From a Father of the Church to everyone who texts and tweets

A note from a Father of the Church to everyone who texts and tweets. Tip o’ the biretta to the Laudator.

Basil, letter XII (to Olympius; tr. Roy J. Deferrari):

You used to write us little enough, but now you do not write even that little; and if your brevity keeps increasing with the time, it seems likely to become complete speechlessness.

ἔγραφες ἡμῖν πρότερον μὲν ὀλίγα, νῦν δὲ οὐδὲ ὀλίγα· καὶ ἔοικεν ἡ βραχυλογία προϊοῦσα τῷ χρόνῳ παντελὴς γίνεσθαι ἀφωνία.

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  1. Matthew the Wayfarer says:

    sooooooooo………………YES! to social media!

  2. FrDulli says:

    So that’s only 98 Greek characters. Would have been something if it turned out to be 140. Makes me think that it would be cool to assume the persona of a church father as a twitter handle and tweet some poignant texts.

  3. Faith says:

    IOW tweet, text, FB, MORE!

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