A Celtic Lenten Story

Once, St. Brigit and two of her sister nuns were travelling during Lent, and it so happened that they were offered hospitality by a pagan chieftain whose land they were passing through. They gathered at the chieftain’s house, only to be surprised by a dinner including pork. The two sisters immediately protested, explaining that their Lenten fast prohibited them from eating any type of meat. At that, Brigit stood up, grabbed each of her sisters, and roughly threw them out of the house. She returned and sat down, saying to her host, “I apologize for my sisters’ rudeness. They have forgotten that accepting hospitality is a higher good even than keeping the Lenten fast.”

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  • http://odysseusjak.blogspot.com Jack

    This is exactly the approach I take regarding my vegetarianism. If I’m with someone who doesn’t know that I’m a vegetarian and they offer me food containing meat, out of respect for them, I eat what’s put in front of my with thanksgiving.

    Thanks for sharing this!