"If the newcomer keeps on knocking, and after 4-5 days it is seen that he patiently bears the harsh treatment offered him and the difficulty of admission, and that he perseveres in his request, let admission be granted him...Let him be shown all the hard and rugged things through which we pass on to God."
"Let the Abbot take care never to admit a monk of any other known monastery to residence, without the consent of his Abbot or commendatory letters."


"Let all guests who arrive be received as Christ.  In greeting (them) let all humility be shown to the guests whether coming or going...Let Christ be adored in them."


"Idleness is the enemy of the soul; and therefore the brethren ought to be employed in manual labour at certain times, and at other (times) in devout reading...They are monks in truth, if they live by the work of their hands."


"Let no one call or take to himself anything of his own.  But if anyone should be found to indulge this most baneful vice, and having been admonished once and again, does not amend, let him be subjected to punishment."


"Nothing indeed is so unsuited to any Christian as over-eating."
"We think one 'hemina' (2 glasses?) of wine a day is sufficient for each one.  But to whom God grants the endurance of abstinence, let him know that they will have their special reward."

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