2 As for those who are hurrying toward the perfection of conversatio, there are the teachings of the fathers whose observance may lead a person to the heights of perfection. 3 For what page or what word of divine authority in the Old or New Testament is not the most perfect standard of human life? 4 Or what book of the holy, catholic fathers does not resound with this, so that we may, by this straight path, reach our Creator? 5 Are there not the Conferences of the Fathers and their Institutes and Lives as well as the Rule of our Holy Father Basil? 6 What else are they than the tools of the virtues for monks who obey and live good lives?
7 But for us, the lazy and careless who live badly, there is the blush of shame.
8 Therefore, whoever you may be, as you rush to the heavenly homeland, carry out with the help of Christ this smallest Rule written down for beginners.
9 Then, at length, as we have pointed out above, you will, with God as your protector, arrive at the loftier summits of teaching and virtues. Amen.