Homily Library

The homily is part of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. It is a living commentary of the Word of God just proclaimed. Pope Francis says that the homily is like a mother teaching her children. There is a long tradition of monastic homilies. The homily in a monastery is usually a kind of oral and public lectio divina on the part of the monk who is delivering it. Every day the brother who presides at Mass gives a brief homily that is at once personal and also sheds evangelical light on the realities the brothers and guests are living through at the moment. We are happy to offer some of our monastic homilies here.

Below are links to a number of homilies preached at New Melleray and Our Lady of the Mississippi by members of our community.

Who When Title
November
Fr. Stephen Verbest November 24, 2020 Memorial of Andrew Dung Lac and Companions
Fr. Jonah Wharff November 22, 2020 Solemnity of Christ the King
Fr. Jonah Wharff November 20, 2020 Friday in the Thirty-Third week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah Wharff November 17, 2020 Tuesday in the Thirty-Third week of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah Wharff November 16, 2020 Memorial of St. Gertrude the Great
Fr. Stephen Verbest November 15, 2020 Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest November 11, 2020 Memorial of St. Martin of Tours
Fr. Jonah Wharff November 8, 2020 Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David Bock November 8, 2020 Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah Wharff November 3, 2020 Tuesday in the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest November 2, 2020 All Souls Day
Fr. Jonah Wharff November 2, 2020 All Soul's Day at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest November 1, 2020 Feast of All Saints at Mississippi ABbey
October
Fr. Stephen Verbest October 28, 2020 Feast of the Apostles Simon and Jude
Fr. Stephen Verbest October 24, 2020 Votive Mass of Mary, Gate of Heaven
Fr. Jonah Wharff October 19, 2020 Monday in the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David Bock October 18, 2020 Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest October 14, 2020 Votive Mass for Peace and Justice
Fr. Jonah Wharff October 11, 2020 Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest October 11, 2020 Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest October 8, 2020 Memorial Mass
Fr. Jonah Wharff October 7, 2020 Feast of the Holy Rosary
Fr. Jonah Wharff October 6, 2020 Tuesday in the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah Wharff October 5, 2020 Monday in the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest October 4, 2020 Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest October 3, 2020 Votive Mass of Mary, Queen of Peace
September
Fr. Stephen Verbest September 30, 2020 Memorial of St. Jerome
Fr. Jonah Wharff September 27, 2020 Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah Wharff September 25, 2020 Friday in the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest September 23, 2020 Memorial of Saint Padre Pio
Fr. Jonah Wharff September 22, 2020 Tuesday in the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah Wharff September 21, 2020 Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest September 20, 2020 Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah Wharff September 19, 2020 Saturday in the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest September 18, 2020 Votive Mass for Christian Unity
Fr. David Bock September 15, 2020 Our Lady of Sorrows
Fr. Stephen Verbest September 14, 2020 Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Fr. Jonah Wharff September 13, 2020 Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest September 8, 2020 Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Fr. David Bock September 7, 2020 St. Joseph the Worker
Fr. Jonah Wharff September 7, 2020 Labor Day at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest September 6, 2020 Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah Wharff September 3, 2020 Memorial of St. Gregory the Great
Fr. Stephen Verbest September 2, 2020 Wednesday Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time
August
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 30, 2020 Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 25, 2020 Tuesday in the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah Wharff August 24, 2020 Feast of St. Bartholomew the Apostle at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 19, 2020 Memorial of Blessed Guerric of Igny
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 16, 2020 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah Wharff August 16, 2020 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 12, 2020 Wednesday in the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah Wharff August 10, 2020 Feast of St. Lawrence at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 9, 2020 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 8, 2020 Memorial of St. Dominic
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 5, 2020 Memorial of Dedication of St. Mary Major
July
Fr. Stephen Verbest July 31, 2020 Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Fr. Jonah Wharff July 27, 2020 Monday in the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest July 22, 2020 Feast of St. Mary Magdalene
Fr. Stephen Verbest July 20, 2020 Monday in the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest July 14, 2020 Memorial of Kateri Tekawitha
