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

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April 17, August 17, December 17

Chapter 62: On the Priests of the Monastery

If an Abbot desire
to have a priest or a deacon ordained for his monastery,
let him choose one
who is worthy to exercise the priestly office.

But let the one who is ordained 
beware of self-exaltation or pride;
 
and let him not presume to do anything
 
except what is commanded him by the Abbot,
 
knowing that he is so much the more subject
 
to the discipline of the Rule.
Nor should he by reason of his priesthood forget
 
the obedience and the discipline required by the Rule,
 
but make ever more and more progress towards God.

Let him always keep the place which he received 
on entering the monastery,
except in his duties at the altar
 
or in case the choice of the community and the will of the Abbess
should promote him for the worthiness of his life.
Yet he must understand
 
that he is to observe the rules laid down by deans and Priors.

Should he presume to act otherwise,
let him be judged not as a priest but as a rebel.
And if he does not reform after repeated admonitions,
 
let even the Bishop be brought in as a witness.
If then he still fails to amend,
 
and his offenses are notorious,
 
let him be put out of the monastery,
but only if his contumacy is such
 
that he refuses to submit or to obey the Rule.

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