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

The Boundaries of Work – Rule of St. Pachomius

One way to keep monastic work within its proper bounds is to make sure it is done under obedience. Thus [the Rule] insists that the superior keep control of this important area of life.  Of course, authority had to be delegated, especially in a system where the work was so varied.  But when monastic work becomes an autonomous enterprise the whole cenobitic system is in danger of collapse.  Page 96

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

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