Fr. Jonah Wharff July 13, 2020 Monday in the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah Wharff July 12, 2020 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest July 12, 2020 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest July 5, 2020 Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David Bock July 3, 2020 Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle
June
Fr. Stephen Verbest June 29, 2020 Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
Fr. Jonah Wharff June 29, 2020 Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David Bock June 24, 2020 Birth of John the Baptist
Fr. Jonah Wharff June 21, 2020 Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest June 21, 2020 Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest June 18, 2020 Thursday in the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah Wharff June 15, 2020 Monday in the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest June 10, 2020 Votive Mass for Vocations
Fr. Stephen Verbest June 7, 2020 Trinity Sunday at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest June 6, 2020 Saturday in the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest June 2, 2020 Tuesday in the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time
May
Fr. David Bock May 31, 2020 Pentecost
Fr. Stephen Verbest May 26, 2020 Tuesday in the Seventh Week of Easter
Fr. Jonah Wharff May 24, 2020 Seventh Sunday in Easter Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest May 23, 2020 Saturday in the Sixth Week of Easter
Fr. Mark Scott May 21, 2020 The Ascension
Fr. David Bock May 20, 2020 Wednesday in the Sixth Week of Easter
Fr. Stephen Verbest May 19, 2020 Tuesday in the Sixth Week of Easter
Fr. Jonah Wharff May 18, 2020 Monday in the Sixth Week of Easter
Fr. Mark Scott May 17, 2020 Sixth Sunday in Easter Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest May 13, 2020 Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima
Fr. Stephen Verbest May 10, 2020 Fifth Sunday of Easter
Fr. Stephen Verbest May 7, 2020 Thursday in the Fourth Week of Easter
Fr. David Bock May 3, 2020 Fourth Sunday of Easter
Fr. Stephen Verbest May 3, 2020 Fourth Sunday of Easter at Mississippi Abbey
April
Fr. Stephen Verbest April 28, 2020 Tuesday in the Third Week of Easter
Fr. Alberic Farbolin April 27, 2020 Monday in the Third Week of Easter
Fr. Jonah Wharff April 27, 2020 Monday in the Third Week of Easter at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest April 22, 2020 Memorial of Blessed Maria Gabriella
Fr. Jonah Wharff April 19, 2020 Second Sunday of Easter at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest April 14, 2020 Tuesday in the First Week of Easter
Fr. Mark Scott April 12, 2020 Easter Vigil
Fr. David Bock April 12, 2020 Easter Sunday
Fr. Mark Scott April 9, 2020 Holy Thursday
Fr. Stephen Verbest April 8, 2020 Wednesday in Holy Week
Fr. Jonah Wharff April 6, 2020 Monday in Holy Week at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah Wharff April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Mark Scott April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday
Fr. Stephen Verbest April 3, 2020 Friday in the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time
March
Fr. Stephen Verbest March 29, 2020 Fifth Sunday of Lent
Fr. Stephen Verbest March 24, 2020 Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent
Fr. Stephen Verbest March 22, 2020 Fourth Sunday of Lent
Fr. Stephen Verbest March 20, 2020 Friday in the Third Week of Lent
Fr. Jonah Wharff March 15, 2020 Third Sunday in Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Alberic Farbolin March 13, 2020 Friday in the Second Week of Lent
Fr. Stephen Verbest March 10, 2020 Tuesday in the Second Week of Lent
Fr. David Bock March 8, 2020 Second Sunday in Lent
February
Fr. Jonah Wharff February 29, 2020 Saturday after Ash Wednesday at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest February 25, 2020 Tuesday in the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah Wharff February 23, 2020 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest February 23, 2020 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest February 18, 2020 Votive Mass for the Deceased
Fr. Alberic Farbolin February 14, 2020 Friday in the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest February 11, 2020 Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes
Fr. David Bock February 9, 2020 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest February 8, 2020 Votive Mass of Mary, Mother of Divine Providence
Fr. Jonah Wharff February 2, 2020 Presentation of the Lord at Mississippi Abbey
January
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 28, 2020 Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 26, 2020 Solemnity of the Founders of Citeaux at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David Bock January 25, 2020 Conversion of St. Paul
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 21, 2020 Memorial of St. Agnes of Rome
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 19, 2020 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Alberic Farbolin January 18, 2020 Saturday in the First Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 15, 2020 Memorial of Saints Maur and Placid
Fr. Jonah Wharff January 12, 2020 Baptism of the Lord at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 6, 2020 Monday after the Epiphany
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 1, 2020 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God