Pope Gregory IX - 363 

Clare of Assisi from New CIty Press

habit and obliged yourselves to the observance of certain fasts, that those sisters who enjoy good health and strength should partake only of Lenten fasts every day, even on feast days, except Sunday and Christmas, with the provision that on Easter, the solemnities of the Blessed Virgin and of the apostles, except when they fall on Friday, they are not obliged to fast. On Thursdays, except during Lent and Advent, those who do not wish to do so, need not fast. Those who are weak or ill shall by no means be allowed to fast, but according to the degree of their illness or weakness they shall be dispensed by the abbess or senior sister with regard to the amount and type of food.

Therefore, desirous that, enjoying peace of conscience, you may make progress from what is good to what is better, we, by these presents, grant to your entire community permission to observe the fast as contained in the rule approved for you, not withstanding present regulations regarding fasting.

Let no one presume to infringe on this concession or rashly dare to oppose it. If anyone should presume to do so let him know that he shall incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the blessed Apostles, Peter and Paul.

Given at the Lateran on this seventeenth day of December, in the twelfth year of Our pontificate.

Vestris piis supplicationibus, May 31a

Gregory, Servant of the servants of God, to His beloved daughters, all the abbesses and enclosed nuns of the monasteries of the Order of Saint Damian: Health and Apostolic Benediction.

Inclining to your devout requests to the Lesser Brothers who are designated for the service of your monasteries, by the authority of this document We grant an unlimited faculty that the Lesser Brothers may enter those monasteries according to the form known to be contained in your Rule. [They may enter] in order to further the maintenance of those monasteries, to save them from fire, or to protect them from thieves. A brother-priest [may] with one cleric of those Brothers, mature in behavior and




Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 363