CHAPTER 27 - The Prioress'/Abbot's Concern for the Excommunicated

It is the prioress’/abbot’s responsibility to have great concern and to act with all speed, discernment and diligence in order not to lose any of the sheep entrusted to her/him. (RB 27:5)

This chapter is original to Benedict. He shows a pastoral leader with great compassion and care for the members. Benedict asks the prioress/abbot to imitate Christ. Experience had taught him that many of those excommunicated took a long time to repent. Instead of driving them away Benedict sets his heart on bringing them back to the community. He seems to always point us to Christ and gives us a strong example of what being a compassionate person looks like.

Have you ever experienced this kind of compassion?

Have you ever been this compassionate to another?