Fasting with the Fathers, Day Nine

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A certain brother from the Cells brought some new bread, and he invited all the old men who were under vows at Scete to partake of a meal. And when each of them had eaten two bread-cakes, they ceased eating. Then the brother, who knew their labours of abstinence, and that they did not usually eat, and never satisfied themselves, made excuses to them, saying, “Eat ye this day, for our Lord’s sake, until ye are satisfied.” And hearing this each ate ten cakes more. All this sheweth how much they afflicted themselves in not satisfying themselves with any kind of food.

Paradisus Patrum

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