In the olden days it was the custom of religious communities to eat only bread and water for the six days of Holy Week.
On the tuesday of the week, some visitors who had walked a long distance, came to have a talk with spritual leader of the monastery. Whe he saw how hungry they were, he prepared a modest meal for them. Some younger members saw him in the kitchen cooking, and they were scandalized. They complained to the rector of the monastery and said, “Father Director has broken the rule of the community; he’s cooking food. You better have a talk with him.”
But the rector smiled at them and answered, “Dear friends, Father Director did, indeed, break the commandment that was made by our community. But showing hospitality to strangers, he has firmly kept the commandment of God.”
- William R. White