It has been ordained, my dearest brethren, by the holy fathers that we make confession before meat or before entering our beds or whenever it is opportune of all failings, not only mortal ones, but also of minor omissions
cf. Caesar. Arelat. Serm. 235. 4since confession and penance free from death. Therefore not even the very small sins are to be omitted from confession, since, as it is written, He who
p.147omits small things gradually declines
seq. Ecclus. 19. 1so that confession should be made before meat, before entering our beds, or whenever it is opportune to make it.
Thus him who has not kept grace at table and has not responded Amen, it is ordained to correct with six blows. Likewise him who has spoken while eating, not because of the wants of another brother, it is ordained to correct with six. If one has called anything his own, with six blows. And him who has not blessed the spoon with which he sups with six blows, and him who has spoken with a shout, that is, has talked in a louder tone than the usual, with six blows.