CHAPTER XXV. Of Graver Faults
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Let that brother who is found guilty of a more grievous offence be excluded both from the table and from the Oratory, and let none of the brethren consort with him or speak to him. Let him be alone at the work enjoined him, and continue in penance and sorrow, remembering that dreadful sentence of the Apostle, “That such a one is delivered over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.” Let him take his portion of food alone, in the measure and at the time that the Abbot shall think best for him. Let none of those who pass by bless him, nor the food that is given him.
The brother who commits a more grievous offence—this would be a public sin involving grave matter and a hardening of the heart against the grace of repentance—obliges the abbot to pronounce a sentence of excommunication against him. Cassian speaks of this kind of excommunication in Book II, Chapter 16 of The Institutes. The brother who falls