The story is told that St. Francis was discussing with Br. Morico about whether to fast or not when Christmas falls on a Friday.

Morico’s opinion was that the fast was more important and that they should refrain from eating meat.

Francis is reported to have replied:

“You sin, Brother, calling the day on which the Child was born to us a day of fast. It is my wish, that even the walls should eat meat on such a day, and if they cannot, they should be smeared with meat on the outside.”

We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a most Happy New Year.

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Jim McIntosh

Director, US Franciscans Communications at US Franciscans
A former missionary to Perú and Bolivia, I am now working half-time at a parish in New Jersey and half-time as director of communications for US Franciscans.
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