Holy Rule Of Saint Benedict
Of the Brethren Who Are Sent on a Journey
Let the brethren who are to be sent on a journey recommend themselves
to the prayers of all the brotherhood and of the Abbot. And after the
last prayer at the Work of God, let a commemoration always be made for
the absent brethren.
On the day that the brethren return from the journey, let them lie
prostrate on the floor of the oratory at all the Canonical Hours, when
the Work of God is finished, and ask the prayers of all on account of
failings, for fear that the sight of evil or the sound of frivolous
speech should have surprised them on the way.
And let no one presume to relate to another what he hath seen or heard
outside of the monastery, because it is most hurtful. But if anyone
presume to do so, let him undergo the penalty of the Rule. In like
manner let him be punished who shall presume to go beyond the enclosure
of the monastery, or anywhere else, or to do anything, however little,
without the order of the Abbot.