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

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April 14, August 14, December 14

Chapter 60: On Priests Who May Wish to Live in the Monastery

If any ordained priest
should ask to be received into the monastery,
permission shall not be granted too readily.
But if he is quite persistent in his request,
 
let him know
 
that he will have to observe the whole discipline of the Rule
 
and that nothing will be relaxed in his favor,
that it may be as it is written:
“Friend, for what have you come (Matt. 26:50)?”

It shall be granted him, however, to stand next after the Abbot 
and to give blessings and to celebrate Mass,
 
but only by order of the Abbot.
Without such order let him not make any exceptions for himself,
 
knowing that he is subject to the discipline of the Rule;
 
but rather let him give an example of humility to all.

If there happens to be question of an appointment 
or of some business in the monastery,
 
let him expect the rank due him
 
according to the date of his entrance into the monastery,
 
and not the place granted him
 
out of reverence for the priesthood.

If any clerics, moved by the same desire,
should wish to join the monastery,
let them be placed in a middle rank.
But they too are to be admitted only if they promise
observance of the Rule and stability.

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