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
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