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

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April 13, August 13, December 13

Chapter 59: On the Sons of Nobles and of the Poor Who Are Offered

If anyone of the nobility 
offers his son to God in the monastery
 
and the boy is very young,
 
let his parents draw up the document which we mentioned above;
 
and at the oblation
 
let them wrap the document itself and the boy’s hand in the altar cloth.
 
That is how they offer him.

As regards their property, 
they shall promise in the same petition under oath
 
that they will never of themselves, or through an intermediary,
 
or in any way whatever,
 
give him anything
 
or provide him with the opportunity of owning anything.
Or else,
 
if they are unwilling to do this,
 
and if they want to offer something as an alms to the monastery
 
for their advantage,
 
let them make a donation
 
of the property they wish to give to the monastery,
reserving the income to themselves if they wish.
 
And in this way let everything be barred,
 
so that the boy may have no expectations
whereby (which God forbid) he might be deceived and ruined,
 
as we have learned by experience.

Let those who are less well-to-do make a similar offering. 
But those who have nothing at all
 
shall simply draw up the document
 
and offer their son before witnesses at the oblation.

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