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Re: Re: Spirit of the Monastery

by dws (Chancellor)
on Aug 08, 2002 at 23:19 UTC ( #188781=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Spirit of the Monastery
in thread Spirit of the Monastery

Saint Benedict's Rule (circa 547 AD) is often more appropriate here.

If any pilgrim shall come from distant parts with wish to dwell in the monastery, and will be content with the customs of the place, and does not by his lavishness disturb the monastery but is simply content, he shall be received for as long as he wishes.

If, indeed, he shall find fault with anything, and shall expose the matter reasonably and with the humility of charity, the Abbott shall discuss it with him prudently lest perchance God hath sent him for this very thing.

But, if he shall have been found contumacious during his sojourn in the monastery, then it shall be said to him, firmly, that he must depart. If he will not go, let two stout monks, in the name of God, explain the matter to him.


Comment on Re: Re: Spirit of the Monastery
OT: Aggressive Cognitive Remodeling
by BorgCopyeditor (Friar) on Aug 08, 2002 at 23:28 UTC

    Very nice quote, though there's one thing I don't understand:

    If he will not go, let two stout monks, in the name of God, explain the matter to him.

    Hmm, "stout." That means, like, "able to explain stuff really well," right?

    BCE
    --ResistenceResistance is futile.

      Hmm, "stout." That means, like, "able to explain stuff really well," right?

      In this context, I think it means "able to explain stuff very convincingly" ;)

      I think it's a spelling mistake and should rather read as "stdout" instead of "stout", and STDOUT monks are shure to explain a lot ;)

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      Personally I think he meant two monks who had had enough to drink that they had the courage to push the offender out. ;-)
      stout \Stout\, n. A strong malt liquor; strong porter. Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1996, 1998 MICRA, I +nc.

      Yves / DeMerphq
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