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

  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 … Continue reading

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

  Chapter 71: That the Brethren Be Obedient to One Another Not only is the boon of obedience to be shown by all to the Abbot, but the brethren are also to obey one another, knowing that by this road … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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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