Holy Rule Of Saint Benedict
Of the Quantity of Food
Making allowance for the infirmities of different persons, we believe
that for the daily meal, both at the sixth and the ninth hour, two
kinds of cooked food are sufficient at all meals; so that he who
perchance cannot eat of one, may make his meal of the other. Let two
kinds of cooked food, therefore, be sufficient for all the brethren.
And if there be fruit or fresh vegetables, a third may be added. Let a
pound of bread be sufficient for the day, whether there be only one
meal or both dinner and supper. If they are to eat supper, let a third
part of the pound be reserved by the Cellarer and be given at supper.
If, however, the work hath been especially hard, it is left to the
discretion and power of the Abbot to add something, if he think fit,
barring above all things every excess, that a monk be not overtaken by
indigestion. For nothing is so contrary to Christians as excess, as our
Lord saith: "See that your hearts be not overcharged with surfeiting"
Let the same quantity of food, however, not be served out to young
children but less than to older ones, observing measure in all things.
But let all except the very weak and the sick abstain altogether from
eating the flesh of four-footed animals.