Thursday, October 10, 2013
A monk promises before his superior (here the prior) to faithful exercise the vows of religion: chastity, poverty, obedience — and for the Benedictines: stability (remaining in the same community instead of switching to another monastery). Not only is the boon of obedience to be shown by all to the Abbot, but the brethren are also to obey one another, knowing that by this road of obedience they are going to God.
Giving priority, therefore, to the commands of the Abbot and of the Superior appointed by him (to which we allow no private orders to be preferred), for the rest let all the juniors obey their seniors with all charity and solicitude. But if anyone is found contentious, let him be corrected. Rule of St. Benedict (Chapter 71: That the Brethren Be Obedient to One Another)