CHAPTER LXVIII. If a Brother be commanded to do Impossibilities
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If on any brother there be laid commands that are hard and impossible, let him receive the orders of him who biddeth him with all mildness and obedience. But if he seeth the weight of the burden altogether to exceed his strength, let him seasonably and with patience lay before his Superior the reasons of his incapacity to obey, with out shewing pride, resistance, or contradiction. If, however, after this the Superior still persist in his command, let the younger know that it is expedient for him; and let him obey for the love of God, trusting in His assistance.
Today’s Chapter 68 (If a Brother Be Commanded to Do Impossibilities) must read in continuity with Chapter 5 (Of Obedience) and with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th degrees of humility in Chapter 7 (Of Humility). It must also be read in harmony with the end of Chapter 49 (Of the Observance of Lent) and with Chapter 71 (That the Brethren Be Obedient One to the Other). Just as there is no better commentary on Sacred Scripture than Sacred Scripture itself, so too there