CHAPTER LXXII. Of the good zeal which Monks ought to have
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As there is an evil zeal of bitterness, which separateth from God, and leads to hell, so there is a good zeal, which keepeth us from vice, and leadeth to God and to life everlasting. Let monks, therefore, exert this zeal with most fervent love; that is, “in honour preferring one another.” Let them most patiently endure one another’s infirmities, whether of body or of mind. Let them vie with one another in obedience. Let no one follow what he thinketh good for himself, but rather what seemeth good for another. Let them cherish fraternal charity with chaste love, fear God, love their Abbot with sincere and humble affection, and prefer nothing whatever to Christ. And may He bring us all alike to life everlasting.
Reading again Chapter 72, on this second to the last day of 2018, I see how far we are from living it. We have all failed in the good zeal “which keepeth us from vice, and leadeth to God and to life everlasting.” We have failed in fervent love, “in honour preferring one another.” We