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Life of Our Most Holy Father St. Benedict
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CHAPTER LIV.

Whether it be lawful for a Monk to receive letters or presents.

By no means let any Monk, without the Abbot’s permission, receive from his parents or from anyone else, or give to another, letters, tokens, or any gifts whatsoever. And if anything be sent to him, even from his parents, let him not presume to receive it, unless it be first told the Abbot. If he order it to be received, it shall be in his power to appoint the person to whom it shall be given; and let not the Brother, to whom perchance it was sent, be grieved, lest an occasion be given to the devil. Whosoever shall presume to do otherwise, shall be subjected to regular discipline.

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