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My dearest sister Florentina,

Do not torture or torment any sister; instead, endure them patiently and bear humbly any wrong that you suffer.  "By your patience, you will win your soul."  The anger of a sister will be better subdued by your patience.  Do not inflame her anger by a harsh reply.  By your patience, the angry sister will become humble and quiet; and thus, her salvation will be added to your credit.  

Exult when souls triumph, be saddened by their downfall.  Imitate those who triumph and encourage them by words to triumph even further.  If they are lazy or addicted to the pleasures of the flesh, arouse them to good living and good deeds.  

Do not sound learned in your speech but rather accompany your speech with good deeds so that you may show by your deeds what you have taught by words.      

St. Leander of Seville: "The Training of Nuns" Chap. 12





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