Prisoners of our own weaknesses

During the 14th. century, a Belgian Duke named Raynald was imprisoned by his younger brother Edward in a chamber specially designed for him. It was comfortable and had windows and a very small door. Edward promised Raynald that the day he left the room his title and property would be returned to him. The problem, though, was that Raynald was grossly overweight and couldn’t fit through the windows or door without losing weight. So, his brother made sure he received an abundance of rich food each day. Whenever he was accused of treating Raynald cruelly he would merely reply: ‘My brother is not a prisoner. He may leave whenever he wishes.’ However, Raynald stayed in that room for ten years until his death, a prisoner of his own inner weakness; just like some of us.

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