It is with some uneasiness that we specify the amount of food and drink for others. RB 40:2

Legislating the amount of food and drink for others caused some hesitation and discomfort for Benedict. He knew how human needs vary and how difficult it was to hold everyone to a single norm. Benedict understood well the futility of constructing detailed rules in areas where individual needs called for exceptions. His recommendation was to practice moderation and allow for exceptions. He often suggested that there was to be no murmuring about the call to live differently than the world.

Benedict calls us to live a life of moderation allowing for exceptions that can change us. We are to be messengers of the great value of sufficiency of life lived with Christ as our center.