CHAPTER 7 OF HUMILITY

CHAPTER VII.

Of Humility.

The Holy Scripture crieth to us, Brethren, saying: “Everyone who exalteth himself shall be humbled, and he who humbleth himself shall be exalted.”118 By these words it declares to us, that all exaltation is a kind of pride, which the Prophet showeth must carefully be avoided when he says: “Lord, my heart is nor exalted, neither are my eyes lifted up: neither have I walked in great things, nor in wonders above myself.” But why? “If I did not think humbly, by exalted my soul: as a child weaned from his mother, so wilt Thou reward my soul.”119 Read more

CHAPTER 6 OF SILENCE

CHAPTER VI.

Of Silence.

Let us act in accordance with that saying of the Prophet; “I have said: I will keep my ways, that I offend not with my tongue. I have been watchful over my mouth: I held my peace and humbled myself, and was silent from speaking even good things.”115 If therefore, according to this saying of the Prophet we are at times to abstain, for silence sake, even from good talk, how much more ought we to refrain from evil words, on account of the penalty of sin. Read more

CHAPTER 2 WHAT KIND OF MAN THE ABBOT OUGHT TO BE

CHAPTER II.

What kind of man the Abbot ought to be.

An Abbot who is worthy to have charge of a Monastery ought always to remember what he is called, and in his actions show forth the character of Ancient. For in the Monastery he is considered to represent the person of Christ, seeing that he is called by His name, as the Apostle saith: “Ye have received the spirit of the adoption of children, in which we cry, Abba, Father.”21 Read more