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OF THOSE WHO KEEP COMPANY WITH THE EXCOMMUNICATED WITHOUT THE COMMAND OF THE ABBOT.

IF any Brother shall presume, without the command of the Abbot, to join himself in any way to the excommunicated Brother, or to talk with him, or send him a message, let him incur the same penalty of excommunication.

QUALITER DEBEAT ESSE SOLLICITUS ABBAS CIRCA EXCOMMUNICATOS,

4 Julii

4 Mar. OMNI Sollicitudine curam gerat Abbas 3 Nov. circa delinquentes fratres: quia "non est opus sanis medicus, sed male habentibus." 1 Et ideo uti debet omni modo ut sapiens medicus: immittere quasi occultos consolatores Sympæctas, id est, seniores sapientes fratres, qui quasi secrete consolentur fratrem fluctuantem, et provocent eum ad humilitatis satisfactionem, et consolentur eum, ne abundantiori tristitia absorbeatur; sed sicut ait Apostolus: "Confirmetur in eo charitas, et oretur pro eo ab omnibus." "2

Magnopere enim debet sollicitudinem gerere

1 Matth. ix. 12.

2 2 Cor. ii. 8.

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HOW THE ABBOT OUGHT TO CARE FOR THE

EXCOMMUNICATED.

LET the Abbot have a special care of the offending Brethren, for, "They that are well need not the physician, but they that are sick."1 He ought, therefore, like a wise physician, to use every means in their regard, and covertly send them as comforters, some elderly and discreet Brothers to console, as it were secretly, the wavering one, and win him to make humble satisfaction. Let them comfort him, that he be not swallowed up by overmuch sorrow, but as the Apostle saith: "Let charity be confirmed towards him, and let all pray for him." 2

The Abbot ought especially to have a care for the offending Brethren, and with all pru

Abbas circa delinquentes fratres, et omni sagacitate et industria curare, ne aliquam de ovibus sibi creditis perdat. Noverit enim se infirmarum curam suscepisse animarum, non super sanas tyrannidem : et metuat Prophetæ comminationem, per quem dicit Deus: "Quod crassum videbatis, assumebatis: et quod debile erat, projiciebatis." Et Pastoris boni pium imitetur exemplum, qui relictis nonaginta novem ovibus in montibus, abiit unam ovem, quæ erraverat, quærere; cujus infirmitati in tantum compassus est, ut eam in sacris humeris suis dignaretur imponere, et sic reportare ad gregem." 2

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1 Ezech. xxxiv. 3.

2 Luc. xv. 4.

dence and industry, to see that he lose none of the sheep committed to his charge. Let him know that he hath undertaken the care of sick souls, and not a tyrannical authority over such as are well. Let him fear the threat of the Prophet, by whom God saith: "What ye saw to be fat, that ye took to yourselves, and what was diseased, that ye threw away."1 Let him imitate the loving kindness of the "Good Shepherd," Who "leaving ninety-nine sheep in the mountains, went to seek one that had gone astray, on whose infirmity He took such compassion, that He vouchsafed to lay it on His own shoulders, and thus carry it back to the flock." 2

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