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Re: Spirit of the Monastery

by BorgCopyeditor (Friar)
on Aug 08, 2002 at 23:14 UTC ( #188780=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Spirit of the Monastery

We could also adopt some secularized version of the Benedictine Rule:

  • Poverty (check!)
  • Stability (been sitting in chair for 4 hours, check!)
  • Chastity (erm, ... )

OK, maybe not. But Benedict had some good ideas, all the same.

BR 2:25-26

25With the undisciplined and restless, <the abbot> will use firm argument; with the obedient and docile and patient, he will appeal for greater virtue; but as for the negligent and disdainful, we charge him to use reproof and rebuke. 26He should not gloss over the sins of those who err, but cut them out while he can, as soon as they begin to sprout, remembering the fate of Eli, priest of Shiloh (1 Sam 2:11-4:18).

--Your punctuation skills are insufficient!

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Re: Re: Spirit of the Monastery
by dws (Chancellor) on Aug 08, 2002 at 23:19 UTC
    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.

      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?

      --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" ;)

        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
        Software Engineering is Programming when you can't. -- E. W. Dijkstra (RIP)

        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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