2 This porter should have a cell next to the gate so that those coming may always find someone from whom they can get an answer. 3 As soon as anyone knocks or a poor person cries out, let him respond “Thanks be to God!” or “Bless me!” 4 And with all the gentleness of the fear of God, let him quickly respond with the warmth of love.
5 If the porter has need, let him have a younger brother to help.
6 Now a monastery, if it is possible, ought to be set up in such a way that it has everything necessary; that is, within the monastery there should be water, a mill, a garden; also various crafts should be pursued within the monastery. 7 As a result, the monks will have no need to wander outside because this is not at all good for their souls.
8 Finally, we want this Rule read often in the community so that none of the brothers may make the excuse of ignorance.