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Reading from the Rule of Benedict

January 10, 2014

TODAY’S READING FROM THE RULE OF BENEDICT

Chapter 2: What Kind of Person the Abbott Ought to Be

Let the Abbott always bear in mind
that at the dread Judgment of God
there will be an examination of these two matters:
his teaching and the obedience of his disciples.
And let the Abbott be sure
that any lack of profit
the master of the house may find in the sheep
will be laid to the blame of the shepherd.
On the other hand,
if the shepherd has bestowed all his pastoral diligence
on a restless, unruly flock
and tried every remedy for their unhealthy behavior,
then he will be acquitted at the Lord’s Judgment
and may say to the Lord with the Prophet:
“I have not concealed Your justice within my heart;
Your truth and Your salvation I have declared” (Ps. 39[40]:11).
“But they have despised and rejected me” (Is. 1:2; Ezech. 20:27).
And then finally let death itself, irresistible,
punish those disobedient sheep under her charge.

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