Good and Bad
Stay in the monastery and benefit from the virtuous
example of other nuns. There will always be conflicts among nuns who have many
personal desires and complaints from the carnally minded. But there will
always be some good nuns. To tolerate the carnal is a proof of virtue but
to imitate the virtuous is your source of hope. Those nuns whom you will
patiently endure and those whom you will calmly imitate are both useful to
The Apostle says: "Gladly put up with fools
because you are wise yourselves." "...be strong to bear the
infirmities of the weak and do not please yourselves; instead, please your
neighbors by doing good for their edification."
So dear sister, let not the complaints of the carnal
irk you; but be consoled by the life of the good nuns.
St. Leander of Seville: "The Training of Nuns" Chap. 25