Form of Life of Pope Innoncent IV - 93 

priest, she may not speak unless there are at least two others sitting not far away who are able to see the confessor and the penitent and to be equally seen by them.

Even the abbess herself should diligently guard this law, so that all matter for distraction may be removed except, when it seems fit to her according to God, she may speak with her sisters in appropriate times and places. But the sick sisters and those who serve them, according to the dispositions of the Abbess, may speak in the infirmary at the time of their illness.

4Let the sisters and the servants continuously keep the fast from the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross until the feast of the Resurrection of the Lord, except on Sundays and the feasts of Saint Michael, Saint Francis, All Saints, the Nativity of the Lord, and the two days following it, the Epiphany, and the Purification.a

But they are in no way bound to fast from the Resurrection to the Exaltation of the Holy Cross except on Fridays, and those days established universally by the Church. They may legitimately use wine, fish, eggs, cheese, and other dairy products. Nevertheless, from Advent to the Lord’s Nativity, the Greater Lent, Fridays and days of fast and abstinence generally established by the Church, let them not use eggs, cheese, and other dairy products.

The abbess can mercifully dispense the serving sisters from fasting except in Advent, the Greater Lent, Fridays, and other fast days established by the Church.

The adolescents less than fourteen years old, the aged or sick, are not at all bound to observe the above-mentioned law of fast and abstinence. Meat, as well as other necessities, can be merciquy provided for these, according to their weakness.

The healthy sisters are also not bound at the time of their blood-letting outside the Greater Lent and on Friday, Advent,




Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 93