October 30 – Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

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February 29, June 30, October 30

Chapter 23: On Excommunication for Faults

(If there is no 29th of Feburary, append this entry to the previous.)

If a brother is found to be obstinate, 
or disobedient, or proud, or murmuring,
 
or habitually transgressing the Holy Rule in any point
 
and contemptuous of the orders of his seniors,
 
the latter shall admonish him secretly a first and a second time,
 
as Our Lord commands (Matt. 18:15).
 
If he fails to amend,
 
let him be given a public rebuke in front of the whole community.
 
But if even then he does not reform,
 
let him be placed under excommunication,
 
provided that he understands the seriousness of that penalty;
 
if he is perverse, however,
 
let him undergo corporal punishment.

 

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