“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?” —Isaiah 58:6
An early follower of Saint Francis was not able to sustain extreme fasting. Rather than shaming the man, Francis broke his own fast so that his hungry brother could eat. He commanded the table to be set, though it was filled with poor things.
First he himself began to eat, and then he invited the rest of the brothers to share this duty of charity, lest that brother should waste away from shame.
It’s a good lesson at the beginning of Lent. What we do for Lent is far less important than why we do it.
Pray with Saint Francis
You created all things spiritual and physical, made us in your own image and likeness, and gave us a place in paradise, through your only Son, in the Holy Spirit. We give you thanks. Amen.