The abbot ought always to remember what he is, and what he is called, and to know that to whom more is committed, from him more is required. And he must consider how difficult and arduous a task he has undertaken, of ruling souls and adapting himself to many dispositions. Let him so accomodate and suit himself to the character and intelligence of each, winning some by kindness, others by reproof, others by persuasion, that he may not only suffer no loss in the flock committed to him, but may even rejoice in their virtuous increase.
Above all let him not, overlooking or undervaluing the salvation of the souls entrusted to him, be more solicitous for fleeting, earthly, and perishable things; but let him ever bear in mind that he has undertaken the government of souls, of which he shall have to give an account. And that he may not complain for want of wordly resources, let him remember what is written: Seek first the kingdom of God and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you (Matt. 6:33), and again: Nothing is wanting to them that fear him (Ps. 34:9).