An extract from 'Fr. Jean-Baptiste Saint-Jure - A Treatise on the Vows and Virtues of the Religious State - II'
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'St. Basil, forming a man to the social life, tells him: To render yourself fit for this kind of life, persuade yourself that you are the most miserable and the vilest of men; that you are loaded with imperfections and sullied with sin; and it is alone the goodness of others that opened to you the door of the monastery, and but by the purest mercy were they moved to receive you into their midst. Seek in truth to become the least one, and the servant of all.'