YOU wish peace and concord with others, you must learn to
break your will in many things. To
live in monasteries or religious communities, to remain there
without complaint, and to persevere
faithfully till death is no small matter. Blessed indeed
is he who there lives a good life and there
ends his days in happiness.
you would persevere in seeking perfection, you must consider
yourself a pilgrim, an exile
on earth. If you would become a religious, you must be content
to seem a fool for the sake of Christ.
Habit and tonsure change a man but little; it is the change
of life, the complete mortification of
passions that endow a true religious.
who seeks anything but God alone and the salvation of his
soul will find only trouble and
grief, and he who does not try to become the least, the servant
of all, cannot remain at peace for
have come to serve, not to rule. You must understand, too,
that you have been called to
suffer and to work, not to idle and gossip away your time.
Here men are tried as gold in a furnace.
Here no man can remain unless he desires with all his heart
to humble himself before God.