CHAPTER LVIII. Of the Discipline of receiving Brethren into Religion
Continued from 11 Apr.
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.
We continue today our meditation of Chapter LVIII. Saint Benedict would have the senior appointed to watch over the novice take the utmost care in verifying, first of all, if the novice is sollicitus, that is, faithful and unstinting in the Work of God. Then, Saint Benedict, would have the senior verify if the novice is also sollicitus, — attentive, eager, passionate — about obedience. By placing the three criteria of a monastic vocation in this order: the Opus Dei (Divine Office) first, then obedience, and finally humiliations; and by qualifying all three by the one adjective sollicitus, Saint Benedict sets forth a complete program of