10 January – Daily Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

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January 10, May 11, September 10

Chapter 2: What Kind of Person the Abbess Ought to Be (Cont.)

Let the Abbess always bear in mind 
that at the dread Judgment of God
 
there will be an examination of these two matters:
her teaching and the obedience of her disciples.
 
And let the Abbess be sure
 
that any lack of profit
 
the master of the house may find in the sheep
 
will be laid to the blame of the shepherd.
 
On the other hand,
 
if the shepherd has bestowed all her pastoral diligence
on a restless, unruly flock
 
and tried every remedy for their unhealthy behavior,
 
then she will be acquitted at the Lord’s Judgment
 
and may say to the Lord with the Prophet:
“I have not concealed Your justice within my heart;
Your truth and Your salvation I have declared” (Ps. 39[40]:11).
“But they have despised and rejected me” (Is. 1:2; Ezech. 20:27).
And then finally let death itself, irresistible,
punish those disobedient sheep under her charge.

 
 
 
 


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