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Pillars of Community: Four Rules of Pre-Benedictine Monastic Life

The Superior’s Authority – The Second Rule of the Fathers

As for this man who is superior because of God’s judgment and episcopal installation, you must fear, love, and obey him in all things.  For if anyone thinks he is rejecting him, he is really rejecting God.  Therefore, let no brother do anything without his permission, nor accept or give anything, nor ever separate himself at all without a verbal order.  Page 227

From:  Pillars of Community: Four Rules of Pre-Benedictine Monastic Life   
By:  Terrence G. Kardong, OSB

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