Form of Life of Pope Innoncent IV - 98 

them or otherwise speaks to them through the grille, let them how and cover their faces with modesty, as it is becoming for an upright religious.

But when it is necessary in order to receive Communion at. certain times, let a small window be made, with a small door made of metal strips, and always kept closed with an iron bar and a key, through which the chalice can be conveniently given and the sacrament of the Lord’s Body administered. And let it so extend from the ground that the priest can conveniently exercise that ministry.

8Concerning the Visitator of this Order the following must be carefully provided for: let whoever is anywhere appointed as the general Visitator, or even at times, the special Visitator, be such that there is full knowledge and a guarantee concerning his religious life and character.

When he comes to enter a monastery, let him show and manifest himself in such a way in all things that he stimulates all from the good to the better and always inflames and enkindles them to the love of God and mutual love of one another. And when he enters the enclosure of a monastery for his visit, let him take with him two religious and appropriate companions who will stay together with him as companions; let them not be separated from one another in any way.

Let [the Visitator] zealously seek the truth about the condition of the sisters and the observance of their Order from all generally and particularly from individuals. When he finds something that should be reformed or corrected, let him-with discretion and zeal for charity and love for justice—reform and correct it both in the head and in the members, as it seems best.a

But let him observe the manner of speaking as described above, so that whether he speaks with all or with many at one time, or with one in private, there may be at least two others sitting in his sight at a distance, so that the integrity of his good reputation may be preserved in all things, unless he wishes to speak in the parlor with one or more about things that pertain to his office.

But let the abbess be careful that the condition of her monastery not at any time be hidden from the Visitator by herself or any




Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 98