Front Page Titles (by Subject) CHAPTER LXXII: CONCERNING THE GOOD ZEAL WHICH MONKS OUGHT TO HAVE - The Rule of St. Benedict
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CHAPTER LXXII: CONCERNING THE GOOD ZEAL WHICH MONKS OUGHT TO HAVE - Saint Benedict, The Rule of St. Benedict 
The Rule of St. Benedict, translated into English. A Pax Book, preface by W.K. Lowther Clarke (London: S.P.C.K., 1931).
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CONCERNING THE GOOD ZEAL WHICH MONKS OUGHT TO HAVE
Just as there is an evil zeal of bitterness which separates from God and leads to hell, so there is a good zeal which separates from vices and leads to God and to life eternal. By most fervent love therefore let monks exercise this zeal, that is, let them see to it that in honour they prefer one another. Let them most patiently tolerate their infirmities whether physical or of character; let them compete in yielding obedience; let none follow what he judges convenient to himself, but rather what he judges convenient to another; in chaste love let them exercise fraternal charity; let them fear God; let them love their abbot with sincere and humble affection; on no account let them exalt anything above Christ; and may He bring us all alike to eternal life.