Procedures for Novices and Concluding Material

Lest anyone borrow or lend

There is another precept corresponding to the law that nobody is allowed to borrow or lend anything without the permission of the abbot. The reason for this precept is that the goods of the church and of its beneficiaries are entrusted goods. It is equally prohibited to borrow or lend because this is a proprietary act. By good reason it is prohibited to give anything because the decree says that whoever treats the goods of friendship as property commits theft and rapine. Nevertheless in ordinary situations nobody would mind the giving of a shoe-string, and one may give a paltry little knife if there is honest cause. But to give, to present, to hide in cubby-holes and to conceal money for proprietory expenses is condemned.