Holy Rule Of Saint Benedict
That the Brethren Be Obedient to One Another
The brethren must render the service of obedience not only to the
Abbot, but they must thus also obey one another, knowing that they
shall go to God by this path of obedience. Hence, granted the command
of the Abbot and of the Superiors who are appointed by him (to which we
do not permit private commands to be preferred), in other respects let
the younger brethren obey their elders with all charity and zeal. But
if anyone is found to be obstinate, let him be punished.
And if a brother be punished in any way by the Abbot or by any of his
Superiors for even a slight reason or if he perceive that the temper of
any of his Superiors is but slightly ruffled or excited against him in
the least, let him without delay cast himself down on the ground at his
feet making satisfaction, until the agitation is quieted by a blessing.
If anyone scorn to do this, either let him undergo corporal punishment,
or, if he be obstinate, let him be expelled from the monastery.