Form of Life of Pope Innoncent IV - 91 

least, as a general rule, with the permission of the General.a Moreover, it is fitting that, when they die, both the [enclosed] as well as the serving sisters, be buried within the enclosure.

The hard and austere realities, through which, according to this Order, one is led to God and which must necessarily be observed, must be explained to all who wish to enter this Order and are received, before they actually enter and change their garb, lest ignorance be their excuse later on. One should not be received who proves to be less than sufficiently fit for the observance of this life because of age, a sickness, or a mental deficiency; for the state and vigor of the Order is dissolved and disturbed through such persons.b Therefore, let any occasion for receiving such a person be cautiously and diligently avoided, even if some time for a reasonable cause a dispensation has to be given to someone.

All those received into the enclosure, if they are old enough to understand, should, according to custom, quickly put aside their secular clothes. A mistress may be appointed for them who shall mold them in the knowledge of religious life.c And after the completion of the space of one year, they may make their profession in this way: 1, Sister N., promise to God, to the ever blessed Virgin Mary, to Saint Francis, and to all the saints, to observe perpetual obedience according to the Rule and Form of Life given to your Order by the Apostolic See, by living all the days of my life without anything of my own, and in chastity.d Let this also be firmly observed for the serving [sisters] in the same way.




Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 91