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Idleness Is An Enemy Of The Soul

Idleness is an enemy of the soul. Therefore the brothers should be employed at certain times in working with their hands, and at other fixed times in holy reading. Therefore we think that both these occasions may be well ordered in this way: from Easter until the first of October, let them, ongoing forth from Prime, work at whatever they are required until about the fourth hour. From the fourth, until close upon the sixth hour, let them be employed in reading. On rising from table after the sixth hour, let them rest on their beds with all silence, or if anyone desires to read, let him read in such a way as not to disturb anyone else. None should be said seasonable, at about the middle of the eighth hour, and after that let them work at what they have to do until the evening. If the situation of the place, or their poverty requires them to work by reaping their corn, they should not be saddened, for then are they Monks in very deed, when they live by the works of their hands, as our Fathers and the Apostles did before us. Yet, all things should be done with moderation for the sake of the fainthearted.

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