From today’s New Testament reading, from Romans: ‘I myself am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another. But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit’.

St Benedict offers the same advice in the Holy Rule: ‘For the abbot in his teaching ought always to observe the rule of the apostle, wherein he says: “Reprove, entreat, rebuke”. He must adapt himself to circumstances, now using severity and now persuasion, displaying the rigour of a master or the loving kindness of a father’.

In each case, the measures taken are to preserve the integrity of the individual and of the whole, ‘sanctified by the Holy Spirit’. May we trust them, following the way outlined, and may God bless you this day.