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On Sunday, let all occupy themselves in reading, except those who have been appointed to the various offices. But if any one should be so negligent and slothful, as to be either unwilling or unable to study or to read, let some task be given him to do, that he be not idle. To brethren who are weak or delicate, let there be given such work or occupation as to prevent them either from being idle, or from being so oppressed by excessive labour as to be driven away. Their weakness must be taken into account by the Abbot.
For Saint Benedict, Sunday is the day of lectio divina par excellence. “Let all occupy themselves in reading, except those who have been appointed to the various offices”. The place of Psalm 118 at the Little Hours on Sunday suggests that the whole day is to be illumined by the contemplation of the Word of God.
Saint Benedict recognises that in every community there will be brethren who are “so negligent and slothful, as to be