CHAPTER 69 - The Presumption of Defending Another in the Monastery

In no way whatsoever shall monastics presume to defend another in the monastery, because this can be a most serious source and occasion of contention. RB 69:3-4

Defending another who has been corrected can be seen as undermining the right to correct. This can give occasion for taking sides which not only does damage to the individual, but also promotes factions within the group. Giving the wrong kind of support can render another person less able to stand on their own and receive the correction in a healthy way.

Correction has the potential to stop me in my tracks so that I might pay better attention to what I am doing. Am I aware that my words, actions, and behaviors can be obstacles or helps for the up-building of the glory of God here on earth?