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DE IIS, QUI SÆPIUS CORRECTI NON EMENDANTUR.

5 Julii

5 Mar. Si quis frater frequenter correptus pro 4 Nov. qualibet culpa, si etiam excommunicatus non emendaverit, acrior ei accedat correctio, id est, ut verberum vindicta in eum procedat. Quod si nec ita se correxerit, aut forte (quod absit) in superbiam elatus etiam defendere voluerit opera sua, tunc Abbas faciat quod sapiens medicus: si exbibuit fomenta, si unguenta adhortationum, si medicamina Scripturarum divinarum, si ad ultimum ustionem excommunicationis, vel plagas virgarum, et jam si viderit nihil suam prævalere industriam; adhibeat etiam (quod majus est) suam et omnium fratrum pro eo orationem, ut Dominus, qui omnia potest, operetur salutem circa infirmum fratrem. Quod si nec isto modo

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OF THOSE WHO, BEING OFTEN CORRECTED, DO NOT AMEND.

IF any Brother after being corrected, or even excommunicated for any fault, doth not amend, let a sharper correction be administered to him; that is to say, let him be punished with stripes. But if for all that he do not correct himself, or being puffed up with pride (which God forbid) shall also defend his doings; then let the Abbot act like a wise physician, and after applying the fomentations and ointments of good exhortation, the medicines of the Divine Scriptures, and last of all the punishment of excommunication and of scourging; then, if he find that his labours have no effect,-let him add what is more than all this,-his own prayer, and the prayer of the Brethren for

136 De iis, qui sæpius correcti non emendantur.

sanatus fuerit, tunc jam utatur Abbas ferro abscissionis, ut ait Apostolus: "Auferte malum ex vobis." 1 Et iterum: "Infidelis si discedit, discedat :” 2 ne una ovis morbida omnem gregem contaminet.

1 1 Cor. v. 13.

2 1 Cor. vii. 15.

him, that the Lord, Who can do all things, would vouchsafe to work a cure upon the If he be not healed and

infirm Brother. corrected by this means, then let the Abbot use the sword of separation, according to that saying of the Apostle: "Put away the evil one from among you." And again: "If the faithless one depart, let him depart,2 lest one diseased sheep should infect the whole flock."

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SI DEBEANT ITERUM RECIPI FRATRES EXEUNTES DE MONASTERIO.

6 Mar. FRATER, qui proprio vitio egreditur, aut

6 Julii

Nov. projicitur de Monasterio, si reverti voluerit, spondeat prius omnem emendationem vitii pro quo egressus est, et sic in ultimo gradu recipiatur, ut ex hoc ejus humilitas comprobetur. Quod si denuo exierit, usque tertio recipiatur. Jam vero postea sciat, omnem sibi reversionis aditum denegari.

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