Chapter 2: What Kind of Person the Abbess Ought to Be

January 14, 2010

The Abbess should always remember what she is 
and what she is called, 
and should know that to whom more is committed, 
from her more is required (Luke 12:48).
Let her understand also 
what a difficult and arduous task she has undertaken: 
ruling souls and adapting herself to a variety of characters.
One she must coax, another scold, another persuade, 
according to each one’s character and understanding. 
Thus she must adjust and adapt herself to all 
in such a way that she may not only suffer no loss 
in the flock committed to her care, 
but may even rejoice in the increase of a good flock.

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