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

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April 12, August 12, December 12

Chapter 58: On the Manner of Receiving Sisters (Cont.)

When she is to be received
she promises before all in the oratory
stability,
fidelity to monastic life
 
and obedience.
This promise she shall make before God and His Saints,
so that if she should ever act otherwise,
she may know that she will be condemned by Him whom she mocks.
Of this promise of hers let her draw up a document
in the name of the Saints whose relics are there
 
and of the Abbess who is present.
 
Let her write this document with her own hand;
 
or if she is illiterate, let another write it at her request,
 
and let the novice put her mark to it.
 
Then let her place it with her own hand upon the altar;
 
and when she has placed it there,
 
let the novice at once intone this verse:
“Receive me, O Lord, according to Your word, and I shall live:
and let me not be confounded in my hope” (Ps. 118[119]:116).
 
Let the whole community answer this verse three times
 
and add the “Glory be to the Father.”
 
Then let the novice prostrate herself at each one’s feet,
 
that they may pray for her.
 
And from that day forward
 
let her be counted as one of the community.

If she has any property, 
let her either give it beforehand to the poor
or by solemn donation bestow it on the monastery,
 
reserving nothing at all for herself,
 
as indeed she knows that from that day forward
 
she will no longer have power even over her own body.
At once, therefore, in the oratory,
let her be divested of her own clothes which she is wearing
 
and dressed in the clothes of the monastery.
But let the clothes of which she was divested
 
be put aside in the wardrobe and kept there.
Then if she should ever listen to the persuasions of the devil
and decide to leave the monastery (which God forbid),
 
she may be divested of the monastic clothes and cast out.
 
Her document, however,
 
which the Abbess has taken from the altar,
 
shall not be returned to her, but shall be kept in the monastery.

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