CHAPTER LVIII. Of the Discipline of receiving Brethren into Religion
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Let a senior, one who is skilled in gaining souls, be appointed over him to watch him with the utmost care, and to see whether he is truly seeking God, and is fervent in the Work of God, in obedience and in humiliations. Let all the hard and rugged paths by which we walk towards God be set before him.
Praedicentur ei omnia dura et aspera per quae itur ad Deum. “Let all the hard and rugged paths by which we go to God be told him in advance”. Ad Deum. The word God occurs three times in only two verses of Chapter LVIII. I do not think that this threefold repetition of God in verses 7 and 8 is inadvertent.
7 Et sollicitudo sit si revera Deum quaerit, si sollicitus est ad opus Dei, ad oboedientiam, ad opprobria. 8 Praedicentur ei omnia dura et aspera per quae itur ad Deum.
The monk truly seeks God; he assists at the