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30 April – Daily Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

Chapter 72: On the Good Zeal Which They Ought to Have Just as there is an evil zeal of bitterness which separates from God and leads to hell, so there is a good zeal which separates from vices and leads … Continue reading

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29 April – Daily Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

Chapter 59: On the Sons of Nobles and of the Poor Who Are Offered   If anyone of the nobility offers his son to God in the monastery and the boy is very young, let his parents draw up the … Continue reading

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28 April – Daily Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

Chapter 70: That No One Venture to Punish at Random   Every occasion of presumption shall be avoided in the monastery, and we decree that no one be allowed to excommunicate or to strike any of her sisters unless the … Continue reading

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27 April – Daily Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

Chapter 69: That the Monks Presume Not to Defend One Another   Care must be taken that no monk presume on any ground to defend another monk in the monastery, or as it were to take him under his protection, … Continue reading

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26 April – Daily Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

Chapter 68: If a Sister Is Commanded to Do Impossible Things   If it happens that difficult or impossible tasks are laid on a sister, let her nevertheless receive the order of the one in authority with all meekness and … Continue reading

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25 April – Daily Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

Chapter 67: On Brethren Who Are Sent on a Journey   Let the brethren who are sent on a journey commend themselves to the prayers of all the brethren and of the Abbot; and always at the last prayer of … Continue reading

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24 April – Daily Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

Chapter 66: On the Porters of the Monastery   At the gate of the monastery let there be placed a wise old woman, who knows how to receive and to give a message, and whose maturity will prevent her from … Continue reading

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23 April – Daily Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

Chapter 65: On the Prior of the Monastery (Cont.)   To us, therefore, it seems expedient for the preservation of peace and charity that the Abbot have in his hands the full administration of his monastery. And if possible let … Continue reading

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22 April – Daily Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

Chapter 65: On the Prior of the Monastery   It happens all too often that the constituting of a Prior gives rise to grave scandals in monasteries. For there are some who become inflated with the evil spirit of pride … Continue reading

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21 April – Daily Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

Chapter 64: On Constituting an Abbess (Cont.)   Once she has been constituted, let the Abbess always bear in mind what a burden she has undertaken and to whom she will have to give an account of her stewardship, and … Continue reading

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