Pope Innocent IV (1243-1253). - 374 

against the prescription of the said rule. You also feel that it is unsuitable and impossible that your order be obliged to observe two rules.

Therefore, wishing to provide in an appropriate manner that you who are dedicated to the praises of the divine name may enjoy peace of mind in these matters We reaffirm what our predecessor of pious memory, Pope Gregory, declared in the presence and in the hearing of Our brother, the bishop of Ostia, that the aforesaid Rule of Saint Benedict does not bind to anything else but obedience, the renunciation of property, and perpetual chastity which constitute the elements of all rules and in which are to be found the means of attaining the goal of eternal happiness.

And now, content with the solution offered in this declaration, put an end to your mental uncertainty, since in order to merit the reward of eternal life, it is enough for you to observe only this rule, with pure hearts, for the glory of God, sustained as you are by the help of humble confession.

If through human weakness any of your members should do or propose anything not contained in this rule, let the Apostolic See settle the matter for you.

Given at Ianuae, on the twelfth Kalends of September in the second year of Our pontificate.

Vestris piis suplicationibus, October 21

Innocent, Bishop, Servant of the servants of God: to the beloved daughters, the Abbesses and enclosed Nuns of the Monasteries of Saint Damian, Health and Apostolic Blessing.

Moved by your pious requests, We grant, with the authority of this letter, the permission to enter your Monasteries in accord with the wording that you know is contained in the Formula of your life. This permission applies to the Ministers and Brothers of the Order of Minors who are appointed for your care, or for the services of your Monasteries, or who come to you with permission of their Ministers to carry out work for these Monasteries. This work may be to protect you from fire, to defend you from robbers, or for other reasonable and good motives; it may be for a Brother priest together with another who is a suitable Brother




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