THE SICK AND FASTING
All able-bodied nuns must
fast. For fasting tames the rebellious flesh and forces it to subject
itself to the mind and soul as a slave to a master. But if you are
weakened by long illness, relax your fast and take enough for health's
She is better who shall not need
medicines. But a nun who is well should not be scandalized if a sick
nun is fed more freely and with greater indulgence. She should be
thankful to God, instead, if she does not need the soft and nice food that
sick people need.
The nun who needs special food
should be humble in the sight of others and should be sorry that she cannot
do what the others can do. She must know that the relaxation of the
rule is due to her illness and not to her virtues.
St. Leander of Seville: "The
Training of Nuns" Chap. 18