23 March – Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

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Chapter 43:
On Those Who Come Late to the Work of God or to Table (Cont.)

Anyone who does not come to table before the verse,
so that all together may say the verse and the oration
and all sit down to table at the same time —
anyone who
through his own carelessness or bad habit
does not come on time
shall be corrected for this up to the second time.


If then he does not amend,
he shall not be allowed to share in the common table,
but shall be separated from the company of all
and made to eat alone,
and his portion of wine shall be taken away from him,
until he has made satisfaction and has amended.
And let him suffer a like penalty who is not present
at the verse said after the meal.

And let no one presume
to take any food or drink
before or after the appointed time.


But if anyone is offered something by the superior
and refuses to take it,
then when the time comes
that he desires what he formerly refused
or something else,
let him receive nothing whatever
until he has made proper satisfaction.

 

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