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.

May
Fr. Stephen VerbestMay 22, 2022Sixth Sunday in Easter Time
Fr. Jonah WharfMay 19, 2022Thursday in the Fifth Week of Easter
Fr. Jonah WharfMay 18, 2022Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Easter at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah WharfMay 17, 2022Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Easter at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestMay 16, 2022Monday in the Fifth Week of Easter
Fr. Jonah WharfMay 14, 2022Feast of St. Matthias
Fr. Jonah WharfMay 11, 2022Memorial of the Holy Abbots of Cluny at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestMay 10, 2022Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Easter
Fr. Jonah WharfMay 10, 2022Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Easter at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah WharfMay 8, 2022Fourth Sunday of Easter
Fr. Brendan FreemanMay 7, 2022Memorial Mass for Fr. Xavier Dieter
Fr. Stephen VerbestMay 5, 2022Thursday in the Third Week of Easter
Fr. Jonah WharfMay 4, 2022Feast of Saints Philip and James at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah WharfMay 3, 2022Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah WharfMay 2, 2022Monday in the Third Week of Easter
Fr. Jonah WharfMay 1, 2022Third Sunday of Easter at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David BockMay 1, 2022Third Sunday of Easter
April
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 30, 2022Saturday in the Second Week of Easter
Fr. Jonah WharfApril 27, 2022Memorial of St. Rafael Arnaiz Baron at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 26, 2022Tuesday in the Second Week of Easter
Fr. Jonah WharfApril 26, 2022Tuesday in the Second Week of Easter at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah WharfApril 25, 2022Feast of St. Mark
Fr. Jonah WharfApril 25, 2022Feast of St. Mark
Fr. Jonah WharfApril 21, 2022Thursday in the Octave of Easter
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 20, 2022Wednesday in the Octave of Easter
Fr. Jonah WharfApril 20, 2022Wednesday in the Octave of Easter at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David BockApril 19, 2022Tuesday in the Octave of Easter
Fr. Jonah WharfApril 19, 2022Tuesday in the Octave of Easter at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah WharfApril 18, 2022Monday in the Octave of Easter at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 17, 2022Easter Day
Fr. Jonah WharfApril 17, 2022Easter Vigil at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 14, 2022Holy Thursday Reconciliation Service at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah WharfApril 14, 2022Holy Thursday at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 12, 2022Tuesday in the Sixth Week of Lent
Fr. Jonah WharffApril 10, 2022Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Brendan FreemanApril 9, 2022Funeral for Fr. James OConnor
Fr. Jonah WharffApril 7, 2022Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent
Fr. Jonah WharfApril 6, 2022Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 5, 2022Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent
Fr. Jonah WharfApril 5, 2022Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah WharfApril 4, 2022Monday in the Fifth Week of Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 3, 2022Fifth Sunday of Lent
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 2, 2022Saturday in the Fourth Week of Lent
Fr. Jonah WharfApril 1, 2022Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent
March
Fr. Jonah WharfMarch 30, 2022Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah WharfMarch 29, 2022Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David BockMarch 27, 2022Fourth Sunday in Lent
Fr. Stephen VerbestMarch 23, 2022Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent
Fr. Jonah WharfMarch 20, 2022Third Sunday in Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David BockMarch 19, 2022Solemnity of St. Joseph
Fr. Jonah WharfMarch 18, 2022Friday in the Second Week of Lent
Fr. Stephen VerbestMarch 13, 2022Second Sunday in Lent
Fr. Brendan FreemanMarch 13, 2022Second Sunday of Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah WharfMarch 11, 2022Friday in the First Week of Lent
Fr. Jonah WharfMarch 9, 2022Wednesday in the First Week of Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah WharfMarch 8, 2022Tuesday in the First Week of Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestMarch 7, 2022Monday in the First Week of Lent
Fr. Brendan FreemanMarch 6, 2022First Sunday in Lent
Fr. Jonah WharffMarch 2, 2022Ash Wednesday at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah WharffMarch 1, 2022Mass for the Deceased at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestMarch 1, 2022Mass for the Deceased at New Melleray
February
Fr. Jonah WharffFebruary 27, 2022Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestFebruary 26, 2022Friday in the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestFebruary 25, 2022Friday in the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah WharffFebruary 24, 2022Thursday in the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Brendan FreemanFebruary 22, 2022Feast of the Chair of St. Peter
Fr. Stephen VerbestFebruary 21, 2022Memorial of St. Peter Damian
Fr. Stephen VerbestFebruary 20, 2022Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David BockFebruary 20, 2022Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah WharffFebruary 17, 2022Thursday in the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestFebruary 6, 2022Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah WharffFebruary 6, 2022Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah WharffFebruary 5, 2022Saturday in the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time
January
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 31, 2022Memorial of St. John Bosco
Fr. Jonah WharffJanuary 30, 2022Fourth Sunday of Advent
Fr. Jonah WharffJanuary 28, 2022Friday in the Third Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 26, 2022Solemnity of the Founders of Citeaux
Fr. Jonah WharffJanuary 26, 2022Conversion of St. Paul at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah WharffJanuary 24, 2022Monday in the 3rd Week of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David BockJanuary 23, 2022Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 17, 2022Memorial of St. Anthony the Great
Fr. Brendan FreemanJanuary 16, 2022Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah Wharff January 16, 2022Second Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah WharffJanuary 11, 2022Tuesday in the First Week of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah WharffJanuary 10, 2022Monday in the First Week of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 9, 2022The Baptism of the Lord
December
Fr. Jonah WharffDecember 30, 2021Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas
Fr. Stephen VerbestDecember 28, 2021Feast of the Holy Innocents
Fr. Jonah WharffDecember 26, 2021Feast of the Holy Family