Holy Rule Of Saint Benedict
Of the Sick Brethren
Before and above all things, care must be taken of the sick, that they
be served in very truth as Christ is served; because He hath said, "I
was sick and you visited Me" (Mt 25:36). And "As long as you did it to
one of these My least brethren, you did it to Me" (Mt 25:40). But let
the sick themselves also consider that they are served for the honor of
God, and let them not grieve their brethren who serve them by
unnecessary demands. These must, however, be patiently borne with,
because from such as these a more bountiful reward is gained. Let the
Abbot's greatest concern, therefore, be that they suffer no neglect.
Let a cell be set apart for the sick brethren, and a God-fearing,
diligent, and careful attendant be appointed to serve them. Let the use
of the bath be offered to the sick as often as it is useful, but let it
be granted more rarely to the healthy and especially the young. Thus
also let the use of meat be granted to the sick and to the very weak
for their recovery. But when they have been restored let them all
abstain from meat in the usual manner.
But let the Abbot exercise the utmost care that the sick are not
neglected by the Cellarer or the attendants, because whatever his
disciples do amiss falleth back on him.