Benedict
Fr. Mark Scott March 17, 2019 On the Observances of Lent
Fr. Mark Scott March 10, 2019 Experientia
Fr. Mark Scott February 3, 2019 Good Things in Heaven
Fr. Mark Scott January 27, 2019 "Do not be anxious"
Fr. Mark Scott January 20, 2019 Judging, or not Judging
Fr. Mark Scott January 13, 2019 "Stop judging, that you may not be judged"
Fr. Mark Scott January 6, 2019 "Do Not Be Anxious"