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

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April 25, August 25, December 25

Chapter 67: On Brethren Who Are Sent on a Journey

Let the brethren who are sent on a journey 
commend themselves
 
to the prayers of all the brethren and of the Abbot;
 
and always at the last prayer of the Work of God
 
let a commemoration be made of all absent brethren.

When brethren return from a journey, 
at the end of each canonical Hour of the Work of God
 
on the day they return,
 
let them lie prostrate on the floor of the oratory
 
and beg the prayers of all
 
on account of any faults
 
that may have surprised them on the road,
 
through the seeing or hearing of something evil,
 
or through idle talk.
 
And let no one presume to tell another
 
whatever he may have seen or heard outside of the monastery,
 
because this causes very great harm.
 
But if anyone presumes to do so,
 
let him undergo the punishment of the Rule.
 
And let him be punished likewise who would presume
 
to leave the enclosure of the monastery
 
and go anywhere or do anything, however small,
 
without an order from the Abbot.

 

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