For Lent: Fasting for joy

February 27, 2009

Our monks go robed in rain and snow,
But the heart of flame therein,
But you go clothed in feasts and flames,
When all is ice within;

Nor shall all iron dooms make dumb
Men wondering ceaselessly,
If it be not better to fast for joy
Than feast for misery.

— G.K. Chesterton, The Ballad of the White Horse, Bk.III.

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