Sunday, December 20, 2009

The King's Highway

Joseph asked Poemen, "How should we fast?"

Poemen said, "I suggest that everyone should eat a little less than he wants, every day."

Joseph said to him, "When you were a young man, didn't you fast for two days on end?"

Poemen said, "I used to fast for three days on end, even for a week. But the great hermits have tested all these things, and they found it is good to eat something every day, but on some days a little less. They have shown us that this is the king's highway, for it is easy and light."

1 comment:

KAM said...

Is this true? I fast on Wed. and Fri., bread and water, but I cheat at times with crackers, so I'd have to say I'm not good at it. I love this site.