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.

June
Fr. Stephen VerbestJune 12, 2024Memorial of St. Alice, Cistercian Nun, at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestJune 11, 2024Memorial of St. Barnabas
Fr. Stephen VerbestJune 8, 2024Immaculate Heart of Mary
Fr. Stephen VerbestJune 5, 2024Wednesday in the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestJune 3, 2024Memorial of Charles Lwanga and Companions
Fr. David BockJune 2, 2024Corpus Christi
May
Fr. Stephen VerbestMay 31, 2024Feast of the Visitation
Fr. Stephen VerbestMay 19, 2024Pentecost
Fr. Stephen VerbestMay 14, 2024Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle
Fr. David BockMay 5, 2024Sixth Sunday in Easter
April
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 26, 2024Friday in the Fourth Week of Easter
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 21, 2024Fourth Sunday of Easter
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 17, 2024Wednesday in the Third Week of Easter at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 16, 2024Tuesday in the Third Week of Easter
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 10, 2024Wednesday in the Second Week of Easter at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 9, 2024Tuesday in the Second Week of Easter
Fr. David BockApril 7, 2024Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 4, 2024Thursday in the First Week of Easter
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 3, 2024Wednesday in the First Week of Easter at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestApril 2, 2024Tuesday in the First Week of Easter
Fr. David BockApril 1, 2024Monday in the First Week of Easter
March
Fr. Stephen VerbestMarch 31, 2024Easter Sunday at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestMarch 27, 2024Wednesday in Holy Week
Fr. Stephen VerbestMarch 25, 2024Monday in Holy Week
Fr. Stephen VerbestMarch 23, 2024Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent
Fr. Stephen VerbestMarch 20, 2024Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestMarch 17, 2024Fifth Sunday in Lent
Fr. Stephen VerbestMarch 14, 2024Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent
Fr. Stephen VerbestMarch 12, 2024Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David BockMarch 10, 2024Fourth Sunday in Lent
Fr. Stephen VerbestMarch 10, 2024Fourth Sunday in Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestMarch 6, 2024Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestMarch 5, 2024Monday in the Third Week of Lent
Fr. Stephen VerbestMarch 1, 2024Friday in the Second Week of Lent
February
Fr. Stephen VerbestFebruary 25, 2024Second Sunday in Lent
Fr. Stephen VerbestFebruary 23, 2024Friday in the First Week of Lent
Fr. David BockFebruary 18, 2024First Stunday in Lent
Fr. Stephen VerbestFebruary 18, 2024First Sunday in Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestFebruary 12, 2024Votive Mass for the Deceased
Fr. Stephen VerbestFebruary 8, 2024Thursday in the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time
January
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 31, 2024Memorial of St. John Bosco at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 28, 2024Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 25, 2024Feast of Conversion of St. Paul
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 24, 2024Memorial of St. Francis de Sales at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David BockJanuary 21, 2024Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 18, 2024Votive Mass for Christian Unity
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 17, 2024Memorial of St. Anthony the Great