Rule of St. Benedict: Chapter 56: On the Abbess’s Table, April 9, 2017

April 9, August 9, December 9

Chapter 56: On the Abbess’s Table

Let the Abbess’s table always be with the guests

and the pilgrims. But when there are no guests,

let it be in her power to invite whom she will of the sisters.

Yet one or two seniors must always be left with the others

for the sake of discipline.

Some Thoughts:

Hospitality first!

And I wonder how it felt to be a monastic who was invited to the superior’s table? And how it felt to be a monastic who was not invited, who felt overlooked?

Would the superior have invited them rotationally so as to treat all equally? I think so. I think each would have a turn.

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