CHAPTER 39 - The Proper Amount of Food

For the daily meals, whether at noon or in mid-afternoon, it is enough, we believe, to provide all the tables with two kinds of cooked food because of individual weaknesses. RB 39:1

How wise Benedict was to prescribe choices in the menus for the community. His point was not to distress people but to provide nourishment for the work of seeking God. Benedict knew that not everyone could eat everything. His wisdom comes through in this chapter by providing some variety in each meal so that each person might find something they could eat.

Being physically nourished can provide the energy for one's spiritual journey.