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

January 14, May 15, September 14

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

The Abbess should always remember what she is 
and what she is called,
and should know that to whom more is committed,
from her more is required (Luke 12:48).
Let her understand also
what a difficult and arduous task she has undertaken:
ruling souls and adapting herself to a variety of characters.
One she must coax, another scold, another persuade,
according to each one’s character and understanding.
Thus she must adjust and adapt herself to all
in such a way that she may not only suffer no loss
in the flock committed to her care,
but may even rejoice in the increase of a good flock.


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