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

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January 13, May 14, September 13

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

In her teaching 
the Abbess should always follow the Apostle’s formula:
“Reprove, entreat, rebuke” (2 Tim. 4:2);
 
threatening at one time and coaxing at another
as the occasion may require,
 
showing now the stern countenance of a mistress,
 
now the loving affection of a mother.
 
That is to say,
 
it is the undisciplined and restless
whom she must reprove rather sharply;
it is the obedient, meek and patient
whom she must entreat to advance in virtue;
while as for the negligent and disdainful,
these we charge her to rebuke and correct.

And let her not shut her eyes to the faults of offenders; 
but, since she has the authority,
 
let her cut out those faults by the roots
 
as soon as they begin to appear,
 
remembering the fate of Heli, the priest of Silo (1 Kings 2-4).
The well-disposed and those of good understanding
 
let her correct with verbal admonition the first and second time.
 
But bold, hard, proud and disobedient characters
 
she should curb at the very beginning of their ill-doing
 
by stripes and other bodily punishments,
 
knowing that it is written,
“the fool is not corrected with words” (Prov. 18:2; 29:19),
 
and again,
 
“Beat your son with the rod,
and you will deliver his soul from death”(Prov. 23:13-14).

 
 
 
 


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