Monastic Ireland.

Letter from Stephen of Lexington to the Abbot of Dunbrody (Letter 11)

Extract from Stephen of Lexington, Letters from Ireland 1228 - 1229 (translated and with an introduction by Barry W. O'Dwyer), Cistercian Publications Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1982

Letter 11

To the Abbot of Dunbrody, greetings.

As full powers have been given to us to do whatever we consider to be most advantageous for the salvation of souls and for the honour of the Order with respect to all the monasteries of Ireland and the persons who are there, with that aforesaid we strictly enjoin Brother D., your lay-brother, by virtue of obedience to make a year’s stay with the abbot of Holy Cross so as to assist him and restore the house which is now almost ruined. On this account in order that the merit of obedience cannot in the passage of time fall to the detriment of the aforesaid lay-brother, who properly should be considered deserving of praise before God and man, we kindly beg Your Holiness out of your boundless generosity to grant this to him by your will and pleasure. Further, if necessary, by virtue of the obedience which is owing to the Order and the General Chapter, we strictly admonish you to receive him kindly at whatever time he returns to you or to your house, and to show fatherly care to him with so much the greater kindness in that he has never attempted, in obedience to the command of the Order and the General Chapter, rashly to withdraw himself from very great dangers and labours.

Stephen of Lexington, Letters from Ireland 1228 - 1229, translated and with an introduction by Barry W. O'Dwyer (Cistercian Publications Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan) p. 30
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