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

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January 16, May 17, September 16

Chapter 3: On Calling the Brethren for Counsel

Whenever any important business has to be done 
in the monastery,
 
let the Abbot call together the whole community
 
and state the matter to be acted upon.
 
Then, having heard the brethren’s advice,
 
let him turn the matter over in his own mind
 
and do what he shall judge to be most expedient.
The reason we have said that all should be called for counsel
 
is that the Lord often reveals to the younger what is best.

Let the brethren give their advice 
with all the deference required by humility,
and not presume stubbornly to defend their opinions;
 
but let the decision rather depend on the Abbot’s judgment,
 
and all submit to whatever he shall decide for their welfare.

However, just as it is proper 
for the disciples to obey their master,
 
so also it is his function
 
to dispose all things with prudence and justice.

 
 
 
 


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