06 August – Daily Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

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April 6, August 6, December 6

Chapter 54: Whether a Monastic Should Receive Letters or Anything Else

On no account shall a monastic be allowed 
to receive letters, blessed tokens or any little gift whatsoever
 
from parents or anyone else,
or from her sisters,
or to give the same,
without the Abbess’s permission.
But if anything is sent her even by her parents,
 
let her not presume to take it
before it has been shown to the Abbess.
And it shall be in the Abbess’s power to decide
 
to whom it shall be given,
if she allows it to be received;
and the sister to whom it was sent should not be grieved,
lest occasion be given to the devil.

Should anyone presume to act otherwise, 
let her undergo the discipline of the Rule.

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