- Friday, 28 February 2020 -
Friday after Ash Wednesday
Readings of day

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 9:14-15.

The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?"
Jesus answered them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast."
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Saint Clare
Living to praise Him

None of us who are healthy and strong should eat anything other than Lenten fare, either on ferial days or on feast days. Thus, we must fast every day except Sundays and the Nativity of the Lord, on which days we may have two meals. And on ordinary Thursdays everyone may do as she wishes, so that she who does not wish to fast is not obliged. However, we who are well should fast every day except on Sundays and on Christmas. During the whole of Easter, as the writing of Saint Francis tells us, and on the feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the holy Apostles, we are not obliged to fast, unless these feasts occur Friday. And, as I have already said, we who are well and strong always eat Lenten fare. But our flesh is not bronze, nor is our strength that of stone, rather, we are frail and inclined to every bodily weakness! I beg you, therefore, dearly beloved, to refrain wisely and prudently from an indiscreet and impossible austerity in the fasting that you have undertaken. And I beg you in the Lord to praise the Lord by your very life, to offer the Lord your reasonable service and your sacrifice always seasoned with salt. May you do well in the Lord as I hope I do myself.

3rd Letter to Agnes of Prague, 32-42 (The Lady: Clare of Assisi: Early documents, trans. Regis J. Armstrong, O.F.M. Cap., ©The Province of St. Mary of the Capuchin Order, 2006)