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The Abbot: Called By His Name

An Abbot who is worthy to be over a monastery should always remember what he is called, and live up to the name of the Superior. For he is believed to hold the place of Christ in the monastery, being called by a name of His, which is taken from the words of the Apostle: “You have received a Spirit of adoption as sons, by virtue of which we cry, ‘Abba – Father.’”

Therefore the Abbot ought not to teach or ordain or command anything which is against the Lord’s precepts; on the contrary, his commands and his teaching should be a leaven of divine justice kneaded into the minds of his disciples.

– Chapter 2 “What Kind of Man the Abbot Ought to Be” Part 1

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